I had an interesting conversation with my boss yesterday about "comfort food". He was relating a story to me about a patient who used to bring him homemade Pierogies (yum!). We got to talking about "comfort foods" in general and I asked if he liked tripe, oxtail or tongue. Not a fan of tripe he said that he had occasionally sampled tongue in sandwiches of the Jewish deli variety. I said to him that my Mom cooked tripe all the time when we were growing up. I tried to explain that I was a fan of "offal". He thought I said, "awful"... LOL!! I had to explain to him what "offal" was. As Merriam Webster describes it: "the viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal removed in the dressing". So that encompasses tripe, liver, brains (which I've never sampled) and the like. There is a Spanish restaurant here on Staten Island that serves tripe and oxtail that I plan on trying in the next few weeks.
I'll let you know how that turns out!