If you're like my wife and me, we don't like processed food, fast food, and poor substitutions for ethnic cuisine.

Our good friends Chris and Vanessa are Colombian and took us to a truly authentic place in Elizabeth.

The place is called "Parador Rojo" and it's on Morris Avenue, not far from Kean University.

Parador Rojo - Google Earth
Parador Rojo - Google Earth
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Parking is a bit of a challenge in that part of the city, so the valet service was huge.

As you know, we've adjusted our diet and have tried to remove all "seed oils" from our cooking and dining. We've also opened the door to including organ meat in our weekly food consumption.

Turns out, Colombians love foods that most Americans would avoid as it might gross them out.

We jumped in full force ordering tongue and beef liver, we didn't hold back. Well, full disclosure, Chris ordered the tongue and Vanessa had the liver. Jodi and I ordered more traditional beef, mine was slow-cooked and was almost like pulled pork.

Parador Rojo
Parador Rojo
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Jodi got the full plate, sausage, beef, and arepas (also very popular in Venezuelan cuisine).

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Parador Rojo
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The good news is that organ meat like liver and strange meals like tongue are some of the best ways to feed your body and get the maximum nutrients you need.

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If your food palate is a little more reserved and you'd rather stick with pizza, here's a list of the best in NJ according to Barstool Sports:

Every NJ pizza joint Barstool's Dave Portnoy has reviewed

Dave Portnoy, commonly known as El Presidente, is the founder of Barstool Sports. Somewhere along the way, he decided to start reviewing local pizzerias, and the concept took off. Here is every New Jersey pizzeria Dave has stopped in, along with the score he gave them.

NJ Diners that are open 24/7

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