Five recommendations: Erica Milia

Five questions. We just want to ask you five questions — or, rather, get five recommendations of things to read, listen to, watch, eat and buy from people who live, work or otherwise spend time in Cambridge. First up is Erica Milia, a Cambridge resident who works in Porter Square.

Read: “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” by Edward R. Tufte (Graphics Pr, 2001). is Erica’s recommendation for reading material. “That’s a very Cambridge answer for you,” Erica says, calling it “one thing everybody should read” but amending that to: “Anyone who studied graphs in school should read it. It sounds boring, but it is actually really funny, and half the book is pictures,” she said.

Listen to: “Can I say Adele, even though everyone’s already listening to her?” The British singer-songwriter has just two albums out, 2008’s “19” and this year’s “21” (both named after her age while recording them) and has had extraordinary success with each, with the latest spending 13 weeks at the top of Billboard charts — a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1998. “She just goes far beyond most people doing pop,” Erica said. “She has an amazing voice and puts a lot more emotion into her songs. She writes her own lyrics, so she portrays her own feelings in a way most performing artists can’t manage.”

Watch: Erica struggled to find a recommendation for this category but finally found one “If you’re into hardcore partying and high drama with British teens”: the U.K. version of “Skins,” the sex-and-drugs soap MTV tried remaking this year with controversy and limited success. “It’s probably not something everyone should see,” she said, and “for the record, I have not seen the later seasons. They weren’t on Netflix.”

Eat: Cambridge Common, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Porter and Harvard squares, gets Erica’s vote because “the food’s relatively cheap and really good.” Not to be missed: the curly french fries.

Buy: Without hesitation, the store that gets Erica excited is Penti, the hosiery and lingerie store that opened at 9 JFK St., Harvard Square, just last month. It’s big in Europe, but this is the Turkish chain’s first location in the United States. “You don’t think you need tights until you walk in there and realize you need all their tights,” Erica said.

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