Good Quote: Calvin Trillin on Not Getting What You Want

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From Feeding a Yen:

I’m aware that I tend to go on about pimientos de Padrón. They are on a list I keep in my head of the victuals that, despite being my favorite dishes in one part of the world or another, rarely seem to be served outside their territory of origin — a list I sometimes refer to as the Register of Frustration and Deprivation. I have always assumed that a lot of people have such a list, no matter where they live. Now and then, I try to comfort myself with the thought that, given the fact that I live in New York, my Register of Frustration and Deprivation is much shorter than it would be if I lived anywhere else. That doesn’t seem to help much.

After a fruitless trip to the farmers’ market this morning, where we saw plenty of flowers but not much else, this quote is clicking with us in NYC…

Granted, Trillin’s yens are more restaurant related than the home-cooking kind. But when we read reports from California, full of strawberries and fiddlehead ferns, we feel like we are stuck in a wasteland, where tomatoes might as well be from Mars, they feel so far away.

What’s on your Register of Frustration and Deprivation right now? New Yorkers, what local food are you buying in these emerging days of spring?

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