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Your YUMMY! Mommy’s Favorite Recipe Contest


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Mom’s recipes always taste best. Share her favorite (or yours) and you could win a Phoenicia gift card! Simply email us with one recipe only that includes:

1.) Step-by-step instructions
2.) Ingredients and quantity of each you used
3.) Photo of finished recipe (optional)
4.) Your contact information (full name, email address and phone number)

Three winners will be chosen based on recipe creativity and overall appeal.
Grand Prize: 1 – $100 Phoenicia gift card
Second Prize: 1 – $50 Phoenicia gift card
Third Prize: 1 – $25 Phoenicia gift card

Entries must be received by Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:59PM (CST). Only one entry per person, please.

Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Recipes must be original and may not be copied from any source. Any photo you submit must belong to you and you warrant that it does not and shall not infringe on any copyright or any other third party right nor violate any applicable law or regulation. By submitting a recipe entry, you give Phoenicia Specialty Foods non-exclusive rights to use your recipe and photo for any promotional purposes, without compensation. Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Phoenicia Specialty Foods, MKT BAR and Arpi’s Deli and their immediate family members living in the same household are not eligible.

“Sound Proof” Photographs and Collages by Peter Lucas


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Be among the first to experience “Sound Proof,” a collection of photographs and collages by Peter Lucas on Thursday, May 9th and meet the artist himself. After a brief introduction, Lucas will play a DJ set from 7-9PM.

About the Art
Artist Peter Lucas has drawn from his eclectic collection of old records and tapes to create a series of work exploring the nature and aesthetics of music media objects. Lucas’ photographs and collages incorporate and reframe elements of vinyl records, covers, sleeves, and 8-track and cassette tape cartridges. Emphasizing design as well as edges, textures, and degradation, Sound Proof is an homage to the rapidly vanishing culture of physical music media, a conceptual shifting of these vessels into art objects, and a personal rumination on the artist’s lifelong relationship with music.

On View: May 10 – June 9, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6-9PM
Cost: Free admission. All artwork will be available for purchase.

MKT BAR YUMMY! Mama’s Day Full-Service Brunch


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Mother’s Day Weekend
May 11-12, 2013
9AM-2PM
MKT BAR presents full-service dining and a special YUMMY! brunch menu guaranteed to make Mama happy. Highlights of our Mom’s Day special menu include Fresh Fruit Waffles, Piperade with Eggs, an Egg Scramble with chorizo and more. Popular choices including Haig’s Chili and several gourmet pizzas from the regular MKT BAR menu will also be available. Of course a good brunch isn’t complete without drinks, so have Mom order a party-pretty pomegranate mimosa or a summer-loving white sangria to accompany her meal. On Sunday May 12th, the Pelayo Parlade Duo performs from noon to 3PM.

MKT BAR YUMMY! Mama’s Day Brunch Menu

Fresh Fruit Waffles $10
with seasonal mixed fruit and cardamom whipped cream

Hill Country Fried Chicken and Waffles $13
with Moroccan-spiced maple syrup

Yogurt and Granola $6
A cup of Greek yogurt with homemade, honey-sweetened granola

Piperade w/ Eggs $9
Two soft-cooked eggs in pepper and tomato sauce, served with pita chips

Egg Scramble $10 with chorizo / $8 without chorizo
Over roasted potatoes and green onions with a drizzle of MKT Queso

Side of Herb-Roasted Potatoes, Home-Style Sausage or  Home-Style Bacon $2

Plantain Chips $7
Crispy, homemade plantain chips with mango salsa and chimichurri

MKT Queso $9
Melted beemster, sharp white cheddar, Gruyère and kefalograviera cheeses with grilled jalapeño, green olives, roasted peppers and oven-baked pita chips

Haig’s Chili $8
Ground chuck steak with onions, roasted peppers, fava beans and chickpeas topped with sharp white cheddar cheese, red radish, garlic, lemon zest, olive oil and scallions

Farmer’s Market Pizza $12
Kefalograviera cheese, spinach, red peppers, roasted shallots and garlic topped with green onions, roasted pears and apples

The Butcher $14
Pizza with marinara sauce, mozzarella, chorizo, Italian sausage, ground beef and sopressata

Big Cheese $12
Pizza with house marinara, fresh mozzarella and parmesan

“Vente à Emporter” Photography and Mixed Media Exhibit by Hometown Artist Rosine Kouamen


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"Vente à Emporter" by Rosine Kouamen

View Houston through the eyes of Rosine Kouamen, hometown photographer and mixed-media artist who endeavors to capture the transformation of culture through her lens and artistic creations. Explore Houston’s bustling ethnic epicenter as the native Cameroonian displays work that depicts how identity transcends time and location.

Exhibit: Through May 31, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7-10PM

Free admission. Kouamen will attend the opening reception and light bites will be served. Drinks and all artwork will be available for purchase.

For more information on Rosine Kouamen, visit http://www.rosinekouamen.com

Wednesdays Vinyl Night @ MKT BAR


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MKT BAR Vinyl Night

Wednesdays 7-10PM

Put a different spin on your Wednesday, every week. Relax and unwind in an intimate setting with interesting Houstonians as they play guest DJ for the evening and spin their favorites on vinyl records provided by Cactus Music. Experience different guest DJs and musical styles each week as you gain insight into what moves and grooves our city’s notables.

You’ll also enjoy half off select bottles of wine and $8 charcuterie and cheese plates.

Check out our calendar for the latest Vinyl Night lineup.

Soul Sessions Saturdays


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Soul Sessions

Saturdays 8-11PM

Shine up your dancing shoes and join us every Saturday when we’ll have the best in local soul DJs and bands playing you something to cut a rug to.

Check out our calendar for the latest Soul Sessions lineup.

Give 5% to Conserve Houston


Posted in Arpi's Deli, Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR, Westheimer Market
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April 20, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day! Join us in showing love for our city’s green spaces by helping us donate to Houston’s Give 5% campaign. Shop at either of our market locations or dine with us at MKT BAR or Arpi’s Phoenicia Deli on Saturday, April 20th to contribute to the cause. We’ll be donating 5% of our gross revenue that day to our favorite Houston-area conservancies who are collaborating to make the Houston area a better place.

Bayou Land Conservancy
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Galveston Bay Foundation
Houston Audubon
Katy Prairie Conservancy

We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love by Giving 5!

Easter YUM!


Posted in Downtown Market, Events, MKT BAR
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Hoppy spring! Join us for an eggsceptional Easter menu and a special selection of holiday treats.

MKT BAR Easter Weekend Menu
Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 10AM-3PM
Live music from the Pelayo Parlade Duo on Sunday | Noon-3PM

Fried Catfish $12
with jalapeño grits

Pecan Praline Waffles $11
with fresh peaches and whipped cream

Seafood Frittata $12
shrimp, crab, tomatoes and artichoke hearts with fresh herbs

Add a cocktail for a perfect holiday pairing:

Basil Rita
fresh basil steeped in simple syrup & lime juice, finished with sparkling wine, seltzer & chopped basil, with a salted rim           

Raspberry MKT Mojito
raspberry simple syrup & mint, shaken with apple juice & our house rosé

Sangria Blanca
seasonal berries, fruit & citrus marinated overnight w/ our sommelier’s white wine blend
Carafe offered                    

Pomegranate Mimosa
light & effervescent pomegranate juice with Prosecco sparkling wine
Carafe offered

 

YUMMY! Crew Spotlight: Massar Rahma


Posted in Arpi's Deli, News
Massar Rahma

With a background as a computer programmer, Massar Rahma walked into Phoenicia Specialty Foods two years ago, looking for a stocking job that would tide him over until he found his dream job. Little did he know that dream job would be as general manager at Arpi’s Phoenicia Deli!

When Massar began working at Arpi’s, he fell in love with the food and the different kinds of coffees they make. He was eager to learn how to make them and worked diligently to learn from other baristas until he perfected his techniques. His favorite coffee drink is the Vanilla Dulce de Leche–and he gets many requests for this goodness in a cup!

At Arpi’s, he is the Massar of all! He can often be seen buzzing around the busy kitchen, helping on the registers, making coffee and always taking the time to help a customer who may be unfamiliar with Arpi’s delicacies. He laughs as he recalls one customer, who has since become a regular, who chastised him for making him taste an item. Now that customer comes in almost daily for it. The customer said, “It is your fault, Massar! You made me try it!” Massar loves the busy lunch times and has a following of regulars that come in so often, he knows their orders by heart.

You can hear the joy in his heart when he talks about busy weekends when families are relaxing at tables and kids are playing games and laughing. This is Massar’s favorite time at Arpi’s. He beams with a humbling sincerity we when he talks about Arpi’s and how he wants customers to feel like Arpi’s is their home away from home.

Come to Arpi’s and become one of Massar’s “regulars.” He will make you feel like you are home.