Articles by Eric Francis

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 […]