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Shtastliveca Restaurant with a World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ nomination

The Veliko Tarnovo based restaurant Shtastliveca was nominated in European Cuisine Category for the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards™. The posh restaurant also has branches in Sofia and Stara Zagora. It is the first time the World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ set foot in Bulgaria and only one more restaurant in the country received a nomination – Secret by Chef Petrov (https://www.facebook.com/Secret-by-Chef-Petrov-Sofia-191216524604017/).

Here are some excerpts highlighting the idea behind the high appraisal and some key features about the restaurant from the official World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ site:

Translated from Bulgarian “Shtastliveca” means “The Lucky One”, and is a nickname of one of the most famous Bulgarian novel writers who lived at the end of 19th Century – Aleko Konstantinov. The interior design of the restaurant is inspired by urban home style which was popular in the 30’s of the 19th Century. The rich menu offers a choice of authentic European and interpretations of Bulgarian national cuisine. A fresh lunch menu is available for each day of the week and for each seasonal menu products are carefully selected which are typical for the particular season. Shtastliveca Restaurant is all about feeling at home, as well as experiencing a collection of flavours and aromas for each season and taste.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry.

Luxury Restaurants are selected for nomination based on the following criteria:

  • interior design to a high standard– the seating area and table decoration should reflect a smart/stylish atmosphere
  • good quality food, to the standard of haute cuisine – chefs must serve food with excellent presentation, showing attention to detail
  • excellent service reviews– the restaurant should have positive reviews and be well recommended for excellent service.

Source: http://www.luxuryrestaurantawards.com/about

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Restaurants.Shtastliveca/

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Show must go on – Queen Tribute

The eternal hits of the rock band will be performed by Todor Koychinov and the Stara Zagora Opera Orchestra. The show starts at 7 pm on February, 21st. Tickets are available at http://www.eventim.bg/bg/bileti/souto-prodlzava-queen-tribute-beliko-trnovo-dvorec-na-kulturata-i-sporta-basil-levski-935943/performance.html and at the Tourist Information Centre in Veliko Tarnovo (5 Hristo Botev Str). Prices range between 12 and 30 leva.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/velikoturnovo.info/photos/a.248500065213620.62204.140577292672565/1337785889618360/?type=3&theater

Images: https://www.facebook.com/velikoturnovo.info/photos/a.248500065213620.62204.140577292672565/1337785889618360/?type=3&theater / Internet

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Pork Lard and Mulled Rakia Fest in Apriltsi

Greyana rakia is often served in such traditional pottery cups.

The 7th Pork Lard and Mulled Rakia fest is to take place on February, 18th (Saturday) in the tourist town of Apriltsi. The typical for the region grilled pork lard* and mulled rakia* are going to be presented at the fest. A number of other culinary masterpieces will also be available to try. Organizers have prepared many contests and surprises for visitors and participators. The good mood is to be guaranteed by traditional folk singers and dance troupes.

Slanina is often consumed with homemade bread and raw onion.

*Pork lard – slanina in Bulgarian. These are thick slabs of pure fat which are either smoked or salted/seasoned or both. Then you leave them to hang somewhere dry for a long time and this is what slanina is)

*Mulled rakia – greyana rakia in Bulgarian. It is heated and sweetened with honey or sugar, sometimes with added spices. Heated in kettles, it is often offered to visitors to various open-air festivities, especially in winter.)

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/692702660904604/

Images: Internet

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Toto tribute concert in Veliko Tarnovo

On January, 28th (Saturday) а tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time – Toto – will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. The venue is Bar Rocka Rolla in Veliko Tarnovo; the event starts at 11.30 pm and entrance is 10 leva. You are invited you to join the party and experience the unforgettable hits of Toto, in a new and emotional way.

Here is the list of the performing artists:

Slavin Slavchev – vocals

Preslava Peicheva – vocals

Nora Karaivanova – vocals

Yasen Velchev – keyboards

Ivaylo Zvezdomirov – bass

Darin Vasilev – guitar

Biser Ivanov – guitar

Stoyan Yankulov – drums

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/344487562573342/?active_tab=discussion

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Hemus Highway – one step closer to coming true

The project for the construction of Hemus Highway lot passing by Veliko Tarnovo was yesterday submitted for assessment and coordination in the Municipality by the design company that prepared it. Officially Hemus Motorway will run north of Polikraishte, about 13-14 km from the old capital. There will also be a large road junction where Hemus intersects the planned expressway between Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo. The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Expressway is to cross the current Sofia – Varna main arterial road near the village of Momin Sbor.

Also yesterday the government in resignation of Boyko Borisov decided to advance the allocation of nearly 23 million leva for the continued construction of Hemus Highway. It was once again stated that the completion of motorway is one of the main priorities of the Cabinet and is a key factor for the development of Northern Bulgaria.

Source: http://www.velikotarnovo.utre.bg/2017/01/11/409402-proektut_za_magistrala_hemus_do_veliko_turnovo_e_vnesen_za_suglasuvane

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The most beautiful block of flats in Veliko Tarnovo yet?

A block of flats distinctly different and boasting fresh architecture compared to the dull buildings style from the socialist era is soon to be erected in Veliko Tarnovo. The new building will be in sharp contrast with the “sterile environment” in the area imposed by the uniform development of the past and the prevailing grey facades. The residential building is going to be the most beautiful newly build edifice in the town one done. Hopes are high that with the completion of the building a new trend will set in – such of a modern architecture that impresses residents and visitors. The complex is located at the bottom of Marno Pole Park, near the Summer Theatre. The block of flats is also expected to make it to the Building of the Year Contest as it has been 2 years since the town last had a participant in it. Experts say that this type of construction should be imposed in the central part of the city where houses and blocks and not listed building and owners do not have to comply with the old-times authentic style and ask authorities for permission as for altering or demolishing such buildings. The future complex will be quite functional and landscaped; it will also have its own parking.

Source: http://www.borbabg.com/2017/01/05/%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B9-%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%B1%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%BA-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%B3%D0%B0-%D1%89%D0%B5-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8F%D1%82-%D0%B2-%D0%B1%D0%BE/

Image: http://www.borbabg.com/2017/01/05/%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B9-%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%B1%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%BA-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%B3%D0%B0-%D1%89%D0%B5-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8F%D1%82-%D0%B2-%D0%B1%D0%BE/

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New rules for public and national holidays in Bulgaria

Yesterday the Bulgarian government approved changes in the Labour Law concerning public and national holidays. Until now if a holiday fell on Tuesday or Thursday the government would usually declare the Monday before or the Friday after an official non-working day (a working Saturday would be then designated to make up for the missed day) meaning we would get 4 workfree days in a row. Or even 6 days in a row! As was the case in May 2014 when 1st May was Thursday and 6st May was Tuesday, both being official holidays in Bulgaria, this meant we got to rest from Thursday till Tuesday! Many people including the business sector disapproved of this practice for various reasons – disruption in the work process, delays in payments, disrupted communication between institutions, less efficient workers, worse labour productivity, stress and so on. This practice of rearranging working days is now a thing of the past. Public and national holidays will no longer be connected with the weekend to form the so called Bridge Holiday – when they fall during working days only the particular day will be non-working. When they happen to be during weekends the following Monday is to compensate and will be a day off work. The changes come in effect from 1st January 2017 meaning 2nd January (Monday) is officially the first non-working day under the new law.