Sunday, January 30, 2011

"May I have more, sir?"

Visitors to this year's Burns Supper at Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant surprised us all by finishing off a 5-pound haggis brought in especially for the occasion. The line for a helping of the steaming comestible stretched the length of the bar, and a few people even came back for seconds.

Guest speaker Tom Mckeith did the honors of slicing and serving it up, which is only proper since it was Tom who read Burns's "Address to a Haggis" and Tom's own cousin, MacPhairson Clonglocketty Angus M'Clan, who caught the haggis in a rabbit snare last week in Glasgow's Linn Park. Following long family tradition, he transported the cleaned and dressed food product with him on a trip to Sacramento last Thursday by packing it in an ice chest marked "organ donor." Which has never caused any trouble at Customs, since when officials demand to see inside the cooler, that's exactly what it looks like.

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday night to sample the music, foods, and certainly the drink of Scotland, and to celebrate the Bard's 252nd birthday. May we remember his life and his verse for as many more!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Robert Burns and the elusive Haggis

It's coming up on January 25th, which means Robert Burns Night is fast approaching. To celebrate, go out and recite your favorite poem to someone, and keep an eye out for the wily Haggis!

Also keep an eye out for men in kilts! Maybe check in at Little Prague on Friday, January 28, as Riggity Jig rocks the house, along with emcee Tom McKeith (all the way from Clyde Bank!) and piper Erik Leiken. More info at the Little Prague site. Check the comments for links.