Thanks the internet/mobile living and the movement towards higher quality and diverse food ingredients, can you trust the quality of ingredients in areas such as wild, fresh seafood, meat, spices and ingredients, teas, ect. from online sites.
I lament the lack of selection at the local stores for seafood (not to mention a focus on the lower-end, farm-raised variety). Can one order fish and shellfish (including lobster( from a highly respected company like Browne Trading Company.
What about shopping for high-quality, harder-to-find meats and poultry from companies like D'Artagan? You can buy caviar online from Browne Trading Company, Petrossian, and Caviar Russe. Cheese, oils, and from boutique stores/retailers like The Cheese Store of Beverly Hiils and Formaggio Kitchen (Boston area). A wide range of exotic spices from The Spice House, grass-fed beef from companies like Niman Ranch and Lasater Grasslands Beef. You get the idea.
My question is, can you basically buy anything online that the top chefs or and those who might have a high-end food emporium in their city have access, and will it be the same quality from the same suppliers? For example, Niman Ranch, Browne Trading Company, and D'Artagan are suppliers to the best chefs and restaurants in the country.