Intrepid eaters, pack my meticulously-researched guide to Portland’s very finest locally-owned restaurants, bakeries, pizzerias, chocolate boutiques, scoop shops, food carts and specialty markets in your parka pocket, purse/murse, glove box or saddlebag, and go! Find Portland’s 100 Best Places To Stuff Your Faces at these fine retailers. >>
April 26, 2017
Before I started writing about food full-time, I was a teacher. I taught kindergarten and ESL for five years, and before that, I substitute taught grades K-8. You learn a lot as a teacher—like, never turn your back on a five-year-old holding a bucket of dirty paintbrush water, always have twice as many snacks as you think you'll need, and never wear white, ever (see dirty paint water tip)—but most of all you learn that kids are magic, which is why I had great fun writing the newly-released Portland Family Adventures. Read full story »
August 9, 2016
Sometimes when people are planning a trip to Portland, they email me and ask for restaurant recommendations, and because there's nothing I love more than a distraction (um, not kidding), I generally stop everything and start writing them a long rambling reply. But this is the first time I've ever been paid to do it. Thanks, Serious Eats! Read full story »
May 1, 2016
I really thought my life had peaked in April, when we won an IACP award for The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket, and ate the passion fruit posset at Cassia (talk about life-changing), and got to go to opening day of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all in one surreal week. But then, a month later, I won a James Beard Award. Whaaaat? Read full story »
GOING SOMEPLACE? WANT TO?
Since I think travel and food go together like Fred and Ginger, dark chocolate and peanut butter, and a trip to Paris and tomorrow, I’ve created a line of food-centric travel guides for wandering foodlovers just like me. So if you’re thinking of hitting the road sometime soon, or need an excuse to, take one of my Weekender guides along with you!
And for you hungry Portland day trippers, here’s my one-day facestuffaganza.