Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Travel

Quick and Easy Day Trips for Fall Fun

Orchards in the Hood River Valley, spooks in St. Helens, fall revelry in Wilsonville, and more

10/03/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Rose Lee, and Fiona McCann

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Mexican Food

From the center of the city to the suburbs, here's where to find tacos, tamales, tlayudas, and more

09/28/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Pop-Up Bakery Starter Bread Will Get a St. Johns Brick-and-Mortar in 2023

Some of Portland’s best loaves, currently only offered through a home-baked, under-the-radar delivery service, will expand with a bakery in St. Johns next to the new Gracie’s Apizza.

09/09/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Pizza

Whether you like your pizza round or square, thick-crusted or thin, these are our favorite spots at which to grab a pie.

09/07/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Portland Bar Guide

Check Out These Gorgeous Bar Bathrooms

From Pac-Man tile at Ground Kontrol to gold detail at Doug Fir, these bar bathrooms are perfect for picture-taking, mirror-primping, or just plain admiring.

09/02/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michael Novak, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Matthew Trueherz

School Supplies

Choice Back-to-School Supplies for the Design-Forward Kid

Japanese erasers, statement pencils, a whale stapler from Italy, lay-flat notebooks, and more from local stores.

08/25/2022 By Julia Silverman

Air Travel

These Are All the Nonstop Destinations from PDX

Portland International Airport offers more than 60 nonstop flights to destinations in the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, and tropical locales.

08/25/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Portland Bar Guide

Portland’s Top 50 Bars

From happening new hot spots to longtime favorites, these are the best bars in Portland, OR.

08/23/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Ramona DeNies, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, Andrew Jankowski, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Food News

With Pah!, Portland Now Has a Proudly Deaf-Owned Restaurant

The queer, Latinx, and deaf-owned eatery inside The Zed serves up beef and vegan burgers, blooming onions, and fish and chips with a side of ASL slang.

08/12/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Real Estate

Price Point: Urban Farm vs. Updated Farmhouse in Southeast Portland

With $600,000, would you choose the midcentury charm with gardens galore in South Tabor, or stylish farmhouse in Woodstock?

08/09/2022 By Melissa Dalton

Sustainable Shopping

6 New Vintage Stores Make Old School Cool

These new-to-Portland shops give us the lowdown on how they do vintage—the old-fashioned way.

07/28/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Cocktails

In Defense of the Blue Drink

Grown-up cocktails are overrated—bring on the dye, with picks from Portland bars like the Alibi tiki bar, Sunshine Noodles, and more.

07/20/2022 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

07/13/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Grocery Stores

What to Buy at House of Flavor Market, the New Grocery Store from Akadi’s Fatou Ouattara

From spicy pepper sauce to Nigerian beer, these are our must-haves from the Northeast Portland store.

06/29/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Flour Power

The 8 Best Pastries to Make Your Morning

From classic cinnamon rolls to raspberry rose cruffins, pair these numbers with coffee for an excellent start to the day.

06/15/2022 By Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Fragrance

Locally Made Perfumes for All Your Olfactory Dreams

Whether you want to smell like patchouli, citrus, cedar, or ylang ylang, Portland’s scent-makers have it covered.

06/14/2022 By Fiona McCann Photography by Michael Novak

Agribusiness

Down on Dairy? From Almond to Soy to Hazelnut, a Closer Look at the Options for Milk Alternatives

Ready to give up dairy for good? We take a closer look at your options, from nut milks to oat milk, and more.

06/10/2022 By Michelle Harris

Breakfasts of Champions

The 12 Best Breakfasts in Portland

From classics to newcomers, these are the defining morning meals in Portland right now, including French toast, dim sum, tacos, and breakfast sandwiches.

05/31/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Karen Brooks, and Conner Reed

Portland Parks

Spending a Lazy Day at the Park? Here’s What to Bring

Elevate your visit to a Portland-area park with the perfect picnic blanket, camp chair, sun hat, and more!

05/27/2022 By Shannon Daehnke Photography by Michael Novak

Grocery Stores

A Cross-Cut of Portland's Best Butcher Shops

Where to pick up top-quality pork chops, steaks, pastrami, oxtails, and more in and around Portland.

05/26/2022 By Jordan Michelman