Katherine Chew Hamilton came to Portland Monthly in the summer of 2020; previously, she was the restaurant critic at the East Bay Express, an alt-weekly newspaper in Oakland. Find her at a taco cart, ice cream shop, or eclectic pop-up researching stories about Portland’s food scene, with particular emphasis on BIPOC makers. 


What to Order at the New Location of Our Favorite Coffee Shop

Wild drinks fill the menu at Less and More, like beet lattes, toasted soybean powder lattes, pour-overs with strawberry notes, and pineapple-coconut espresso tonics.

06/29/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Ice Cream

Our go-to shops for scoops, sundaes, frozen pops, gelato, and vegan ice cream, with Cloud City, Kulfi, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, and, of course, Salt & Straw

06/26/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz


Strawberry Crisis! U-Pick Season Is Almost Over

Strawberry picking season is in crisis this year in the Portland area, as the picking period is just a couple weeks for some varieties.

06/21/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Buzz Off

Why Are Mosquitoes Swarming Portland? For Starters, the County Didn’t Spray.

Mosquito populations are up fivefold this summer—and Multnomah County is giving out free mosquito fish to help limit the spread of the biting insects.

06/14/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


Make S'mores Now, Before Burn Ban Begins a Month Early—but There’s a Loophole

Multnomah County is initiating a burn ban this week. Here's how to safely enjoy those s'mores anyway.

06/14/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Which of Portland's 20 Best Vegan Eateries Is for You?

Our food editor found the top vegan cafés, food carts, restaurants, and dessert shops for everyone—vegan or not. Here's where to grab takeout, go fancy, or please a meat-loving skeptic.

06/09/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

The 6 Hottest New Restaurants for Summer 2023 Dining: Janken, Kaede, Workshop, and More

Janken, Kaede, Ki’ikibaa, Tasty Corner, Toyshop Ramen, and Workshop

06/08/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Portland Just Won More James Beard Awards than Any Other City

In every category, Portlanders made their food-loving town proud.

06/06/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Swimming Holes

Columbia River Swim Spots and Beaches Under 90 Minutes from Portland

From Jones Beach to Rooster Rock to the Hood River waterfront, the Columbia River is big enough for everyone to find a beach and take a dip.

06/02/2023 By Margaret Seiler, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Julia Silverman


Bake Tres Leches Just Like Sugarpine Drive-In's Pastry Chef

Victoria Ascencio, pastry chef at this essential Portland pit stop in the Columbia River Gorge, combines nostalgia, seasonal bounty, and an unexpected ingredient.

05/31/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Michael Novak

Restaurant Openings

PoMo Day Date: Tour Three New SE Eateries This Weekend

From doughnuts to oysters to amari, these are the new Southeast Portland cafes, bars, and restaurants on our radar.

05/25/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat the Northwest

Get to Know Oregon’s Namesake Summer Fruits

From Bing cherries to Hood strawberries, in the Pacific Northwest it’s easy to plan summer eats around the harvest.

05/24/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Farm Fresh

Fabulous Farmers Markets in Portland, Beaverton, and Beyond

Where to stock up on the best of the bounty of every season.

05/22/2023 By Dalila Brent, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Margaret Seiler

Food News

Legendary Portland Food Cart for Sale—Earns $500,000 Per Year

Owners Duane and Xue Mei Simard are retiring and passing on their noodle knowledge to the future owners.

05/19/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Clandestino’s Lauro Romero Named Chef at the Ritz-Carlton

He joins executive chef Pedro Almeida on the 20th floor of the downtown Portland luxury hotel.

05/18/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Why Is Portland’s Oldest Food Cart Pod Taking Cash from a Tech Company?

Expensify and ChefStable are teaming up to renovate a downtown cart pod. We track down what's really happening here.

05/18/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


Oregon Wine + Food Is an Impressive Portland-Authored Guide to Our Local Wine Scene

Plus, the book features 80 recipes from local chefs designed to pair with wines from pinot noir to viognier.

05/12/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Where to Grab Mother’s Day Brunch

From coconut guava french toast to dim sum to a classic eggs benny.

05/08/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


Thu Fashion Brings Italian Street Style to Sandy Boulevard

Portland tailor Thu Duong talks immigrating from Vietnam to Italy, her philosophies on boots and selfies, and her love for fashion.

05/03/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Piccone’s Corner Debuts House-Made Farm-to-Ferment Salumi

Curing fresh pork is a delicate process that few small producers partake in. Olympia Provisions isn't the only game in town anymore.

05/01/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton