I’m Just Not the Tripe Type


I’m meeting a business associate for lunch on Tuesday at an Italian Restaurant – for tripe. The restaurant, Rockie’s, is supposed to have the best tripe in the city. I’ve never had their tripe. Actually, I’ve never had anyone’s tripe which is cow stomach, nor scungile which is octopus, nor snails which, of course, are snails. I’ve never eaten lobster in anything other than bisque, clams outside of chowder, squashed sardines, nor oysters when they lay dead in their shells. I won’t eat liver pate or any other way.

I don’t eat chicken legs, pig knuckles, or turkey drumsticks. I’ve never eaten a chicken’s wing, a duck’s breast, rabbit, or a partridge hanging on to its bones. I’ve never had for dinner a pheasant under glass, frog legs, turtle soup, blood sausage, nor anything that even resembles sushi. I’ve never been to a pig roast and I’m always wondering what happens to pig snouts, eyeballs, lips, brains, testes, and tails. I know I don’t want to know.

I’m not a vegetarian by any means. I love steak, cheeseburgers, boneless chicken, bacon, and I make the best chili (with steak, Italian sausage, & Merlot – no beans) that you’ll ever eat. I just can’t eat anything that looks like anything. I never could – even as a kid. My imagination was too big and I couldn’t switch it to ‘disassociate’ like most people. I still can’t.

It always amazes me what different cultures will – and won’t – eat. Indians don’t eat cows but we will. We don’t eat dogs but Koreans eat a certain breed. Monkeys might be dinner in some African countries and I wouldn’t even shop with a client in ‘Snake Alley’ in Thailand. It is, however, reassuring to know that all cultures will not eat a certain animal – people. I guess it’s just too hard to disassociate us.


3 Responses to “I’m Just Not the Tripe Type”

  1. Rich Gardner says:

    Holy Zip Code, Frank! Can’t wait to read your restaurant review!

  2. amy says:

    I could never disassociate the term “go balls deep”
    uhhh. I know, “Thanks, Amy..”

  3. Frank Paolo says:

    Thanks, Amy – for all your hard work.

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