Saturday, October 29, 2011

A (not so) Wee Taste of Scottish Breakfast

Pubs differ from U.S. bars in many ways- the casual atmosphere, the specialty pints, the quiz nights, and the general acceptance of drinking at any time of day, any day of the week. Still, you can usually find a bar in the US that offers all these things.  But I challenge you to find a U.S. bar that serves breakfast.

In Edinburgh, pubs are plastered with advertisements for variations of "The Full Scottish Breakfast" of "The Traditional Fry-Up."  Weekend breakfasts are an important ritual in Scotland- a great chance to catch up with friends after a hard week of work- or a hard-core night of partying.

Like other countries' fry-ups, a full Scottish breakfast contains fried eggs, bacon, and sausage.  And while that alone would be enough to fill most people up, Scottish Breakfasts also feature local specialties- most often black pudding (blood sausage),  potato scones (similar to potato pancakes), and haggis.
The blood pudding is the dark stuff in the middle!
There are, of course vegetarian varieties on the full Scottish breakfast, and these often contain veggie substitutes for sausage and haggis whose health benefits are stripped away by a dip in the deep-fryer.

Full Scottish Breakfasts and Full Veggie Breakfasts can be as cheap as 3 pounds. And it's a cultural experience, so travellers can ignore any health-related reservations you have about eating it!

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