News and Travel Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to contribute arts and culture coverage, generate annual research packages (Schools, Real Estate, Top Doctors), and head the magazine’s fact checking department. In 2016, she took on the magazine’s online and print travel coverage; in early 2019, she transitioned to the role of News and Travel Editor—responsible for the magazine’s front-of-book and travel departments.

Ramona was first recognized for her writing chops in 1990, when she won a seventh-grade essay contest. Asked to pick the nation’s most pressing issue, Ramona wisely chose inflation (rates promptly fell). She now mostly steers clear of economic forecasting, writing instead about politics, public lands, and travel adventures both luxe and low-brow 

Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona wrote for a range of nonprofits, planned international events, and directed a venture capital association. She was raised in the Bay Area, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but has called Portland home since 2001. In 2017, Ramona received her MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Portland State University. Her graduate thesis subject? Fact-checking, of course.

Best New Restaurants 2019

Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2019

Asian flavors—wild to traditional—ruled the day, a scotch destination was born, vegan fine dining got serious, and two bakeries cracked our list. And that’s just a taster of 2019. Pull up a seat.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Best New Restaurants 2019

Best New Restaurants 2019: Keep Your Eye on These Runners-Up

Yonder and Erizo just missed the cut for our list of the year’s Best New Restaurants, but we’ll be back to see what happens at these high-profile spots.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks and Ramona DeNies

Best New Restaurants 2019

2019’s Cart Standouts Were All About the Meat and Potatoes

The year belonged to Austin barbecue, Tex-Mex tacos, and chicken n’ jojos.

10/18/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies

Best New Restaurants 2019

Scotch Lodge Is Portland Monthly’s Bar of the Year 2019

At Tommy Klus’s whiskey den, a daring menu lives up to the (rare, illuminating, transcendent) booze.

10/18/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Profile

The Woman Who Keeps McMenamins Restaurants, Bars, and Stocked with Antiques and Oddities

Shannon McMenamin oversees a veritable army of antique dealers, designers, artists, builders, and historians.

10/16/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Oregon Wine 2019

Oregon’s Top 40 Wines (Mostly) Under $40

We asked eight Portland wine insiders for their top five bottle picks right now. The result: a fascinating list, from silky pinot noirs to world-class sparklers

09/23/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Oregon Wine 2019: Solidarity

How Wildfires and Shady Californians Led Oregon Winemakers to Unite

A new collective label, Oregon Solidarity, donates profits back to the Rogue Valley Vintners.

09/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best $40+ Showstopper Oregon Wines Right Now

Planning on splurging? These are your best bets.

09/23/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Andy Fortgang

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Oregon Wines Under $40 to Save for the Cellar

These bottles are best stored for Future You to enjoy.

09/23/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Stacey Gibson

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Oregon Natural Wines Under $40

The future is biodynamic...and tastes like the "Venus de Milo if she still had arms."

09/23/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Phaedra Brucato

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Oregon Sparkling Wines Under $40

A quintet of bubbling beauties, including a $15 bottle that "drinks way above its pay grade."

09/23/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Kate Norris

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Not-Chardonnays in Oregon Under $40

Great bottles that aren't the most popular white wine.

09/23/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Maggie Strom

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Not-Pinots in Oregon Under $40

Ancient Georgian saperavi to gamay noir, this state's got it.

09/23/2019 By Jane Smith Edited by Ramona DeNies

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Oregon Chardonnays Under $40

Division Wine's Will Prouty picks bottles that evoke "sunbathing on wet stone" or a sleek cat that could "maul you at any moment."

09/23/2019 By Will Prouty Edited by Ramona DeNies

Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noirs Under $40

That includes the "Michelle Obama of Willamette Valley pinot."

09/23/2019 By Kristen Young Edited by Ramona DeNies

PDX Index

Oregon Wine Is Dominating the World

Canada craves our premium elixirs. California envies our luxe prices. We just want to crack a bottle and celebrate.

09/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Seafood Guide 2019: Ordering Guide

Need a Morality Matrix for That Fish? We Got You.

Breaking down a better way to buy your seafood.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Seafood Guide 2019: Trash Fish

Is Portland Finally Ready for Real Sea-to-Table Eating?

For these Oregon chefs and seafood insiders, the future is all about trash fish, baitfish, shellfish, and bycatch. It’s local, and it’s delicious.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Seafood Guide 2019

The New Oregon Guide to Seafood

Seafood, shellfish, and stealth tourism—we go deep on what you should be eating, doing, choosing, and celebrating.

07/24/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies

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