Bulgarians usually have breakfast at 8-9 o’clock. A typical breakfast is small and may consist of a pastry and coffee Lunchtime is at 12 o’clock it may include kebapcheta (grilled minced beef, pork or veal rolled into sausages), kavarma (individual casseroles of pork, veal, onions and mushrooms), or sarmi (vine or cabbage leaves stuffed with rice or meat). These dishes are accompanied by kartofi (potatoes), vegetables and bread. Dinner is usually at 7 to 8 pm. Meals are usually eaten at home, especially in the evening. Sometimes children have one meal at school and workers – at some restaurant nearby. Fish is popular along the Black Sea coast. Fish may be grilled, fried or prepared in a soup or stew. Tsatsa, a small white fish, is deep-fried in a batter and served with fried potatoes. Skumriya na keremidi is mackerel baked in an earthenware container with a rich tomato sauce. Bulgarians enjoy Turkish and Middle Eastern desserts such as baklava (flaky pastry stuffed with pistachio nuts coated in sweet syrup) and kadayif (shredded wheat stuffed with nuts in syrup). Bulgarians also enjoy a great variety of torta (cakes) filled with maslena (butter cream), frukti (fruit), or shokoladova (chocolate) as well as sladoled (ice cream). Bulgarians drink their coffee very strong. Herbal teas are also popular. Bulgarians enjoy local wines such as Melnik, a red wine from the southwestern region. Bulgarians spirits include slivova rakiya, which is made from plums, pliska, a type of cognac, and vodka. Bulgarians also make beer: two of the most popular brands are Zagorka and Astika.
In addition to three meals a day, Bulgarians might have a mid-morning snack and afternoon coffee. The continental style of eating is most common. Conversation is expected and everyone waits for all to finish before leaving the table. Napkins are placed on the table, not in the lap. Most Bulgarians eat together during the days when people are at home or at least for dinner during the work days. ????