A Taste of Riga

We've had some news in the last couple weeks. My husband is being transferred to another seminary to teach future pastors of the Latvian Lutheran Church. As a result, we will be moving to Riga, Latvia early next year.

We visited that very interesting city in early October, so I'll introduce you to a gem from the city. Tucked into a small alley in Riga, we discovered a tiny restaurant called Lasite.

 The building housing the restaurant was actually build in 1454 as part of the ancient fortification of the Medieval city of Riga.

In 1975, while Latvia was still under Soviet rule, the building was turned into a cafe. The architect tried to maintain the spirit of the Middle Ages with its arches and stained-glass windows.

The paintings on the outside walls make the quaint cafe very eye-appealing and inviting. But once you enter the restaurant, you are transported back in time.

People have to stoop through the low arched doorways. Walking past the suit of armor in the corner makes one look twice. The cozy atmosphere was conducive to conversations.

The wall was decorated with a wolf skin and swords. We enjoyed taking in the surroundings as we ate the Medieval-type cuisine with our fingers. It was a very different experience.

You can choose from rabbit stewed with vegetables, stewed pork tongue, Latvian homegrown lamb knuckle, roasted quail or other delicacies. We shared the authentic Middle Age meat, poultry and fish platter with marinated vegetables. That's the one served without any utensils.

Be sure to come visit us after we make the move. We'll take you with us to check out Lasite. It's a place you won't forget.


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