Pie/Pi Day, Around the World

Pie/Pi Day, Around the World

Sadly, National Pie Day has come and gone, on January 23.

But there’s another special day on March 14th, when pies are factored into the equation. It’s National Pi Day. The infinite and irrational number that begins with 3.14 and goes on about a million digits is celebrated worldwide. And since mathematicians are such a humorous bunch, they eat pie. And so does everybody else.

MIR travels to countries that celebrate both kinds of pi. And since we are extremely fond of food, we’ve put our forks together to choose several popular edible pies in several MIR destinations:

  • South Caucasus

Savory: Is it bread, or is it pie? You decide. What’s for certain is that katchapuri is a favorite Georgian food, a yeasted bread stuffed with cheese; it looks like a cheese pizza, but tastes better.

Much more fantastic Georgian food is on offer on our small group tour, A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (more info).

Info about Travel to the South Caucasus

Like pizza, only better<br>Photo: Martin Klimenta

Like pizza, only better
Photo: Martin Klimenta


  • Russia

Sweet: Life is sweet when you’ve had a bite of sharlotka, made with tart apples and lots of sugar. Sweet piroshki are most often made with yeast dough, but sometimes with puff pastry. The most popular ones in Russia are filled with plums, apples, or poppy seeds.

Savory: Heard of coulibiac? They’re small pies stuffed with salmon, eggs, rice, and of course mushrooms and dill. Savory piroshki are ubiquitous, sold everywhere from street corners to train stops. They can be stuffed with meat, fish, mushrooms, potatoes, cheese – basically anything. 

Info about Travel to Russia

Many piroshki varieties on display at this St. Petersburg shop<br>Photo: Jenelle Birnbaum

Many piroshki varieties on display at this St. Petersburg shop
Photo: Jenelle Birnbaum

  • Balkans

It’s hard to choose favorites here.

Sweet: Bundevara is Serbia’s version of strudel-like pumpkin pie, but they skip the whipped cream.

Savory: Think of the Balkans and you think of burek, little pies filled with meat or cheese in a dozen variations. You might also indulge in zelnik, made with phyllo dough and eggs, spinach and rice. Of course there’s cabbage stuffed inside –“zelnik” comes from the word for “cabbage.”

Info about Travel to the Balkans

Savory burek is served any time of the day; this type is Bosnian cheese-filled sirnica <br>Photo: Lisa Peterson

Savory burek is served any time of the day; this type is Bosnian cheese-filled sirnica
Photo: Lisa Peterson


  • Iran

Savory: Kookoo sabzi is a popular Iranian dish that’s round and looks like a pie – so we’re including it here. Kookoo sabzi resembles a frittata filled with spices, and is so infused with veggies that it looks green.

Info about Travel to Iran

Negotiating for the best spices in an Isfahan market<br>Photo: Martin Klimenta

Negotiating for the best spices in an Isfahan market
Photo: Martin Klimenta


  • Mongolia

Savory: Khuushuur can be dumpling-sized, or big as a pie, so for our purposes we’ve classified them as pies. Khuushuur are filled with meat, onions, and spices wrapped in dough, then fried and eaten by hand. These pies of Mongolia have been pronounced “delicious” by discerning MIR staffers.

Info about Travel to Mongolia

Sampling the khuushuur at an UlaanBaatar restaurant<br>Photo: Kelly Tissier

Sampling the khuushuur at an Ulaanbaatar restaurant
Photo: Kelly Tissier


Travel in Search of Pie with MIR

MIR has more than 30 years travel experience and of connecting travelers with pie and other tasty treats. 

Check out our culinary tour of Georgia that has travelers feasting and toasting across the country A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture or chat with the experts in our Private Journeys department to have a culinary and cultural trip handcrafted to your interests, pace and budget.

Clients rave about our on-the-ground support and stellar Tour Managers. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations.

Contact MIR today at info@mircorp.com or 1-800-424-7289.


Top Photo: A Georgian pie/tart topped with plum slices. Photo: Nathan Moss

PUBLISHED: March 10, 2016

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