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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 week's humid weather & gray skies got me hungry for some old-fashioned, east coast Lobster Rolls. As a kid, I'd visit my mom's side of the family in Rhode Island every 'summa' and enjoy the fruits of the sea, from Fried Clams to Quahogs, and of course chunky buttery... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Your Next Bite
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Photo courtesy of LATourist.com This weekend kicks off two exciting food fests in OC and LA from Fried Butter at the Orange County Fair to Little Spain's authentic Spanish Tapas at LA's Original Farmers Market. The Grubdown: Friday July 11th, eat your heart out (literally) with fried food fantasies at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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From LA's Santa Monica & Hollywood Hills to OC's Laguna Beach, here's a list of views on the deck to catch the best fireworks shows, while dining al fresco. The Grubdown: - enjoy bottomless brunch and $5 margi's all night with Japanese & Latin fusion cuisine on the rooftop at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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School's out for Summer, so it's time to hit up Sunny Spot for Bottomless Brunch. Located in the previous Beechwood bar off Washington Blvd. in Venice, genius Roy Choi (creator of LA's famous Kogi BBQ Truck) moved in with a menu featuring Caribbean and Pacific flavors – or as he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last week the hand model took me out for a birthday surprise dinner at newly-opened The Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach. Located in the old Villa Nova spot, the already multiple award-winning restaurant has had a major face-lift with modern accents (same contracter as Charlie Palmer's & Pizzeria Mozza), a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend, the hand model & I flew up to Portland to celebrate my fabulous friend's engagement. After a sophisticated soiree at The Town Club, he chose a contemporary restaurant he'd been to before at Nob Hill's aptly named NW 23rd Hoyt Avenue. The location is prime on a corner... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, there's no better place to bask in the sun for brunch than George's at The Cove in La Jolla. Make sure to score a reservation beforehand, as the wait can be up to two hours. But, if you're stuck in line, belly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend, the hand model & I traveled down south to Carlsbad for a low-key anniversary. (Last year was quite the adventure visiting Chichen Itza and staying at the all-inclusive Blue Diamond Riviera Maya Resort). This time around we booked the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa with a room... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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When I think about Memorial Day, barbecues, the open road, and the onset of Summer comes to mind. And there's no better place to go road trippin' than in sunny California. So pack up the car and grab this coastal itinerary from San Diego to San Francisco. The Grubdown: Carnitas... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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When I can't take the heat, I go to the seafood kitchen, especially one with an ocean view. Fly 'N' Fish Oyster Bar & Grill is a little pearl perched on Newport Peninsula facing the Pacific. A few doors down from the famous Mutt Lynch's, Fly 'N Fish offers up... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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We've all heard of eating "farm-to-table", but Chef Cathy Pavlos – also of OC's famed Lucca Cafe – takes it to the next level. Located in Eastbluff village in Newport Beach, one would never guess there's a 1300 sq. ft. organic garden sprouting Spinach and Lemon Balm on the backyard... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I bring you Red O in Newport Beach. It's a collection of Mexican meets California cuisine from Top Chef Master, Rick Bayless. I'd been to the first location in LA for a Christmas party a couple years back. So, when I found out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Recently, the hand model & I visited fellow foodie friends in one of my favorite town's to eat, West Hollywood. They'd been to Night+Market several times, for the food and occasional celebrity sighting. The Weho location is located on Sunset boulevard right next to Talesai. Walking inside, immediately your senses... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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When it comes to bottomless brunch, I always go to Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. There's no better place to enjoy a 3-course meal with bottomless drinks, a live band, and if you're lucky, a patio table overlooking the bay of Balboa Island. Last year, our group of family and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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It was a Friday night after a long work week, when the hand model and I decided to be tourists in our own town. We hopped the Balboa Island ferry – by foot not car – to Newport Beach Peninsula. (If you've never done this before, I highly recommend it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last Saturday, my cousin and our accompanying hand models indulged in a night at SUR Restaurant and Bar to check out all the drama from one of our favorite guilty Bravo TV pleasures, Vanderpump Rules. Stepping out of our vehicle at the valet in our 4.5 inch platform heels and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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There's a reason why I've eaten at Haute Cakes Caffe for the past two weekends in a row – because they serve healthy & hearty dishes with specialty surprises. I've driven by Haute Cakes several times on Costa Mesa's up & coming 17th St. But, it wasn't until I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Fellow biters, it's hard to believe that 4 years' ago, Your Next Bite launched with a little amuse-bouche. Living in LA's constantly changing restaurant scene became my inspiration for this "delectable quest to find you the best from Fine Dining to Food Trucks". And now that OC is my main... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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This year's St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday, which means one of two things: 1. You're stickin' your shamrock where the sun don't shine by fillin' Monday's schedule with green beer 2. You've decided to button up your little Leprechaun suit and sit down for a nice Irish stew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend, the hand model and I finally decided to break away from the coast and explore downtown Santa Ana. I'd been wanting to go to Little Sparrow Cafe for a while, and since it was participating in Orange County Restaurant Week we thought, why not. Located a block from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Taco Maria is fast approaching as one of the best & most unique restaurants to hit OC. It originally started as a gourmet food truck back in 2011. Then after gaining a huge fan base, OC native chef Carlos Salgado, decided to open a restaurant last summer at hip SOCO... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Orange County Restaurant Week is back and better than ever with 120+ participating restaurants this Sunday, February 23rd through Saturday, March 1st. It's affordable for everyone with 3-course Lunches starting at $10 per person, and Dinners up to $40 per person. There's even a contest to win a full year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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When I think about romance, I think about Italian food. Perhaps it's the fact that Garlic is an aphrodisiac. Or, maybe it's that famous pasta kissing scene from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Either way, just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm serving you Pizzeria Mozza from Newport Beach. Brought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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A friend of mine recently moved to the Silver Lake area, so when I asked him to pick one of his favorite spots for us to dine out, he suggested Hyperion Public. Located on Hyperion Ave., the restaurant is lively, warm, and inviting. There are wooden patio benches outside, attempting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Contrary to popular belief, Eat Chow is not a Chinese restaurant. Rather, it's a hip eatery with a retro vibe, and all sorts of "New American" meets Tex-Mex cuisine to chow down on. There are two locations, one in Costa Mesa, and the other tucked behind the famous Spaghetti Bender... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Your Next Bite