Articles by Eric Francis

EHChocolatier Satisfies Cambridge’s Sweet Tooth

EHCHOCOLATIER – BEST SWEET TOOTH SATISFIER145 HURON AVE. (617) 284-6096 EHCHOCOLATIER.COM If chocolatiers were accorded authority in line with level of ecstasy their confections provide, then Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney might just rule the world. Co-owners of EHChocolatier, they have been feted repeatedly for their flavors, methods, and presentation, and just to walk into […]


2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here.  Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were given […]


2019 Candidate Survey: City Council

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the city council race. All candidates were given […]


Ana Sortum Voted Best Chef in Cambridge

ANA SORTUN, OLEANA – BEST CHEF, RESTAURANT OVERALL, MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT IN INMAN SQUARE, & OUTDOOR DINING134 HAMPSHIRE STREET (617) 661-0505 OLEANARESTAURANT.COM The moment that set Chef Ana Sortun on the path that would lead to Oleana happened, appropriately enough, at the table. “Back in the ‘90s I was invited to go to Turkey and […]


Cambridge is Hungry for Gustazo

GUSTAZO – BEST LATIN AMERICAN FOOD2067 MASSACHUSETTS AVE. (617) 487-8296 GUSTAZO-CUBANCAFE.COM/CAMBRIDGE When Chef Patricia Estorino and her husband Adolfo de la Vega opened their first restaurant—a small place in Belmont—it was a practical decision. “I think we were just really, really hungry for Cuban cooking, and we couldn’t see many choices for that,” says Estorino […]


Cambridge Art & Frame Is Your Pick For Displaying Your Masterworks

Scout’s Honored 2019Services—FramingCambridge Art & Frame at the Multicultural Arts Center41 Second Street, (617) 547-5944cambridgeartandframe.com Tucked inside the Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge Art & Frame is a single room, its walls lined with frame materials and sheets of glass, worktables, and tools of the craft. It’s a workshop, not a storefront, and for owner Andrew […]


Lamplighter Aglow With the Love of Beer

Your Scout’s Honored 2019 winner for Best Brewery is Lamplighter Brewing Co. After eight or nine years of homebrewing, Lamplighter Brewing Co. co-founders Cayla Marvil and AC Jones decided that Cambridge could use more than one brewery. It took another three years to open the doors at their location, which used to be the auto […]


Library’s New Learning Lab Aims to Up Its STEAM Game

You can get a sneak peek at the Cambridge Public Library’s new STEAM Learning Lab this Thursday and Dr. Maria McCauley, the city’s director of libraries, probably couldn’t be more excited about its potential. “My biggest hope is that people, especially young people, will be able to think about careers in these areas, especially right […]


Pssst, Mister—How About $200 For Your Vote?

Jeff Turner’s name was drawn from our 2019 Scout’s Honored voters in Cambridge and Somerville and he is the winner of our voting prize of $200! Jeff and his wife live on Lexington Avenue just outside of Davis Square in Somerville.  “What I love most about Somerville is its transformation into a vibrant, growing, fun […]


There’s Variety … and Then There’s All Together Now

“Variety’s the very spice of life/That gives it all its flavor.”—from “The Task” (1785) by William Cowper When Anna Rae conceived the idea for All Together Now in 2016, she knew it would be a variety show—in the performances, yes, but in every other aspect, as well. “I looked for venues and audiences willing to […]


Nature Is Nurture at Cambridge Naturals

Inside the store that grew out of 1960s counterculture Just inside the front doors of Cambridge Naturals is a black-and-white photo of two young adults—barely more than kids, really—whose hairstyles and fashion speak eloquently of the 1960s.  They are Michael Kanter and Elizabeth Stagl. Now husband and wife, they met at the State University of […]


Living On the Veg

Nüssli118° creates plant-based treats that defy stereotypes and delight taste buds It sits on the plate before you, and you do your best not to simply stuff the whole thing into your mouth. It’s a lemon square. Specifically: A ginger-lemon square with a light maple glaze, on a crust of almonds and cashews, with a […]