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Lithuania – The Food & Drinks

November 2nd, 2007 · 19 Comments

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series All about Lithuania

64px-coat_of_arms_of_lithuaniasvg.png There is much to be said about Lithuanians hospitality. But at a certain point of eating so much sausage and chicken and meat and potatoes, it gets to be a little much. And as for the hostesses…well, they all but force feed you in the most loving way anything they can. Its kind of funny. :)

The food is wonderful, and there is so much of it. The Lithuanian specialties that I kept seeing and coming across are cold red beat soup (that was not red – it was actually hot pink). Everywhere you go there is herring and sauerkraut (I’m sorry, I just couldn’t do this one!). And as soon as I waked in the door of my friends family (all of the ones we went to) there was piles of sausages and potatoes.beetrootsoupbig1.JPG

I am a very picky eater, but I did actually really enjoy some of the traditional Lithuanian dishes. Like the dumplings. They had breaded outsides (I think!) and some kind of meat inside and were very good.

I also had Lithuanian vodka (all vodka tastes the same to me) and brandy. That was sooo strong! Too much for me! I was also taught how to drink the Lithuanian vodka the “Old Soviet Way”. Hehehe. My friends dad was insisting that we do shots with him and poured our glasses for us. Now I know what a shot is and this was like four times more. It was crazy. He downed it, and my friend and I sipped our “shots” because there was no way I could do that! I told the host that I was impressed that he could drink that in that way, and he replied “Its the old soviet way!” with a big grin on his face.


In addition to my hostesses (I stayed at my friends family’s houses, two different ones) feeding me till I could roll out the door, the first thing in the morning they were ready with coffee, tea, juice or anything you wanted. They were so ready to make me happy with anything I wanted (at least it seemed like it).

My friend tells me that this is just the way of thesekacz_1.GIF people here. With the feeding the guests and jumping around to try and do something to make me happier – even when I was already happy. They were extremely hospitable people and very warm and welcoming to their homes.

My very favorite Lithuanian treat was a special cake called Sakotis. The word Sakotis means “branched” because it looks like it has a bunch of branches from the bottom to the top. It was sweet and I really enjoyed it.

Lithuania has a very rich culture of food for anyone who would ever want to travel there, don’t miss it!

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cindy // Nov 3, 2007 at 1:25 am

    Wow, that beetroot soup looks cute! It’s PINK!!!! 😀

  • 2 B. // Nov 5, 2007 at 4:39 am

    The soup looks too much like pepto bismol for my comfort, but Lithuania sounds wonderful. I’m constantly amazed at how many places I still need to visit… Lithuania included!

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  • 5 Lithuanian Food // Mar 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I always buy Lithuanian sakotis tree cake and bread at website. I do beet soup during the summer myself – very DELICIOUS!

  • 6 Kennedy L. Y. // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    um…ya, i’m doing a report on Lithuania, so I need to know about their…milk, eggs, ice cream, water, cheese, apples, meat, fish, and potatos. Like…to know how they prepare tham, and what they call it, and stuff like that. Could u help…mayb? =)

  • 7 jurgita // Oct 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

    laba diena man labai malonu sakyti kad lietuviskas maistas yra labai geras ir labais skanus bet gaila nes dabar turiu gyventi anglijoje tai ne labai daznai galiu valgyti savo mekstamiausia maista tai man labai liudna bet as labai mekstu tai

  • 8 Paul Crochunis // Dec 15, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I remenber as a child , my grandparents from Lithuania would have medicinal roots used to sure stomach aches. They would soak them with wiskey for ages and have a nip on special occasion. I would like to fiind out what these herbs and roots were and where I can purchase them. Thanks!!


  • 9 Kristie // Dec 16, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I am not sure what that is but hopefully someone else reading this can answer that for you :) Good luck!

  • 10 emilija // Jan 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    you said you liked the dumplings? they are called koldunai :) they are my fave food too – it is actually potato “skin” around different kinds of meat, usually beef or pork :)

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  • 12 Gige // Jun 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Yes, the food is rich, heavy and may be an artery clogger, but this is where “moderation” is essential. I prepare some Lithuanian dishes that I remember helping my grandmother prepare so some have no recipes. If anyone knows anything about a thick onion, cream sauce that has potato dumplings, please e-mail me. I think they’re called “KLATSKIS”. Or if you’re willing to share some recipes, I’d appreciate hearing form you. Also, in regards to alcohol, there is a Vodka called “Lietuviska Degtine”, so smoooth! Th.anks for your time

  • 13 Kristie // Jun 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I am told that “Klatskis” is a slang word that just means dumplings. Do you mean potato dumplings in a cream sauce? Because if that is what you are talking about I think I can find a recipe for you. Let me know!

  • 14 dorene // Jul 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    i am lithuanian, my mom made Kauchie. they call it Keigulis.. when did it change it is a potato good.. i love it hot cold with..sour cream or none .i love it. have u heard of it, i make it but noone appreciates it.

  • 15 Glenn // Aug 3, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I’m a big fan of the ‘zeppelins’ – what is the actual Lithuanian word for them? Cepilinai?
    They are quite cheap compared at even the more expensive restaurants in Vilnius and taste great.

  • 16 Eileen // Dec 15, 2010 at 3:10 am

    My family made bundies and klatskies. Bundies were made with cottage cheese, flour, eggs and I am not sure what else. The dough was boiled and you served with melted sour cream or butter. Klatskies were dough (but not with cottage cheese) rolled out, cut in rectangles, boiled and served with melted sour cream and butter. Does anyone have a recipe for one or both?

  • 17 joe // Dec 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I am looking for a recipe for a Christmas drink called Vilna toast. Not sure of the spelling. Can anyone help??

  • 18 Najifa & Sarah // Feb 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Not a big fan no offence but it doesnt look nice I hate Beetroote

  • 19 misa // Aug 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    lithuanian food is the best! its simplicity, is what makes it, sometimes we need to look whats right under our noses {potatoes, beetroot, vegtables,}
    i love the cold beetroot soup! the cepelinas, and the bread……………. is soooo yummy!

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