Category: Food & Booze

  • Riga Through A Hailstorm: On The Reporter’s Red-Eye Life

    Riga Through A Hailstorm: On The Reporter’s Red-Eye Life

    Thursday, 16 July It’s the first time I’ve heard an entire airplane applaud a safe landing, and I’m sure I didn’t sleep through any turbulence. After an early flight out of Edinburgh and over five hours in London’s wifi-less Luton Airport, what I’m convinced is hell’s mop closet, I’m safely in Riga, Latvia, ready to […]

  • The Beers and Other Boozes of Riga – From Black Balsam to Baltic Porters

    Öö, Põjahla – 10.5% ABV, €5.00 (pub price) (Estonia)  I found Öö at Vest, about a 20 minute walk from my hotel, the Tallinik.  I knew I couldn’t go wrong with the craft beer selection here – the place is a craft kitchen and coffee shop catering to polite bikers, foosball players, even people seeking a haircut […]

  • Every Starbucks in Edinburgh (A Celestial Cartography)

    Every Starbucks in Edinburgh (A Celestial Cartography)

    I should start by apologizing to my friend and frequent traveling partner, Steve Coffed.  I used to give him grief every time he suggested going into a Starbucks, anywhere in the world.  The coffee, I said, is inconsistent from city to city – and nothing to write home about even at its best.  The atmosphere […]

  • Yer Average Punter’s Gustatorial Guide to One Day in London

    Yer Average Punter’s Gustatorial Guide to One Day in London

    If you’re familiar with things like power checking, tax loopholes, and the way a Maserati feels in fourth gear, then you don’t need this guide – you can afford your bad taste.  If you’re a philistine with a tin ear, a corduroy tongue, seasonal allergies, and a general indifference to those moments – a cloud […]

  • A Month Back in Buffalo, the City Formerly Known as …

    A Month Back in Buffalo, the City Formerly Known as …

    I didn’t miss Buffalo until news of Snowvember crossed the Atlantic, and found its way onto a BBC report.  The autumn blizzard didn’t put Buffalo on the map, but it did give my European friends a better understanding of New York State geography.  For months, each introduction had followed a predictable pattern: European: “So, where […]