Olde Hansa – Medieval times in Tallinn, Estonia

Every now and then, one finds a tourist spot that more than lives up to the hype. In this case, I was pleasantly surprised by the cuisine and ambience of Olde Hansa, perhaps Tallinn’s most well-known restaurant catering to tourists. I expected a heavy hand of kitsch and cheesiness, but my experience was more understated…

Stockpot Riga: The Latvian spirit of The Culinary Diplomat

There are moments when I’m reminded why I started this blog. Moments that inspire me to share the joys of food – from the exotic to seemingly mundane Americana – with everyone. The first experience – well, ok, let’s be honest; all four visits – made me positively giddy with excitement to be able to…

It’s all about beets in the Baltics – and beyond

Beets are by far my favorite root vegetable – and that’s even with stiff competition from sweet potatoes. It is one food trend in recent years that I will stand behind, yet I am one of those weirdos that has loved beets long before the beet salad became a given (next to Brussels sprouts and…

What is Baltic cuisine?

Just what really is Baltic cuisine, you ask? Um…what and where are the Baltics? That’s what secretly you’re asking, right?  Isn’t that where they had that war in the ’90s? Like Serbia or Bosnia? Nope.  But it’s an honest mistake.  Don’t feel stupid; we’ve all had those moments. And I totally was that kid who…