Episode 102 – Our First Guest Co-Host: Ashe Harris!

Episode 102
(Air Date: March 1st, 2018)

Happy March, y’all!  Happy one-more-week until I’m 39 years old and therefore official sound like I’m lying about my age…

Is it too late in the year to say “New Year, New Me”?

If not, I want to say New Year, New Podcast Format!!!

As I’ve been teasing on a few recent episodes, I’ve been wanting for some Big Fat Vegan Radio Listeners to co-host an episode with me!

Well many of you have reached out (I started a list, okay? I haven’t forgotten you! ……I think!) and today, I am thrilled and honored to bring my first guest co-host onto the show!

Please welcome Ashe Harris, today’s guest co-host!

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On today’s episode, WE BRING BACK “HISSES & PURRS” as well as our Big Fat Vegan Food segment!


Ashe’s Purr:
The use of wild animals in circuses to be banned from the UK by 2020

Ashe’s Hiss:
U.S. Cattleman’s Association filing for the word “meat” to be banned from plant-based foods

Ben’s Purr:
Fifth Harmony Star Goes (correction: IS TRYING) Vegan(ism)

Ben’s Hiss:
Rescued pig adopted then killed and eaten

RETRACTED: Ben’s Half-Hiss:
Cows’ Lives Matter activists

***UPDATE*** For starters, you’ll see the above link no longer works.  I’m glad to see Fox News actually took the article down!  But it turns out this is literal FAKE NEWS! And thank you to Jeff Stanek from Madison, Wisconsin who came on to the show to tell us what ACTUALLY went down.  So I updated this episode and dropped the interview into this episode to set the record straight.

In addition, here are some links Jeff would like for you to check out:

Facebook post:

“Disrupt #Februdairy” video:

“Say ‘No Thanks’ to Violence” video:




Ashe’s Food Mentions:
Chicago opened its first Veggie Grill this month:

And, a bit of personal excitement, Tropical Smoothie Cafes are suddenly springing up all over the place and they will swap Beyond Meat chicken in any of its chicken dishes!! Cannot wait to become a regular!
Tropical Smoothie Cafe – franchise throughout MI with some in IL, WI, IN, and OH.


Ben’s Food Mentions:
BareBurger now carries both the Impossible Burger & Beyond Burger at ALL 12 NYC locations, and said they will be available at all their locations around the world by the end of February.  (Can anyone verify yet if that’s true outside of NYC?)

Also two awesome pizza places Ben went to in the UK:
Purezza in Brighton, England
And Zad’s in Manchester, England (which it totally delicious, badass, and run by ethical vegan activists who just f***ing rock!)


…On a personal note, (Ben here) when Ashe asked me if I had fun in England, I could not hide the bit of hesitation in my voice.  I meant to address that (more fully) in my answer, but I forgot to.  And I don’t want to leave anyone thinking I didn’t enjoy my time there.

Here’s what that reaction was about.

The trip cost me so much money, and wasn’t (FINANCIALLY) worth the cost because I didn’t accomplish what I went out there to accomplish (raising money for animals, and earning a decent living doing that.)

And when people say “Well at least you got to enjoy touring the UK” it’s hard to agree with that sentiment, because what I really did was just take a lot of trains and Ubers when I wasn’t sitting in a room somewhere getting my face on.

So it’s hard to say “Yeah, gurl! The UK was awesome” this trip was kind of a miss for me.  But I did get to see some friends in London, I met a designer who wants to make me a few designer outfits (free of charge!) and is currently doing just that, and probably more than anything, I appreciate meeting “Tofu” Smith and his girlfriend Ellie up in Manchester.  They really touched my heart in a way I have struggled ever since to put words to.  I am so moved by who they are, and by their unquestionable commitment to the animals.

Okay I gotta stop or I’ll cry!

And the morning after my show there, I took part in a demonstration with the York Animal Save.  I’ve never taken part in an Animal Save before, and I must say, I don’t even know if I’m up to the challenge.  It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, bearing witness to the suffering of animals who are RIGHT in front of me, yet there is nothing I can do to save that individual animal, and I know it’s in its final agonizing moments of “life”.

My hat is off to these dedicated activists who wake up before the sun so they can stand in the freezing cold and bear witness to horrific suffering.

THAT is what I will think of when I look back on this UK tour — that and the fact that I actually pulled off a three-city tour of the UK on like……. FIVE DAYS NOTICE!  High-five, self!  😉


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Oh, and…
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Check out
Honey LaBronx’s Vegan Drag Queen Cooking Show



Thursday, March 1st
Philadelphia, PA
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/267598323776606/

Friday, March 2nd
River Edge, NJ
Club Feathers
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1943725852610968/

Saturday, March 3rd
South Farmingdale (Long Island), NY
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/2194279367466107/

Sunday, March 4th
New York City
P.S. Kitchen
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/207504193161506/

Mark your calendars! May 11, 12, 13, 2018

ALSO… This is way in advance, but MARK YOUR CALENDARS, East Coast!
Honey will be appearing at
Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival
Saturday, July 14th
10am – 5pm
Showboat Atlantic City Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ

But of course you can always see Honey’s calendar of appearances at:

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Michael Harren
Kelly Huffine

Today’s musical guest:

ARTIST: Robbie Williams

2 thoughts on “Episode 102 – Our First Guest Co-Host: Ashe Harris!”

  1. Hey, the activists from Madison never actually said “cow lives matter” or “turkey lives matter.” That was just what the manager of the grocery store erroneously reported to the police, so that’s what was in the police report. I think in some articles the manager also reported they shouted murder and shoved packages of meat in customers faces! It’s just made up. Here’s an article about the false allegations:


    The protesters responded: “It is important that we communicate, in no uncertain terms, that we believe such acts of appropriation are wrong. Such acts of appropriation are hurtful and offensive, and we are mortified to have been falsely accused of engaging in them.”

    Here’s a post by the activists:


    1. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! Thank you for reaching out and letting us know, and THANK YOU for taking the time to come on the show to recap what ACTUALLY went down. I am so happy to be re-posting the episode in a few moments with your recap of what actually went down!

      And my heartfelt apologies for being just one more outlet that picked up this LITERAL FAKE NEWS and spread it even further. I’m happy to say I’ve learned a lot from taking a look at my actions here, and what I could have done differently to avoid this in the future. It’s not as simple as chalking this up to “I made a mistake – mistakes happen!” but I can really see there are steps here I could have taken that could have prevented me from spreading this fake news story.

      Thank you again, Jeff!!!

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