I don’t feel like keeping kosher is “annoying”. I am proud that I keep kosher and I have no desire to eat things that are treif. I also grew up the way the author of this post did, and it was incredibly confusing. When I decided to become a fully observant Jew, keeping kosher actually became easier. It is what it is. It’s hard to understand all the restrictions, both according to Torah Law and Rabbinic Law, but it’s a mitzvah and if that’s what HaShem commanded us to do, then we do it. The idea is not always about “understanding” everything HaShem commands from us, but trying to get closer to HaShaem - the Torah tells us how. Halacha is halacha, you do it or you don’t, but that’s what it is. P.S. Israel & NYC have some AMAZING kosher restaurants.