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How About a Date Night?


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As holiday season approaches, “date cities” increase everywhere as dates, date pastes and date syrups figure into special cookies, sweet breads, rolls and other baked desserts. Even the retro hors d’oeuvres of cream cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon can put a gleam in the eyes of a holiday partygoer.

Dates, like peppermint, ginger, anise and orange rinds, may remind many people of the holidays. But for many others, dates are an everyday food; a staple of the Middle Eastern diet. Muslims observing Ramadan break their fasts by eating dates. Date sales peak at Ramadan, but then again at Thanksgiving and Christmas when they figure into baking, said Haig Tcholakian, spokesman for his family’s Phoenicia Specialty Foods stores where consumers can find many types of dried dates (as well as fresh dates) and other date products.

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Tuned In Goes Acoustic


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There’s nothing more Ky enjoys than live music around town. She spent the evening at MKT BAR downtown on a MKT Music Monday for a live acoustic night with Houston musician Josiah Hall and Kenny Hopkins and Steven Wells from Featherface.

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Where the Chefs Eat: Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, Justin Yu


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First there was Just August Project. And then came Pilot Light Group. And then came Oxheart Restaurant. And soon we will have The Pass and Provisions.

For this week’s Where the Chefs Eat installment, we found out where Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan and Justin Yu like to eat around Houston.

In August 2010, these talented three were in between jobs, and Siegel-Gardner, the mastermind, decided to open up a one-month pop-up, Just August Project. They took over the old house that is the Just Dinner space on Dunlavy, serving five-course meals for just $45. Houston foodsters fell in love, and fell hard enough that it convinced all three chefs to stay in Houston.

Yu has already opened Oxheart earlier this year, to much critical acclaim. Siegel-Gardner and Gallivan, who have taken over what was once the Gravitas space on Taft, are currently working hard to debut The Pass and Provisions. They’ll be opening very soon, and by all accounts, it’s going to be sensational.

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A graffiti artist hits the downtown Phoenicia — and the results are delicious


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In New York, those of us poor souls without air conditioning would escape into grocery stores during summer to cool off a bit (and maybe buy some gelato). But through August 31, there’s a much cooler reason to head to Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown.

The grocery store collaborated with graffiti artist Gonzo 247 to create “Yummy! 247,” a collection of grocery-inspired art that includes everything from soy sauce to cartoon logos to green peppers. It will change the way you think about art and food, and maybe even make you hungry. (Luckily, Phoenicia can help you out with that.)

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YUMMY! 247, an art exhibit now on view at the Phoenicia Specialty Foods


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Downtown’s hip MKT BAR (through August 31), is not to be missed. It is a grocery-inspired graffiti art show featuring the works of Aerosol Warfare’s GONZO247. The spray paint and plexi-glass series will leave you feeling happy and hungry thanks to a range of palate-stimulating colors and fun food characters including bell peppers, tomatoes and busy dinners.

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