Food & drink
Entry to Latvia has been officially announced by the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide whose inspectors have already visited eateries in various places: on the coast of Kurzeme, in Jūrmala, Valmiera, Cēsis, Līgatne, and Tērvete.
Having tackled a wide range of important subjects over the years – everything from high-level corruption to oligarchic influence and reforms of the judicial system – Latvian Television's trailblazing investigative show Aizliegtais Paņēmiens (AP) took on another topical theme September 25 and asked the question on everyone's lips: can Artificial Intelligence (AI) come up with a decent recipe for spinach?
Growing melons and watermelons in Latvia is still an unconventional activity, but there are more and more of those not afraid to experiment. Demand for local produce is also high. Harvests of melons and watermelons are well below the planned volume for this year, Latvian Radio reported on August 25.
Next time you tuck into a delicious Latvian ice cream, you can amaze those around you by declaring that last year Latvia produced nearly 20 million liters of the stuff. 'How do you know this?' you will be asked. 'Because EU statistics agency Eurostat said so in its data release on August 14,' you can reply as you slurp ever deeper into the cooling treat.
If robots really are about to take over the world, a good way to go about it might be controlling our access to early-morning coffee. With that in mind, many might have mixed feelings about the introduction of what is claimed to be 'the first robot barista in the Baltic states' by fuel retailer Virši.