Sunday, July 6, 2008

I'll Have The Haggis!

Greetings, ladies and gents! My husband and I just recently returned from a week-long holiday in Scotland, and I have to say, I completely fell in love with every bit of it. From the city to the country, it didn't matter, I loved the whole thing!
Before we left, everyone we know asked us if we were going to eat some haggis while we were there. I always replied with, "Of course!" How can you go to Scotland and NOT eat it? That's like going to Mexico and not eating a burrito, come on people!
The first place we ate haggis at was The Royal McGregor on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. We saw a sign out front that claimed that it was "The best haggis on the Royal Mile", so naturally, we had to try it.

We were not disappointed. I loved all the different elements, the neeps (turnips), tatties (potatoes) and haggis combined so well together, and while the haggis itself was pretty spicy, it wasn't anything we couldn't handle. We found ourselves wrestling for the last bite.
A few days later, we had another opportunity to try some more haggis. This time it was at a lovely place in St Andrews (can't recall the name, I should have written it down), so if anyone from Scotland recognizes the plating of this dish and knows where we got it, feel free to let me know. It was in the hotel bar/restaurant across the street from Drouthy Neebers.
Again, we were not disappointed. I don't see why so many people shy away from haggis, it's really delicious! I'll admit that I was a bit nervous at first, but once I had it, I knew that I was nuts for having been so apprehensive. I've heard of people eating haggis for breakfast, too, and can totally imagine doing that myself, with some toast, eggs and coffee. Oh yeah, that sounds yummy.
So, take it from me, if you've ever wanted to try haggis, but have been turned off by all the rumours, have no fear. Just go for it! You'll thank me later.




DaviMack said...

The problem, though, is that most people are apprehensive once they learn what exactly goes into a haggis. Having lived in Scotland now for nearly a year, I must say that we've enjoyed the veggie haggis quite a bit ... but have never been tempted by the real deal whatsoever!

Glad you enjoyed yourselves!

giz said...

The presentation is first rate alhough I have to admit my Scottish son in law has done a pretty good job of turning me off haggis. I should just stop listening to him.

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JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I am with you Mehgan! I loved every single freaking thing about Scotland when I was there - the beauty, the weather, the views, the people, and the haggis! Beautiful presentations! I am so glad you had such a good time! Now I want to go back right away!