Episode 8 – Happy Halloween, Bitches!

SHOW NOTES:

Episode 8
(Air Date: October 30, 2012)

I know — it’s been AGES since our last episode, right?  😉

We wanted to get this to you just in time before Halloween — even if you’ve already survived a barrage of trick-or-treaters.

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

Laura has a Tofurky Pizza
(don’t picture a turkey-flavored pizza…  it’s not!)
http://www.tofurky.com/tofurkyproducts/pizza.html

Ben had a boring-ass veggie burger and fries
at the Cosmic Diner on 52nd St,
surrounded by fellow drag queens.

 

WHAT’S A KIKI?

Ben explains the difference between a “kiki” and “kai kai“.

 

BEN MAY OR MAY NOT BE A HO

Ben divulges a bit about his sex life, and reveals his ideas for creating more responsible sexual conduct in the gay community (and beyond.)

 

HISSES & PURRS:

Laura’s purring about:
James Cameron goes vegan and openly says it is for the animals!!
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/james-cameron-goes-vegan-and-its-a-moral-choice/

Ben’s hissing about:
A Heifer International catalog came in the mail, soliciting donations to send livestock to third world countries as gifts to help poverty stricken individuals.  WTF?
http://www.friendsofanimals.org/actionline/fall-2005/heifer-international.php

By the way — here’s a link to the ridiculous question they have posted on their website.
AS IF an actual vegan/vegetarian wrote this question, right?!?
http://heifer.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/heifer.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=9

…and Ben suggests that you give instead to:
Kiva.org (micro-credit loans to third world countries),
just be sure to give to animal-free businesses!

Laura’s hissing about:
All the commotion over Michael Vick having a new dog, and everyone’s perpetual obsession with Michael Vick’s evil-ness while munching on hamburgers.
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/20567391/vick-has-a-dog-might-be-just-whats-needed-to-break-cycle-of-cruelty

Ben’s purring about:
Shoes of Prey will custom make vegan shoes fit for a drag queen!
http://www.shoesofprey.com/

 

BIG FAT VEGAN FOOD!

Laura visits…
Source in San Francisco 
…and takes home boxes of sweets so good, she would burn down our nation for them.
Source
11 Division Street @ De Haro
San Francisco, CA  94103
415-864-9000Ben gives…
Cafe Viva (on the Upper West Side) a second chance!
They’re more than just pizza.  SO much more!
(But you have to scour the menu as the vegan options are easy to miss!)
Also learn why breaking up is TRULY hard to do — when there is free vegan food involved.
Cafe Viva Gourmet Pizza
2578 Broadway (@ 97th Street)
New York, NY 10025
(212) 663-2971

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sharon Needles (winner of RuPaul Drag Race, Season 4) says:
Flesh is for Zombies!  Check out her photo shoot and video for PETA!
http://www.peta.org/features/sharon-needles-go-veg-halloween.aspx

Watch the video here!
http://youtu.be/mMEPvUlbUR0

Ben & Laura discuss their favorite
VEGAN CANDY!

Laura likes:
Cocomels (Vegan Caramels)
http://jjssweets.com/

Go Max Go (Vegan Candy Bars)
http://www.gomaxgofoods.com/

Sweet & Sara (Marshmallows)
http://sweetandsara.com/

…and Ben likes:

a few easier-to-find (over-the-counter) favorites such as:
Chick-O-Sticks, Mambas, Nutter Butters, Oreos, and Skittles,
and as always, anything on PETA’S Accidentally Vegan list
(…and don’t forget — Starburst are NOT vegan!)

***CORRECTION***
In the first version of this episode, Ben originally included “Smarties” in his list of candies that are vegan.  This was a mistake!  As you may remember from Episode 1, we previously stated that Smarties are in fact NOT vegan.

As stated on their own website, Smarties states that their candy is indeed vegan:
http://www.smarties.com/product/vegan/


***UPDATE***

IT IS CONFIRMED!  Smarties are vegan!  Here is the email I received from Smarties:

From: Kerri Nastasi <kgoral@smarties.com>
Subject: RE: Contact Us
Date: November 8, 2012 9:34:50 AM EST
To: “benstrothmann@mac.com” <benstrothmann@mac.com>

Thank you for your email at Smarites.com, Ben-

Please be assured that our Smarties products are vegan and do not contain any animal products or by products. The information that is listed on the link that you included in your email, regarding Smarties containing carmine, is false.

We appreciate you brining this to our attention, thank you! We hope that this has addressed your concern. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.

Thank you again!

[BELOW IS MY ORIGINAL EMAIL TO THEM]

From: noreply@smarties.com [mailto:noreply@smarties.com] Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 7:09 AM
To: Liz Dee; Kerri Nastasi
Subject: Contact Us
From: Ben Strothmann

You have an article on your site that states that Smarties are indeed Vegan.

However – as I have seen published on other websites, some Smarties are dyed using carmine (a dye derived from beetle-like insects)

Is this true? Has this changed?

Here is a link to this source:
http://simplyfantasticbooks.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/8-foods-you-didn_t-know-contained-meat1.png
You mentioned on your site that Smarties are indeed vegan and that they contain no animal ingredients. Here is a link to that page on your site:
http://www.smarties.com/product/vegan/

 

LISTENER MAIL

We have one lame-ass voice mail from Ben’s roommate, Kittin Withawhip
Ben & Laura to Kittin:  You’re not welcome here!  Stop prank-calling us!  >:o

…check out Kittin (and Frostie Flakes’s podcast) at www.CoffeeWithQueens.com

AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU TO

Theme song by: Michael Harren
Art and logo by: Kelly Huffine

 

FEATURED MUSICAL GUEST:

Jared Leto’s band is “Sacrificing Tofu” before their shows! (…read more about it here:)
http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2010/03/26/jared-leto-is-sacrificing-tofu.aspx

So we’re honored to end this episode with:
SONG: “The Kill”
by Jared’s band: 30 Seconds to Mars

 

SHAMELESS PLUGS:

Honey LaBronx is coming back to Philly!
“Honey LaBronx Live @ TABU”
with Attic Youth Center
Saturday, November 17th @ 6PM
Join Honey LaBronx in this fundraiser for the Peace Advocacy Network, a Philadelphia-based organization that fights for both LGBT & Animal Equality!
Click here to view the event on Facebook!

(Mostly) Laura (and to a smaller extent, Ben) is blogging all this month for
Vegan Mofo, the Vegan Month Of Food project.  Check our our blog posts
all month long right here on our website.

 

RANDOM SHOUT-OUTS!

Congrats to Brian Kalinowski
for joining Ben at Terri NYC for his “first vegan meal”
and for listening so faithfully to Big Fat Vegan Radio
despite not being vegan — yet!  You rock, Brian!

…and kudos to Cynthia King
for a bad-ass pre-show announcement
(with strong animal rights messaging) before
her dance show “Framed” earlier this month!
You are BOLD, lady!!!  BOLD!

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