Riga is full of cafes and every time I turn around it seems that a new place has opened up. But sadly, few of these places last more than a year. The problem, it seems, is that while anyone can open a cafe, only those who really know what good food and good service mean can succeed in such a competitive market. Drive outside of the capital and the story becomes even more dismal. The countryside in the middle Baltic country is a relative barren wasteland of slot machine filled drinking holes with day old pastries and mayonnaise-laden salads. Having said that, the situation is not hop...
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