Articles by Eric Francis

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 […]


The World is Her Hive

Follow the Honey offers a window into the beekeepers of many nations Honeybees are “a gateway bug,” according to Follow the Honey founder Mary Canning, and the “liquid sunshine” they produce is the key to a greater sense of excitement in the world around us. “I’ve seen people walk in laden with the heaviness of […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Latin American: Olé 11 Springfield St., (617) 492-4495 olerestaurantgroup.com Middle Eastern, Place to Splurge, & Outdoor Dining: Oleana 134 Hampshire St. (617) 661-0505 oleanarestaurant.com At Oleana, Turkish and Middle Eastern flavors are more than influences—they are muses, and Executive Chef Ana Sortun has her entire menu dancing to their tunes. Her kebobs of Vermont quail are […]


Little Donkey Wins Best Restaurant Overall

Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Central Square Chef – Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer had already emerged as geniuses of tapas with Boston institution Toro when they decided to open another restaurant in their home city—and, specifically, in Central Square. But what kind of […]