Articles by Eric Francis

SCOUT’S HONORED: Machu Picchu

Best Latin American Food 307 Somerville Ave., (617) 628-7070 machupicchuboston.com If there’s one thing Rosy Cerna wants people to understand about Peruvian cuisine, it’s that there’s not just one single Peruvian cuisine. “Peru has 25 states and each has their own culture and food,” Cerna, a Peruvian native, explains. So it makes sense that she […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Tasty Mo:Mo

Tasty Mo:Mo 503 Medford St., (617) 764-0222 tastymomo.com Chef-owner Sophia Thakali says it’s easy to explain her shop’s namesake food to a first-timer: “In English, it’s called a dumpling. That would pretty much give an idea of what exactly momo is,” she says. But oh, the infinite varieties that go inside those little purses of […]


Sarma Takes Home Six Scout’s Honored Awards

Chef Cassie Piuma’s goal at Sarma is to make the familiar new by infusing Middle Eastern flavors and techniques into dishes where you don’t expect them. “I have a passion and love for those flavors,” Piuma says. “I want to take those flavors and make them approachable and comfortable for people who are unfamiliar with […]


This Little Piggy…

La Brasa’s Chef Talks About Preparing His Coveted, Wood-Fired Feasts Since opening La Brasa in Somerville four years ago, chef and owner Daniel Bojorquez has built a reputation for turning out impressive feasts from the restaurant’s namesake cooking methods—the embers of its open pit grill and its huge, cylindrical, wood-burning oven. While prepping a whole […]