Ripe: Marion is the Berry We’ve Been Waiting For

Now is the time to make the marionberry Oregon’s official state food.

Cover Story
Marionberries are Oregon's favorite food. We can’t say we’re surprised—everyone loves the locally bred blackberry cultivar. So when we asked readers to vote for what should become our    More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 WW Staff

Our Campaign Plans to Make the Marionberry the Oregon State Food

Food Reviews & Stories
To get things done in Salem, you have to lobby. The marionberry learned that back in 2009, when House Joint Resolution 11, which would have made it Oregon’s state berry, was pulled from the floo   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Buy Portland: Oregon-Made Music Gear

Culture Features
Edwina microphone Ear Trumpet Labs, Philip Graham produces old-school microphones by hand at his Portland company. The Edwina mic ($499) has a large diaphragm set in a head   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

Poll: Vote Now for Oregon's State Food

Marionberries, salmon, jojos, beer and more fight for your love.


Food & Drink
Election day is here.After receiving hundreds of suggestions—many thoughtful or funny, some not—we’ve narrowed the ballot of Oregon’s possible state foods to 11.Now, we will begin the voting process, which will happen in two stages. From now until Friday, you can vote for Oregon’s state food using the poll below. Beginning Friday, the top choices will compete in a runoff election ...   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Martin Cizmar

And Oregon’s State Food is…

Our 50 Plates Tour comes home for the night.


Food & Drink
Summer is road-trip season, so we’ve been taking a culinary tour of America. Because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we didn’t have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state—continuing tomorrow. After 32 days on the road, our 50 Plates tour arrives back home in Oregon, which joined the union on February 14, ...   More
Sunday, August 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

State Child Welfare Worker Says Her Boss Questioned Her Ability to Speak English


A child welfare staffer at the Oregon Department of Human Services filed a complaint this month with the state labor board saying she was moved out of the job she's held for 14 years when a new boss complained her English wasn’t good enough.In her complaint to the Bureau of Labor and Industries, Carmenza Gonzalez-Garcia says she told her manager in May she was being discriminated against because ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Marijuana Strain Review: Blue Dream

A great batch from soFresh Farms now available at Oregon’s Finest in the Pearl District.


Some remember Blue Dream as the bud at hand during their most cherished memories—the secret ingredient to a solid bonding night with housemates, the sesh before giving the best Maid of Honor speech in history. Maybe this mild strain was the first bud you ever smoked, or a nostalgic reminder of your first gravity bong in the dorms. One thing’s for sure: everyone loves Blue Dream.Bred to be the perfect ...   More
Friday, July 25, 2014 Mary Romano

Safe and Sane Fireworks, Ranked

Well, it’s here. This week, America will celebrate its birth for the 238th time. In Portland, the Fourth of July is traditionally marked by honoring Article I of the Constitution, which provid   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Small-Town Oregon Shows Portland Up with Amazing Cronut

Sandy’s Joe’s Donuts fries a whole croissant then covers it in glaze—it’s ridiculously delicious.


Food & Drink
New York, and much of the rest of the country, is pretty much over the cronut craze.Come now, surely you recall the cronut? The fried croissant that took the fooderazzi by storm back in the spring of 2013—heady days defined by Pope Ratzinger's shocking resignation and Pitbull’s "Feel This Moment"—which was subsequently imitated far and wide.All the while, Oregon lagged behind.Despite the Cronut ...   More
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Martin Cizmar


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