The Offal Truth

Here’s one of the specials that was on the menu at New World Bistro Bar over the weekend:

Moroccan Lamb Duo
Oven roasted half rack rubbed with roasted garlic, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin with a grilled kidney.

Huh? Grilled kidney beans? Ummmm, no —grilled kidney.

A very old joke came to mind immediately that I couldn’t stop myself from saying out loud. “How do you cook a kidney? You boil the piss out of it.”

If you haven’t eaten at New World let me tell you that the tables are like six inches from one another, so everybody’s always looking at each other’s food and listening to their conversations. If you’re going to say something crazy about what the person next to you may be eating, do it quietly. I did not. Ooops.

Anyway, back to kidney eating.

Back in the day, superstitious people believed that certain organs carried power —and that consuming them was beneficial. The heart made one brave. The liver a source of strength. The brain? Makes you smarter. Following this logic what would eating a kidney do for you? Just askin’.

I know you’re all wondering how the grilled kidney tasted. It was sort of chewy and grainy at the same time. Not bad, but I don’t think I’d order a whole plate full of them. Brought home the rest and gave it to the dogs. They would eat a whole plate full of anything.

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