Reader John let me know that Merci Montecito has opened in (you guessed it) Montecito at 1028 Coast Village Road next to the brand-new Caffe Lux (opened 2 weeks ago) and not-so-brand-new Vons (opened in 1968). Both new venues occupy the former home of Xanadu Bakery. Merci Montecito is a boutique artisanal cafe created by acclaimed pastry chef Elizabeth Colling. Elizabeth earned her degree at the Ritz Escoffier in Paris before working at Spago Beverly Hills and becoming the pastry chef at Bastide. Elizabeth was also a Food Editor of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines, where she developed and styled desserts for both publications. Merci Montecito is primarily an organic homemade food shop at the Montecito Country Mart, serving lunch, dinner and desserts that are easy to take on the go. Visit mercimontecito.com.