Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Article: 11 Portland Road Trips That Are Actually Worth Taking, on Thrillist

Enough road-tripping fun for the entire 2015 summer, these 11 Portland road trips show off the best drives and destinations within 4 hours of the city. My second article for is up!

Photo by Mattie John Bamman

Let's face it, being surrounded by road trips is one of the things that makes Portland Portland, but everyone's always talking about the same road trips: take a drive to Cannon Beach, Willamette Valley, Timberline Lodge... We're going assume that you know all about those (you have noticed the giant, snow-capped mountain to the east, right?) and are looking for fresh patches of pavement. Here are 11 sweet road trips from Portland -- all within four hours.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

New Article: The Best Izakaya in Portland, on Thrillist

Look at it—isn't it beautiful? I've had my first article published by Thrillist Portland!

To kick things off, I went on an investigative drinking and meat-on-a-stick-eating journey into Portland's dark, umami-saturated Japanese taverns, izakaya. I found the best pork-belly preparations and wasabi-flavored cocktails and a surprising quantity of delicious fried chicken. Writing for opens up new terrain in terms of voice, and I've always liked its irreverent but dead-on take on food and culture. My next article will be up soon!

The 8 Best Izakaya (Japanese-Style Taverns) in Portland
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Photo by Kari Young

Because Japan and America go together like... um, Tom Selleck and that movie where he moves to Japan, it should be no surprise that a slew of that country's sweetest kind of drinking establishment, izakaya, are showing up stateside, especially in booze happy Portland. Half tavern, half tapas joint, these bars serve mostly beer and sake, along with small plates of what passes for pub food over there, aka noodles, skewered meats, and other delicious reasons to check out the eight best izakayas in PDX...

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Celebrate the Holidays With New Washington Grape Varieties

Looking for a rare and unusual wine to sip with Christmas dinner or on New Year's Eve? It's easy to throw cash at a well-known bottl...