In this video, the incredible high quality of items that one can find, just by avoiding American supermarkets and grocers, in the ethnic cornucopia of Brooklyn alone. Jamaican Cheese; Haiti Hot Sauce; Russian Deli pancakes:
The Jamaican Cheese as well as the Mama Haiti Hot Sauce(Scotch Bonnet made) was purchased at the grocer next to Buffet Grill at Norsrand and Newkirk (1877 Nostrand Avenue). The Beef (corned beef) as well as the Russian Pancakes were purchased at one of the many Russian Ukraine Central Asian grocer delis, from Boro Park down to Brighton Beach, places in between.
This is part of my ongoing assault on monopoly products that glut markets, and reduces the actual open market to a closed market. Living in a place such as NYC, there are options to avoid these traps. Just go ethnic.