It’s hard to be all things to all people, but Mama Bella Gourmet Market & Café in West Palm comes close. Named for owner Vladimir Fulman’s mother, the market offers comfort foods such as chicken croquettes and meatballs, in addition to artisan cheeses and prepared items. The café serves a changing menu throughout the day, starting with classic breakfast dishes such as eggs Benedict. Eggs give way to an assortment of cold and hot sandwiches at lunchtime. In the evening, there’s a full menu of specialties including chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff along with a range of stone pizzas. Mama Bella even has a wine room with an eclectic selection of nearly 100 bottles.
Fans of Amar Mediterranean Bistro in Delray Beach will be excited to learn of the opening of Amar Bakery & Market. The bakery features specialties from owners Nicolas and Susanna Kurbans’ native Lebanon as well as pastries and breads from throughout the Middle East. The bakery turns out fresh Mediterranean delicacies such as za’atar croissants, baklava cheesecake, fig and chocolate cake, and tahini cake, in addition to more traditional items and an extensive list of vegan muffins and cookies. Those who are unfamiliar with the food of the region can try an assortment in sweet or savory specialty boxes. After sampling man’ouche, lahambajin, fatayer, and labneh, you’ll feel like a pro.