Every once in a while I realize that there’s something from America that I want but can’t get in Georgia. I try to make a mental note (lately, I’ve been making real notes, which are somewhat more effective, assuming I don’t lose them) and get these things when I actually go to America; so far I have mostly failed.
But not this time!
It feels weird to realize that I am only in New York – at most – twice a year. I am still considering my options for this summer – whether to stay in Georgia, head to New York for a while, or go somewhere else entirely. It seems like I should take the opportunity to travel a little while I’m already on this side of the Atlantic, and there are tons of places I want to go; my latest craving is to hit up Beirut and cram myself full of as much delicious Lebanese food as I possibly can. I hear they have decent beaches there too. In any case, the point is, I’m considering not flying to New York in the summer, which would mean that the next three weeks (oh yeah, I leave tomorrow) might be my only chance for a whole year to satisfy my New York-based cravings.
It helps that more and more things are actually becoming available in Georgia (they have maple syrup now, although it’s hideously expensive) and that most of the things I miss about America involve food, and I can easily reproduce most dishes that I can’t find in restaurants here. I’m considering getting a meat grinder and a coffee grinder (sadly, two different machines – it would be cool to just have one all-purpose grinder, although I’d have to clean it really thoroughly which would be a pain in the ass) so I can start making real hamburgers and experimenting with the various coffee beans available in my neighborhood. So anyway, it’s not like I’m living an ascetic life of gruel and stone soup over here – on the contrary, I’ve been expanding my repertoire to cajun and southern food in addition to my standard Mexican and Indian influenced stuff, with overall good reviews – but there are a few specialty items that would really be icing on the cake.
Also, speaking of cake, I remain a shitty baker, and so one of my high priorities in the US is some of the specialty baked goods that you can’t find in Georgia.
So without further ado, I present my list of places to go, foods to eat, and items to buy to bring back to Georgia to enhance my overall quality of life here:
Items to buy:
Taco Spice (somehow when I mix my own I never quite manage the same exact flavor; plus it’s way easier to just use a mix)
Onion powder (maybe)
Advil Cold and Sinus (not available in Georgia due to Georgia’s imaginary meth epidemic or something)
Writing pads (8.5″ x 11″ – for some reason Georgia doesn’t seem to have normal stationery)
Polyisoprene Condoms (this material is just way, way better than latex)
So, yeah. Notice how the second year packing list differs drastically from the initial packing list. When I first came here I tried to minimize the number of consumable items I brought with me (for example, spices) on the assumption that they take up the space of non-consumable items (like clothes) but I’d run out of them. Now I’m pretty much set for clothes and stuff, and I have a very specific idea of what consumables I need and how much of them I go through in a year.
I’d love to hear what stuff from America y’all find yourselves missing/craving/wanting to bring back to Georgia from vacation.
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