Latvian cold soup, “it’s better than ice cream”

Latvian cold soup, “it’s better than ice cream”
Latvian cold soup, “it’s better than ice cream”

In Latvia, it is not the appearance of the sun, nor tulips, nor sweaty men in ugly sandals that signal the arrival of summer. But rather a bright pink soup with half a hard-boiled egg floating on the surface like an inquisitive eye, with dill for eyelashes. This is the“cold soup”whose translation – accurate but uninviting – as “cold soup” does not do justice to its flavors or to the gastronomic and cultural importance of this summer dish in Latvia.

Liters, even hundreds of liters ofcold soup are currently being prepared in homes and canteens across Latvia. People sigh with relief from the first spoonful, as the soup passes from the bowl to their mouth, then from the esophagus to the stomach, where it exerts its refreshing effects on the entire body, but also curiously on the brain. During these blessed moments, Latvians cannot help but exclaim: “Oh, it’s been a long time since I had cold soup!” or “Really, when it’s hot, there’s nothing like cold soup! It’s better than ice cream! And by the way, is there any ice cream left?”

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Latvian Public Media – LSM (Riga, Latvia)

Latvian Public Media (LSM), Latvia’s public media outlet, has several television channels, radio programmes in Latvian and Russian, and a website in three languages. The English version of the site has existed since 2014, when Riga was the European Capital of Culture and was preparing to take over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in early 2015. The site is responsive to current events in the country, and the team of English-speaking journalists also aims to introduce readers to the country by publishing documentaries and articles on Latvian history and culture.

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