**Tsiknopempti 2012 & Carnivale**

Tsiknopempti or “Smoked Thursday” is February 16, 2012

Carnival Period begins February 5, 2012

Main Carnival Weekend: Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26, 2012

Clean Monday: Monday, Feb 27th, 2012

I know, Smoke Thursday, only in Greece could they have a holiday about smoke …. but erase that image of a Great Greek SmokeOut and think mega Memphis BBQ, only Greek style!  Tsiknopempti, smoke Thursday, is all about eating meat, smoked, grilled, broiled, meat meat and more meat – as a final goodbye to meat prior to the Apokreas fasting period before Greek Easter.

Watch this space for updates on where to book a table (yes, you’ll want to  make sure you book your table at least one week in advance so ensure a place at this massive, festive grilled meat party!

For 2012, consider the following great “paidakia” places:

To Steki tou Elias, Thisseio

Elias Taverna, Plateia Proskapon

Mandrakis, Pagrati/Kessariani

Ladokolla, Pagrati 

And search our food recommendations here on true-athens.com for other great “psistaria” in Athens.