Food and People - Portland, Oregon with Lisa Mclaughlin

This week's photos of Food & People is by Lisa Mclaughlin. Below is what Lisa has to say about the photos and her experience of Portland, Oregon.

Portland Oregon has developed into one of the premiere foodie destinations in the U.S. Surrounded by excellent but often underrated wine country and verdant farmland, the quirky city is a locavores dream. The artisanal approach to food taken by most restaurants in town also extends to drink; along with exceptional Stumptown coffee and many microbreweries, there are over 50 spirits made by the city's micro-distilleries, many of which can be found on the east side of the city in an area dubbed Distillery Row. For cheap eats, the city is dotted with collections of food carts serving Thai, Italian, Lebanese, Russian or Hawaiian cuisines or specializing in single foods like schnitzelwiches, meatballs, grilled cheese or fried pies. There are two carts that feature the Cheesus, or the Youcanhazcheeseburger, which place an al beef patty in between two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a bun.

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