Why is it so hard to find my favorite foods in this forsaken town? Which leads me to, why do I live in this forsaken town? Why is it harder to find a Meyer lemon than to find a 53 button lavender polyester suit? Why can I buy guns but not a single banh mi? I can buy a $300 pair of Air Jordans but can’t get some $100 iberico ham. I don’t think I’m mistaken when I say that households everywhere are watching TV and see things like pork belly, foie gras, toro, paté, ramps, shiso, harissa, kimchee, watching shows like Iron Chef and No Reservations without giving a thought as to why they’re not eating this or that. Instead we settle for chain restaurants and fast food. You feeling special? You like special toppings on your pizza? How about some squash blossoms, lardo, or shaved black truffles. Maybe some nice nduja? Haven’t even tried it…. I like wagyu and hamachi kama.. stuff like that. I like quail eggs and stinky cheese, quince paste and cassoulet. Things of this nature. But if I want some of these things I’m going to have to gas up the car and take a drive cause that ain’t going to fly in my town. “You like ribs? We got some but they ain’t great. Burgers? Tons of those… What did you say? You want it cooked rare? We can’t do that… Mediums is as low as we go.” why is that exactly? I’m guessing the quality of beef is far from super duper. And the biggest thing about all of this, even crazy at a point, is some of these foodstuffs are, or have been up until just recently, illegal to sell in the United States. It’s not as bad as it was 5 years ago but it’s sure not like buying a bag of Doritos. There’s a reason you can’t buy fresh mangosteens at Whole Foods or Publix or Krogers or anywhere. The USDA deems certain imported foods unsafe for American consumption simply because of the lack of pasteurization Thanks Louis for having my back. But it’s the same organization that allows Oreos to be produced. (I think Oreos taste good) Its the same organization that picks and chooses who can import and export their goods and services based not on quality but how much money the purveyor can give the “licensing”. Yeah It’s political. It’s embargo. It’s food. It’s a ransom. I think if you have misinterpreted what my idea here of trying to convey the frustration I have, you are in fact by no means incorrect. I have no room telling people what to get out of what they read. My mind set is that I love food in a way that brings me so much happines. It shouldn’t be so hard to locate the most tastiest of eats. And maybe it’s ok for you to get angry when you are without ability of volunteer, being deprived of the best food available for consumption. And maybe just maybe you should settle? That’s a question not a statement…those were three periods.