Another item not easily found here is Anise Extract. A dear friend from Florida, Joe, brought me three bottles a few years ago when he visited but the long-term answer is not bringing it from the states but to make it yourself.
To that end, my son-in-law, Isaac gave me this recipe. Clean and serialized a jar then fill with vodka and a few star anise pods. Let the pods sit in the vodka until the anise flavor is infused, this took several weeks but will last indefinitely.
I have read where it is better to keep in a dark bottle and not a clear one as it protects the potency of the extract. It actually worked and I will be trying it with my first batch of Italian Anise Cookies. Thanks Isaac!