Sunday, January 25, 2009

Phoenicia Speciality Foods - Houston

One of the best things about Houston is the sheer number of ethnic groups. And with these ethnic groups come markets. Phoenicia is one of those ethnic markets. Instead of a little corner mom & pop store, Phoenicia is a market on a Costco scale.

This is just a small section of their bakery display. Made fresh, we have Turkish baklava, pistachio baklava, walnut baklava, and coconut namoura on the bottom. On top there’s walnut mamoul, pistachio mamoul, sugar free date mamoul, date mamoul, and pistachio birdsnest. A real feast for the senses.

Making my way to canned goods, I happened to pass the cheese refrigerator.

It’s not often that you find that much cheese in one place, much less in whole wheels.

While you’re shopping through this cavernous slice of the Middle East, you might find yourself a little hungry. Fortunately, Phoenicia has that covered. I headed back to the meat section and to their short order counter.

I knew I had to have one each of the lamb and beef köfte kabob.

After a short five minutes, I picked up this delicious plate of roasted meat.

Through the years, I’ve had my fair share of köfte kabobs. Grilled to medium rare, and sprinkled with a little sumac, these meats on a stick are a little slice of heaven. As good as all the past ones have been, I have yet to find a köfte kabob as good as the ones at Phoenicia.

With my energy replenished, I made my way through the rest of the grocery.

This is just my cart, complete with halal beef short ribs, various köfte kabos, four boxes of pastries, salamis, frozen kibbeh, and a plethora of other goods. If you are in Houston, you really have to make your way to Phoenicia. It’s worth the traffic.

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