Articles by Eric Francis

Going Cardboard in the Digital Age

In tech-savvy Greater Boston, a whole culture has developed around board gaming Pop into Aeronaut Brewing Company on a Monday night, grab a lager or an IPA, and let Christine Platzek introduce you to some of the regulars. Maybe the ones who are trying to plant the best bean fields, or those desperate to sort […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Indivisible Somerville

Indivisible Somerville, the local chapter of the national Indivisible movement, fosters local activism by helping people mesh social action with their lives.  “I went to a meeting and found myself talking about what really frustrated me about what was happening,” says Steering Committee Co-lead Peter Kollm. “You know, people who individually really care about this […]


The Feast of Friendship

Local women meet monthly to try recipes and build community The tables are covered in butcher paper that’s tied on with blue-and-white strings, just like the boxes that come from Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square. There are many flavors of Polar seltzer, bottled by the Crowley family of Worcester. And soon, more than a dozen […]


Fresh Bites For Your Holiday Feast

The holidays are upon us, and that invariably means traditions—especially when it comes to the dinner table. And tradition is, well, traditional. Maybe even … predictable. Now, don’t get us wrong—we like tried-and-true family recipes as much as you do, and nobody’s suggesting that it’s time to retire your great aunt’s legendary crab dip. But […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Restaurant in Assembly Square: River Bar 661 Assembly Row, (617) 616-5561 river-bar.com There are three words right near the top of River Bar’s website—small, creative, lively—and they encapsulate exactly what’s so great about it. The diversity on its one-page menu promises to engage your culinary imagination. Bored with brunch Benedicts? Try the pork schnitzel with gravy, […]


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

Best Restaurant Overall Best Restaurant in Winter Hill Best Chef Best Middle Eastern Food Best Place to Splurge Best Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com 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 […]


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 […]