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Noemi: Phoenicia is a home away from home!


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Noemi came to Houston four years ago after living in Waller Texas, a very small town, northwest of Houston. She moved here to be closer to her aunts whom were living here and she hoped a bigger city might provide more opportunities for her 8-year old son. As she began looking for places to work, she came to Phoenicia excited about interacting with different people and cultures; it was hard at first because the food and customs were new to her but after being at Phoenicia over a year, it felt like home. While moving to a large city can be overwhelming, working at Phoenicia provides the comforts that she had living in a small town; regular customers, a warm-homey atmosphere and people who really care about each other. It took a while to reach that comfort level, the customers and their customs were very different from what she was used to but she found it was easier when she identified things that made them the same. Noemi smiles when she thinks about how similar cultures and food are; the pita often reminds her of tortillas from her home country and we laughed as we talked about how many of our wonderful breads, tortillas and pitas are used in lieu a fork and knife!

Noemi is a wonderful ambassador for customers who aren’t familiar with Mediterranean food; her first suggestion to a timid palate is our delicious hummus with fresh pita bread or flat breads with cheese- you can’t go wrong! Noemi always encourages people to try food, she tells them, “When you try it you like it!” You will often find her sampling her favorites like Baklava, Turkish delight, pita bread and the famous Zorab’s Italian Spices with olive oil and yummy fresh bread to very appreciative customers! With so many YUMMY choices at Phoenicia she asks herself daily, “What am I going to eat?” The answer is often Chicken Shawarma and with her favorite bakery a scrumptious fresh fruit tart.

As a manager at Phoenicia she enjoys teaching and managing people to be their best and she flourishes under the responsibility that it brings, she is eager to learn new things and her passion for Phoenicia is always evident, it even spills over to her young son…next to visiting the zoo, her son who would rather come visit Phoenicia than do anything! He visits often and you can be sure he is a good boy with a bright future!

Noemi is very impressed with the wedding cakes that they make in the bakery, she was always afraid of taking big special orders but now it is second nature to her. She attributes much of her confidence to working with Don, he is a great baker and a very kind, understanding teacher, with his gentle guidance she is learning so much and simply having him there makes things easier. While she struggled keeping things neat and organized, as they remodeled the bakery, the outcome was well worth it…the ice cream cakes that Phoenicia now offers in the bakery area are delicious and strawberry cake is her favorite!

Your travels may take you around the globe, but when you are at Phoenicia you are a part of our family and you can bet that Noemi is working hard to make sure Phoenicia is your home away from home!

Show-Stopping Specials


Posted in Downtown Market, Events, Media, MKT BAR
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As a proud sponsor of Society for the Performing Arts, we are pleased to offer ticketholders:

• Half off select bottles of wine
• $8 charcuterie & cheese plates

Upon ordering, simply present your same-day ticket for any SPA performance of the 2016-17 season.

Special Phoenicia perks to SPA Performances

You can take part in SPA Houston show perks tailored specifically for Phoenicia customers. When purchasing tickets for the show of your choice on the SPA Houston website, simply enter the discount code phoenicia. Gain access to tickets before they are released to the public and receive discounts on select shows.

Go here to purchase discounted tickets.

Questions? Call 713-632-8113

BETA Bracket Stand-up Comedy Competition at MKT BAR


Posted in Events, MKT BAR
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Laugh, vote, and repeat for another season of The BETA Bracket, BETA Theater’s stand-up comedy competition. Sponsored by MKT BAR, the audience-judged tournament will take place at 10PM every Friday through October 30th. To make event-goers laugh, 10 hometown comics will go toe-to-toe in 5, 10 and eventually 20-minute sets for a chance to advance and ultimately claim $250, $750 or $3000 in winnings.

Enjoy free admission and MKT BAR food and drinks for purchase.

WHAT: BETA Bracket Stand-up Comedy Competition
WHEN: Fridays, beginning August 14 through October 30th at 10PM
WHERE: MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown
1001 Austin Street (across the street from Discovery Green)
Houston, Texas 77010
ADMISSION: Free

Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

“Abstract in Youth ” by Quentin Pace


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Witness the symbolism of flowers, the influence of the African Diaspora and the use of minimalist elements. “Abstract in Youth” is a powerful exhibition that explores the complexities of self-awareness, vanity and the transient nature of youth through portraits, primarily featuring the artist’s family and friends.

Pace studied Fine Arts at the University of Houston-Downtown. He currently lives in Houston and works at the University of Houston-Downtown Library.

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

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: July 26 – August 19, 2015
COST: Free admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Join the event.

MKT Stand-up Showcase


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MKT Stand-up Showcase
First Sundays through Summer
June 7 | July 5 | August 2
7 – 8:30PM
FREE

What’s the best way to put Houston comedy on the map? Give comedians the tools they need to make it big. Throw in a few seasoned professionals and you’ve got a night of laughs in the bag.

Hosted by award-winning comic Barry Laminack, this free, monthly showcase features a rotating cast of local comedians bringing their best work to the stage to be recorded in front of a live audience (you!). It’s your chance support our city’s growing comedy scene—all while enjoying specials on our unique selection of craft beers and artisan pizzas.

$3 pints | $16 pitchers | $5 off pizza

August 2
Hosted by Barry Laminack
Featuring
– Dale Cheesman
– Dusti Rhodes
– Bob Biggerstaff
– Kristin Lindner
– Jaffer Khan
– Chase Durousseau

The MKT Stand-up Showcase series culminates with The BETA Bracket, BETA Theater’s audience-judged stand-up comedy competition which kicks off in the fall. To make event-goers laugh, 10 hometown comics will go toe-to-toe in 5, 10 and eventually 20-minute sets for a chance to advance and ultimately claim $100, $500 or $2,000 in winnings.

MKT BAR’s comedy events are brought to you by BETA Theater, whose mission is to incubate world-class talent right here in Houston. Learn more at betatheater.com.

“Armature” by Jennifer McClish


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The exhibition “Armature” features new paintings by MFA University of Houston student Jennifer McClish. Her glossy, vibrant paintings explore the psychological battles between the individual and society through the use of abstraction, layering and texture.

“Armature” is a powerful exhibition that explores love, spirituality and mortality.

McClish graduated from the Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a focus in Drawing and a minor in Art History. Currently, she is pursuing a MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Houston. Her work focuses on narrative and the psychological, exploring the internal battles of the individual and the anxieties that put us in conflict with ourselves and our surroundings. Nineteeth century Symbolist art and literature also influence her work.

OPENING RECEPTION: Meet the artist on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION: May 30 – July 24, 2015
COST: Free admission. Food, drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

Join the event.

Exhibition organized by Charisse Weston.

Father’s Day Weekend


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June 19-21, 2015

Join us for YUMMY! Father’s Day Weekend Brunch and dinner specials, guaranteed to make Dad happy. Father’s Day Weekend Brunch specials include Fajita Pizza with grilled flank steak, peppers, onions, cheese and pico de gallo, along with Pulled Pork Waffles. Dad can also choose from classic à la carte brunch favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Piperade with Eggs and our Sake Bloody Mary, beer flights and an impressive selection of draught beer. Dinner highlights include Watermelon and Feta Salad, BBQ Pork Ribs with MKT Potato Salad and California Dream Cake. Little ones can also enjoy YUMMY! items from our kids menu including popular Bayou City Sliders, Fish & Potato Chips and more. On Sunday, June 21, Dad can also enjoy live music with the Jordan Chase Trio performing from noon to 3PM.

MKT BAR Father’s Day Weekend Brunch Specials
Available Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21
(Regular Weekend Brunch menu will also be available.)

Fajita Pizza $12
with grilled flank steak, peppers, onions, cheese and pico de gallo

Pulled Pork Waffle $13

MKT BAR Father’s Day Dinner Specials
Available Friday-Sunday, June 19-21
(Regular MKT BAR menu will also be available.)

Appetizer
Watermelon and Feta Salad $7

Entrées
BBQ Pork Ribs with MKT Potato Salad $14

Fajita Pizza $12
with grilled flank steak, peppers, onions, cheese and pico de gallo

Dessert
California Dream Cake $8
Nine layers of moist chocolate cake filled with chocolate truffle cream, cream cheese mousse, Heath Bar crunch and chocolate cookie crumble

Phoenicia In-store Gift Items – Available All Month at Both Locations
A unique selection of Phoenicia-exclusive items:
– Hand-crafted cigars
– Gourmet spice assortments
– Select global gourmet coffees
– Premium nuts and snacks
– World’s best beer for the world’s best dad
– Phoenicia and MKT BAR gift cards in-store and online

Phoenicia Bakery Specials – Available June 15-21 at Both Locations
– Blueberry Tortes
– Cherry Clafoutis
– Black and White Cookies

MKT BAR’s Saturday Morning Kid’s Variety Show


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Music, magic and more with AndyRoo and David Rangel
June 11, July 13 and August 8

Looking for family-friendly fun this summer? Don’t sweat it. Bring the kids (and the kids at heart) to our first-ever Saturday Morning Kid’s Variety Show series. Events will be geared toward children ages 4 and up, and will take place every second Saturday of the summer: June 13, July 11 and August 8 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Features will include live music, magic and more from local children’s musician AndyRoo—who takes listeners on an adventure through the AndyRooniverse—and Houston-based magician David Rangel.

The event series, sponsored by Sessions Music with a portion of proceeding benefiting ArtBridge Houston, will also showcase special guest performances that aren’t just for kids—they’re by kids. Other activities will include crafts, coloring, drawing, creative writing and YUMMY! cookie decorating.

Attendees who RSVP will receive a free goody bag filled with YUMMY! treats, and door prizes will be provided courtesy of Children’s Museum Houston. Refreshments such as breakfast bites, coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Admission is free with advance registration at AndyRoo.Eventbrite.com, and free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series is generously sponsored by Sessions Music, a revolutionary, new concept dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels achieve their modern and classical music dreams. Through an emphasis on individualized curriculum, performance opportunities, and state-of-the-art technology, Sessions Music provides a novel and superior approach to music education at three conveniently located music studios in the Houston area.

Mother’s Day Weekend


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Treat Mama to YUMMY! dinner and Weekend Brunch specials guaranteed to make her happy. Dinner highlights include Carrot Ginger Soup and Roasted Salmon, while Pizza with Gold Potato, Roasted Garlic, Brie and Bacon joins MKT Crab Cakes as brunch specials. Mama can also choose classic à la carte brunch favorites such as Hill Country Fried Chicken & Waffles, Piperade with Eggs, party-pretty pomegranate mimosas, summer-loving white sangria and more. Little ones can gobble up YUMMY! items from our MKT BAR kids menu including popular Bayou City Sliders, Fish and Chips and more. On Sunday, May 10, Mama will enjoy live music with the Idol Gossip jazz band performing from noon to 3PM.

MKT BAR Mother’s Day Dinner Specials
Available Friday-Sunday, May 8-10
(Regular MKT BAR menu will also be available.)

Appetizer
Carrot Ginger Soup with Champagne $6

Entrée
Roasted Salmon in Parchment $18
With gold potatoes, fennel, tomatoes and green olives

Dessert
Fraisier Cake $7
Vanilla butter cream, fresh strawberries, almond paste and layers of almond cake served with strawberry coulis

MKT BAR Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch Specials
Available Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10
(Regular Weekend Brunch menu will also be available.)

Yum for Mum Pizza $12
With gold potatoes, roasted garlic, brie, bacon and fresh parsley

MKT Crab Cakes $14
On an English muffin with asparagus and hollandaise sauce

Phoenicia In-store Gift Items – Available All Month at Both Locations

Chef-created artisan chocolates

Gourmet spice assortments

Handcrafted housewares including Turkish coffee pots and Polish stoneware

Le Creuset cookware

Cookbooks from around the world

Phoenicia and MKT BAR gift cards in any amount

Champagne

Boutique wines | Bring home the flavors of Italian wine this Mother’s Day with these featured wines:

San Marzano Primitivo: A fresh, fruit-forward red drink with the amazing flavors of Italian cuisine like pizza, pastas and robust soups or simply enjoy by itself.
Kreos Rosé: Dry, styled, berry-filled rosé that is made to be paired with lighter dishes including roasted chicken or salad.
San Pietro Chardonnay: The minerality, crispness and great acidity make this an amazing accompaniment to grilled or roasted fish

Bakery Specials – Available May 3-10 at Both Locations

Raspberry Linzer Torte

Nuns (available in different flavors)

Lemon Mandolines

Fresh Fruit Financier

French Macarons available in different flavors including Passion Fruit, Lemon, Caramel, Coffee, Earl Grey Tea, Raspberry, Chocolate or Vanilla