The Fate of Downtown Portland’s Food Carts

About a year ago, The Oregonian’s Luke Hammill reported that Greg Goodman, the former "parking baron" and the man behind the Downtown Development Group, was floating a plan that could literally transform the city center’s landscape....

Check, Please

Tipping is a distinctly American practice, and one that feels so ingrained in everyday life that it’s hard to imagine dining out without it. But that’s exactly what Oregon’s restaurant industry is contemplating right now. A confluence of legislative changes mean tipping is on the chopping block, and the way we pay for food outside the house may be about to change dramatically....

No Manual Required

I have always maintained that if you want to get to know someone infinitely better, all you need to do is meet their parents. This year, I’ve learned that you can gauge how someone feels about their parents by telling them that yours are building a house in your backyard....

Open for Business

Jose Perez leans out the window from his bright turquoise food cart and hands over a towering El Cubano sandwich stacked with layers of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on grilled Cuban bread. “This is what people eat all the time in Cuba,” he says....

Feeding the Village

The Village School Kitchen's Healthy Lunch Ladies serve up local, organic meals to Eugene students. It’s really incredible to watch a second- or third-grader mix oil and vinegar for their salad....

Communion

When I was a kid, my sister and I accompanied our mother to church on Sundays. The doctrine never really stuck, but I came to appreciate the ritual: the lighting of candles, the taking of communion, and, of course, the snacks in the fellowship hall afterward....

Swimming Upstream

The growth of farm-raised salmon, a practice riddled with environmental and health concerns, doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. One of the latest developments took place in November, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically-engineered (GE) Atlantic fish...

Time in the Garden

As full-time gardeners, they work eight hours a day, five days a week. Welcome to Oregon’s lone prison for women: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility....