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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A Shopper's Guide to Portland's Best International Markets

Explore the world—one bite at a time—at Portland's plethora of global markets, where local meals and ingredients become tasty travelogues.

  • By Molly Woodstock, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Allison Jones, Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 08/24/2015
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Portland's Ham Bar Hamlet is a Destination for Pork Worshippers

Cathy Whims and Ryan Magarian hold a master class on ham, sherry, and cocktails.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/24/2015
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Must-Try Products from Portland's International Markets

Stock your pantry shelves with spices, schmears, and sweets from around the globe.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/24/2015
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Doughnut Shop Pip’s Original Debuts Pip’s Pop and Newly Expanded Space

Fremont’s mini-doughnut mecca keeps cool with a new line of chai and coffee toddy popsicles—and a lot more elbow room for its fans.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/20/2015
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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 Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, Margaret Seiler, Allison Jones, and Brian Barker
  • Published 07/28/2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 04/27/2015
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