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I'm Erin, but everyone calls me Red and that's just fine with me.

I'm a certified VLCE and Vegan Nutrition Specialist, public speaker, writer, consultant, kitchen wrangler, problem solver, rabble-rouser, jet-setter, and host of the popular vegan podcast Red Radio. I also co-founded The Seed in 2012, and continue to organize events across North America.

By night I'm a muay Thai practitioner, runner, Bikram Yogini, and tattoo enthusiast. Brooklyn is home, but I hail from Toronto, Canada, and I'm currently on the road.

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Sweet Baby, Yease Us!

My first experience with The Infamous Mac n’ Yease was back in April of 2011, at the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, where Chef Ayinde was serving paper-cups full to droves of festival goers at five bucks a pop.  After my first bite, I immediately knew what all the fuss was about - this stuff was straight up ridiculous.  A rich, cheesy, hearty traditional baked pasta with a certain extra sumthin’ sumthin’ I couldn’t quite figure out… my mom made a MEAN baked mac ‘n cheese growing up, and (sorry mom) this stuff put every other mac - vegan or otherwise - to shame.  A swarm soon developed, and I was able to scarf down two cups before the Mac disappeared altogether, but the secret was out - this Chef Ayinde fellow had something major going on here, and we all wanted more.  By the truckload.

Well, folks - the time has come.  That’s right; Chef Ayinde Howell, culinary BAWSE and founder of ieatgrass.com, has spent the last year traveling all over North America as Soul/R&B artist India Arie’s personal chef and he’s ready to plant his feet on the ground in sunny California with an exciting new venture.  Enter MAC TRUCK LA, a funky new food truck based in Los Angeles, serving an entirely vegan and gluten-free menu, including THREE VARIETIES of Yease:  Original, Balsamic Truffle and Buffalo Mac, as well as (OMG) a “Brooklyn Waffle Brunch” featuring a healthy portion of Mac.  Carbs and cheese and comfort, oh my!  

Here’s what the Chef himself has to say about his acclaimed recipe:

My great Grandmother Mary Fluker from St Stephens Alabama used to make baked Mac & Cheese for my father and his family on Sundays for dinner. After going vegan, my father missed the Mac so much he tried to reinvent it. He experimented, a lot. Eventually, it filtered through my mother and sisters, and then it became a staple. I got a hold of the recipe, tweaked it then sold it by the bucket in my first cafe, Hillside Quickies Vegan Sandwich Shop. I took it on the road with me when I moved to NYC, featured it in my pop-up restaurants, and now it’s my go-to dish.”

Sounds amazing, right?  You’re totally excited!  Here’s the thing, though:  Chef Ayinde needs YOUR HELP to get this Mac on the road.  Through the magic of Kickstarter, you can support this amazing endeavor AND get your hands (and tastebuds) on some pretty spectacular thank-you goodies to boot.  From Twitter Kudos and t-shirts to cookbooks and free Yease… even a personal chef experience with the man himself… this is clearly a win-win.  Reap those rewards, people!

Still not convinced?  Fine - don’t listen to me; listen to Pop Superstar Janelle Monae.  She knows what’s up. 

xo Erin Red

EP64: Getting Romantic (and Hungry!) with Anne Dinshah!

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Alright, so the picturesque cover may not look anything at all like your typical New York City date… perhaps in Central Park?… and granted, I’m happily off the market, so to speak… nonetheless I really enjoyed Dating Vegans by Anne Dinshah!  It’s a really pleasant read and it definitely helped me gain insight into my own relationships and further define exactly what’s important to me in a partner.  It was a blast talking with Anne about her dating adventures and recipe creations for Red Radio Episode Sixty Four.  Plus, I talk smack about the growing popularity of that nasty swill otherwise known as Greek Yogurt.  Seriously, if I have to listen to one more gym buddy wax poetic about that crap, I’m gonna scream.

Alright, enough angst.  Check out EP64!

Why don’t you slip into something more comfortable, then come on back in front of this cozy fireplace for some vegan s’mores and Red Radio Episode Sixty Four?  Erin Red gets to know author, athlete and vegan royalty Anne Dinshah to talk growing up vegan, creating simple and delicious recipes, and her titillating new book Dating Vegans: Recipes for Relationships.  Want more?  Ask and ye shall receive: The Vegan Scoop goes in on the Greek yogurt trend, and discusses the perfect absurdity of a solar-powered coal plant.  OH, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE!  Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting Erin Red’s home base erinred.com and clicking on ‘Support the Show’, and make sure to subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes (or your favorite podcatcher) today!  If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review with five sparkly stars, or drop Erin Red a line at erinredradio@gmail.com.  Better yet, dial the Red Radio Hotline at (510) 500-KALE and speak your truth!  Don’t feel connected?  Follow Erin Red on Twitter (@erinred) and Like her on Facebook (/erinred)!

 

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SHOW NOTES

Alright, y’all.  Let’s make it weekly.

xo Erin Red

(Photo Credit: From A to Vegan)

EP62: Find Sanctuary with Kathy Stevens of CAS!

Aw, man.  The preciousness of Kathy and Rambo in that there photo is almost enough to make me forget about how insanely late this blog post is.  Forgive me!  As I mentioned in the EP61 Show Notes, I got a LOT going on right now.  Epic changes, serious shifts, major moves being made.  Some planned, some completely and earth-shakingly unexpected.  But never fear, my wonderful friends.  The universe is readying me for some very big things, and my (full time) job is to make sure I’m prepared and paying close attention.  When this gift falls in my lap, I’m gonna hold on tight and take off like a rocket.  Just you watch. 

And man, if you’re not into this hippy-dippy feelgood malarky, maybe save  Red Radio Episode Sixty Two for another day.  Because it’s sincerely a warm and fuzzy episode, and I LOVE it.  Hear Catskill Animal Sanctuary Founder and Director Kathy Stevens discuss her lifelong connection to animals, her journey to veganism, her newest book - the re-released classic, Animal Camp - and the daily miracles at CAS.  Plus, Rip Esselstyn reps HARD for the vegans on CBS!  Peace and love, my friends.  Peace and love.  

Red Radio Episode Sixty Two welcomes acclaimed author, vegan advocate, and animal rescuer Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary!  In a comprehensive and candid interview, Kathy discusses everything from her massive career change, to her decision to go vegan at 43, to her numerous personal connections with rescued farm animals, plus the recent re-release of Animal Camp, her love letter to the hundreds of animals at CAS.  Plus, Rip Esselstyn representing on CBS This Morning, and more arsenic-laden chicken flesh in The Vegan Scoop!  ARE YOU VEGAN YET?! Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting Erin Red’s home base erinred.com and clicking on ‘Support the Show’, and make sure to subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes (or your favorite podcatcher) today!  If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review with five sparkly stars, or drop Erin Red a line at erinredradio@gmail.com and speak your truth!  Don’t feel connected?  Follow Erin Red on Twitter (@erinred) and Like her on Facebook (/erinred)!

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SHOW NOTES

Episode 63 is gonna blow your mind.

xo Erin Red

EP61: Delicious Activism with Chef Jay Astafa!



So there are many, many big changes happening in Red’s world right now… here I was focused on my next move, getting my ducks in a row, hustling hard to make big thangs happen… when suddenly it dawned on me that I NEVER BLOGGED ABOUT MY LAST TWO RED RADIO EPs! 

Yikes.  No bueno.  C’mon, Redheads!  You’re supposed to remind me when this happens, so I can yank m’self up by the old bootstraps!  Jeez Louise!

Anyway, I’m really glad you guys loved Red Radio Episode Sixty One.  It was a real treat to work with Chef Jay Astafa, and I can’t wait to see what big thangs await him and his already impressive career.  Vegans for the win!

Let the mouthwatering begin!  In Red Radio Episode Sixty One, Erin Red welcomes young vegan chef Jay Astafa to discuss his hugely successful two-day pop-up event earlier this month, his decision to go vegan at a young age, his ambitious path to becoming a vegan chef, and his plans for an NYC based vegan fine-dining experience later this year!  Don’t miss the borderline pornographic conversation about Jay’s delectable recipes, either!  Plus, Erin Red talks animal extinction, Whole Foods’ redemption, and top chef perversion in this week’s Vegan Scoop!  TRULY DECADENT RADIO!  Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting Erin Red’s home base erinred.com and clicking on ‘Support the Show’, and make sure to subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes (or your favorite podcatcher) today!  If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review with five sparkly stars, or drop Erin Red a line at erinredradio@gmail.com and speak your truth!  Don’t feel connected?  Follow Erin Red on Twitter (@erinred) and Like her on Facebook (/erinred)!


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SHOW NOTES

Stay tuned - EP62’s post will be published tomorrow!

xo Erin Red

VeganCuts Snack Box March 2013!

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If you listen to Red Radio, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I’m confident that you’ve heard me rave about vegan coupon site VeganCuts more than once.  I’m more than a return customer… I’m an obsessed customer.  I probably shop on their gorgeous and user-friendly website about twice a month (I’m being modest), and the rewards are incredible.  I’ve discovered amazing new vegan products, picked up a few cute shirts for my vegan message wear collection, bought some of my favorite products in bulk when they appear on the site, and so much more.  

Jill and John, VeganCuts’ charming and friendly co-founders, run a tight ship - I’ve experienced some of the best and most prompt customer service of my life through their glorious website.  Aside from the absolutely mind-blowing regular offers, VeganCuts launched their monthly snack box last year, and not surprisingly, it’s been a massive success.  Think about it: for less than twenty smackers each, you get a box delivered to your doorstep (or have it sent to work to make everyone super jealous!) every. single. month.  Add to that the element of surprise - you get a whole new batch of goodies each time - and it’s a certified no-brainer. 

Seriously, it seems like the only thing I ever get in the mail anymore are flyers from my local pizza joint and, well, bills.  VeganCuts Snack Box to the rescue!  

The neatly packed box of goodies for March 2013 contained the following:

Though I’m pretty up-to-the-minute as far as new vegan products go, I was really pleased to see that the majority of the items in the snack box were brand new to me.  I’ve been a fan of Sjaak’s for a long time, and the Earth Balance Aged White Cheddar Puffs are a staple in my apartment (holy crap, they’re delicious)… but I was a total snack-virgin as far as the rest went.  

I haven’t yet tried the Beyond Eggs - though I plan to make some of Dreena Burton's yummy cookies soon enough - and the Spirulina Ballerina bar from Barre is still in my backpack for a post-workout snack one of these days… but everything else has already, uh, passed through my system, so to speak.  I already knew how amazing the Earth Balance cheese puffs were, so no epic surprise there.  The sweet scrubby stuff from NYL Skincare made my hands feel as soft as a piglet's butt.  The dark chocolate sample from Equal Exchange and the egg from Sjaak's were pretty much gone as soon as I snapped the above photo.  Flamous' falafel chips were yummy (but far yummier dipped in hummus), and HOLY SWEET GOD the Cocomo Joe's Caramel Corn was downright romantic.  I gotta pick myself up some more of that delicious stuff with the latest VeganCuts Deal, for REAL.

And that leaves one final goodie:  The Celebrate bar from Eli’s Earth Bars. Now, I’ve seen these things pop up around vegan circles and blogs and the like, but it was my first experience with an Eli’s bar… and let me just tell you, I was in chocolatey-caramel-HEAVEN.  Seriously, I’m simultaneously ecstatic and terrified by my knowledge of their existence.  Because now all I ever want to do is eat them.  All of them.  Creamy, milky-chocolate surrounding a thick portion of to-LIVE-for coconut caramel and perfectly toasted almonds, which add the perfect nutty crunch to an otherwise stick-to-your-teef romantic experience.  I’m head over heels in love, and I’ve already tweeted VeganCuts, begging them to feature them in their next big deal.  EPIC YUM.

Sufficed to say, opening my mailbox to the VeganCuts Snack Box is a far cry from my electric bill… and my tastebuds concur.  If you’re on the fence, don’t hesitate.  You might just discover your favorite new vegan product.  And while you’re at it, they make the perfect gift that keeps on giving! 

Click the VeganCuts Logo below to order your subscription today!

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xo Erin Red

EP57: You’re Not Hardcore Unless You Live Hardcore!

(“…are you gonna finish that?”)

"I believe you can love and care about animal welfare and still consume them." - Alex Jamieson

What, did you expect me to keep my mouth shut about this one?  C’mon, guys… you know me well enough by now.  No, I’m not going to be diplomatic.  Or passive, or forgiving, or even polite.  The way I look at it, why start now?

Red Radio Episode Fifty Seven is not to be missed, that’s for sure.  I tackle the Alexandra Jamieson scandal, and no matter which side of the fence you find yourself on, you’ll be sure to hear some pretty hard truths and some truly controversial opinions this week.  It was my honor to welcome Chloe Jo Davis (Girlie Girl Army), who revealed some behind the scenes info and shocking details about her now defunct friendship with Alex, Lara Yaz (Big Fat Vegan Radio) who shared her personal connection with the danger of the ‘cravings’ issue, and Sarah E. Brown (Queer Vegan Food), who went from peaceful to belligerent as the truths came forward.  

Like I said… not to be missed. 

The beans have been spilled in Red Radio Episode Fifty Seven:  Erin Red welcomes three brilliant, beautiful and ballsy vegan women to the show to discuss a rather controversial ex-vegan and her rather shocking blogs as of late.  Hear Lara Yaz (co-host of Big Fat Vegan Radio and Red Radio’s Entertainment Reporter), Sarah E. Brown (of Queer Vegan Food) and Chloe Jo Davis (trailblazer, wifey, mother of two vegan Princes and founder of GirlieGirlArmy) hash out the gory details in a no-holds-barred conversation about what it means to be vegan and so much more.  Plus, the latest in vegan headlines in The Vegan Scoop, and Erin Red pushes some buttons with the Compassionate Clip of the Week!  OH NO SHE DIDN’T!  Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting Erin Red’s home base erinred.com and clicking the DONATE button, and subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes today!  If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review, or drop Erin Red a line at erinredradio@gmail.com.  You can also read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.

 

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EPISODE 57 SHOW NOTES

Busy busy working on ErinRed.com…stay tuned!

xo Erin Red