Tour Guide Spotlight: Ashley

August 11, 2016Tour Guide Spotlight

We are so excited to share with you another one of our tour guides, Ashely. Ashley is a stellar individual with a certain spontaneity that makes her perfect for her job! She is the tour guide for Bite San Diego’s North Park and Pacific Beach walking tour.


BITE:
 Hey Ashley! Where did you grow up? How long?
Ashley: I grew up in Talkeetna, Alaska; a small rural town with less than a thousand year-round residents. No, I didn’t live in an igloo and I couldn’t see Russia from my house, but my mayor was a cat.
BITE: Your mayor was actually a cat? Wow, that is crazy! How can you leave that? What brought you to San Diego or what kept you here?
Ashley: I’m not really sure how I ended up in San Diego, aside from the obvious beautiful weather and close proximity to the ocean. I’ve moved twice, but I can’t seem to stay away. I love how big San Diego is because there are endless adventure opportunities.
BITE: That’s definitely for sure. Sometimes the wind just takes you where you are supposed to be. What do you do when you aren’t being a tour guide for Bite?
Ashley: When I’m not leading tours I’m exploring the city or eating for my food blog @BabesLoveBrunch. My best friends and I haven’t lived here very long so every day we have off is a new adventure. Our last day trip was to San Ysidro where we spent the day searching for the best unnamedtacos and street art.
BITE: That sounds like something we would really enjoy too! What is your favorite part about being a tour guide? 
Ashley:  I love walking around my neighborhood and meeting fellow foodies. Usually, people on the tours are local so I get to learn from them as well.
BITE: That’s the best part, learning from everyone else too! What do you think is the best part about taking guests through different neighborhoods in San Diego?
Ashley: Every tour I think I learn more than the guests. Someone is always telling me about a new restaurant they like or cool beach spot.
BITE: That’s very true, you can never get enough information. Do you cook or like to cook? If so, what is your favorite dish to make?
Ashley: I love to cook! Typically I only cook vegan because it creates a challenge and balances me out after all of the cheese I consume on the weekend. Baked artichokes are my favorite dish right now. You’ll have to come on my tour for the recipe 🙂
BITE: Yum, that sounds DELICIOUS! What is your favorite thing to eat (food or cuisine)? OR where is your favorite place to grab a ‘Bite’?
Ashley: Me and my friends are obsessed with elote right now. I think I ate corn three times in one day recently… Aside from that, I LOVE Miss B’s Coconut Club and OB Noodle House.
BITE: Those are two awesome choices. You’ll have to tell me a little bit more about this elote. If you could be a tour guide anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Ashley: Koh Tao, Thailand surprisingly has a huge array of food options. My favorite Italian restaurant is there and they have a ton of organic juice spots too. It’s also located on a beautiful island that’s famous for diving, which could be influencing my choice.
BITE: I bet there’s some great surf out there too! That sounds incredible. If you had to choose 2 things to eat for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Ashley: Breakfast food and Japanese are a must. My family took sushi making classes when I was little so it reminds me of home.
BITE: What a great family activity, can you teach me? If you had a food super power, what would it be and why?
Ashley: Obviously to never gain weight. I think that’s every woman’s dream. As much as I pretend to enjoy the gym I’d rather be at happy hour.
BITE: Haha! I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for answering these questions for us, Ashley!
Don’t forget to join Ashley on a Bite San Diego food tour and get an extra glimpse into her life!

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