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ashley creates
Los Angeles
copywriter, contributing writer & blogger
Interests: food, beer, advertising, fashion, restaurants, planning, copywriting, figure skating, cooking, movies, reading, writing, photography, traveling, snowboarding, leisure, ping pong, entertainment, dining, foosball, playing in the rain, precision, being competitive, correcting other people's spelling errors, listening to christmas music all year round
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To complete the great August Central California Road Trip, so far from Los Olivos to Solvang, the buck stops at Centrally Grown in Cambria. This local gourmet restaurant, featuring organic California cuisine by 5 star Executive Chef Eric Olson, doesn't fit in Cambria – and I mean that in a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Your Next Bite
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Continuing the California August road trip, this week's stop is in the Danish Village of Solvang. From Wine and Craft Beer tasting to touring museums and – my personal favorite – year round Christmas boutiques, there are lots of things to do in Solvang. So, to kick off your day,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last week, we kicked off the most traveled month of the year with a road trip to Sides Hardware and Shoes in Los Olivos. The next stop, literally right around the corner, is Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe. They've been serving local, organic, sustainable food since 1995. And, all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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As August is the most traveled month out of the year, I thought it would be best to take you on a California culinary road trip up north. The first stop is Sides Hardware and Shoes, a "New American" restaurant in Los Olivos. While it may sound quite unusual, it's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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A couple weekends ago, the hand model and I enjoyed one of my favorite things to do – dinner and a movie outside. We visited The OC Great Park Movie on the Lawn for the first time. To my surprise, several food trucks were there, including Dogtown Dogs, Crepes Bonaparte,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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July is National Ice Cream Month, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. It's actually one of my favorite desserts, too. I can proudly profess that I've been known to eat it every day in the form of what I like to call an "Ice Cream Party". Just take two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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first photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com dineLA Restaurant Week is back for 14 days this July 13th-July 26th. It's your chance to sample prix-fixe Lunches and Dinners ranging from $15 to $50. Here's a taste of some of my favorite places from Cal-Mediterranean to New England seafood and French cuisine. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend, we celebrated America's Independence Day with Red, White & Blueberries. Next week, specifically on Tuesday, July 14th, let's celebrate Bastille Day by indulging in some fabulous French food via Moulin Bistro. While it may be located in Newport Beach, the cafe whisks you away to Paris, from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This 4th of July, I bring you my favorite fruit in all FOURms – the BLUEberry. The Grubdown: Sycamore Kitchen, LA - Breakfast - screw the carbo pancakes, never-ending plump berries, crumbly goodness, Blueberry Oat Bar $3.25 Hyperion Public, LA - Dinner - different, like a syrupy Chicken Waffle, Blueberry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last week, I finally made it to Shuck Oyster Bar at The Mix in Soco. I can't believe it's taken me this long, since seafood is quite possibly my favorite thing. The place is casual, intimate, and minimalist. Walking in, we spotted a table of hipsters waxing poetic over a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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When it comes to Father's Day, only one thing comes to mind – meat. So, in honor of all the dads out there, and all the families trying to find a place to celebrate them, I give you the best Steak, Short Ribs, and Burgers to dine on in SoCal.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Yes, you heard right. 11 new restaurants will be opening in Laguna Beach within a year, according to Stu News Laguna, a Laguna Beach News & Community Forum. Who'd a thought this bohemian, art-centric beach town could turn into such a dining mecca. Here's a list of a few noteworthy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This past Monday, Sushi Roku officially opened at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It's their sixth location since 1997 with restaurants from Cali to Vegas and Scottsdale. Sushi Roku is known for bringing refined Japanese hot & cold cuisine to the table, in a contemporary atmosphere. And finally, Fashion Island... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend, the hand model and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary. Trying to figure out where to dine was actually quite amusing, considering we've been almost everywhere in OC. We asked friends & coworkers, consulted various dining media outlets, and after 25+ reluctant "No's", we finally said "Yes!"... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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In the foodie world, Memorial Day weekend is all about the 'cue: 'Cue the sun, 'cue the fun, and 'cue the barbecue. So for this three day weekend, I give you three of my top barbecue bites from sunny Southern California to Austin, Texas. The Grubdown: Bailey Woodpit Barbecue in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last Saturday, the hand model and I made an impromptu visit to Pizza Nova. Why? It's simple. We wanted pizza, we wanted a bay view, e voila – Pizza Nova had it all. Even though it's located in the very old Josh Slocum's spot on PCH, which can't ever seem... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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If you couldn't face the Taco Tuesday Cinco de Mayo crowd, there's still a reason to celebrate, because El Cholo – a SoCal Mexican mainstay since 1923 – has opened up in Corona del Mar. Located in the old Landmark spot on PCH, El Cholo brings a bright new makeover... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Earlier this year, Sejuiced – a new juice & smoothie bar – opened up in Corona del Mar, pretty much right across the street from Nekter Juice Bar. The founders, one of which is a certified holistic health coach, masterminded an organic, high-quality ingredient rich menu that's sure to sejuice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com Starting this Sunday April 27th, you'll have 135+ reasons to be happy. For the first time, dineLA is putting on a Happy Hour Week featuring 135+ LA restaurant and bar specials – even with those who normally don't have a Happy Hour. No reservations are necessary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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If you haven't been to Slapfish yet, you're seriously missing out. I know a thing or two about seafood having been brought up on the best from Eating the Ocean State to comparing The Great Lobster Roll from West to East Coast. The fast-casual restaurant has several franchise locations popping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend the hand model and I took the Balboa Island Ferry to Newport Beach Peninsula. We wanted to try something new, so we stumbled upon Patty Macs, just one block from the dock right off East Bay and Palm. Walking inside we were warmly greeted by reggae music, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Just in time for Easter brunch, I bring you Ramos House Cafe. Apparently I've been coming here since I was 4 – according to my mother – but, it wasn't until recently that I discovered why it's such a historical hidden gem. Ramos House Cafe is located on Los Rios... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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The hand model and I finally ventured out to Seal Beach to grab a bite at 320 Main restaurant. I've been wanting to come to this "New American Eatery" ever since I found out they made their own Ginger Beer – ironic, I know. That, coupled with OC Restaurant Week's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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first photo courtesy of shoutitforlife.com Fellow Biters, March 16th was a big day. It marked the 5th year blogiversary that I've been delivering you The Grubdown on fine dining to food trucks across LA, OC, and Your Next Nite destinations. As a thank you for your loyal following, here are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This St. Patrick's Day shake things up with a sophisticated spin on Irish food at Sapphire Laguna. Located in the Old Pottery Place, the global comfort food restaurant has one of my favorite people-watching patios on PCH with a cozy fireplace to boot. For Tuesday's holiday, world-renowned Chef Azmin Ghahreman... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Your Next Bite