When I first heard Michael Schwartz was opening his third restaurant, The Cypress Room, in the Miami Design District, I like many others was excited. It's a continuation of quality dining in a developing luxury neighborhood. 

The Cypress Room is opening next week. Stay tuned for more information next week! 

It's fitting that as the 12th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival gets under way that we in the Design District welcome our latest epicurean delight, Mercato. The small, Italian cafe is adjacent to Dena Marino's MC Kitchen. Diners will find everything is freshly made including croissants, Roaring Forties cheese apricot nut scones, bread, espresso chocolate chip cookies, boston cream pie donuts with fresh cream from Dakin Dairy. And the savory side there are salads and sandwiches like fresh albacore tuna salad and shaved porcetta Cuban sanwiches. You can also grab fresh berries, fruit, yogurt, coffees, gourmet chips, and artisanal chocolates

Just in time for Valentine's Day, there's a lovely, new bakery in the Miami Design District. Thomas Worhach owns and operates the bakery along with his wife, Karina.  Tom, a CIA grad, and pastry chef with 30 years of experience personally handles all of the baking.  Before opening BSweet he spent time working in kitchens across the US at Hotel Bel-Air, two Ritz Carlton properties (Houston and Philly), and close to home, the Four Seasons West Palm Beach.

The Ribollita Tuscan Bread Soup is just one of the items on MC Kitchen's new weekend  brunch menu. The chic new bistro's is serving up a hearty, homemade Italian brunch, every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30a.m. until 4:30 p.m.