Senior Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a special love for weird science and the great outdoors. 

The New York native and Oberlin College graduate joined Portland Monthly in 2010, equipped with a culinary degree and a failed career in marine biology. To counter-balance his high-caloric diet, Benjamin spends his free time running, hiking, and climbing up Oregon’s various peaks. 

Surfing 101: Wetsuit Tech

The Future of Surfing Is Neoprene Supreme

A big reason more people are surfing now: wetsuits keep getting better.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Beginners

Three Beaches (and Expert Guides) to Help You Catch Your First Wave

Want to get started surfing? We’ve got the deets.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Etiquette

How to Fit In With the Real Surfers on the Oregon Coast (and Not Get Your Tires Slashed)

Critical surf etiquette, according to Oregon Surf Adventures’ Lauren Algren

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Seafood Guide 2019: Restaurants

A Diner’s Guide to Oregon Seafood

These are our favorite seafood restaurants right now.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler

Seafood Guide 2019: Recipe

This Flaming French Mussel Dish Is Ridiculously Simple

L’éclade de moules sounds fancy, but this briny crowd-pleaser is just a mussel bonfire.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Food News

The Country Cat to Close on August 4

One of Portland’s most storied meat institutions will end its 12-year run.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Neighborhood Eats

Foster-Powell’s Food Scene Is Finally on the Map

The busy, auto-shop-studded triangle between Lents and Woodstock, is having a food renaissance.

06/25/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Savor

How to Make Mama Bird’s Beautifully Brined Grilled Chicken

A new, healthy-ish eatery in Northwest Portland promises grilled thrills, plain and simple.

06/25/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Olympia Provisions Star Sommelier Jessica Hereth Launches Urban Winery

Stick Figurine Wine is a new pet project from the Food & Wine favorite.

06/17/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Interview

I Talked to TV Legend LeVar Burton About Visors and Literacy and Now I Can Die Happy

While he was in town, we caught up with the titan behind Roots, Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek.

06/14/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat With Your Eyes

First Look: Gado Gado’s Playful Chinese-Indonesian Eatery

The buzzy noodle-centric pop-up opens the doors to its brick-and-mortar restaurant on Monday.

05/30/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

First Impressions

Holy Trinity Is Some of the City’s Best New Barbecue

An upstart food cart on SE Powell Blvd is making brisket like you wouldn’t believe.

05/28/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Summer Adventures

The Ultimate Guide to Oregon's Great Outdoors

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the wildest corners of the Northwest.

05/28/2019 Edited by Benjamin Tepler

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Summer Adventures: The Gorge

Two Years After the Eagle Creek Fire, Some of the Gorge’s Most Iconic Hikes Are Open Again

Here are three hikes to get you back into the Gorge.

05/28/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Summer Adventures: Hiking

6 Off-the-Radar Treks to Pull You Out of Your Work-a-Day Rut

From crushing mountainside hikes to easy coastal jaunts, here's how to get out of your head and into the outdoors.

05/28/2019 By Ted Alvarez and Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Oregon Comes Home Empty-Handed at the 2019 James Beard Awards

For the second year, Seattle takes the gold.

05/07/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Food Event Spotlight

PoMo Food Critic Karen Brooks to Interview Salt & Straw’s Tyler Malek

The two will dive deep into the ice cream mogul’s new cookbook at Powell’s Books.

05/03/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

First Impressions

5 & Dime Brings Excellent, Affordable Cocktails to Foster-Powell

A special blend of boozy know-how, community vibes, and, of course, pizza, is helping transform the growing neighborhood’s food and drink scene.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Breakfasts 2019: Get Spicy

3 Hot Sauces You Need to Try Right Now

These PNW-based chile concoctions are your new Tabasco alternatives.

04/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler