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Listen to me, Joni Marie Newman, rant (and rave!) about all things vegan, all as I am galavanting around, heading to and from work, or driving to wherever this crazy life steers me.

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VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 10



Welcome to Episode 10! A very special episode, where I get real about what the life of the author of 10 (yes 10!) cookbooks is really like. Listen to a rockin' tune by the Long Beach band, the Vespertines, rants about vegan and election news, and raves about my favorite vegan businessesCredits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno.

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Support my Sponsor: Me! Yep, that's right, this episode is sponsored by me. So if you'd like to support me, please consider purchasing one of my cookbooks. Can't afford it? I understand. Times are tough. You can also support me, for free, by following me on instagram, twitter, and facebook. You can also do me a solid by leaving a positive review on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and of course...Amazon.
Seaworld Stops Breeding Orcas: Whaaat? This is great news and a definite step in the right direction. Sure, Seaworld is still holding lots of animals in captivity, but let's just take a minute to enjoy this victory for the animals.
Cafe Meat-itude: Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre restaurant founders and owners of Be Love Farms now "processes" and sells cow parts for profit in the name of sacrifice and flowery new age baloney. Hmpft.
Get out the VOTE: Make sure your voice is heard. Make sure you are registered to vote in the general election.
Indie Music Spotlight: The Vespertines are a Long Beach quartet that wraps a genre-busting blend of indie rock, jazz, funk and reggae around Vanessa Acosta's raw, soulful vocals and jazz-trumpet freakouts. Buy their new album for only $10 on GarageBand, Follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram. And if you are in SoCal, go check them out on May 12 in Downtown Long Beach at the Loop on Ocean and Pine.
Getting Real with Joni Marie: Sharing my story of how an author of 10 vegan cookbooks is still struggling to keep my head above water financially.
Support Vegans Who Do What They Do: The Bearded Vegans, Compassion Co, Ruby Roth, Vegan Yack Attack, Olives For Dinner, Fettle Vegan, The Sexy Vegan, Vegan Food Share,  Big Fat Vegan Radio, Colleen Patrick Goudreau, Driftwood Magazine, Kittee Berns, Julie Hasson, Kelly's Croutons, Tofuna Fysh, Citizen Radio, Radio Dispatch, Follow Your Heart, Gardein...
The Plant Based Foods Association: Finally! We will have a lobbying voice for vegan and plant-based foods in Washington! Support the Plant Based Foods Association!





VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 9



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'm in the holiday spirit, y'all so watch out! This episode features "War on Christmas" by Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda, some ranting about racism and sexism in the vegan community, some raving about how awesome 2015 has been, and I may have awkwardly sang you all a Christmas carol. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno.

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Ramen Hood: 100% Vegan Ramen in the Grand Central Market right in the heart of Downtown LA! Give me more, please!
Just Mayo: Hampton Creek wins the battle with the FDA to keep the name Just Mayo!
Hallmark Keepsake: My love for Keepsake Ornaments makes THIS commercial that much better.
Indie Music Spotlight: Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda's War on Christmas! Preorder the new album, A Bit Much, on Pledge Music, support Citizen Radio, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and watch the video below!
Last Minute Christmas: Check out my blogpost for tips on last minute gift ideas.
Veganism for All: I've been disappointed by the amount of racism, sexism, elitism and flat out disregard for the feelings of others in the vegan community. There is no room for racism in veganism. Read more about it here and here and here.
See Ya 2015: 2015 was great! 2016 is going to be even better!
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Ha! That's all I have to say about that...




VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 8


Happy Thanksgiving! Lots of Tofurky talk this episode, plus a recap of SoCal VegFest, Amber from FettleVegan.com joins me to confabulate our love for pancakes, Indie Music Spotlight features A Bleeding Sky, I spout off on reductionism vs. abolitionism, and give some tips for surviving T-day with your family. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno.

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SoCal VegFest Recap: What a great event! 10,000+ attendees and over 100 vendors. Follow SoCal VegFest on Facebook for updates on upcoming events.
Walmart sells more Just Mayo than Whole Foods: Yay for the Chickens! With over 4000 locations in the US, thats a lot of eggs not being consumed! Read more here.
Tofurky Trot: The Tofurky Trot is a fun and great way to show your support for the turkeys, and also raise money for local community groups that are raising awareness about the plant-based lifestyle.
Little Pine: Moby's restaurant is now open business! Little Pine is located in Silverlake, and boasts a 100% organic, vegan Mediterranean inspired California cuisine menu. I can't wait to go!
Interview: Amber from FettleVegan joins me in the car for fun convo about being vegan in Long Beach, pancakes, and her new book (Squee!)
Indie Band Spotlight: Take a trip to the dark side with Long Beach based goth-punk band A Bleeding Sky and their new single Seize The Throne. Buy it on iTunes or CdBaby, watch the video, and follow them on Facebook to find out where they will be playing next! For booking info contact ableedingsky@vampirefreaks.com
Reductionism vs Abolitionism: What's the best way to save the animals? Of course I want the whole world to go vegan...like, now...but is that the best approach. All or nothing? Honestly, I don't know. But numbers don't lie and over 400 million fewer animals were killed for food in 2014 due to a reduction in meat consumption. Whether it's veganism, Meatless Monday, Veganuary, or people just eating less, that's a hell of a lot of animals saved!
Thanksgiving: First vegan Thanksgiving? Sharing the day with meat eating family members? Don't want to spend all day in the kitchen? You do want to spend all day (or week!) in the kitchen? Check out the VeganMos Thanksgiving eBook. Want a "whole bird" to sit in the center of your table...try the Vegetarian Plus Whole Vegan Turkey (it even has a butthole for stuffing). Also, click the pretty picture of Jackie below to adopt a Turkey (or 5) from Farm Sanctuary!



VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 7


Listen to me wax poetic about veggie dogs, some new (and some old) news in the vegan world, I debut a new segment featuring songs from indie bands, and I have a quick interview with SoCal VegFest event organizer Laura Chang McManus. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno.

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SoCal VegFest: After over a year of planning and preparing the SoCal VegFest will become a reality THIS SUNDAY! That’s right, this Sunday, November 1, thousands will be delighted and wowed by over 100 exhibitors of vegan, wellness, and plant-based fare. Over 50 food vendors will be on hand to fill your belly with delicious, freshly prepared vegan food. The Main Stage and Speaker’s Hall are packed full of speakers, musicians, and entertainers all day long. The Chef’s Demo tent is offering up how-to’s from some of the top vegan chefs in town. And let’s not forget about all those fantastic wellness, yoga, fitness, apparel, healthy living, and animal rights exhibitors. Best thing...entrance to the festival and parking are FREE! (I will be doing a cooking demo on how to make your own Seitan Slab-o-Bacon!)
Cecil the Lion: Not quite breaking news, but I share my thoughts on how we can turn the compassion non-vegans show when and atrocity, such as the murder of Cecil, against animals is committed.
SeaWorld Shut Down by the Coastal Commission: A few weeks ago the California Coastal Commission held a hearing regarding SeaWorld San Diego's request for an expansion of their tanks. The commission approved their request with the condition that SeaWorld no longer breed any Orcas in captivity. SeaWorld states it will now sue the Coastal Commission citing that they have no legal grounds to ban them from breeding.
World Health Organization Report Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer: Big news? Well every single news broadcast thought so! But...but...bacon. Ugh.
Follow Your Heart Launches Vegan Scrambled Eggs: What?!? These look so amazing. Available at the end of October via online retailers.
Egg Board CEO Resigns After Leaked Documents Show Illegal Activity: After attempts to sue Hampton Creek for making Just Mayo without eggs, Unilever (maker's of Hellman's/BestFoods mayonnaise) were doing whatever they could do to stop Hampton Creek from selling their egg free products. Including collusion with the American Egg Board.
Fresh and Easy to Close All California Locations: With the impending closing of all of their California stores, everything is on sale...stock up before it's all gone!
Indie Band Spotlight: The first installment of the new segment shining the spotlight on indie bands! This episode features the LA based rock band Signal XY and their single Criminal from their newest EP Response. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, and buy their music on iTunes, Amazon, or Soundcloud. Go see them live on Saturday, November 7 at the Music And Skate Social!
Hot Dogs: I really love hot dogs. Store bought or homemade. Veggie dogs are where it's at. Here's a link to a recipe for homemade All-American Hotdogs and homemade Beer Battered Corn Dogs.
I'm Back Baby! As of October 1, I am no longer working for Whole Foods Market. It was a great 8 years, but I was ready to move on. Look out world, I have a lot of time on my hands...
Vegan in Long Beach: Check out the new tab on the website for my ever growing list of all the tasty vegan options in the LBC.






VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 6


Ranting and raving all the way to Texas! Episode 6 has a recap of the LA Vegan Beer Fest, my thoughts on the California Drought, Aquafaba, and all the great vegan products available right now. Plus, road trip antics on the way to the third and final Vida Vegan Con in Austin, Texas. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno.

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WorldwideVegan Bake Sale: This year I participated in my 7th year of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. My friend Carrie Kim, author of 100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die, helped me bake all day to raise money for Downtown Dog Rescue. We also learned the amazing powers of AQUAFABA and made some peanut butter cup macarons.
California Drought: Just a rant about how sick I am of people telling me that almonds are causing the drought and completely ignoring the disgustingly wasteful practices of the meat, dairy and egg industries.  Check out Truth or Drought for lots of helpful info and also great infographics to share with your facebook friends.
LA Vegan Beer Fest: An event of epic proportions! Moved out of a parking lot, and into the Rosebowl! What an excellent event. Good food, great beer, and awesome community! Check out their website for more info, and make sure to plan your travels to SoCal to match up with next year's festivities.
It's So Easy To Be Vegan: It really is a great time to be vegan. Everything an be made vegan these days...and you don't even need to know how to cook! Check out the aisles of your local health food store, or even Target! Veganism has never been easier, tastier, or more convenient!
Vida Vegan Con: The rest of the episode is dedicated to the amazing entity known as Vida Vegan Con.  Sayward, Jackie, Nicole, Caroline, and I all stayed together in a rented Airbnb Trailer in Texas, and A few of us gals road-tripped it down to Austin from LA.




VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 5 


Let's talk about all the vegan goodness that happened in March! Vegan Street Fair, Expo West, and Demetrius Bagley (of Vegucated) came to town which meant potlucks and lots of meet-ups. Then there was the sad news of the passing of animal rights hero Sam Simon. I got Demetrius to sit in the passenger seat for an interview, and also some lighthearted banter with Erin from OlivesForDinner and Jackie from VeganYackAttack. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno

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Vegan Street Fair: Whoa. Some say there were upwards of 10,000 people at the first ever Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood on March 1.  Even in the rain and hail.  You simply cannot keep a vegan away from good food!
News: RIP Sam Simon.  Sam was not only one of my heroes, but the hero of many.  His work saved the lives of countless animals.  Even in the face of death, Sam stood up for the defenseless and made sure his legacy would live on via the Sam Simon Foundation. Fuck You Ringling Brothers. So you decided it was time to "retire" elephants from the circus? Great news! But you forgot to tell everyone you are replacing one form of animal cruelty with another. I'm sure the camels are none too excited about what's in store for them. Sea World launches a "Caring For Animals" campaign.  #FuckYouSeaWorld
Interviews: Demetrius Bagely (of Vegucated fame) sits in the passenger seat as we talk about SoCal veganism, McDonald's disgusting "Go Beefetarian" campaign, and Kale Paper.  After lunch Jackie Sobon of VeganYackAttack and Erin Wysocarski of OlivesForDinner join in on the fun as we head over to Paradis for ice cream.
Expo West: It was my first year attending and I cannot believe I have never been before! Expo West is the largest natural products trade show in the world.  Over 75,000 people show up at the Anaheim convention center for 4 days of sampling and meeting with vendors, business owners, bloggers and more.  While this is not specifically a vegan event, there is always a great show of vegan companies at the Expo.  This year was no exception.



VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 4


No interview this episode, just an hour of little ol' me rantin' and ravin' about the Engine 2 Diet, The Vegan Street Fair, Cauliflower and Onions, and the amazing events already happening this year in veganism. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno

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Onion Sauce:1 large yellow or white onion, roughly chopped, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 2/3 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk, 1 block soft silken tofu ,1/4 cup nutritional yeast, Salt and Pepper to taste.  Add onions and vegetable broth to a pot, cover and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir regularly to prevent sticking. Add in garlic and cook 5 more minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yield: About 3 cups
News: James Cameron is opening an all vegan school in Calabasas!
Vegan Street Fair: This Sunday, March 1. Over 40 food vendors, entrance is free, all food is $3 or less. #EatAllTheVSFFood Check out the Facebook Event Page for more info
Cauliflower: Is cauliflower the new kale?
Del Taco: The debate continues. Should we support non vegan restaurants that serve vegan items?  I say yes.  But am I just trying to justify my own actions?
Engine 2 Challenge: Check out my experience on Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 of the Challenge.  I share recipes each week.
Chili Cook Off: Tony's Darts Away (one of the 3 LA area venues owned and operated by the fine folks at Golden Road Brewery) hosted a vegan chili cook off and the place was packed to the brim!
Ex Vegans: How do those who know about the horrors of factory farming go back to eating dead animals and their secretions?  I wrote a blog post about it ages ago, and is still one of the most commented on posts I have ever written.



VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 3


Episode 3 of Vegan Road Rants is dedicated to positive vegan outreach. Just think about it, if every vegan could help one other person convert to a less cruel, vegan lifestyle…we would double our numbers! This episode features an interview with the fabulous Jackie Sobon of the wildly popular VeganYackAttack.com as well as news, and tips to compassionately and positively speak out to friends and loveones about becoming vegan.Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno

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My Challenge to You: Get one more person to go vegan this year! Just think about it. If every vegan just got one more person to go vegan this year, we will double our numbers!
On the Road: I traveled to the inaugural Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival where I was lucky enough to meet up with Michelle of Herbivore Clothing from Portland, JL Fields of JL Goes Vegan, Fran Costigan of Vegan Chocolate fame, Jason Wyrick of Vegan Tacos, Chef Madelyn Pryor and many more! (My review and more about the AZ Veg Fest will be in episode 4.)
News: California lifts the ban on Foie Gras. I mistakenly mention it was a Supreme Court judge that overturned the ruling, when in actuality it was a District Court judge.  That's good news, because it means the decision can be appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court. Four animal rights activists in Utah have had the  Ag-Gag charges against them dropped. Sarah Jane Gage, 43, of Los Angeles; Robert Penney, 64, of Laguna Beach, California; Harold Weiss, 34, of Pasadena, California; and Bryan Monell, 50, of Mount Rainier, Maryland will ave the more serious charges dropped while a simple trespass charge against them still stands.
Interview: Join me and Jackie Sobon of VeganYackAttack fame for lighthearted conversation as we go check out the new vegan sushi joint, Happy Elephant Vegan, in Long Beach.  After lunch we hit up Makai Coffee for an afternoon cuppa. Follow Jackie on Twitter and Instagram, and like her Facebook page.  An amazing food photographer, Jackie is the woman behind the photographs in several of the Happy Herbivore cookbooks,  much of the Vegan Cuts product photography as well as their eBooks, and the newly released Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel.
Tips for Positive Vegan Outreach: 1) Be a good role model! Lead by example and show people how delicious, healthful, easy, and fun it is to be vegan. 2) Let others be the experts. It's sometimes hard to tell loved ones what you know. Especially your elders! Share information from doctors, nutritionists, and other experts. And remember that not everyone has the same knowledge of factory farming and it's atrocities as we do.  Be gentle in sharing and wait for an "in." 3) Get folks to simply reduce their meat consumption by trying Meatless Mondays or even just giving up meat for one meal every day. 4) Appeal to their sense of vanity. We all know that going vegan isn't a guarantee to weight loss (hello!) but, a low-fat, whole foods, plant based diet, like the Engine 2 Diet, can help those who are looking to lose weight, lose it. 5) It's not all or nothing! I share a story JL Fields told at her presentation at the AZ food festival about a presentation she saw by Marisa (of Vegucated fame) in which a person wanted to go vegan but couldn't imagine giving up shrimp... And finally 6) Share good vegan food! Have a potluck, give someone a cupcake, order a vegan pizza for a party. Food as activism is sure to win over hearts and minds.




VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 2


Angst and opinion filled, I delve into a bit of what has been bothering me over the last year.  Is veganism elitist? Do vegans judge other vegans too harshly? My thoughts on the lack of indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. An interview with my sister Kristen and our thoughts on gentrification, and a lighthearted finish as I share my "recipe" for the perfect pot of Earth Balance boxed macaroni and cheese. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno

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Is Veganism Elitist? It seems as though us vegans have a bad reputation.  That we are judgmental elitists and that our lifestyle is reserved for rich white kids. Are you up for the challenge of proving them wrong?  Help show everyone that eating vegan can be cheaper that the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet by sharing resources like Ellen Jaffe's Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, or Robin Robertson's Vegan on the Cheap.  Free resources include websites like Cheap Vegan Chick or Plant Based on a Budget.
Do Vegans Judge Too Harshly? Earlier this year I visited Portland as part of my Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen book tour.  One of my stops was at Herbivore Clothing which is in the heart of the vegan mini mall, which is also home to Food Fight! Grocery, Scapegoat Tattoo, and Sweetpea Baking Company. While I was there I was approached by an ethical vegan who confided in me she was having a difficult time because other vegans in her circle were judging her so harshly for not being vegan "enough."  I mention to listen to people like Erin Red (who's podcast is now in hiatus, but it's worth listening to all of her back episodes) and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, who remind us that being vegan is not about being perfect.  It's about doing the best we can to reduce the suffering of animals.  And remember, before you were vegan, you were not.  So, let's quit the judging and show a little compassion towards one another, alright? Here is a link to the documentary I talked about, More Than Honey.
Are You a Good Ally? Here are some resources for people of privilege to use a guides to effectively become a good ally: How to Be an Ally if You are a Person with Privilege, 5 Tips for Being an Ally, So You Call Yourself an Ally: 10 Things All 'Allies' Need to Know, and 12 ways to be a White Ally to Black People.
Interview: Kristen Luna is not only a talented fashion designer, a small business owner, an amazing mother and wife, but I am lucky enough to say, she is also my sister! Follow her on twitter, instagram, and if you need to buy some beautiful clothing (my favorites are her signature Kimonos) or accessories, check out her online shop. During this interview,  we chat about what veganism means to her, and why she's not vegan yet, we chat about how vegan's are just naturally gassy (refer to Kathy Hester's book The Great Vegan Bean Book, and Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch) and Kristen and I have opposing views on what gentrification means and whether it's a good or bad thing.  What do you think?
Earth Balance boxed Macaroni and Cheese: Please forgive the popping sounds in this segment. As I was recording, there was a huge downpour, so that's rain you are hearing.  And in case I didn't say it enough times to burn it into your brain permanently, to make the perfect pot of Earth Balance boxed macaroni and cheese, mix together one box regular and one box white cheddar.  Do not add the suggested milk, instead only add the vegan butter (I also use Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread.) Perfection!




VEGAN ROAD RANTS, EPISODE 1


This is the first, of what I hope to be many, episodes of my new vegan podcast, Vegan Road Rants. Recorded entirely while driving, please forgive any background noise as I get the hang of this whole recording thing. Featured on this episode: Ethical veganism versus plant based eating for health, news, vegan Thanksgiving talk, rants from California highway 99, and an interview with the amazing Melisser Elliott. Credits: Logo artwork by Scott McClymonds, music and sound clips by Michael Cimino, aka Cha Meeno

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Ethical Veganism versus Plant Based Eating for Health: I mention that "I am writing" a book with healthy eating expert, Gerrie Lynn Adams, when in fact Going Vegan is already available!  Buy it from Herbivore Clothing, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and many other booksellers.
Braking News: Califia Farms Almond Milk Creamer, Unilever Sues Hampton Creek Foods, Dog Meat in LA Restaurant
Restaurant Review: I Love Vegan Thai food in Long Beach.
Interview: Join Melisser and me for lighthearted conversation and we drive around Oakland after a delicious cup of coffee at Timeless. Follow Melisser Elliott on Twitter, on Instagram, watch her videos on You Tube, and buy her book, The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life. And, no interview with Melisser would be complete without a picture of the adorable Strummer!

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