krikis jewelry designs and makes latvian jewelry of the highest quality. we use genuine baltic amber to create traditional and contemporary latvian jewelry that is inspired by traditional designs like the saules (sun design) and auseklis (star design). we have a complete line of nameja (namei) designs, including rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets.
riga black balsam (latvian: rä«gas melnais balzams) is a traditional latvian herbal liqueur made with many different natural ingredients mixed in pure vodka, giving a 45% abv (90 proof) drink. it can be had as it is, on the rocks or mixed with schnapps, akvavit, or vodka, or warm, in tea, coffee or black currant juice, or mixed with soda water or a soft drink, or in any variety of cocktails. the drink itself is black and very bitter, but with a distinct sweetness.
when you visit riga, you will no doubt encounter an interesting addition to all restaurant drinks menus: black balsam. riga black balsam is a tar-black liqueur flavored with a variety of herbs, including linden flower, pepper, ginger, valerian, and others. this strong, sting-your-throat drink is one of rigaâ??s prides.
many herb and spice liqueurs still bear the name of monastic orders from which they originated. herb and spice liqueurs are one of the most intriguing categories of liqueur as in many cases the recipes are a closely guarded secret, handed down from generation to generation. one of the most famous examples is chartreuse; it is claimed that there are 130 different herbal extracts in the blend and only four people worldwide know the recipe.
the world famous chocolate manufacturer from latvia “laima”, is the producer of this chocolate bar. vilnius chocolate tamsusis sokoladas should be dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 48%. my first impression was sweet and dark chocolate.
laima is the largest producer of confectionery in latvia. it is named for laima, the feminine deity of fate in latvian mythology. despite the loss of russian markets, the company maintained its major market position domestically following latvia's independence in 1918.
in 1921, laima chocolate became only the second chocolatier in latvia. laima sources only the finest forastero cacao beans from ghana. then, using old fashioned skill and time honoured recipes; laima transforms the cacao beans and other raw ingredients into their unique, flavourful treats.