The next day we met with David from “Secret Food Tours” along with the two other participants, a charming young couple from Spain, Ellie and Albietro. David talked very fast and walked just about as quickly. We had trouble keeping up, but at the various stops we did get the tour essentials.
Our first stop was at Howies where we had a delicious “Cullen Skink” chowder with smoked haddock and potatoes. Edinburgh is built on an extinct volcano with deep valleys and hills. The roads wind up and down and our next stop was in a cleft. “The Cellar” is entered on an upper level and down three flights of stairs we found the dining area where we tasted the enduringly popular dish The Haggis, which is a type of savory pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. Ours was served with top layers of bashed neeps and mashed tatties (that's Scots for turnip and potatoes). while the traditional dish of Scotland, it was good for a once-in-a-lifetime tasting (actually this was twice since we had it at the Bruce Dinner the night before).
We walked some more and found the “Elephant House” where Harry Potter was written. Then to the Whiski Room. Tom opted for a beer while Anne imbibed in the taste of a single malt 12-year-old Auchentoshan. We are still wine drinkers, but had to give the famous whiskeys of Scotland a sampling. At this point after about 3 hours of walking, we felt tired and able to make only one last stop at the Fudge Kitchen. Tom mistakenly sampled a large piece of chili fudge! It took a lot of water to rid him of the fiery taste! A simple meal at the hotel barroom was sufficient to satisfy our hunger for that night.