If you are in the greater Houston area and looking for a new spot for girls night, Vinyl & Vino night at MKT Bar is the way to go! A night filled with girlfriends, a guest DJ and wine specials? Count me in! And lucky for us it’s tonight and every Wednesday from 7pm-10pm. 🙂
Last week a couple of us lucky lifestyle and food bloggers had the honor of partaking in a menu tasting at MKT Bar along with an amazing tour through Phoenicia Foods downtown by the owner herself. Being taken through the store by Ann Marie while she gave us the history of Phoenicia and a background of her family was a tour like no other. If you have been to the downtown location before, you already know that the food and wine selection is one of a kind. Not only can you purchase groceries at Phoenicia, but you can lunch there and also enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee all while watching the freshly made pita bread make its way through the conveyor belt throughout the store. Oh and did I mention they also have the cutest giftable items from books to kitchenware?! I’ll be back for you cute coffee mug, cutting board and apron!
Not only does Phoenicia inventory such a great array of international foods and wine from places like Greece, Austria and South Africa, but hearing Ann Marie talk about her family along with pointing out spices and items that are named after her Mom and Dad as we walked throughout the store was something extra special. 🙂
After touring the amazing space and getting to try the appetizers placed throughout the store for us to taste we were all looking forward to dinner!
Seriously, everything they provided at the tasting was so delicious. From the appetizers, to the cocktails to the dessert! O..M..G..the dessert guys! Goodness I just remembered I need to get back there stat! 🙂
We experienced some great flavor that evening, but I would like to share what my absolute favorites were and a definite must try in my book!
Meat & Cheese Platter | Cheese is always a good idea!
Splish Splash Cocktail | Dill infused agave nectar, pinot grigio and strained cucumber finished with bitters. This concoction is nothing short of amazingness!
Braised Lamb Tacos | I wish I would have taken some to go!
**Food Photography: Julie Soefer
Veg Out Pizza | Roasted squash, zucchini, crispy brussels sprouts, goat cheese, basil pesto, artichokes and spout leaves. My mouth is watering as I type!
Roasted Half Chicken | Okay, this chicken with olives and lemon was so amazing that I actually took a to go box home for the Mr. so that he could experience it too.
**If my hubby is reading this, I’m sorry that this is new news to you because I ate the food I brought home for you before I went to bed. I’m sorry!!! But it’s not my fault you were already asleep when I got home LOL
Warm Apple Baklava with Snickerdoodle Gelato | no need to say anything more!
Okay, I hope you guys are ready to visit MKT Bar for your next night out because I am so ready to go back! In addition to dinner and vinyl and vino night, they also have happy hour specials Monday through Friday, fun games night Monday, Tuesday/Thursday steak night and weekend brunch. Stay up to date with all of their latest events by clicking here.
Thank you so much Phoenicia Foods, MKT Bar and Ann Marie for hosting us last week! I’ll see you soon!
Thank you to Julie Soefer for letting us use your amazing food photos!
And thank YOU all for reading! If you are in Houston let’s meet up for a meal and if you aren’t in Houston, call me when you are! 🙂