Alright, so occasionally Foreign Service posts also enjoy access to military commissaries. There just happens to be one in Riyadh, and it's...well, we'll come back to that.
when we were stationed in Germany) is getting the familiar American products at reasonable prices. You can usually find a list of items that the local commissary carries at post, so you just go down the list checking off things like a sushi menu. Imported American goods are often twice as expensive on the local market, if you can even get them in the country. So, we send in our shopping list each week, and someone in Riyadh tries to fill the order in time to make the truck back to Jeddah.
While there is an option to say "No substitutes" or "Substitutes Acceptable," sometimes you get things that aren't really what you want. Case in point: Lactaid brand lactose-free milk replaced with Lactaid drops. Oh, won't those go well in the lactose-free cookies? And, while I know I'm fortunate enough to be able to buy almond milk through the commissary, it has on occasion arrived completely frozen (which is not recommended). Which kind of defeats the whole point of ordering it in the first place. But the mental image of a truck carrying frozen almond milk across the Saudi desert is just as ironic, don't ya think?
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