October 2009
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From the sprawling emptiness of southeastern Oregon to the rough tranquility of the Oregon Coast, the state is ripe for exploring. No matter where you're going to, there are some lesser-known gems that can't be missed. We've found 30 such adventures.
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Swearing he’d never be a banker like his father (and grandfather and great-grandfather), John Haines fled his office in the Wells Fargo Tower to kayak the world’s wild rivers and pioneer new paths in finance. Ten years after an accident confined...
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With her short story "The Grocery Store Cart," Marian Pierce won the 2009 short fiction competition of the Wordstock book and literary festival. Chosen by Oregon writer Barry Lopez, this story won her $1,000 and publication in Portland Monthly.
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A staple of any long car ride is the tourist trap. Here's our guide to some of Oregon's most curious ones.
As a kid, a staple of my television diet was The Guns of Will Sonnett, a western starring Walter Brennan as an aging gunslinger who was still the fastest draw in the West. Each time he told a stranger of his standing, he punctuated it with a...
Local beer brewers argue over politicians messing with their biggest ingredient—water.
"Every part of the pig is edible, except for the oink." This Spanish adage describes the wonderful creativity behind some of Portland's best charcuterie extremely well as farmers twist classic Spanish techniques to make a prosciutto with a taste...
As we reach the colder winter months, those formerly ripe tomatoes are hanging on to the vine for dear life. Like local chefs, you can take advantage of the new bounty of green tomatoes.
The historically maligned beer can undergoes a craft brew makeover led by Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery. Will this trend spread to Oregon?
Chef Marc Suwansathien's specialty rolls at Sushi Mazi such as the Super Rock & Roll are an orgy of Japanese fusion techniques, showing off a fondness for whimsy and over-the-top presentation.
The Pope House bucks the terrible stereotypes of the South fueled by "Free Bird" and NASCAR with its 40-plus brands of bourbon and impeccable surroundings.
FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS, Oregon’s chardonnays were—quite rightly—overlooked. Too many of them were made from the rather dull California grape clone called "108." Different clones create noticeable nuances in taste, just as a Fuji apple differs from...
Portland astrologer Shon Clark looks to the sky to see how the stars aligned during some of Mayor Sam Adams' most famous (and infamous) days.
The National Endowment for the Arts was granted nearly $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Who in Oregon got a piece of the pie?
_Portland Monthly_ takes a look at local fountains.
Here are the ingredients to a great autumn day in Portland: fresh food, good beer, great costumes, ghost stories, and a picnic under Laurelhurst Park's Katsura tree.
Swearing he’d never be a banker like his father (and grandfather and great-grandfather), John Haines fled his office in the Wells Fargo Tower to kayak the world’s wild rivers and pioneer new paths in finance. Ten years after an accident confined...
With her short story "The Grocery Store Cart," Marian Pierce won the 2009 short fiction competition of the Wordstock book and literary festival. Chosen by Oregon writer Barry Lopez, this story won her $1,000 and publication in Portland Monthly.
In its newly built Portland headquarters, Mercy Corps opens the Action Center, a multimedia learning museum meant to further engage the public in the humanitarian organization's mission to end world poverty and hunger.
Portland Fashion Week judges named eventual _Project Runway_ winner Leanne Marshall their top emerging designer in 2006. We take a look at the top five finalists for the award this year.
Stay in style this season with some of the city's best garments.
A staple of any long car ride is the tourist trap. Here's our guide to some of Oregon's most curious ones.
The stereotypical beach rental with kitschy seashell art and 1960s blankets gets a modern makeover from two designers.
Portland has spilled a lot of paint for its cyclists, from the 200 or so miles of bike lanes to the handful of green bike boxes at dangerous intersections. And the city’s new Bicycle Master Plan, which the Portland Planning Commission is set to...
_Business Facilities_ named Oregon as one of the top ten business climates in the United States. Let's take a look into why we ranked so high.
From the sprawling emptiness of southeastern Oregon to the rough tranquility of the Oregon Coast, the state is ripe for exploring. No matter where you're going to, there are some lesser-known gems that can't be missed. We've found 30 such...