Riga Food & Drinks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by Tracy Leigh
Baiba and Norm at the Riga Hotel bar
This was the meeting place, the people-watching place,
the get-away-from-everybody-although-probably-not-for-long place,
the quick-drink-before-running-over-to-the-opera-house place,
the after-opera place.

Aldaris, the Duff Beer of Latvia, was on tap.
The 800th Anniversary vodka was chilled.  The coffee was strong.

We became very attached to Baiba the bartendar who was there every day that we were there.
On the busy days Dace was there to help out and she was nice as well.  I suspect they made a lot of money that week.
Norm presented Baiba with flowers on the last day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by Tracy Leigh
A local Swedish restaurant
We had to wait a long time and it was a bit cold but my potato pancakes and smoked salmon was delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by Tracy Leigh

I wasn't going to include this since I was not there (I had already left) but it reminded me of the
night we drank beer and ate pirogs at an outdoor beer garden right off Dome Square with Maris
and Evita (does anyone know how to spell her name?)  The bathrooms were a bank of portable
toilets that cost 10 santimi but for that money you got a toilet that was cleaned after every use.
We amused ourselves by buying each other trips to the bathroom.