Florida has a reputation as America's weirdest state, but there's hardly any national appreciation for the fact that Florida has several culturally distinct regions of weirdness to choose from. In fact, sometimes it seems weird that Florida is considered one state at all. It's high time someone dre ... More >>
Scribbled into the DNA of every person born beneath the Mason-Dixon line is a simple credo: thou shall love Cracker Barrel. This creates a lot of regional confusion for those of us born in more civilized parts of the country (this writer included) because, really, cool rocking chairs aside, Cracker ... More >>
With America's top court striking down key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act and the military repealing its "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy recently, you'd think that gay people in this country would catch a break at work. But not John Bostick apparently, an employee at a Bradenton Crack Barre ... More >>
It is no secret. We have major issues with our food system: pesticides we eat, pollution from fertilizers, genetically-modified food, trans-fats, you name it. One such issue, animal cruelty, is often taken up by animal rights groups through ad campaigns -- many of them shocking and grotesque. A seri ... More >>
Over the past few years, consumers have become increasingly aware of the abuse that takes place in the industrial food system. Public outrage has reached a fever-pitch. Due to consumer demand, many corporations and state governments (including Florida) have even begun banning gestation crates--those ... More >>
Good news for pigs destined for bacon on Cracker Barrel's plates. The company announced that it plans to phase out pork from suppliers who use gestation crates, those nasty cages used in some factory farms. For my family, Cracker Barrel has always been a road trip favorite. Yes, the greasy food ... More >>
To get an introduction to Jose El Rey (if you actually need one!) and to read previous installments of his weekly Crossfade column, Que Pasa, M.I.A?, click here.Against my better judgment and sense of comfort and convenience, I went camping. Into the woods. Into the night. With fire. And "beware of ... More >>
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