Feasting on Flames – Smoky Thursday in Greece

Tsiknopempti (Smoky Thursday)

Smoky Thursday, or as the Greeks call it, Tsiknopempti, is the day when Greece turns into a meat eater’s paradise, and the air is rich with the aroma of grilled meat. The word Tsiknopempti comes from the Greek word, tsikna, meaning smoky, and pempti, meaning Thursday. Tsiknopempti marks its spot on the Greek Orthodox calendar […]

25th March for Foodies

Greek Independence Day and The Annunciation 25th of March is a Greek National Holiday. A double holiday combining history and religion. It is also called Greek Independence Day because it commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. The same day coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of The Annunciation. Annunciation Day honors […]

Clean Monday or Koulouma for Foodies

Food is one of the most important aspects of Greek everyday life and culture. This is no different in the Greek Orthodox fasting periods. Although Lent – the 40-days fasting pre-Easter  – is about mourning and abstinence, there is an abundance of special fasting products available making Lent just another glorious Greek culinary experience. Let’s […]