love it when i’m cooking, hit a rare ingredient, have to stop & poll my friends for substitutes
"help! wtf is red star anise?"
"my mom has some but she refuses to discuss it or acknowledge its presence in any way"
"it shows up in your spice drawer when you're ready. i guess you're not ready yet"
"you can use black star anise & Red #-2… yes, _minus_ two"
"you can’t buy it, it has to be wrenched from the grasp of a mortal foe"
"a metaphor, like the elusive blue rose"
"i saw it in a dream once"