What I do involves bathing pork butt in condensed milk, buying supplies at the bodega and using canned jackfruit for salads. You shouldn't be afraid to cook and eat foods that some people would find pedestrian if you think they're delicious.
There are wines that are imported through NY in such minuscule quantities that they never even make it to the West Coast. Yet Lou Amdur has managed to procure not one, but two cases of it. This is why you go to Lou.