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Burns Dinner, 2013

CarrieWas218 Jan 7, 2013 11:16 AM

I used to go to Hurley's in the Napa valley but since I am only there on weekends (in Half Moon Bay on weekdays), I need to find a city-based or Peninsula-based Burns dinner this year.

Any thoughts or leads?

  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2013 12:17 PM

    Any reports?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      mdougherty Jan 26, 2013 01:37 PM

      I didn't make it to Commonwealth last night due to coming down with a cold, but it looked fairly crowded when I went past around 8:00.

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        CarrieWas218 Jan 27, 2013 01:50 PM

        I mail-ordered a haggis from ScottishUSA.com which was much mealier and dry than I have had in the past - although the guests were VERY impressed with my fiance's rendition of the poem.

        I made Scotch broth, Scotch eggs, had smoked salmon, five Scottish cheeses, neeps & tatties, and Tipsy Laird.

        A fine time was had by all although next year, I may try to make my own haggis or return to Hurley's. His really was a tasty, tasty version and quite moist!

    2. CarrieWas218 Jan 8, 2013 01:05 PM

      I've decided to host and cook my own Burns Dinner this year since I couldn't find one that would include all the aspects of a Burns Dinner I like; the pomp and circumstance...

      It will be a good thing to teach my fiance's kids anyway. I'll make them Scotch Eggs since I'll be the only one eating Haggis, but they will enjoy the 'neeps & tatties' just fine and the dessert...

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        mdougherty Jan 7, 2013 01:30 PM

        If you're willing to go to Oakland, Commonwealth Cafe and Public House always does a Burns supper.

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          Spatlese Jan 7, 2013 02:18 PM

          I've been bugging Ross about this for a little while now - got it into my head that I need to try haggis for the first time, and figured this was the best way.

          1. re: Spatlese
            Robert Lauriston Jan 7, 2013 02:26 PM

            Martins West has haggis on a stick every day.

        2. Robert Lauriston Jan 7, 2013 11:20 AM

          Martins West?

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            CarrieWas218 Jan 7, 2013 12:11 PM

            I called - they are making haggis and tatties, but not doing the full celebration with bagpipes and poetry...


            1. re: CarrieWas218
              Robert Lauriston Jan 7, 2013 12:24 PM

              Edinburgh Castle has an event on Saturday the 19th.

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