8 U.S. Cities Making Their Own Foreign DelicaciesBy Kathleen Squires | October 14, 2013 By Kathleen Squires | October 14, 2013
Once upon a time in America, traveling food lovers had to smuggle foreign pleasures home - stuffing some jamon Iberico from Spain in the suitcase, for example, or stashing a little French raw milk cheese in a pocket - while risking serious fines in the process. There is still a long list of restrictions on the importing of foreign foods, but today, there’s actually less need to acquire them abroad. Sturgeon overfished in Russia? Go to California, where the caviar is sustainable. And why pay a premium on prosciutto di Parma when the “Americano” version from Iowa is just as good? Laws, restrictions, ecology and economy have all spurred industrious Americans to DIY their own “foreign delicacies” right in the good old USA. Here’s where to get once-considered-exotic imports made at home.