Crikey! Man tries to trade live alligator for beer
December 17th, 2013
03:00 PM ET
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A Miami man is in a swampy situation after he was caught trying to trade a live alligator for beer at a Florida convenience store.

Fernando Caignet Aguilera, 64, was cited by officials December 10 after he trapped the 4-foot alligator at a nearby park and brought it to the Santa Ana Market, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino. Aguilera then walked up to the counter asking for a 12-pack of beer in exchange for the alligator. The clerk called Miami police instead.

Pino told CNN that never in his 25-year career in law enforcement has he heard of a person capturing an alligator for the purpose of exchanging it for alcohol - or anything, for that matter. Saying Aguilera apparently needed to "quench his thirst buds," Pino called the incident an "extremely unusual situation, and a sad situation for the alligator."

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November 25th, 2013
10:00 PM ET
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Lopburi, Thailand, is famous for the small but feisty - and sometimes downright vicious - long-tailed macaques that live among its ancient temples and can often be seen creating mischief in the streets. The town throws an annual "monkey buffet," which gives the animals a chance to gorge on over 2,000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables and other treats like candy and soda.
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November 8th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Recently, news broke that made-in-China dog jerky treats had killed about 600 pets (mostly dogs, along with almost a dozen cats) and made thousands more ill. Poor guys. The FDA’s veterinary medicine chief, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, called it “One of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered.”

I hate that headline. I love my two cats, Lily Gorilla and Coco, who, I’m afraid, are pretty spoiled. (They occasionally score leftovers from the Food & Wine Test Kitchen and from restaurants around New York City.) Still, there are some lengths I’m not ready to go to, like paying $1,000 for treats.

Here are some of the more extravagant things people are doing for their pets. And before my cats start feeling left out, I’ll note that they’re all geared toward dogs.
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November 5th, 2013
01:01 PM ET
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No one is disputing the quality of the wings. But still.
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November 4th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

It’s been a big year for booze and food heists. Thousands of jars of Nutella! Hundreds of bottles of outrageously good bourbon! Tons, literally, of Muenster cheese. None of it was safe.
 
Let’s get to the shocking details.
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