it is five to three


Finally someone let me out of my cage … Xmas and NYE was family time for me, so I almost managed to forget how it is being a party animal. But it did not take long and I am back on track again.

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Surprisingly or not but I have to admit that again there is a reason why to head to the Old Town (read: Vecrīga). So, this post goes out for bar ber room. It seems I have a new lover (think: another love). OK, I know I fall in love way to easily.

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What’s so nice about this place? Well, the interior, design, atmosphere, bars, drinks, cocktails, people, fancy people, Russian speaking people, bar tenders, barbers, DJs and the cloakroom man… I could go on and on, but … bitch you breakfast … A bit after three I felt like having one … and heading to home sweet home (read: Pulkvedis) was the right choice.

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Party non stop, my friends! Let’s hope the year 2014 will bring something special for all of us!

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p.s. guess why such title?

p.s.2. one of the pictures has answer.

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one flew over the cuckoo’s nest


I knew already when I saw renovation work being carried out, that there will be something so much better than the previous grocery store. And, voilà, a nice café has taken place of that crappy Milk Shop (as I used to call it due to my Soviet childhood “trauma”).

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The café has opened its doors just last Wednesday thus there are no signs yet outside. But I heard from some good sources that it will bear name Žanna. Why so? This you can perhaps ask them. And then I can say that my associations with the Milk Shop were not that far from reality…

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p.s. you may wonder why such title for this post? Well, Mr. Ingemārs Dzenis is kinda helping to launch café Žanna. Thus some birds can never hurt…

Address: corner of Tomsona and Nītaures ilea

Openning Hours: Monday-Saturday from 8.00-22.00

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i’m in the mood for


I guess you already knew what I’m going to say (read: sing) after seeing the title. But I won’t. I will just introduce you with two relatively new places in Riga, which I found pretty fly for a white guy.

Wok to Walk

If you are from Bulgaria, Columbia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom or the United States you might already know what I mean by wok to walk, but for those who don’t – it’s a nice place where you can have (or grab as you go) some really crazy noodles with Asian/Thai/Indian sauces. This place definitely falls in my category of fast but good enough food.

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As you can see, my little friend helped me to investigate there. He will take you also to the next place.

Street Burgers

This is something you should know if you are looking for a real alternative for burgers you can get in McDonald’s/Burger King/Wendy’s/Hesburger. I hope I won’t get sued for just mentioning them, but as a waiver I put down in here that this is only my humble opinion and it can not be regarded or interpreted anyhow as a fact or anything similar. Ok, this starts to get boring.

Let’s just get back to business. Street Burgers serve really tasty burgers. They say their beef meat is coming from a Latvian farm and their bread is custom baked. And their burgers are having Traffic-light “tattoo” on them. How cool is that? Well, I can only hope they will keep it that way and won’t get too fast and furious.

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I hope you enjoyed my blurred lines and felt the mood I’m in :D

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take me downtown


I know it’s been a while since my last post, but some time ago I wanted to say that summer is my excuse … that I still haven’t properly recovered from festival Positivus (as you can tell from the title), but it seems I have lost my muse for blogging …

Anyway, yesterday I read on Twitter about a new fast slow food place Terra. Someone said it could be like Stock Pot. Well, it was not … Nevertheless, it made me think – what have me, myself and I recently posted here? I know that nothing… thus I got to change it.

Telpa

A good friend of mine took me here. Seams she knows all the hip places in Riga (I have to mention that hanging out @ KKC is here thing :D). Interior in Telpa is so old school/vintage, but don’t get scared of that. The food is delicious as their chef is well-known for his great skills in cooking eko food.

i know, it was summer when we went there :)

summer time... and the livin' is easy

Maize

This is something little & cozy, where you would not mind to have a cup of coffee or grab a sandwich as you pass by. Seams they have brunch on weekends. Have to check it out. Unfortunately, closed before I managed to take a closer look on it :(

Ziema

This is a little bar/café at a very industrial place and I really suggest having a Saturday or Sunday brunch there in order to get another view on Riga. Why it’s called ‘winter’ – I can’t tell you. Perhaps you go and find it out?

Bārs Eksports

What a lovely way to burn … This place is great if you wanna feel like a virgin (oops misspell) – like someone owning a y4cht, sailing around the world and caring for nothing… Ok, it’s a bit too far away from reality, but what you will definitely get here is a nice overview of the port, boats along the coast and of course the river Daugava… The thing is that a place with an outdoor terrace automatically gets on my favorites list. All we need right now is summer to come :) Unfortunately, closed till 31 March, 2014 for renovation.

Koya

This is something relatively new. Located also in Andrejsala, not far away from Bārs Eksports. Really nice interior, but the prices are a bit above average. Recently I heard different DJ are playing there late evening lullabies, which, of course, makes it even better.

Gan Bei City @ Galerija Riga

I really think I have to mention this place as one can’t deny the beauty what you can discover once you get on the top floor of this shopping mall. Well, I agree that it’s not the most attractive way how to get there (taking elevator along with other customers of the shopping mall), but its worth – view wise :) The place Gan Bei will serve you lunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee/drink for average price. No high expectations in that sense, but look over the roofs and see the sky!

Kotai

Last, but not least – relatively new thai fast food take-away place. Really do not like the location (Old Town) and service could be better, but you can forgive all this if thai food is what you really miss in Riga.

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what’s new?


Recently two night clubs have opened and it happened to be there in both of them on the very opening night.

- Soul & Kitchen @Ģertrūdes Street 33/35 (entrance from Martas Street). call @ +371 67278238

- Baltais Kokos (in English The White Coco) @Mārstaļu Streeet 16

In both places you can have lunch & dinner (I know that in Soul & Kitchen you can also have breakfast). I have only been there on the opening parties, so I really don’t know about the food. But from the tweets and posts on Facebook I may conclude that everything’s fine there.

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Today another Cadets de Gascogne has opened right next to my work @ Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street 35 (or sth). So it will be a real test to my character not to grab one croissant every morning.

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riga never sleeps


Yesterday I had SO many revelations. So I decided to devote a post for all that jazz….

I think you know which city does not sleep … but Riga is fair enough… In fact, there is an old saying (a Latvian legend) that Riga will never be completed (ready) …. Once it is build up, it will go down under the water… So let’s keep our fingers that Riga is never ready and stays a live forever, forever, ever, forever, ever

Im smiling now… Its amazing how many songs pop-ed up while writing this post….

So this post is devoted for some of the new places, I have noticed recently opened in Riga/read about them in some magazines, or (what’s even better) some of my Twitter/FaceBook friends have told me :)

The lucky ones:

  1. STOCK POT CAFÉ (Ģetrūdes iela 6). Couple days ago I noticed this place going home after my work (see section: source of inspiration :)). Immediately I sensed something good and entered the place. The first thing I noticed on the black board was my favorite Tom Kha Kai soup. Owner Linda (and her husband – the chef Richard) kindly suggested to take-away the Tom Kha Kai soup along with basmatti rice and come back again some other day 4 a lunch. As the Tom Kha Kai soup was extremely spicy for such a common people like me, I knew I have to come back to this place. And my intuition has not tricked me. everything I have tried so far (Chicken Tikka Masala, Cuban Black Bean Soup, Thai Green Curry with Fish and they have more and more and more) has been delicious!!! Im so glad finally there is a place in Riga map, where you can get a decent thai, indian, turkish, etc. cuisine. I LIKE them on FACEBOOK. Why don’t you LIKE LATVIA as well (because, if you like Latvia, Latvia likes you :)
  2. Shoe hunt’in cafe (Blaumaņa iela 7) See: @ANNA_AMELIE already blogging about it:  http://annaamelie.wordpress.com/news/
  3. Franču kafejnīca GU (Vaļņu iela 41) Another French café, but perhaps it’s something special (as reported by Ms. Agija Kola – the owner is playing piano there). Need to check. http://www.draugiem.lv/kafejnica-gu/
  4. The whole Strēlnieku Street Quartier

Art Café SIENNA (Strēlnieku iela 3). Have not been there yet, but from the outside seamed very welcoming :) Will try out soon, when it gets a little bit warmer though. You can LIKE them also here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-cafe-Sienna.  

- Restaurant PROVANSA (Strēlnieku iela 1a). Menu sounds very tasty. Should visit one day.

That’s it. For the time being. Now I need to run for an opening of Shoe hunt’in cafe. :)

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no name (aka no title)


This post won’t be about some super duper novelty, but as I said before, there are many places, which are not on my list yet, but deserve to be mentioned.

cydonia gastropub

I heard people talking about this place, the new interior (authors: architect Zane Tetere & designer Elīna Tetere), the menu with business special each day from a different cuisine: Latvian, French, Italian, Indian, Thai, etc… But perhaps because of my bad memories from the previous place located there (it was called Light), I was emotionally cautious about going and checking the new cydonia gastropub

But when once I read on FaceBook that cydonia gastropub is serving THAI, I could not resist any longer … So for me the day I visited cydonia gastropub was The Day :) You may wonder, why I say so, but it’s because you can’t get a descent thai in Riga… And it’s such a pity… So the tom kha kai soup was excellent, so was the chicken noodles… Prices are a bit above modest, but you have to understand… it’s because of location … Berga Bazārs is well know for posh(y) places and spaces :) call @ +371 6 7282055

I think the little cookies (in Latvian: “barankas”) hanging from the ceilings, lamps made out of paper bags, hand made wall decor (knitted!) and wet and dirty looking floor made my heart melt and let it go (the unpleasant accident what happened with me @Light).

Address: Dzirnavu iela 84

p.s. Other restaurant owners should learn a lesson. Customers want to have a good preview on premises, menu, etc., before they go … and they want to know where to go, that’s why a good home page is a MUST. I think it is needless to say (but I will still mention) that the home page must be easily navigable :) That’s why thumbs up for cydonia gastropub!

Riviera

Once (upon a time) a friend of mine mentioned to me a place called Riviera. Me, myself and I – the one and only gourmet & blogger Liga Riga had to hide her face under the table… and admit… I had not been in Riviera… nor in French Riviera, nor in this Mediterranean restaurant in Riga.

That friend of mine promised to take me there…The days went by, but the friend was silent … Well, he didn’t know me enough … Im not gonna sit here and wait for him (with his white horse) :D So I decided to go there on my own and have a lunch…

Voilà here you can see what I saw and ate, of course :)

I think the Mediterranean vibe is what we all need now in this cold and snowy winter…

Address: Antonijas iela 13

Here see what the owner is saying about his place (in Latvian though) and get the impression on Riviera interior, food, etc.

p.s. as always, Im glad there is someone out there also blogging about restaurants in Riga. Of course, Im less happy to admit that Im not the one and only (and also not the first one) but that’s life… That blog is in Latvian only, but perhaps it’s even better, as it does not give many compliments to the restaurant Riviera. call @ +371 26605930

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