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YUM o’ the Irish


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Join us as we pay homage to Irish culture with an offering of St. Patty’s-themed food and beer specials!

MKT BAR Specials
Served March 14-17, 2PM-kitchen close

Shepherd’s Stew $11
Phoenicia’s own Guinness beef stew served in a cast iron pan, topped with whipped potatoes, browned in the oven and served with Irish soda bread

The Irish $12
Pizza topped with Irish-shredded corned beef, gold potatoes, Brussels sprout leaves and Irish cheddar

Dessert

Shamrock Pie $7
A zesty lemon curd topped with a baked meringue

Featured Irish Beers

Guinness Stout $4
The Irish stout all others are measured against and the one crafted to perfection for more than 200 years.

Brooklyn Brewery Dry Irish Stout $4
Proudly carries on the tradition of dry stouts brewed in Ireland for centuries. A blend of dark roasted, pale, and flaked malts produce rich coffee and chocolate flavors to enjoy on St. Patty’s or any ol’ day.

Gelato $2.75-$3.50
Bailey’s Irish Cream
St. Pat’s Mint Chocolate Chip
Guinness

Irish Cream Affogato $4.95
Irish Cream Cheesecake gelato topped w/ 2 shots of espresso, served w/ a shortbread cookie

MKT BAR Brunch
Served Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15
French Toast with macerated strawberries  $9
Corned Beef hash $6

Phoenicia In-Store Specials
Available March 11-17

Featured Cheeses
Kerrygold Cashel Blue
Tuxford and Tebbutt Mature Irish Cheddar
Cahill’s Farm Cheddar with Porte

Soup Bar
Irish Beef Stew
Potato Leek Soup
Split Pea and Ham Soup

Featured Cold Deli Specials
Corned Beef
Cabbage w/ Bacon
Mini Shepherd’s Pies
Twice-baked Irish potatoes w/ green onions topped w/ Irish cheddar

Featured Hot Grille Specials
Rotating March 11-March 17

Cottage Pie (beef) w/ root vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes topped with Stout gravy
House-made Corned Beef
Braised Cabbage
Rosemary and Thyme-roasted Potatoes

Bakery
Available March 11-17
Chocolate mint mousse, green tea and white chocolate cake and shamrock cookie
Irish soda bread

 

“Grids” by James Radcliffe


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This exhibition features large and small-scale works on paper that explore relationships between line, color, and space. In spite of the presence of geometric repetition, Radcliffe’s works display a spontaneity and sincerity that makes even the smallest piece speak loudly to the viewer. “Grids” is an exhibition of powerful pieces, full of colorful vibrancy and depth.

James Radcliffe is a Houston-based artist currently pursuing an MFA in painting from the University of Houston. He produces his drawings and paintings on found and salvaged supports to add an underlying history upon which his marks elaborate. RadcliffeJames explores abstractions derived from a repetitious mark-making activity which employs color, or the lack thereof, to engage the viewer. Radcliffe has exhibited at Project Row Houses, DiverseWorks, Alabama Song Art Space, and was recently awarded a 2015 Idea Fund Grant.

All artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibition organized by Charisse Weston

EXHIBITION: February 11 – April 4, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, February 11, 7-9PM. Meet the artist at 9PM.
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Join the event

MKT BAR Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights


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Giddy up and GO TEXAN as we circle the wagons to bring you four Boot Scootin’ Steak Nights. Savor great grub with a Texas twang, wash it down with beer and wine specials, and two-step till the cows come home with live country music.

Go Texan Menu

MKT Frito Pie w/ Haig’s Chili $8
ground chuck steak with onions, roasted peppers, fava beans and chickpeas

BBQ Ribs $12.99
with sweet potato salad

Ribeye $12.99
with iron-skillet baked beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Double-Cut Pork Chop $17
with iron-skillet baked beans and fresh tossed coleslaw

Beer & Wine Specials
Texas beer flights
Select Texas wine offerings

Dessert

Mile High Key Lime Pie $7

Music Line-up

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Broken Spokes 6-9PM
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 – Vinyl Night w/ Guest DJ Mexican Blackbird (classic country) 7-10PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 – Vinyl Ranch 5-8PM | Pecos Hank 8-11PM
  • Friday, Feb. 27 – GO TEXAN DAY – Lucas Eason and The Panhandlers 5-8PM | Beta Theater Stand-Up Comedy 9PM

WHCC Choir & Rodeo Clowns will be making surprise appearances throughout the week.

Phoenicia In-Store Specials – All February

Apricot Fried Pie
Texas Pecan Pound Cake
Wafer Banana Pudding

Valentine’s Spotlight: Our YUMMY! Couple


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Meet the cutest, quirkiest couple! They met at a friend’s birthday party, where Nikki Machacek was taking photos and Chris Dunaway was playing in the band. While photographing the band Nikki noticed Chris. She thought he had a cute smile and was wearing braces, which she loved. They talked throughout the night and discovered they had a lot in common, but their fate was sealed when she put a cartoon aardvark “Arthur” plate on her face and Chris thought it was hilarious! Even though they were both dating other people, they felt a connection and soon after began to date. Their first date was an outing to the movie Slumdog Millionaire, and since they both have a passion for indie movies, it was followed by many more movie date nights.

They found a great place in the Heights and moved in together, not knowing that it was owned by her grandmother’s arch enemy! Even with an antagonistic landlord, they managed to “become adults together,” Nikki says with a sweet smile. They adopted a kitty named Slinky, and then another baby kitty named Pumpkin. Nikki convinced Chris to quit smoking and become a vegetarian, and Chris taught Nikki how to parallel park. Even though they have broken up and gotten back together, the love and support they have for each other has brought them back together and made them even stronger. (Of course it may also be a shared passion for music and comic books!)

Nikki and Chris eventually moved into a larger house with two other roommates, and Chris finding himself the only guy in a house full of women. The move allowed them to escape their landlord and gain the space to explore their talents. Nikki is an aspiring artist and Chris plays bass guitar in several popular bands. When they aren’t at work or practicing, you might find them at home, making dinner together. They love to make YUMMY! dinners side by side, as neither wants to cook an entire meal.

Because Nikki and Chris are from small Texas towns, Dickinson and Santa Fe, respectively, they have a deep compassion for a simple, shared life. Nikki declares they are engaged to be married and that they may want to adopt children someday. “First, we’ll probably start with a dog, and then maybe a monkey,” she says with a luminous laugh.

Their love of all things brings them to Phoenicia, where they enjoy many epicurean delights. When pressed for a favorite item, carb love wins out. They can’t live without a MKT BAR pizza.

Come to MKT BAR this Valentine’s and like Nikki and Chris, celebrate all that is love, friendship and pizza!

 

Kid’s Pastry Class and Pizza Party


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Phoenicia Pastry Chef David Berg will teach kids ages 5-12 how to bake and decorate cookies. After class, kids will prepare personal artisan pizzas and enjoy a pizza party, goody bag, and more fun. Includes complimentary MKT BAR cocktails for parents. $40 per child, per class. Limited space available.

For class schedule and to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com

WHAT: Kid’s Pastry Classes and Pizza Parties
WHERE: Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010
PARKING: Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.
CONTACT: (832) 360-2222

 

​Cupid’s Karaoke Cuddle Fest at MKT BAR


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On Saturday, February 14th, all of Cupid’s single and hitched friends can enjoy Cuddle Fest Karaoke at MKT BAR. From 7-10PM, DJ Tempty will spin soulful love tunes, followed by cuddly karaoke emceed by local music man and internationally-known lover, Mark Austin & the Superstars. In addition to stardom on the stage, participants will be treated to YUMMY! Snickerdoodles.

Join the Facebook event.

Dinner Specials at MKT BAR Available Thursday, February 12th through Sunday, February 15th.

Brunch Specials at MKT BAR Available Saturday, February 14th and Sunday, February 15th from 10AM-3PM, with live music from Danielle Reich’s Gypsy Jazz on Sunday from noon-3PM. Specials include:​

  • Half off Pomegranate Mimosa carafes and Sangria carafes
  • Half​ off Chicken & Waffles with the purchase of another entrée
  • Half off select bottles of reds, whites and bubbles

 

ALL MONTH: Enjoy in-store sweetheart treats at Phoenicia, too!

WHAT: Valentine’s Celebration
WHERE: MKT BAR and Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown 1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green) Houston, Texas 77010
PARKING: Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.
CONTACT: (832) 360-2222

“Everything in Its Right Place” by Stephanie Gonzalez at MKT BAR


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Explore the abstract works, freelance logos, murals, and interior designs that reflect the emotions of artist Stephanie Gonzalez. Growing up with her grandparents in Reynosa, Mexico, Gonzalez picked up painting from her grandfather. In her work, she uses mixed media such as aerosol paint, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, china ink, pencil, and marker, along with the use of coffee, wine and beer as a medium. Her work emphasizes texture, and retains a delicate balance between raw and gritty elements and atmospheric beauty.

All artwork will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit http://sgabstractart.jimdo.com/

EXHIBITION: December 15, 2014 – January 16, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7-9PM < – Join the event.
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Exhibition organized by Megan Badger.

New Year’s Eve Soul Celebration & New Year’s Day Brunch at MKT BAR


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 9PM – 2AM

On December 31st, we’re ringing in 2015 with a New Year’s Eve Soul Celebration! Partygoers will be greeted with the live funky sounds of The Journey Agents as well as ’60s soul, pop and rock 45s spun by DJ Tempty. Delicious MKT BAR bites will be on hand throughout the night, and at midnight, goers can expect Hill Country Chicken & Waffles and artisan pizza paired with a champagne toast. VIP tables will be available and include champagne bottle service, chocolate-covered strawberries and New Year’s Eve party favors. Ages 18 and up.

COST:
Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase online until December 31st at 6PM.

VIP Table Pricing (purchased online, in advance only, priced per table, doesn’t include general admission)
*2-3 seat table (1 bottle of bubbles, chocolate-covered strawberries and New Year’s Eve party favors): $100
*2-4 seat table (1 bottle of bubbles, chocolate-covered strawberries and New Year’s Eve party favors): $100
*5-8 seat table (2 bottles of bubbles, chocolate-covered strawberries and New Year’s Eve party favors): $200
*9-12 seat table (3 bottles of bubbles, chocolate-covered strawberries and New Year’s Eve party favors): $300

Please note: VIP Table guests must also purchase general admission tickets separately. Tickets for entry are not included in the VIP Table price.

General Admission per person
$45 in advance; $55 at the door

New Year’s Day Brunch
Brunch will be served from 10AM-3PM on January 1st and half-priced Chicken & Waffles will be available all day from 10AM-8PM.

 

 

 

 

 

Rockets Game-Day Specials


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Where YUMMY! is a slam dunk!

Valid on Houston Rockets home game days (2014-2015 season), 5-10PM.

$3 Beer

$3 Bayou City Slider
Grilled house-ground chuck burger, sharp cheddar, onion, pickle, applewood smoked bacon & Turkish coffee barbecue sauce on our homemade brioche roll

$3 Zaatar Fries
Zaatar-dusted, hand-cut fries with lemon zest, spicy Moroccan ketchup & garlic sauce for dipping

Houston’s Holiday Headquarters


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Got a Phoodie on your gift list this year? Put down the ugly Christmas sweater. That’s exactly what they don’t want! Indulge the lover of food with a YUMMY! Gift Card or choose from our plethora of gourmet gifts.

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YUMMY! Gift Card
The perfect stocking stuffer, hostess gift or peace-offering for a meal-gone-wrong, the YUMMY! Gift Card is sure to put a big smile on any Phoodie’s face. Pick one up in any amount!

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Gourmet Gift Baskets
Designed with that special person in mind, our gift baskets are fun, festive and filled with favorites to fit any theme you select. For the hospitable hostess, favorite teacher or as a simple thank you, a gift basket of freshly-baked cookie creations or gourmet chocolates is sure to spread holiday cheer.

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Unique Housewares
Our impressive selection of quality cookware will inspire the creative juices of your favorite cook. One-of-a-kind ceramics from Bulgaria, Spain, Poland and beyond are perfect for anyone with a flair for innovative design and timeless functionality.

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Whether you need to find a fun sparkling for a holiday party, a perfect match of red or white for dinner, or a liqueur or dessert wine to cap the night off, you can find it at Phoenicia. For those who prefer hops to grapes, our coolers are filled with a healthy selection of brews that come from Texas to anywhere between Brazil, Spain, Russia and Japan.

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Za’atar Dusted Lamb & Sour Cherry Demi-Glace

Succulent lamb chops get a zesty punch with fragrant za’atar seasoning while pairing well with the sweet tartness of sour cherry demi-glace. Try it out here.

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Ginger Crème Brûlée

These rich and creamy gingery custards will make any food-lover sing. Break out the mini blowtorch for this one!

Top YUMMY! Picks

Dry Sour Cherries

Yes, there is such a thing as a sour cherry tree! Although the true origins are unknown, the sour cherry is thought to have originated in Western or Eastern Europe. The tangy fruit is best when cooked or baked. P.S. Don’t forget to try our Zergut brand sour cherry in light syrup–a perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes.

Za’atar

Wonderfully aromatic, this Middle Eastern spice has its own house blend at Phoenicia. Look for Zohrab’s MidEast the next time you come in. It’s great for seasoning meats and vegetables, dipping with olive oil, and can be baked to produce a tasty herbed bread. Try it sprinkled on pita or toast drizzled with olive oil, too!

Phoenicia Lamb and Butcher Shop Meats

We pride ourselves on using the best meats in our butcher shop, and can guarantee they’re all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free. Keep in mind that our butchers can prepare most any cut for you, so special orders are welcome!

Crystallized Ginger

Find crystallized ginger, saffron, vanilla and beyond when you wander into our extensive spice and baking goods sections. We promise sky-high value at down-to-earth prices!

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Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
For a delicious twist on a traditional favorite, try this recipe for a moist, melt-in-your-mouth turkey that never fails to impress.

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Duchesse Pressed Cookies
If you’ve been searching for an easy and versatile cookie to add to your holiday baking this year, this is it!

Top YUMMY! Picks

Phoenicia Turkey
Phoenicia prides itself on stocking all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free halal turkeys that don’t contain animal byproducts.

Specialty Herbs and Spices
Just consider Phoenicia spice world! Come and explore our holiday budget-friendly extensive herb and spice section for all of your cooking and baking needs

Five Roses Flour
For the best baking results, our chef recommends Five Roses Flour. Find it stocked in the baking section.

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Baked Show Goat Brie Stuffed with Fig Jam & Walnuts

Start your holiday celebrations by delighting guests with this wonderful French appetizer, full of warm buttery goodness paired with crunchy, rich sweetness.

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Pecan Praline Waffles with Peaches

Stuck on what to make the morning of? Let the heavenly scent of vanilla waffles waft through your kitchen and greet sleepy eyes with pure deliciousness. This sumptuous treat will keep bellies satisfied and smiles on faces all day long!

Top YUMMY! Picks

Cortas Fig Jam

This exotic, aromatic spread is made by Cortas, a top-quality manufacturer of Middle Eastern food products based in Lebanon using in a centuries-old tradition. Figs of the Mediterranean and Middle East are considered some of the most flavorful in the world and that shows in this staple Phoenicia product. It is wonderful on our toasted pita and goes magnificently well with brie.

Show Goat Triple Cream Brie

We’re proud to be the first to carry Houston-based Show Goat Creamery‘s debut product, Triple Cream Brie. Sourced from pastoral Fairwoods Farm and top of the line Mill-King cows cream, its downy white exterior and buttery soft interior belies its simplicity of character. Clean and tangy, decadent and creamy, this cheese is the first Triple Cream Brie made in Texas and holds the flavors of this great state within its bloomy rind.

Phoenicia Packed Pecans

Many Phoenicia Phoodies fall in love when they gaze upon on our nuts section and often think we are “nuts” based on the quality offered for the value received. The pecans we carry are no different. Tis’ the season for pecan pie, homemade spiced pecans or candied pecans for winter salad topping!

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Try this versatile fish for a holiday break from tradition. Unique recipe ingredients such as Aleppo pepper and the Syrian or Middle Eastern pepper pastes found at Phoenicia develop this dish into big flavors. The presentation is impressive and the taste is likely to become a family fave!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Preserved Lemon

Nutty and lemony, the recipe for this side will have you viewing Brussels sprouts in a whole new light.

Top YUMMY! Picks

Bronzini

Also known as Mediterranean sea bass, our bronzini is imported from Greece. Its mild, delicate flavor harmonizes well with a range of global cuisines featuring everything from spicy variations to more subtle flavors. Resembling the texture of red snapper, bronzini is a popular firm, white fish that holds up very well to a variety of cooking methods. Find it fresh at Phoenicia.

Chestnuts (Ponthier brand)

Convenient and high quality, these chestnuts taste like they came straight from the Italian countryside to be cooked by the loving hands of your Italian grandmother (aka Nonna).

Preserved Lemon

Common in Indian and North African cuisine, preserved lemon is a condiment containing whole lemons or sections that are pickled in a brine of water, lemon juice, and salt with  occasional spices included. The pulp of preserved lemon can be used in stews and sauces, but the peel (zest and pith together) is most valued. The flavor is mildly tart but intensely lemony, making dishes especially fragrant and lemon-scented. Phoenicia also carries a dry lemon omani that is used in other parts of the Middle East for the same culinary purpose of achieving a very fragrant dish.