Today was a day infused with history. Our group visited the People’s Story of Edinburgh, which gave an inside glimpse into everyday Scottish life from the late 18th century to the present day. We also visited Mary King’s Close, where we got an even more detailed account of Scottish history. Even though today was seemingly a day of history, it was also marked by stepping away from what we have come to recognize as Scottish food and trying out a completely new kind of food.
We had our first group dinner tonight at a charming restaurant called Cafe Marlayne. This restaurant had a very quant and charming atmosphere, and had hints of French culture in subtle places. Haggis wasn’t on the menu here, but rather dishes like duck liver pate were featured. We had the option of choosing a starter dish and then a main dish. For my starter, I chose a warm potato salad with cheese and parma ham. This dish was excellent, but I was most excited for my main dish. I ordered the tomato and spinach quiche with salad and potato salad. Before I even started eating, the smells of my quiche made my mouth water. When I ate my first bite, it was even better than I expected, and I had been expecting the food to be suberb! It definitely delivered! The flavors were so distinct and vibrant that I ate almost every last morsel on my plate. For dessert, I had sticky toffee pudding, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite desserts.
From the snippets of conversation I heard from around the table, everyone greatly enjoyed their meals. Ariel described her trout dish as delicious and said that all the flavors coming together is what made it so delicious.
It was definitely refreshing to try a new cuisine. After all, traveling the world means not only trying the food native to the country you’re in, but also trying different foods from other countries around the world.