Haggis: The King o' the Puddin' Race

The much-misunderstood traditional dish of Scotland, haggis may be an acquired taste, but a well-made one is delicious with mashed potatoes and swede. Macsween of Edinburgh (www.macsween.co.uk) is a long-established family business specializing in Robert Burn's "King o' the Puddin' Race." Macsween haggis includes lamb, beef, oatmeal, onions, and a special blend of seasonings and spices cooked together and stuffed into a natural casing. They also make a popular vegetarian version. Both are sold in vacuum-packed plastic bags and require only reheating in a microwave or simmering pot of water. You can find this company's product at a range of food stores and supermarkets throughout Edinburgh.

Tea for Two?

New in town is The Edinburgh Larder, 15 Blackfriars St. (tel. 0131/556-6922), for specially sourced teas (and coffees), as well as rich cakes such as dark chocolate and beetroot. For a formal venue, try the Palm Court at the The Balmoral, 1 Princes St. (tel. 0131/556-2414).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.