Steerpike has long been a champion of the fight to get America to lift the ban on Scottish haggis being imported into their country. So Mr S was cheered to hear that Nicola Sturgeon has been doing her bit to fly the flag for the national dish on her trip to America.
The New York Post reports that Sturgeon's team made some last minute menu requests ahead of a work lunch at Incognito Italian bistro in New York, following her appearance on Jon Stewart's Daily Show.
The Scottish-Italian proprietors Paolo Montana and Adriana Moretti reportedly proposed an all-Italian menu, but Sturgeon’s team asked them to also include Scottish classics 'like highland haggis and smoked Scottish salmon'. Alas any haggis will have been an American remake without the vital ingredient of sheep lung, which usually makes up 15 per cent of the delicacy.
Still Sturgeon can't have been too put out by the substitute; she gifted the owners some 'gorgeous traditional silver cups for whisky'.