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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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This Thursday is National Pumpkin Pie Day and in my family, it's kind of a big deal – well, at least for me. Pumpkin is one of my favorite foods – ever. It's creamy, comforting, and can be enjoyed all year 'round in forms such as Lattes, Smoothies, Donuts, Muffins,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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It's October, which means I finally have an excuse to eat & drink one of my favorite foods – Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Truth be told, I eat Pumpkin all year long – because there's no better comfort food than Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Muffins, and Pumpkin Pie. But, now that it's officially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Fall is finally here and so is one of my favorite family traditions – the Julian Apple Days Festival. This Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, head over to the Menghini Winery (formerly J. Jenkins) in Julian. Parents can sip Apple Wine, while the kiddos frolic in the apple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Over Labor Day weekend, my family and I visited Balboa Park in San Diego for the first time. We were looking for a quick place to grab a bite before heading to the San Diego Zoo, so a friend recommended Panama 66. ­(We enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere and live band... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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If you're looking for some last minute plans to celebrate Happy Hour this Labor Day – most likely accompanied by the entire 405 freeway that was headed southbound to San Diego this past Saturday – then check out The Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar in Coronado Island. My family and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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As the end of summer is drawing near and the kids are going back to school, it's time to celebrate one of our greatest confections – the Toasted Marshmallow. It's ooey, it's gooey, it's puffy, it's fluffy, it's sticky, it's sweet, and hopefully has just the right amount of toastiness.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Last week I had a much needed "GNO", a.k.a. Girls Night Out, in L.A. My friend told me about a new Wine Bar – and sister restaurant to co-owner Matthew Kaner's Bar Covell – offering tasty small plates and Paleo diet friendly entrees that had just opened up in Atwater... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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I know what you're thinking – July, National Hot Dog month, is over. So why am I still talking about them? Because I literally just had the best "Well Dressed Frank" in town, to be quite frank, at Crocker's on Balboa Island. They've been open since 2014, right alongside their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Summer is almost over and unfortunately so is the OC Fair. From now til Sunday, August 13th is the last week to eat your heart out by indulging in everything you can imagine Fried. Fried Klondike Bars, check. Fried Kool-Aid, check. Fried Oreos, don't even think about going home without... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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I remember taking Sunday drives to Dana Point for dinner with my family when I was little. There were really only a few places we frequented, like our favorite Ferrantelli's, now replaced by Jimmy's Famous American Tavern. Today, Dana Point is comin' up with a whole slew of new restaurants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This Saturday, July 22nd is Manchego in Santa Monica's Bacon Festival! It's a time to celebrate Spanish culture, and the pigs they honor, who roam freely "in pasture and oak groves and feed naturally on grass, acorns + roots". If you know anything about Your Next Bite, then you know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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If you haven't been to Zinque yet, you're missing out. The French cuisine 'c'est magnifique', the atmosphere is rustic & cozy, and the views of Newport Bay from the newly revamped Lido Marina Village are breathtaking. Which is why this Bastille Day, you should do as the French do, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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When I think of the 4th of July, the first thing I crave is a Hot Dog...followed by a Hamburger, Corn on the Cobb, Potato Chips, and Apple Crisp, all in that order. But, I digress. This 4th of July, it's time to celebrate not just any old Hot Dog,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend was the 5th annual OC Weekly Summerfest 2017. It's hard to believe it was my first time attending, being that it's held at one of my favorite venues, the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach. It's a great place, perched on the bay overlooking paddle-boarders, swimmers, and oversized... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Let's face it. When it comes to dear 'ole dad, all he really wants for Father's Day is to grab a Burger and a Beer – at least my dad does. So, in honor of him, here are a few spots by the water to do just that. The Grubdown:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend, the hand model & I finally made it out to Ballast Point in Alamitos Bay. It's one of his favorite Craft Beers, offering quite a range of hoppy IPAs to newer light 'n fruity Wheat Ales and toasty Stouts. Ballast Point started out as a small group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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There are only just a few hours left to celebrate America's heroes, National Hamburger and American Craft Beer month this Memorial Day. Simmzy's in Pacific City, Huntington Beach, has it all with 24 Craft Beers, 3 kinds of Burgers, and a great ocean view to soak it all in. The... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend, the hand model and I celebrated our 11th anniversary. While we couldn't make our annual trip, we did get to feel whisked away on vacay, thanks to Captain Jack's. Located off PCH in Sunset Beach, Captain Jack's has a glimpse of Huntington Harbor and a dock to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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What does your mom really want for Mother's Day? To do nothing, absolutely nothing. She doesn't want to lift a finger, and she wants to wear PJs ALL DAY, while you're cooking her Breakfast in bed. (Or, maybe that's just what I want.) Here are a couple Breakfast dishes inspired... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This Friday is Cinco de Mayo and Your Next Bite is going to give you somethin' to Taco 'bout – like where to get the Top 5 Tacos in town. The Grubdown: Carmelita's 217 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949 715-7829. - ginormous chunks of pull-apart-tender Pork bathed in spicy... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Whenever the weekend comes around, I always crave Boba and French Macarons. Low & behold, Bon Epi Patisserie & Cafe offers both. Located at the UCI Shopping Center off, Bon epi is a feast for your eyes. Upon walking in, there's a rainbow of colorfully hand-crafted French Macarons, delectable Cake... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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They say, "April showers bring May flowers." And, since April is almost over, I thought it'd be best to discuss one of my favorite fireside spots, Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in Dana Point. Jimmy's has a great indoor/outdoor feel with lots of seating options. Step inside and you're greeted by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This Easter, hop on down to Newport Beach in Orange County to soak up the sun, Champagne, brunch, and bunny love. If you want an old standby, hop to Bayside Restaurant, offering a bottomless brunch, lively music & crowd. Provenance in Eastbluff has more of a peaceful vibe, complete with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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With Easter just a hop, skip & a jump away, there's no better time than now to celebrate the humble Carrot. There's an abundance of ways to prepare it – simply roasted, as a Soup or Raw Salad, or better yet, Carrot Cake! Here's where to enjoy it all. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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It's officially April, which means it's officially National Grilled Cheese Month – No fools! Here's where to celebrate America's favorite comfort food from LA to OC and roaming mobile through SoCal. The Grubdown: Doughboys Cafe & Bakery - Los Angeles - thick 'n string cheesy, coulda used a lot more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Your Next Bite