PODCAST AND DESTROY: A visit with vegan author/personality Natalie Slater

The phenomenal Natalie Slater of “Bake and Destroy” (bakeanddestroy.com) jumps in my car for a night of vegan food from Kāl’ish. And yes, that makes this week’s show “Car Sin Carne.”

And this week’s Car Sin Carne is brought to us by Boost Mobile. Here’s what we talk about on the show:

  • The gentrification of Uptown/Sheridan Park.
  • Natalie’s fearsome side-eye: “You don’t want this.”
  • We both wore glasses. Twinning!
  • The rise-to-fame of jackfruit.
  • “There’s always a napkin shortage.”
  • “I’m almost 40; it’s time for me to start accepting pickles.”
  • Sesame oil is magical.
  • Never say no dessert.
  • Chicago restaurants going cashless.
  • Traveling as a vegan today vs. 15 years ago.
  • Natalie as an entrepreneur: Where did the spark come from?
  • What led Natalie to create Bake and Destroy?
  • Natalie’s opportunity to open a bakery, courtesy of her friend whose name rhymes with “PM Sunk.”
  • Each episode of RAW is, like, 10 hours long.
  • Why Roddy Piper was the best, bar none.
  • The cookbook (Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans).
  • The undeniable charms of “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.”
  • The undeniable lack of charms in the Canadian family show “Heartland.”


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