There was no end of great food in Latvia. We tried several traditional Latvian restaurants which I would describe as a combination of Nordic and German food - but with it's own distinct flair. Our hotel had great food and put on a good breakfast every morning with tons of smoked fish, potato salad, radish salad as well as traditional breakfast foods like bacon and eggs. Needless to say we were not hungry until late in the day after stuffing ourselves at breakfast.
Riga is a pretty hip city and had any kind of food you'd like. We hit as many places as we could. One of the best was a Belgian restaurant - Cafe Bon Vivant. We ate sausage and mussels until we could barely move and washed it down with delicious Belgian beer:
This was the SMALL sized sausage. The waitress told us that the large is three times as big. Holy smokes!
Bad focus, but these mussels were fragrant with tons of fresh herbs and cooked to perfection. The fries were pretty great too!
Across from our hotel was another great restaurant - Restorans 1221. I think I would describe this as Latvian fusion - it was delicious.
I had veal with what I think was a lingonberry sauce with green peppers and it was so good! Served on the cutest cow pan!
What I ate most of in Riga was pastries. We found so many good bakeries and everything I tried was perfect!
Most of the bakeries offered pastries that reminded me of German tarts and cakes - lots of fluffy crusts and sweet berries - but we also hit a french bakery:
The solarium eating area was so pretty and quaint and sunny!
and the baked goods were delish! My raspberry, white chocolate tart melted in my mouth and I grabbed a few bites of the husbands chocolate cherry tart before it was gone.
We also found a great donut spot that provided a nice, mid-morning fuel up for our sight seeing - Ze Donats
These were boston creme, caramel and cappuccino - but choosing a flavor was pretty tough as they had a big selection.
The other great thing about Riga were the many nice places to just stop and take a break and have a beer.
I let my matryoshka doll get in on the act.
Although we'd surely packed on enough calories in Riga, we continued our spree in Germany. I had planned in advance to eat as much schnitzel and bratwurst as possible while there as there is just no equivalent in the US.
My brother and his family took us to the oldest bratwurst restaurant in the world in Regensburg - the Wurstkuchl. They do one thing and they do it well: bratwurst. You line up, tell them how many and then you get out. It had a soup nazi kind of vibe to it, but I could feel for the ladies cooking up the brats as it was HOT in there!
The bratwurst were a big hit with the whole family
Since we had a big day of sight seeing in Regensberg we had lots of time for eating and really, we needed the energy. So, a doner sandwich break happened as well. Yeah, eat and walk people, there's lots to see:
Man those sandwiches were good. We did sit and eat, or sit and drink - but we relaxed a bit as well:
Schnitzel got love too. I ate it everywhere but had a great one at the cafe by the salt mines:
And of course always the German beer
The kids were drinking soda. Just FYI.
A disturbing discovery while visiting my brother and his family was that they live down the street from a chocolate factory. I mean - really. As if the non stop pastries, beer, bratwurst and schnitzel were not enough, a chocolate factory was calling my name. I responded:
Siedl Confiserie was full of dangerously delicious candy and animatronic jungle animals. I don't know why, but the candy was so great I didn't ask a lot of questions.
These are rum balls, coconut covered macadamia nuts, kir royal balls, chocolate bars, and chocolate coins. There were some chocolate covered marzipan balls and some chocolate macadamia nut crunch that did not make it past the flight home. It is all so good!
So we brought a taste of Germany home with us and as much as I will miss the awesome schnitzel and bratwurst I think it's good we can't get it here or I'd be big as a house. I love vacation eating but it's good to get back to the occasional salad!