While tastes vary between urban and rural dwellers, certain foods are common to all Greeks, such as lamb, seafood, olives and cheese. Olive oil, garlic, onions and spices are widely used in cooking. Greek dishes such as souvlaki have become popular in Australia as fast foods. Everyday dishes include moussaka, bean soup, eggplant, stuffed tomatoes and pasta.
The main meal of the day is lunch, served in the early afternoon. However, lunch is becoming less important as work schedules change, and dinner is becoming the largest meal of the day. It is impolite to leave the table before everyone has finished eating, or to leave food on the plate.