My favorite assignments revolve around travel because so much of a destination can be defined by the food of its culture and, of course, I love to eat. With my latest assignment for Cooking Light magazine, I discovered that my own home town of Portland, Oregon is no exception. The story is in the April 2010 issue, hot off the presses. Although I didn’t have to travel far for this story, it was amazing to meet all of the individuals who are blazing culinary trails through the city. One of my favorites was a food cart called Nong’s Khao Man Gai: Nong serves up one dish – authentic lemongrass chicken – and it’s wonderful. I also visited Beaker and Flask, Ned Ludd, Laurelhurst Market, Koi Fusion, Simpatica and House Spirits, among others. I got to sample everything from sandwiches to whiskey. If you live in Portland, head out to eat! There’s something for everyone.