I am pooped after a full day of running around in Edinburgh today. We woke up early to have a traditional Scottish breakfast (with black pudding!) and headed down to check out Edinburgh Castle.
The castle was magnificent, and is said to have been built around the 11th Century on a base of an extinct volcano. Despite the dreary weather we had an educational and exciting walk around the castle. I especially enjoyed gazing upon the crown jewels and walking through the prison chambers.
Afterwards Hubby, Otousan, and I went to go play a round of golf at a golf course near the Edinburgh Airport. I was amazed at how deep green the grass and vegetation was. The course was so wide open, and you could see ruins of castles and watch towers afar.
I'm not a great golfer... but I was happy how I played today. I had such a fun time that it didn't even matter that I lost 5 balls in the shrubs.
After the 18th hole we went into the clubhouse and had some drinks. Mmm... Scottish Lager. I have been quite curious about Scottish cuisine for a while... Especially HAGGIS! So otousan took us to a creative and classy Scottish restaurant called Stac Polly. For drinks we had Champagne Kir Royales, which I've never had before and absolutely loved! It's simply champagne poured over a shot of red Cassis liquor. As a result the champagne turns a Rosy pink color and has a hint of sweetness.
We also had the mussel bree: a traditional Scottish mussel soup with spring onions. It was creamy and similar in taste to clam chowder.I finally got to try Haggis! Haggis is the national dish of Scotland and I just HAD to try it. Haggis is made with bits and pieces of lung, liver, and heart of sheep mixed with spices, onions, and oatmeal stuffed in a sheep's stomach. Doesn't sound very appetizing... but I came all the way to Scotland so why not try something new right? Stac Polly was serving a less traditional version of Haggis so I assume it was much easier to eat than the kind served straight up in a pub. Above is a plate of baked filo parcels stuffed with haggis served on a sweet plum and red wine sauce. It wasn't bad but I admit that it is an acquired taste. For main course, carnivore hubby had to try the famous Aberdeen prime rib eye Angus beef steak. This dish came with skirlie mashed potatoes and smoked bacon with red wine sauce.
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