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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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I'd been eyeing Cava on my regular 17th street commute for quite some time. The thought of a new Greek-inspired, Mediterranean cafe in town, definitely piqued my taste buds, as there's not too many of these options in the area. What I didn't realize is the "soft-open" I had already... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Your Next Bite
It's hot out there. And, definitely way too hot to cook – don't even think about it. Instead, you're better off enjoying life on a boat...with your flippy floppys, and some of A Market's deli delights. A Market is adjacent to A Restaurant – a little piece of history off... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Your Next Bite
Just a few weeks ago over the 4th of July holiday, we had a mini family reunion with some festive seafood feasts in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The area is a beautiful beach strip, home to The Towers (a historic landmark and former casino) and the Point Judith Lighthouse (featured in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Your Next Bite
When I think of the 4th of July, the 4 F's come to mind: Freedom, Fireworks, Family, and Food. And, the beach towns of Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, and Newport Beach in Orange County, California are a great place to soak it all in. 4th of July festivities start... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Your Next Bite
The Suite Life had been trying to get Your Next Bite to The Corner in Huntington Beach for quite some time. After months of texting & failed attempts, our schedules finally aligned and we made it for a Friday night out. (I don't think you understand....) The Corner is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Your Next Bite
The other day I was driving down PCH and noticed yet another new restaurant in the former Margaritaville spot in Newport Beach. I say former Margaritaville spot because I don't think anyone ever went to the hot pink sports bar that took over and only lasted for about a year.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Your Next Bite
This blog post has been a long time coming – perhaps because I consider it the "Holy Grail" of restaurants, or maybe because I just wanted to keep it all to myself. The hand model and I have been coming to Son of a Gun at least once a year,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Your Next Bite
If you've ever wanted to go to Mexico City to take in the food, art, and culture, a trip to Puesto might be the fastest solution. Chef Luisteen prides himself on being a "Tacoteur", crafting 10+ handmade stoneground blue corn tacos ranging from Filet Mignon, Tamarindo Shrimp, and Chicken Al... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Your Next Bite
Spring has definitely sprung. The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining bright, and the weather outside is just perfect. So to celebrate all of Earth Day's finest, enjoy some farm-to-table California cuisine on the green at Harvest Restaurant. Tucked inside Aliso Canyon, Harvest Restaurant offers a mini escape... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Your Next Bite
On the hunt for Easter Brunch? Then I've found the golden Easter egg for you. Whether you're looking for a place to take the kiddos, or a breakfast bite without all the fuss, here's a few places to hop to from Los Angeles to Orange County and San Diego. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Your Next Bite
This past week Your Next Bite celebrated 8 years of blogging the best of what I ate – from fine dining to food trucks across Los Angeles, Orange County, and wherever the hand model & I traveled. So to commemorate the occasion, here's a list of the Top 8 Bites... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Your Next Bite
OC Restaurant Week has begun! It's only for 7 days, March 4th-10th. Ever since moving back down to Orange County from Los Angeles about 6 years ago, the OC has really stepped up its food game. With Top Chefs like Amar Santana, LA transplants like Sushi Roku, and innovative restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Your Next Bite
This coming Wednesday is Valentine's Day and newcomer Olea – offering "Wine Country/American Bistro Cuisine" – has something for everyone. If you're celebrating "Single Awareness Day", the central bar and main dining room is loud, lively, and bustling. If you're celebrating with your loved one, then the covered and heated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Your Next Bite
A New Year is here and another Newport Beach Restaurant Week has begun. Whether you're coming off a cleanse or still enjoying the holiday stretchy pants, I've got a healthy selection for everyone. From now until January 28th, you can enjoy 2 & 3-course prix-fixe Lunches and Dinners, ranging from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Your Next Bite
As we ring in the New Year, it's time to reflect on the Best Bites of 2017. From Classic American Comfort food to Spanish Tapas and Liquid Nitrogen Dessert, here's where to get Your Next Bite from LA to OC, listed alphabetically. The Grubdown: Captain Jack's – Historic & Nautical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Your Next Bite
photo courtesy of It's that time of year again! So, I thought I'd bring back an oldie, but a goodie. Because there are only a few select spots where you can wine & dine, while watching bright Christmas lights cruise by. This year marks the 109th annual Newport Beach... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Your Next Bite
If you're still pining for the poultry, then I've got a cluckin' good Fried Chicken spot for you. Crack Shack is a fast casual concept that serves locally sourced food by Top Chef Winner Richard Blais, as well as Jon Sloan, Michael Rosen, and Dan Pena. I first visited the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Your Next Bite
So you've had a full day and a half to recover from the Turkey, Stuffing, and all the fixings from Thanksgiving Day. I know what you're thinking – you want to go back for more. Here's where to get some of the best sides like Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, and Mashed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Your Next Bite
A couple weekends ago, I went back to The Royal Hen in Balboa Island. I hadn't been since it opened a year ago, so I was excited to see all the new menu items added, especially since they had a limited menu during their soft open. One year later and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Since Halloween is on a Tuesday this year – and you might not have enough energy to go traipsing around neighborhoods Trick or Treating – throw in the 'candy bag' and try out these devilishly delicious dishes instead. Whether it's considered a foreign delicacy from Spain or Thailand, or it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Your Next Bite
A family-owned restaurant lasting almost 50 years in SoCal? It's almost unheard of these days. But, chef/owner Mike Philippi did something right, creating a unique dining "experience". The Hobbit is more than just a meal. It's a "three act" event with pre-dinner Cocktails upstairs at the bar/parlor, Champagne and Hors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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
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
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
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