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Restaurants

HAGGIS Burger Featured On Hard Rock Cafe’s World Tour Menu

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Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating a World Burger Tour and, because of this, has developed an entire menu of Local Legendary Burgers that represent different continents.

One note-worthy addition is the Haggis Burger. The Scottish entry features an Angus Beef patty that’s topped with haggis, melted Monterey Jack cheese, golden turnip frazzles and glazed with a whisky maple sauce.

Haggis is a staple Scottish pudding that consists of sheep’s pluck (liver, lungs, heart). It’s mixed together with minced onions, suet, oatmeal and other spices and thrown into a stomach casing.

Other burgers from the menu include a Banh Mi Burger, a Marimba Burger, an Aussie Burger and a Schnitzel Burger.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Legendary Burger offerings will be available at all participating locations.

 

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Products

Scottish Haggis and Whiskey Chips Are Real. We’re Freaking Out

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Welp, it was bound to happen. And frankly, we say it’s about time. The public of Scotland has risen up to declare that they too want to determine their chips’ flavors, a la Lay’s competition. In response, Mackies, a five year old chip company, has released two new and decidedly Scottish flavors of chips: Scotch Whisky and Haggis, and Venison & Cranberry.

The hope is that the chip flavors will extend beyond Scotland and into international markets in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, due to the global love affair with whiskey. But let’s not forget the haggis either, because that’s the important part that we are not willing to forget so easily.

For those of you unfamiliar with haggis, it’s a traditional Scottish dish of lamb lung and heart stuffed into a sheep’s stomach. Add to that good old Scottish whiskey and you have what we’re assuming is a delicious combination, to Scotts at least. For the rest of the world, getting around the flavors of offal and organs might be a little too much to take, even despite their appetizing chip-shaped container. Still, whiskey in a chip might be too tempting to not give at least one a try.

Would you give these chips a taste? What do you imagine their reception will be when they arrive in the States? Let us know below!

H/T + PicThx Grubstreet

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Humor

14 Awful British Foods That Make Us Proud to Be American

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This holiday, it’s easy to get caught up in the frills. Fireworks, grilling, the old red, white, and blue. But let’s not forget the true reason for the season, celebrating our liberation from our staunch, haggis-eating, tea-drinking forefathers. Think about it. If we hadn’t told GB to buzz off, we may have never created the Double Down. Girl Scout Cookies would only be eaten at tea time. French fries would be called chips and chips would be called crisps. Crisps!

So, this Independence Day, remember there’s plenty reason to revel in our independence, especially the fact that we didn’t get stuck eating that awful soggy grey stuff they call “food” on the other side of the pond. Sure Britain’s got its cool accents and nifty TV shows, but we’ll take a deep-fried twinkie over this mess any day:

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1. Stargazey Pie

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Pastry pie topped with fish heads

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2. Jellied Eels

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Like unagi, only gross

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3. Haggis

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A pudding thing made from sheep heart, liver, and lungs

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4. Black Pudding

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A pudding sausage thing made from pig’s blood

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5. Baby Gaga Ice Cream

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Warning: Made from human breast milk

PicThx Mother Nature Network 

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6. Spotted Dick

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Another pudding thing made with raisins; thankfully not diseased genitalia

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7. Laverbread

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Seaweed thing?

PicThx Neil Cooks Grigson

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8. Sussex Pond Pudding

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A boiled cake with a whole lemon inside. Why is it boiled?

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9. Turkey Twizzlers

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What looks like Britain’s version of Slim Jims, only a million times more frightening

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10. Marmite

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Yeast extract-based salty poop sauce

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11. Bubble and Squeak

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Medley of last night’s leftover cabbage

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12. Pork Faggots

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Unfortunately named offal meatballs

PicThx Lily In Canada

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13. Flies Graveyard

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Giant raisin newtons

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14. Mushy Peas

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Not gross necessarily. Still sad looking though.

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Happy 4th of July everybody!

(CORRECTION 7/3/14: A previous version of this article listed Pickled Eggs as a British food. They are British in origin, but can also be found worldwide.)

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Hit-Or-Miss

33 Percent of US Tourists Think Scottish Haggis is an Animal

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Our Scottish friends across the pond are well known for cranking out delicious whiskey, but are you familiar with their famous haggis? The sausage-like dish is a staple throughout the country, but many people aren’t aware of what it actually is. In fact, 33% of US tourists believe haggis is an animal, and almost one quarter thought it was possible to catch one.

To be clear, haggis is not a living, breathing creature, but it is made from a variety of animal parts. Traditionally, the dish is sheep’s “pluck” (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, all soaked in stock and then boiled in either a sausage casing or a sheep’s stomach.” It might not sound like the most appetizing of dinners, but haggis is an integral part of Scotland’s national Burns Night, celebrating the life of poet Robert Burns and his contributions to the country.

Many Scots living in the US tend to forgo traditional haggis with offal, including sheep’s lungs, mostly because the US has ruled these animal parts to be inedible and, therefore, they have been banned from import. But a Burns Night meal without haggis is like a Thanksgiving without turkey — it’s absolutely unthinkable!

So the next time you’re in Scotland, make it a point to try some haggis for an authentic Scottish experience.

H/T The Guardian + Picthx Wikipedia

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Packaged Food

Haggis Potato Chips are ‘Distinctively Scottish’

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Yes, haggis. For anyone who didn’t see Brave last summer, haggis is basically Scottish sausage. If you don’t know what it is and you are not an adventurous eater, you probably won’t want anymore detail than that.

Moving on.