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Melissa Haskin

Melissa Haskin

Melissa Haskin is a food and writer currently living in Southern Oregon. She recently returned after spending several years eating her way through the South and East including stints in Birmingham, Alabama where she worked at Cooking Light magazine, Emmaus, Pennsylvania where she mostly ate pierogies, but also worked at Men's Health magazine, and Burlington, Vermont where she worked as a staff food and drink writer at an alt-weekly.
A native Oregonian, she enjoys the rain and copious amounts of coffee. She has been known to sneak just about anything into a movie, including crème brûlées, salads, and once a popsicle. When it comes to writing, Melissa’s main, and favorite topics are food and drink. She particularly enjoys people-forward stories where she can dig in and learn what local food makers and producers go through each day.

They say when it rains it pours. This spring/late winter, it poured restaurants in Grants Pass. Four new establishments opened shop downtown, one returned to its old stomping grounds (Four Seasons Chinese) and one got a major remodel (Taqueria Mexico). Among the new restaurants are Lulu’s for the Love of

At Curbside King in Medford, $9-10 earns patrons a box of lunch large enough to double as a dumbbell. The food, cooked by Rogue Valley native William Snyder, is protein, veggie, and whole grain-centric (i.e. healthy). Some healthy food—ok most—is not exactly the taste bud-stimulating food that encourages the kind

Steve Fry has been awake since about the time the sun would have risen, if it wasn’t the second-half of seasonal depression season, aka spring, in Southern Oregon. Evidence of the morning’s weather can be found in soaking wet soil and large puddles throughout his farm off Ross Lane in

This week for $10 Eats, I headed to an old standby: Wild River Pizza & Brewing. It’s always nice to visit a familiar place with the intent of trying something new. It’s also risky, which is why I suppose it’s easy to stick to a favorite. When you take the

In Ashland? Drop by this Eclectic Eatery if You’re Looking for a Quick Bite Ashland has no shortage of quick, affordable food. Often times it’s even healthy and locally-sourced. One such place that offers this type food is Ruby’s, an eclectic eatery on North Pioneer Street. Located in a green

For a satisfying burger head to a parking lot in Grants Pass On a rainy day about a week ago, customers made their way towards a red food truck in a parking lot behind the post office in Grants Pass. At the window, owner Brian Callahan made talk with regulars,

In Ashland, February means Restaurant Week and a chance for chefs to flex their creativity. Last year, 19 restaurants participated. This year, the Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, expects even more restaurants. With this in mind, we thought it was the perfect time to learn more about some

On the far end of Grants Pass, tucked behind Wheeler Toyota, Si Casa Xpress serves up Mexican fare in a drive-through-focused setting. Patrons can walk up to a window and order, but the majority of the business is done via car and speakerphone. Locals know to take Union Ave or

Chef Mario Chavez has been cooking in Southern Oregon kitchens for over twenty years. For each of those years, he was striving towards one thing: to have his own restaurant. In 2016, he accomplished that by opening Onyx at the Nunan Estate with his wife, Liz Chavez. Despite the stress

Ever thought to yourself: “I wish this restaurant would serve my salad atop a waffle”? Well, at Rogue Eats, you can have your salad any way you want it, including on a waffle. In fact, you can have your meal in a wrap, as a salad, on a bun, or