Urban picnics

Get away without crossing city limits | Portland is considered a green city for a number of reasons, its landscape being the most obvious. The city—dotted with patches of trees and colored by scenic parks—is nestled between vast forests, mountains and rivers, making it an ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts and the perfect backdrop for city enthusiasts who appreciate a good view.

A different kind of ‘freshman 15’

15 easy meals each from two simple foods | In a world filled with delicious food, it seems like fine dining has evaded the recipe boxes of poor college students for quite some time. Whether you are an “extreme couponer” or you mooch off of your parents’ Costco card, buying in bulk is the best way to save money on food. For those of us who cannot afford to be picky and go this route, here are two staple foods that, if bought in bulk, can serve many different purposes.

Hitting the sweet spot

A taste of Portland’s most palatable desserteries | Dessert devotees, cupcake connoisseurs and macaroon munchers, take note! Sweet treats aren’t just after-dinner delights—here in P-Town, our desire for sugar rushes strike any time of day. And to appease the sweetest of sweet teeth, here are a few of the city’s most delectable destinations.

Service by the Slice

PSU and downtown Portland offer quality pizza selection | As a recent transplant from Southern California, I’m not exactly used to a wide range of fine dining options. Downtown Portland has a lot fewer junk food franchises and a greater variety of affordable, unique restaurants and food carts—and one thing I noticed right away is the pizza. If you’re looking for pizza, you might be spoiled by choices, especially close to the Portland State campus. Whether you’re looking to dine in, order out or get a pie delivered, the downtown area can meet all your pizza needs.

Culinary classroom

Oregon Culinary Institute offers affordable fine dining opportunities | Just a few blocks from Portland State, another group of students arrives on campus for a day of classes. They set down their bags and books and settle in to study.

Try something uncanny

Portland’s odd and peculiar eateries | Portland’s food scene is a-hopping, a foodie’s veritable Candy Land of five-star restaurants and neighborhood food cart pods. But the scene isn’t all about nationally renowned chefs and restaurants.

Cookin’ up comfort

Portland’s best comfort food pampers the homesick heart | When you’re far away from home, feeling stuck in an unfamiliar place, food is an easy way to find solace. Sometimes just sitting in a warm, bustling restaurant where the waitress calls you “sweetie” before serving you a steaming vat of mashed potatoes and meatloaf can give you the strength to carry on—or at least put you in a food coma until you feel better. When you need a pick-me-up, try these Portland comfort food staples.

Dorm Gourmet

Two non-chefs duke it out in a bitter (and potentially food-poisoning-inducing) culinary battle | The Food Network is a veritable hotbed of competitive cook-offs, none as entertaining or absurd as one of its most popular shows, Chopped. For the unacquainted, Chopped forces professional chefs to cook gourmet meals in 20 to 30 minutes using four secret ingredients, which are hidden in the infamous “mystery basket.”

Carnivores vs. herbivores

Local hotspots for the best of both worlds | Portobello Vegan Trattoria 1125 SE Division St. Portobello Vegan Trattoria produces some of the most inventive food creations in all of Portland. Each incredible dish is bursting with flavors that honor the local and seasonal produce being used. It is the restaurant that could surely turn sworn meat eaters into full-on veggie worshipers. Between delicately crafted pizzas, warm buttery gnocchi and their famous peppered Portobello mushroom steak, customers can experience a menagerie of prime vegan eats. All of the items take a classical Italian approach and turn it on its head to generate unique aromas and flavors that will definitely land a place in your heart.

International flavor, around the corner

You don’t have to travel far to experience a wide world of food. The PSU area is a treasure-trove of international finds. Here are four staples on or within five minutes of campus to get you started on your food hunt, along with additional restaurants to venture out to when you’ve got a bit of extra time. You’ll find it easy to squeeze in a delicious voyage between classes.

Gnarley Gray

The local watering hole you’ve always wanted | There’s nothing better than meeting a group of friends for a drink after a long day juggling school and work. The problem is finding a place that everyone can afford, that offers cheap yet delicious food and that isn’t a food cart.

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Forget your identity; transcend your identity

Last year, I took the University Studies sophomore inquiry course, American Identities. On the first day of class, the professor requested that students introduce...