Kelly Clarke is a senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she manages the magazine’s insatiable Food & Drink section and creates lively cover packages that often double as guilty pleasures, from scouting out the city’s best bars or chronicling how to turn your backyard into a chic, gluttonous party paradise. She also pens stories on everything from mouthy ballerinas andbartenders to artisan junk food taste tests and Portland’s next crop of influential chefs.

In her former life, Kelly was the longtime Arts & Culture Editor at Willamette Week, where she founded the Portland alt-newsweekly’s popular Finder city guide, wrote about PDX’s excellent ethnic markets, chefs fighting over pigs, sex machines, and very expensive dog wheelchairs. Her Portland Monthly story about a wildly talented local chef channeling his hazardously addictive personality into cooking success won the SPJ’s 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for Personalities reporting. She lives, cooks, and eats with her husband and very opinionated daughter in Northeast Portland, where pho shops still outnumber Salt & Straw outposts.

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HAPPY TRAILS

Tips for Hiking with Kids from Real Portland Parents

"Everything will be fine as long as you keep in mind that children have no forethought or self-preservation skills."

  • By Brian Barker, Allison Jones, Margaret Seiler, Kelly Clarke, and Fiona McCann
  • Published 07/28/2015
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BREAKING NEWS

Stray Dogs at Work on a Full-Scale Restaurant in Northeast Portland

Portland's fancy hot dog duo plan a new space and evolving offerings (think Korean fried chicken) at their Northeast Portland HQ this fall.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/27/2015
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HIGH SPIRITS

Biwa's Perfect Summer Drink is Powered by Shochu

Mix it up this summer with chuhais, Japanese shochu cocktails.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/20/2015
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MEDICINE

How One Woman Transformed Primary Care with a Single Question

These magic words are changing the way doctors treat women's health.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/13/2015
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BREAKING NEWS

Southwest Portland is Getting Its Own Broder

Broder Söder, the third outpost in Peter Bro’s Scandinavian empire, to open in late July inside the brand new Nordia House cultural center.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/25/2015
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BREAKING NEWS

Blue Star Donuts Escapes to L.A. this Summer

The local doughnut chain will add a Venice shop and new flavors, to its fast-growing international empire in late July.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/28/2015
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SUMMER GUIDE 2015

The New Cookout: How to Host the Perfect Summer Paella Party

Crown Paella shares the recipe for an unforgettable backyard summer party.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/26/2015
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SWEET CHANGES

Pearl District Pastry Haven Nuvrei Gets a Tasty Makeover

Salads and sandwiches be gone: a treasure trove of meticulously crafted new pastries and a sleek makeover mark a new era for the Pearl bakery.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/22/2015
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COASTAL EATS

Local Radio Host and Laughing Planet Team Up to Resurrect Astoria’s Custard King

Road trip alert! KNRK 94.7 morning host Greg Glover to re-open 1950s-era frozen custard and burger stand on Astoria’s main drag this June.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/12/2015
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THE MORNING AFTER

Bloodies, Biscuits, and Tiny Horses: PoMo's Country Brunch, Recapped

A sell-out crowd devours Portland's hottest morning dishes and crowns Raven & Rose and Doug Fir the city's Bloody Mary champs at PoMo's annual Brunch party.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/07/2015
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BREAKING NEWS

Kir Jensen's Sugar Cube Bakery Closing May 3

The longtime sugar-pusher says a bittersweet goodbye to her Alberta bakery and hints at a "higher calling" coming soon.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/28/2015
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BEST BRUNCH 2015

The Classic Portland Brunch Hall of Fame

These five stand-by restaurants may require a wait, but they're truly worth every minute.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/27/2015
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EDITORS' NOTE

Is Brunch in Portland Just a High-Calorie Spectator Sport?

Our Senior Editor shares the trials, tribulations, and unexpected bonuses of curating a list of the city's best brunches.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/27/2015
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BEST BRUNCH 2015

How to Make the Perfect Brunch for a Crowd

Hosting brunch at home? You can prepare every single one of these dishes the night before. We make it easy—like Sunday morning.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/27/2015
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BEST BRUNCH 2015

Host the Best Brunch Around with a DIY Granola Bar

Start with a perfect homemade base, and the add-in options are endless. Stress-free brunch at home? Done and done.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/27/2015
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BEST BRUNCHES 2015

The 10 Best New Brunches in Portland

A bumper crop of delicious new brunches takes root in PDX, with global flavors and, just as important, no hours-long wait for tables—plus five more plates we can't resist.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/27/2015
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DEAR DONUT DIARY

"3 Things I Learned Opening A PDX Doughnut Shop in Japan"

Blue Star's Micah Camden reports from Tokyo on fancy donut mania, getting humbled by Japanese bakers, and why you ought to cover your tattoos before going to the gym.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/24/2015
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PDX PANTRY

You Can Now Find Portland Soda Works' Fancy Pop Syrups at New Seasons

Local maker Chris Onstad's quest to craft the "Belgian beer of soda pop" lands at local grocery stores.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/21/2015
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BEER BULLETIN

Bring Beer Cocktails Home with an Innovative New Bar Book

Jacob Grier blends brews and booze in Cocktails on Tap

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 04/01/2015
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BEST BRUNCH 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Portland Brunch

Hungry for brunch? We've got the details—from wait times to must-order dishes—for 55 of our favorites.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Molly Woodstock
  • Published 04/01/2015
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