Thursday, 7 March 2013

Τσικνοπέμπτη (Tsiknopempti)

Some of my old photos (they make me wonder where I used to find the energy).

If you don't indulge in red meat often, today is the day to do it. It's Tsiknopempti, the Thursday before Cheesefare Week which precedes the 50 days of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox calendar. Tsiknopempti is the first food-related tradition in the run-up to Holy Sunday, Easter Sunday.

Tsiknopempti is generally reserved for char-grilled meat dishes. So get your chops stuck into some juicy steaks, or spicy sausages, grilled chicken or maybe a souvlaki (or two) with all the toppings. It's a good time to go out tonight, and a souvlaki is a cheap way to enjoy the evening as you sit in the souvlatzidiko people-watching.

We're probably going to have one of the latter somewhere in town and enjoy the revelry as we see it take place. For the last two years, Thursdays have been set

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