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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Portland

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Portland, OR. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Portland's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Portland. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Portland, OR. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Portland,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Portland, OR, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Portland, OR.

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Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips


Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.


Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.


Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.


They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.


Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.


Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Rampant homeless population is driving residents out of North Portland

North Portland’s rampant homeless problem has residents fleeing the city, according to a report.Real-estate broker Lauren Iaquinta told KGW8 that she’s seen an uptick in residents packing up and heading to the suburbs because of ...

North Portland’s rampant homeless problem has residents fleeing the city, according to a report.

Real-estate broker Lauren Iaquinta told KGW8 that she’s seen an uptick in residents packing up and heading to the suburbs because of a homeless camp in the neighborhood’s Peninsula Crossing Trail.

“You can be driving through North Portland and you’re in this lovely area where there’s no issues, and then you can make a turn around the corner and have homeless camps there,” she said. “It’s kind of sad. I’ve been doing this for 10 years here in Portland and it’s changed quite a bit.”

Iaquinta said she now has to vet areas when selling homes because clients don’t want to live near homeless people. She did not cite any data about people moving because of the homeless encampment.

“Most people don’t want to have to worry about if they can leave their car parked in their driveway overnight without maybe having it broken into,” she said. “It’s a pretty testy subject.”

The mayor’s office says there are about 6,000 homeless people in the Portland area, though many believe the number is actually much higher.

Resident Greg Dilkes, who lives near an encampment along the Peninsula Crossing Trail, said seeing homeless people near his home “makes you not feel that great about living here.”

“It makes living in the neighborhood harder, not as congenial as it could be,” he told KGW8, saying the encampment is ruining the area. “It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve actually seriously thought about moving.”

Another resident, Mark Smith, said he is scared to walk alone or tend to his garden because he shares a backyard with the encampment.

“Every day if you go from one end of the street to the other, you’re confronting some very difficult situations, people in really dire straits,” he said.

But a homeless neighbor told the location station that the residents’ fears are overblown.

“We are the most harmless people you’ll ever meet,” TT Sanchez, who lives on the trail, said.

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“They shouldn’t be scared of us for what because we live outside? That’s the only reason you should be scared of us because we live outside so if we lived in four walls and a house and stuff would you still be scared of us?” Sanchez continued.

Led by founder Anyeley Hallová, Portland developer Adre creates green, community-focused projects

Adre is a Portland, Oregon–based development company that is less than two years old. Under the guidance of its founder Anyeley Hallova?, it has quickly made its presence felt.At the AIA’s annual conference in Chicago last month, Adre’s upcoming ...

Adre is a Portland, Oregon–based development company that is less than two years old. Under the guidance of its founder Anyeley Hallova?, it has quickly made its presence felt.

At the AIA’s annual conference in Chicago last month, Adre’s upcoming Killingsworth office building was named one of six winning proposals in the Mass Timber Competition: Building to Net-Zero Carbon, organized by the U.S. Forest Service and the Softwood Lumber Board. Killingsworth will promote social equity through its goal of working with 30 percent BIPOC- and women-owned subcontractors and securing 50 percent of its equity from women and/or people of color. That same month, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission made Hallova? its first-ever Black female chair.

In April, the Meyer Memorial Trust headquarters in Portland, designed by LEVER Architecture, which Hallova? helped oversee as a partner at her previous firm Project^, was named to the AIA Committee on the Environment’s prestigious Top Ten Green Projects list. In July, this project was named one of ten winners in the Urban Land Institute’s 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence and advances as a finalist in the organization’s 2022 ULI Global Awards for Excellence.

“Development is usually about making money for your investors or creating value for your nonprofit organization. That’s fundamental,” Hallova? told AN. “None of these ideas exist outside of the market sector, and that’s what’s actually interested me with the new company.”

You might say Hallova? is feeling lucky. After all, Adre takes its name from the number seven in the West African language of Ewe. Even so, this developer makes her own luck—not just with a portfolio of pioneering sustainable design projects but with a mission-driven approach. In Portland, with one of the smallest Black populations of any large American city, as well as a state-wide legacy of racial exclusion, that kind of leadership is even more noteworthy.

“Anyeley uses development to build community,” Michelle J. DePass, former CEO of the Meyer Memorial Trust, said. “She is a very proud Black female developer in the Pacific Northwest who knows that she is rare. She doesn’t shy away from holding that mantle and allowing other people to dream about the world that they want.”

Hallova? was raised in Florida near Fort Lauderdale, the daughter of a Ghanaian agricultural engineer. As a child, the family spent two years living in drought-stricken northern Nigeria, which inspired her interest in ecology and design. After high school, she first became interested in sustainable development while studying abroad in Costa Rica attending the School for Field Studies. “It’s where I had early training in thinking about the three-legged stool of sustainability: the social, the environmental, and the economic,” Hallová recalled. She then spent several years studying environmental systems (Cornell University), city planning (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), landscape architecture (Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design), before working as an associate urban designer in AECOM’s Atlanta office, creating master plans for several Caribbean cities.

Relocating to Portland in 2007, she landed at Gerding Edlen Development, helping to realize some of the first LEED-rated housing projects on the West Coast. Then, as a partner at Portland developer Project^ beginning in 2009, she married sustainability with design excellence on award-winning projects like the Origami multifamily complex by Waechter Architecture (which innovatively combined condos, townhomes, and ADUs) and a local headquarters for The Nature Conservancy, designed by LEVER Architecture.

“We would send her the plans of the building, and it would come back with maybe 200 red marks,” LEVER Architecture founder Thomas Robinson remembered. “She dives into the details of the design, always thinking of ways to make things better, but very thorough, very thoughtful, and really useful.”

Hallova?’s arguably most influential project with Project^ went unbuilt. Designed in 2017 by LEVER Architecture, Framework was poised to become the country’s first mass-timber high-rise after earning a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to test and prove cross-laminated timber’s fire resilience. The project, which was called off largely because of post-2016 changes in the tax-credit market for affordable housing, provided a hard-won lesson and an epiphany.

“I did every single thing that anyone could ever do to try to make a project go forward,” Hallova? said. “I thought, ‘What if I took that same energy and I poured that into the Black community?’”

Her final project before founding Adre was a new headquarters for one of Portland’s largest philanthropic organizations in the historically Black neighborhood of Albina. The effort was career-defining. The LEED Platinum–rated Meyer Memorial Trust headquarters, completed in 2020, was divided into two buildings—one framed with mass-plywood timber and the other traditionally stick-built like a house—so it would be easier to work with smaller contractors (many of them minority- and/or women-owned businesses) as well as journeymen and apprentices.

“There were a lot of eyes on us. I felt intense pressure to not be a gentrifier, and Anyeley completely understood that,” DePass recalled. At “any moment of disillusion, she was there to remind me we were doing this to prove that it could be done. And that really is Anyeley. She does not let anything stand in her way. And she does it with humor and grace.”

One of Adre’s upcoming projects takes the ideas of the Meyer headquarters a step further. Adre is developing a new headquarters, Building United Futures, for the nonprofit Black United Fund; the structure will house several other nonprofits and business-incubation space. There’s a bigger idea at work: It hopes to stem what L. M. Alaiyo Foster, president of the Black United Fund, calls a “talent flight” of young BIPOC Portlanders. “It’s an important part when you feel like you belong, when you’re part of something,” she said.

In July, Adre was named developer for the high-profile Williams & Russell redevelopment project on a decades-vacant land parcel where public officials forcibly displaced more than 120 Black families in the 1970s for a hospital expansion never built. In a historic public-private partnership, the land has been given back to the community, and Adre is developing the plot with the Williams & Russell Community Development Corporation (CDC). A LEVER Architecture–designed mix of offices, apartments, and townhouses cater to a variety of income levels, with a focus on intergenerational living and pathways to first-time homeownership. A variety of shared streets and landscape spaces will encourage a sense of community.

Adre was one of two finalists for the commission, and according to Bryson Davis, board chair of the Williams & Russell CDC and an attorney with PNW Business, the other proposal was more architecturally flashy. Adre won because of how Hallova? understood the big picture and how she listened. “Instead of asking the broader market, ‘What do you want to buy?’ Adre is asking the local community, ‘What do you think is needed here?’ Anyeley’s able to communicate all of that in a way that puts people at ease,” Davis said. “She brings a really optimistic energy.”

One upcoming Adre project lies far beyond inner-city Portland: The 80-acre Parrot Creek Ranch in rural Clackamas County will see its 30,000-square-foot multi-building campus rebuilt for a nonprofit that provides intensive residential care and treatment for traumatized youth. Designed by El Dorado, an architecture practice with offices in Kansas City and Portland, the project combines indoor and outdoor spaces and uses nature as a tool for healing.

“[Hallova? is] able to balance these social pursuits that she’s so passionate about with the capitalist machine that she’s working within,” said El Dorado partner Josh Shelton. “That’s one of the special things about Anyeley: her decision to tackle the world on her own terms.”

And those terms ultimately are about democratizing and spreading the impact of green design principles—not just to save resources or reduce carbon but to plant deeper seeds of change. “To me it’s not sustainable if it’s just environmentally sustainable [and] different constituencies and parts of the community don’t feel part of it,” Hallova? said. “It’s all about telling stories in the landscape.”

Brian Libby is an architecture and arts journalist based in Portland and has written for The New York Times, Metropolis, and Dwell.

Portland Port welcomes huge cruise ship with record 5,000 passengers

Portland Port has welcomed a record 5,000 passengers in the first cruise call at its newly developed deep-water berth. The MSC Virtuosa has brought the greatest number of guests of any single vessel visiting the port so far.She is also the first cruise ship to use the port’s new berth, which is part of a £26m redevelopment project to boost capacity and drive growth. Passengers have taken complimentary buses into Weymouth and the local area during the 12-hour stop over by the MSC Virtuosa.Ian McQuade, ...

Portland Port has welcomed a record 5,000 passengers in the first cruise call at its newly developed deep-water berth. The MSC Virtuosa has brought the greatest number of guests of any single vessel visiting the port so far.

She is also the first cruise ship to use the port’s new berth, which is part of a £26m redevelopment project to boost capacity and drive growth. Passengers have taken complimentary buses into Weymouth and the local area during the 12-hour stop over by the MSC Virtuosa.

Ian McQuade, Portland Port’s commercial general manager, said: “The arrival of the MSC Virtuosa marks a major milestone for the port. She has brought the greatest number of passengers of any single cruise ship by some margin, considerably more than our previous record of 3,500.

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“Guests from the ship have used our fleet of over 12 complimentary buses to explore the local area and its attractions. They are among a record 130,000 guests who will be visiting Portland on cruise ships this year.

“It is exciting to see our new berth in operation for the first time as part of the largest ever investment in the port and its infrastructure. Increasing our capacity and facilities is key to the development of the port, its continued growth and our ability to build upon our contribution to the local economy, which stands at about £10m from cruise calls alone.”

Redevelopment of deep-water quays at the port will enhance its cruise and cargo handling operations as well as its service provision to vessels including those from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. It will enable the port to meet rising demand and keep ahead of the trend for increasing sizes of cruise ships, including liners of up to 350m in length.

As well as 5,000 passengers, the MSC Virtuosa has 1,500 crew aboard. She calls into the island on a four-day ‘Portland and Cherbourg Getaway’ from Southampton. The MSC Virtuosa measures 331m in length, 43m across her beam and is 65m in height.

She last visited Portland in 2021 when she was the first cruise ship to call after the onset of the Covid pandemic although with fewer passengers. She is due to return later this year. The Weymouth Concert Brass were due to play and Nothe Fort cannons fire at the vessel’s departure today.

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What suburban Portland school districts say about their ventilation rates

Eight of the 12 largest school districts in the Portland area say they’ve met or surpassed minimum recommendations for ventilation in all classrooms.Beaverton, Centennial, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Reynolds, Tigard-Tualatin and West Linn-Wilsonville all say they’ve achieved or exceeded bare minimum ...

Eight of the 12 largest school districts in the Portland area say they’ve met or surpassed minimum recommendations for ventilation in all classrooms.

Beaverton, Centennial, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Reynolds, Tigard-Tualatin and West Linn-Wilsonville all say they’ve achieved or exceeded bare minimum recommendations from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health of at least three to four air changes per hour.

Meanwhile, four other districts – Portland, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow and North Clackamas – haven’t reached that threshold or didn’t provide The Oregonian/OregonLive with data or answers stating that they have.

Studies show the risk of transmitting COVID-19 or other airborne diseases grows considerably when a room’s total volume of air isn’t frequently replaced with fresh or filtered air every hour.

A bevy of experts and organizations told The Oregonian/OregonLive that districts should not settle for the minimum – and should instead target at least five or six air changes per hour.

Beaverton says it has reached at least five in every classroom. Hillsboro and Oregon City say they’ve attained at least six.

But while some districts didn’t explain their methodology, others said they calculated their classroom rates by using averages rather than checking each room. That means officials determined the overall air-handling capacity of their ventilation systems each hour, then divided that by the total volume of air in spaces served by those ventilation systems.

Experts say that’s an acceptable practice, if done with care and precision. Like in other districts, Hillsboro’s Operations Officer Casey Waletich said he’s confident his district’s numbers are accurate, with the district even hiring an engineer to double-check its airflow equations.

Only Portland, David Douglas and Oregon City say they hired consultants who went classroom to classroom to measure air changes.

Elliott Gall, an associate professor at Portland State University who specializes in indoor air quality, said he believes calculating air changes by room is most accurate because of complicated ventilation systems that can involve a “rat’s nest” of duct work that distribute air unequally between spaces.

“I think they deserve credit,” Gall said of the districts that measured airflow in each individual room.

Oregon City didn’t post airflow results on its website or keep written records of its numbers, said Director of Operations Michael Sweeten. But Sweeten said the district is confident all classrooms have achieved at least six changes per hour.

Both Portland’s and David Douglas’ websites include school-by-school reports outlining airflow in each classroom, cafeteria and gym.

Fully 25% of elementary and middle school classrooms in Portland Public Schools didn’t meet experts’ bare minimum recommendation of at least three hourly air changes, with portable air purifiers running. In the high schools, it was less than 1%.

In David Douglas, 7% of classrooms in elementary and middle schools and 6% in high schools didn’t meet the minimum of three air changes. But that was before the district placed powerful air purifiers in every classroom -- meaning the results look even better when compared to Portland’s. David Douglas plans to take measurements again at a date that hasn’t yet been set.

Experts say broadly distributing room-by-room numbers can create public-relations headaches – if the results are bad.

“In many places, they don’t want to make this information public,” said Jose-Luis Jimenez, an atmospheric chemistry professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and expert in indoor COVID-19 transmission. “The last thing you want is for people to know the ventilation is not good.”

Portland makes Forbes list of ‘Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2023?

Forbes released its annual round-up of the “best places to visit in America,” and Portland made the list.The list spanned the country – including major cities, small towns, ski destinations a...

Forbes released its annual round-up of the “best places to visit in America,” and Portland made the list.

The list spanned the country – including major cities, small towns, ski destinations and natural wonders.

Here’s what the article had to say about why Portland made the list:

“’Like a phoenix from the ashes, Portland, Oregon is reemerging in 2023 with unprecedented growth in the food and beverage scene, both in quality and variety,’ says [travel writer] Kay Kingsman.”

The food scene topped the list of reasons that Portland is one of Forbes’ choices this year, noting that Portland was ranked the country’s best foodie city last year.

Portland’s dining diversity, not just of food options, but of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ chefs and owners, offered another reason Forbes thinks travelers should add Portland to their list.

“One especially exciting trait of Portland’s new trajectory is how many of the new and rising businesses are owned and operated by BIPOC and LGBTQA+ trailblazers, reinforcing that a visit to Portland can suit every traveler,” Kingsman says in the Forbes article.

Kingsman also suggests a number of Portland favorites and up-and-coming dining spots for a foodie’s itinerary, like República, Kann, Nong’s Khao Man Gai and Erica’s Soul Food – among others.

The article recommended a stroll through Portland’s Japanese Garden and a visit to Deadstock Coffee Roasters as well.

The ‘other’ Portland – the one in Maine – also made the list for its dining, lovely hotels and New England charm. Did you know that the ‘other’ Portland “has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country besides San Francisco?” Well, now you do.

Cheers to Portland travel – on both coasts.


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