Food Journals

What I ate in SCOTLAND – A Food Journal

Scotland is a wonderful place to visit. I loved it so much that I have been back three times and still plan on returning. Food and drink are part of any journey and were a big part of my trips to Scotland!

From Fishy Pie to Haggis Bon-Bons, What I ate in SCOTLAND – A Food Journal

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Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow

In 2015, my friends and I visited the original Willow Tea Room in Glasgow ( 217 Sauchiehall Street) for a bit of breakfast and tea. It was a lovely place to get our bearings since we had just flown in from Dublin. What drew me to the Willow Tea Rooms was the architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was quite influential during the Art Nouveau movement throughout Europe, one of my favorite design eras.

This tea room was opened for business in October 1903, had survived a couple of world wars and different social eras. As of a couple of years ago after an Instagram post of mine, I found out that this location had closed as a tea room. I was made aware when the Willow Tea Rooms contacted me and it broke my heart a bit. What made me sad was thinking about the beautiful architecture and design inside. Although my friends and I are grateful that we were able to enjoy time inside this classic tea room, I am sad that I cannot return and have more tea.

Note: As of now, the Buchannan Street location is open- please see their official website- The Willow Tea Rooms

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Afternoon Tea at Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh

As a solo traveler, partaking in Afternoon Tea is quite a big deal and you have to be fine with enjoying your own company. I never felt alone having tea at the Balmoral, my servers were amazing and kind. Plus the other patrons around me were friendly with their nods and smiles. The Palm Court is absolutely lovely plus the live harpist sets a beautiful tone for the room. Loved it!

👩🏻‍💻➡ Afternoon Tea at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh – Scottish Style

I enjoy Afternoon Tea and the one at the Balmoral in Edinburgh, has remained my second favorite in the world. My first favorite is at The Palm Court inside the Ritz in London and for the last six years, it has remained my favorite. I will say that this Afternoon Tea moved my then current favorite, Le Meurice in Paris, to third place. So yes, the Balmoral has an excellent Afternoon Tea Service and please enjoy it while in Edinburgh.

For my Five Star YELP REVIEW – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Palm Court on Yelp

For Palm Court Afternoon Tea information, please visit their official site- The Balmoral Hotel Palm Court

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Haggis Bon-Bon

My first try at haggis during Afternoon Tea at the Balmoral in Edinburgh.

👩🏻‍💻➡ Afternoon Tea at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh – Scottish Style

I was told by others that I did not actually have the full haggis experience by eating a “posh bon-bon” during afternoon tea at the Balmoral. I beg to differ, this was Haggis. To be truthful, I am afraid to order a whole dish of haggis. I do know what it is and the ingredients somewhat intimidate me. What if I do not like it and waste a whole dish of haggis? If someone would offer me a bite, then I might try original haggis.

For my Five Star YELP REVIEW – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Palm Court on Yelp

For Palm Court Afternoon Tea information, please visit their official site- The Balmoral Hotel Palm Court

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Deep Fried Mars Bar in Edinburgh

Never say never! The first time I heard about deep fried Mars Bars was back in the 90s and was appalled by the thought of it. I convinced myself that I would never eat such a greasy thing. Well fast forward 25+ years later, I am in Edinburgh destroying a gooey deep fried candy bar.

Would I eat one ever again? Probably not but at least I tried it. This gooey and greasy deep fried Mars Bar was devoured at Clamshell in Edinburgh.

For restaurant information and my YELP REVIEW, please visit – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Clamshell on Yelp

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Fish and Chips

Although I’ve eaten amazing fish and chips in England, once I got into Scotland it was not the same amazing experience. Just saying! I am not ruling out Scotland as having good fish and chips and am determined to find a great Chippy.  I know there are many and  will not give up until I find one.

The Fish and Chips that I tried in Scotland were very greasy and heavy. I could barely eat it but was hungry and did it anyways. I did have a decent haddock fish and chips in Inverness but it was from the UK chain, Wetherspoons.

For my YELP REVIEW on JD Wetherspoons  in Inverness – Read Trixie N.‘s review of J D Wetherspoon on Yelp

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Scottish Breakfast

One of my favorite things when I visit the UK is waking up to a full breakfast! Whether it is a Scottish or English, their breakfasts are a very important and impressive way to start the day.

Breakfast at Halycon Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland- Halycon House Official Website

A full plate of rashers (bacon), sausages, mushroom, two eggs, grilled tomatoes, toast and beans. Plus an additional side of toast, coffee and juice. I do love Scottish breakfasts.

For my YELP REVIEW for Halycon Hotel – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Halcyon Hotel on Yelp

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Traditional Scottish Cullen Skink

It took me three visits to Scotland to find Cullen Skink but I found  it in Inverness. This creamy chowder is delicious especially if you enjoy fish, as it is a smoked haddock soup. 

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I enjoyed this bowl of Cullen Skink with fresh bread at Black Isle Bar in Inverness, Scotland.

For my YELP REVIEW and restaurant information – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Black Isle Bar on Yelp

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Split Hot Dog

I took one look and said, “I need one”. True story and is noted in my Yelp review. This was one huge grilled hot dog on a proper bread roll. There was not anything fancy to this, it was just straight up delicious.

For restaurant information and my YELP REVIEW, please visit – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Clamshell on Yelp

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Whiskey Tasting at Edinburgh Castle

Through out Edinburgh, especially the Royal Mile, you will find places to try Scotch Whiskey and I do recommend it especially if you like the drink. One of my favorites I tried was this local whiskey, Bruadar, meaning “Dream”.

Bruadar is a Scottish malt whisky liqueur with the flavors of sloe berries and smooth taste of honey. I loved it because it went down very nicely and had a good finish. I bought a medium sized bottle and several small ones to bring home. I am sad I drank it all so I guess I will go back to Scotland for more!

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Highland Cow Cupcake

I remember the first time I saw photos of a Highland Cow, I was in love! I had that giddy feeling of “OH I want that cupcake” when I saw it at Ashers Bakery in Inverness. The cup cake was adorable and pretty tasty. It also looked as if there were many other delicious treats inside. It is worth the visit if you are in the city.

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For more information on Ashers, please visit their official website – ASHERS BAKERY

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Orkney Cheese

We were told that the best things to eat in Orkney were the ice cream and the cheese, due to the great dairy production on these islands. So I ate both! The best I could find on short notice that would travel well was the pre-packaged cheese rounds.

There are other vendors and would love to try different types of Orkney cheeses in the future. This particular one, Smoked Cheddar – Highland Whiskey, was very sharp and savory. I enjoy bold flavors so this worked well for me. The consistency was spreadable and tasted nice on crackers. I did end up buying crackers to eat with this cheese and it made for a lovely snack.

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Pizza at Black Isle Bar

Yes, sometimes we all need a pizza! As I have traveled and tasted pizza in various countries, they are all a bit different from each other. As for Black Isle Bar in Inverness, I found the pizzas to be very good and similar to those you find back in the States.

We ordered the Goat cheese, red onion and rocket pizza as well as the mushroom pizza. Both were great and at reasonable prices. The serving was generous for a pizza and we ended up bringing half our pizzas back to our hotel.

For my YELP REVIEW and restaurant information – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Black Isle Bar on Yelp

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Orkney Ice Cream

While traveling up to Orkney Islands, we were told to try the ice cream and the cheese. Apparently the dairy sources up in this part of Scotland are great which intrigued me to try out their ice cream. Who am I kidding? I do not need a reason to eat ice cream- I love ice cream!

I wish I was hungrier and would have tried a couple different flavors. It was a tough decision and I chose ‘Honeycomb’ and it was very good! The consistency was very rich and creamy, plus you could taste the freshness. I loved the honeycomb flavor since it was not overpowering but light and sweet.

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Banoffee Caramel Chocolate Bar

No lies, whenever I see the word “Banoffee” I get a little happy! For those who love banana AND toffee than this is a word you should know, BAN-OFFEE. I found this sweet number at Mr. Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in Inverness.

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It was very delicious- chocolate mixed with banana flavors and toffee chips. Mr. Simms offered many other chocolate bars but this looked to be my favorite in the store.

For store information, please visit their official sight – MR. SIMMS OLDE SWEET SHOPPE

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Tunnocks Tea Cakes

The moment I met Tunnocks! Not sure what my problem was but it took me three visits to Scotland to be introduced to Tunnocks Tea Cakes and Caramel Wafers. My first try was of all places, a bus from Edinburgh to Inverness and back. These delicious tea cakes reminded me of American S’mores, sorry Scotland.

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They are little shortbread  biscuits that are covered with a dome of Italian meringue. Then topped with a whipped egg white concoction similar to a lighter marshmallow. Finished off by being dipped in chocolate.  See… it’s like a Scottish S’mores- sorry, not sorry!

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Fishy Pie and Harry Potter

I have tried Fish Pie in the UK and Ireland and it is one of my favorites. Think fish (typically smoked), mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and a few other ingredients- it is very flavorsome.

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I ate this cheesy fishy pie at The Elephant House in Edinburgh, which is known as the birthplace of Harry Potter.

For more information on the restaurant and menu, please visit their official website – THE ELEPHANT HOUSE

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Cranachan

I could not tell you how excited I was to find this dessert. You would think this traditional Scottish dessert, Cranachan, would be easy to find but it really is not. This hearty dessert is primarily made with whiskey, berries, cream and oats.

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I found this nice cranachan at the Elephant House in Edinburgh. It is a lovely café where JK Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter, known as the Birth Place of HP.

For more information on the restaurant and menu, please visit their official website – THE ELEPHANT HOUSE

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Coronation Chicken Sandwich

So simple but so delicious! One of my favorite sandwiches to eat while in the UK, especially on brown bread. What is so special about this sandwich? It is a chicken salad sandwich made with a kick of curry powder.

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Coronation Chicken Sandwich

This is a common sandwich in the UK and I suggest you try it if you see it on the menu. I had this Coronation Chicken sandwich while on a bus back to Inverness from a trip to Orkney Islands. It was not a gas station sandwich but a housemade sandwich that we picked up along the way.

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Spicy Pasta in Edinburgh

There are many Italian restaurants in Scotland and it is fun to try them out. On our last visit to Scotland, we ate dinner at Bella Italia in Edinburgh. We were not disappointed as everything was delizioso!

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My Gamberoni Arrabiata which was spaghetti, king prawns, green chili in a spicy spaghetti sauce. It was a very flavorful pasta dish with just the right amount of heat.

For restaurant information and my YELP REVIEW – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Bella Italia on Yelp

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Starbucks and Carrot Cake

I know, Starbucks is very American and have learned to visit other cafes while traveling. Plus I rarely go to Starbucks in America, only if friends want to go or if I need something drive-thru. Not trying to make excuses because I really did enjoy this Starbucks in Edinburgh.

I will say though that trying the pastries and sandwiches at a global Starbucks is quite fun. At the Starbucks in Edinburgh, I ordered this tasty slice of carrot cake with my black Americano. I am a big fan of carrot cake, so this was a nice treat during my coffee break.

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 Guesthouse Room Snacks

Sometimes it is the little things that make a your day while traveling. Our Guesthouse in Inverness, set out a variety of drinks and snacks in our room daily. It was nice to try out different ‘everyday snacks’ from Scotland, while laying around in our room after a long day.

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Our Guesthouse in Inverness, Scotland was Riverbank House. It was an average accomodations. but it was very comfortable and clean. Our stay was like visiting a favorite relative’s house!

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Bacon Wrapped Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

Right?!? I could not believe it when I read what was in this breakfast sandwich at the airport. It was very early in the morning and needed food. I think at this time of the morning, making rational decisions is not my strongest suit.

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I will admit, this was very good and the heavier roll held all those bacon wrapped sausages well. Can I hear a “OH-YUM?”

Breakfast Sandwich from Eat in Edinburgh Airport – My Yelp Review and information – Read Trixie N.‘s review of Eat on Yelp

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