Answer:They are cities where you can shop at an “extreme specialty store” for food lovers. And they are featured in the December 2009 issue of Food Network Magazine. So what kinds of obsessions to they specialize in?
Sausage (Stonie’s Sausage Shop, Perryville, MO)
Licorice (Licorice International, Lincoln, NE)
Salt (The Meadow, Portland, OR)
Mushrooms (Everything Mushrooms, Knoxville, TN)
Hot Sauce (Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Shop, Austin, TX)
Customers are always amazed when they step into Licorice International, located in the Historic Haymarket District in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Your store really is what it says it is,” they usually remark. “It really sells only licorice.”
But when you have 160 different kinds of licorice from 14 countries, what more do you need?
Although visiting Licorice International is a little like heaven for licorice lovers (the licorice ladies are happy to feed you as many free samples as you want), you don’t need to plan a trip to Lincoln to enjoy gourmet licorice. You can get that same great experience (well, maybe without the free samples) by visiting http://www.licoriceinternational.com/