The alcoholic drink "raki" is often served before the main meal, and wine is served during or after a meal. Burek (bread stuffed with cheese and spinach) common throughout the region probably originated in Albania. Ice-cream is popular, and Albanians living elsewhere are well known as ice-cream vendors.
An Albanian breakfast often consists of bread, milk, eggs, jam or cheese. Lunch is usually the main meal, (1-2 pm). Vegetables are followed by rice soup flavor with veal or chicken, and salad. The main course may be "gjelle" (boiled beans with meat).
Albanians eat with a fork in the left hand and a knife in the right hand. The first toast is made to everyone's health and friendship.