Spring in Smokini

Spring brings rebirth and awakens nature to a new life. The days become longer, warmer and more pleasant, and we began to feel better. During the spring, it is good to eat more fruits and vegetables, to take walks among nature enjoying the fresh air, and to pamper our senses.

Spring brings a colorful palette of colors, awakens the nature, warms our souls, and brings us hope for better days - bright and harmonious. During the spring, it is good for us to eat more fruits and vegetables, to go on long walks for some fresh air, to reduce the work a little bit and to deal more with our favorite hobbies.

The spring brings rebirth and awakens nature to a new life. The days become longer, warmer and more pleasant, and we began to feel better. Smokini - the innovative restaurant in Plovdiv will organize special spring emotions for its guests on 21, 22, 23 March. During the long weekend, the restaurant in the heart of Plovdiv will offer special dishes that charge the body with energy.

"If there was no winter, spring would not be so pleasant."
Anne Bradstreet

Magnolia trees

The spring and the awakening of nature

The gentle touch of the spring sun awakens nature and brings joy, harmony, and hope in our hearts for warmer weather and peaceful days. The day becomes longer with more daylight and our mood gets better. The spring is a symbol of the new beginning; the next chance we are given to improve our lives. The spring is coming and we have to wake up, clean our houses, arrange our lives, face a new beginning. Such an awakening of the senses will also be offered by Smokini - the innovative restaurant in Plovdiv during the long weekend 21th – 23th March.

Today we celebrate the first day of the spring on March 22nd, and only three days later we celebrate Annunciation - the day of the mother. The people associate this day with the arrival of migratory birds, with the awakening of nature, the sowing of vegetables, and the grafting of the fruit trees. The day symbolizes fertility, wealth, prosperity and hope for a better future.

Spring is the most anticipated season which every human being longs for in order to see the green grass, the white-headed snowdrops, the fragrant crocuses, and hyacinths. We happily escape from the grayness of the last winter days, the dark thoughts, and sadness. We open our souls to the new life, to the new challenges and dreams.

Eggs, avocado and tomatoes

Proper eating in case of spring fatigue

During springtime, many people start feeling fatigue, body exhaustion, headaches, insomnia and bad moods. The body is exhausted by the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables, by the lack of activity and the gloomy weather during the winter. In order to restore our tonus, we should eat properly and take long walks enjoying the fresh air and sunshine; we should ventilate the premises frequently, and provide a sufficient night sleep as well as an afternoon nap wherever possible.

In addition, we should start eating healthy food, a lot of raw seasonal vegetables and fruits, and we should drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Taking various nutritional supplements - minerals and vitamins is also advisable. Check which are the fresh products that the team of the modern restaurant in Plovdiv recommends during the spring.

Collection of vegetable-based juices

What to eat during the spring?

The spring is coming and our desire for better tonus and cleansing of the body increases. Known as detoxification, the purification process has a very good effect on the body. At first, a headache may occur, but it is a good sign that our body is getting clear. The process improves the condition of the hair, skin, and nails, removes the traces of fatigue, and cleans our blood.

During the detoxification process, the right diet is very important. During this period, we should avoid sugar, salted and hot foods, heavy meats, oil, potatoes. They should be replaced with huge amounts of fruits and vegetables, cottage cheese, lightly steamed meats, eggs, peas, and lentils. Raw nuts are also allowed. Yogurt combined with fresh fruits is also good for this diet. During the detoxification process, we should drink plenty of water, fresh juices, while the consumption of alcohol and coffee should be minimized. This process should be kept for at least two weeks in order to show results, and then this light diet should be followed as much as possible.

Vegetable salad

The Fresh Spring Products

The vegetables in spring are fresh, colorful and juicy. They are a fest for our eyes and help us get the energy and vitamins that we need after the long winter months. Since many vegetables contain high amounts of nitrates, we should buy only vegetables that are pure or bio-proven, and have grown under special conditions. They contain so many useful substances, but no harmful fertilizers.

Before lettuce or cale is consumed, it should be soaked for 2 hours in boiled water so that the nitrates, heavy metals and pesticides can be drained. Then they should be washed thoroughly. Below are presented the most useful vegetables that we should eat according to the team of the new restaurant in Plovdiv.

An egg and asparagus with bacon

Which are the best vegetables that grow in spring?

Asparagus - this tasty vegetable grows from February until June. It calms the stomach, has a diuretic effect, and high content of vitamins A and K, as well as many fibers.

Cucumbers - delicious and juicy, the cucumbers hydrate us and contain vitamins B and C.

Tomatoes – the tomatoes come in many varieties but they all contain many antioxidants, biotin, and vitamin C.

Fresh onion - this vegetable contains lutein, as well as vitamins A, K, and C.

Radish - an excellent addition to the spring salad, the radishes contain vitamin C and are useful for the digestive system and for the hair.

Leek - extremely useful, the leek contains folic acid, as well as vitamins B6, C and K.

Onion - this vegetable should be at our table at any time of the year because it is very useful. It has antibacterial properties, antioxidants and helps us fight the spring allergies.

Cabbage - this vegetable is full of vitamins C, E, and A, as well as with probiotics.

Carrots - extremely good for the health, the carrots contain a large amount of vitamins A, B, C and K. In order to be absorbed its vitamins, the carrots have to be consumed with little oil.

Cale – this curly cabbage is very useful as it contains a lot of amino acids, as well as antioxidants.

Lettuce – the fresh lettuce contains many minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Spinach - This vegetable contains lots of beta-carotene and iron, vitamins C and E, protein and fiber.

Lapad - this spring vegetable contains a lot of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and proteins.

Green beans - this vegetable contains manganese, as well as vitamins K and B, beta-carotene and other antioxidants.

Peas - the tasty peas contain folic acid, as well as vitamins A, K, and C.

Beet - the beet is ideal for spring salads. It contains many antioxidants, iron, calcium, and magnesium.

Broccoli – it contains zinc, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A and C. It strengthens the bones and has anti-aging properties.

Cauliflower - this vegetable has anti-inflammatory properties and contains many vitamins C and K. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants.

Brussels sprouts - cut into two, the small balls of Brussels sprouts are perfect for a spring salad. They have a high content of omega 3 acids and calcium and have anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Eggplant - this spring vegetable contains many vitamins and minerals, has antibacterial action and antioxidant effect.

Corn - this vegetable contains many fibers and antioxidants, helping our body to clean up.

Okra – it grows at the end of spring and contains folic acid, vitamins A, B, and C, as well as iron, calcium and magnesium.

Sliced lemon on wood platter

Special Spring Weekend at Smokini - the modern restaurant in Plovdiv

Special spring days will be organized in Smokini - the innovative restaurant in Plovdiv in the period 20-22 March. During these 3 days, the restaurant in the heart of Plovdiv will serve dishes that charge the body with energy. Here's how the special menu will look like in the modern restaurant of Plovdiv during the long weekend.

The choice of salads is thematic:

  • Leaf mix with baby spinach, strawberries, goat cream cheese stuffed with fig jam, flavored with raspberry vinaigrette.
  • Stuffed tomato with Philadelphia cream cheese and herbs, served on a set of iceberg salad with cucumbers, pomegranate sauce and olives, parmesan cheese and bacon chips.

We will offer pasta and risotto as follows:

  • Pasta with fresh vegetables and spinach
  • Risotto with saffron and shrimp

The main dishes in the special spring menu include:

  • Salmon fillet baked with spinach dip  
  • Chicken fillet with stracciatella and dried tomato, baked with herb crumbs, garnished with cream of fresh vegetables, served with butter and lemon sauce
  • Pork fillet with fresh herbs, mushrooms and whiskey sauce
  • Stuffed vegetables (tomato with cheese mousse, zucchini with cheese and spinach, eggplant with Ratatouille and mozzarella)

The dessert will be a tempting

  • Two-colored chocolate mousse with Crispy cookies and praline, garnished with stuffed figs.
  • Welcome this spring in Smokini - the modern restaurant in Plovdiv! You can find our event here.