Travel Tips: What To Eat In Edinburgh
Yesterday I listed the must-try foods in Glasgow, so to continue with that fine Scottish theme today’s list will center around Edinburgh. I covered the things to do in Edinburgh as part of my second travel destination posts and mentioned the delicious chicken curry pie in Aberfoyle. These are the foods that made our Edinburgh short list, though you can get many of them in either city:
Haggis: This rather gross-looking dish simmers in boiled water an hour or two before being served and it’s no wonder why: its contents. Diced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart are mixed with onions, oatmeal, and special seasonings before being stuffed in sheep’s stomach to cook (though there are vegetarian versions available that look just as unappetizing). This dish is mostly eaten over a large breakfast, but is also served with turnips and potatoes for dinner.
Soor Plums: These hard candies (yes, candy) are sour plum-flavored, bright green boiled sweets that are sold by the quarter-pound in paper bags.
Black Bun: This isn’t the kind of fruit cake that you receive during the holidays as some terrible joke or as your very own “piece of coal.” This fruit cake, which is shaped more like a loaf of bread, contains raisins, currants, orange peel, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and allspice at its center that is entirely covered with pastry.
Arbroath Smokies: These special smoked haddock are sold in supermarkets in the UK (and online) by a small group of businesses who use a single recipe from the tiny town of Auchmithie. (more…)
Where to Go: Edinburgh
Edinburgh and its surrounding area will always remain in my top travel destinations. I enjoyed everything about the city from the food to the architecture – even the (oftentimes foul) weather. Check out the features of where to go and what do in Edinburgh here, here, here, and here.
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Where to Go: Edinburgh
These guidelines are just as subjective as the last, though you should probably follow them.
DON’T miss all of the details in the architecture. The big things – monuments, castles – are easy to spot, but the real beauty of the city emerges in its intricacies (and eccentricities).
DO go to a performance at The Queen’s Hall. The venue is small and old, but the acoustics are beautiful. This venue fills with locals (generally of a more distinguished age) who are more than happy to talk to you about life, traveling, the city, whatever. Take advantage of it and actually listen.
DO dress in layers. Then layer your layers.
DO wear appropriate footwear. The streets are cobblestone (like so many European cities) and you will spend an inordinate amount of time walking uphill. I wore boots with 3-inch heels but I watched too many people struggling to consider it normal.
DON’T wear tennis shoes – the ugly, white, lace-up ones – to walk around the city. And while you’re at it: leave the fanny pack, crocs, and ratty Disneyland sweatshirt at home (in the darkest depths of the closet or in the trash receptacle), too. (more…)