The Lauren Ignited Podcast

The Lauren Ignited Podcast

We've rebranded! We are now The Lauren Ignited Podcast and we talk about Soul Music and Comfort Food with my new co-host, Gregory Perrine. If it makes you groove or makes you tummy swoon, we are talking about it! Follow our new podcast "The Lauren Ignited podcast" to hear our new episodes.... Show More

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March 5, 2019 25 min

Spoiler Alert: This season rocked! If you’re listening out of order, turn back 9 episodes now to Season 3 Opener: Hit Play and Play Again! You don’t want to miss any of the enlightening, inspiring conversations with our amazing lineup. If you’re here because you’ve listened all the way through, a big thank you and… wasn’t everyone on the show fantastic!? Just really good people doing really great things for their cities - Chicago a... Read more

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What does a guy from upstate New York with a successful restaurant in Newport Beach do to expand his business? He opens an even bigger spot in Houston just before Hurricane Harvey hit, naturally. Greg chats with John Reed, co-owner of Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, about staying successful amidst challenges and taking care of your customers and staff. John was a successful sports bar owner in California when a rude bartender at a g... Read more

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March 5, 2019 43 min

This episode will make you smile. There’s so much good energy swirling around singer and Chicago native Meagan McNeal. Lauren had the chance to chat with her about life after her amazing, if short, run on NBC’s The Voice, the guiding principle she wants to instill in her children, and how the city’s vibe promotes artistic collaboration. Since launching her solo career in 2007, Meagan has opened for legendary Motown acts Dwell, Ave... Read more

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Family is everything for Raquel Quadreny and fiancé Lawrence Letrero, the couple behind Bayan Ko in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Greg pulls up a chair at this 30-seater and digs into the inspiration behind the Cuban Filipino focus. The menu is perfectly edited: Cuban dishes that Raquel grew up eating alongside specialties from Lawrence’s Filipino heritage. “We’re really representing what we eat every day, what we enjoy eating... Read more

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March 5, 2019 30 min

The Dip draws inspiration from jazz, reggae, funk, and soul. But as Lauren found out for this episode, don’t call this electrifying 7-piece group out of Seattle a soul band. “I think that, from a historical standpoint, soul music is the music as a black art form, and we're not African-American,” says Tom Eddy, lead vocalist and guitarist. On their latest album, The Dip Delivers, the band definitely pays its respects to that cultura... Read more

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Step inside Dove’s Luncheonette in Chicago and you know you’re in for a great time. Greg chats with Dove’s chef de cuisine Tom Carlin and bartender Courtland Green to find out how the retro 42-seat diner dishes out big taste and modern experiences. Dove’s has a serious pedigree. As a member of One Off Hospitality Group, everything about the little diner under the elevated tracks, or “L”, has been thoughtfully considered by the same... Read more

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March 5, 2019 49 min

If you’re not familiar with Chicago-based vocalist Lili K yet, you’ll be one of her biggest fans by the end of this episode. Originally known for her standout guest features for Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, she established herself as a knockout star in her own right with the 2015 release of her self-produced, full-length debut album Ruby. She’s appeared on ABC and Fox, played festivals like Made in America, North Coast Music Fe... Read more

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Greg sat down with the husband and wife team behind Do Well Sandwich Company in Chicago to chat about finding your footing as a new business and being there for the community. Mike and Malika Wells finish each other’s “sandwiches” (literally) in a way that only couples who have been together since third grade can. It only made sense that they’d wind up in business together. Mike started out doing his own thing, making smoothies unt... Read more

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“When I’m on stage, I feel extremely fearless and I wanted the music to reflect that.” ~Krystal Metcalfe, on the inspiration behind her forthcoming EP Following her tour for the release of her first EP, In Real Life, Krystal Metcalfe met up with Lauren in Chicago to talk about her musical roots growing up in the church, current collaborations, her songwriting process, her favorite food spots in Houston and Chicago, and the weirdest... Read more

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“A michelada is… a cocktail with longevity.” -Greg Lauren and Greg kick off this mid-summer round up with Lauren’s recent visit to the Logan Square Farmers Market, Greg waxing poetic about the Green City Market in Lincoln Square, a 4th of July rooftop Cubs game (of which Lauren saw very little because she was too busy socializing, snacking and drinking gluten free hard cider provided by Angry Orchard), and Greg’s firm “no” to the ... Read more

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“People are addicted -- like crack/cocaine addicted -- to sugar. There is such a difference between a blueberry or an apple and refined crap sugar.” - Jessica Huffman Coming off a recent juice cleanse and feeling awesome, Lauren caught up with Jessica Huffman of Nourish, Houston’s first cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar in Houston, TX. In this episode, Jess shares her passion for juice, local business, and her experience with a h... Read more

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“Without really knowing it, we've kind of had this recipe over the years of like starting the show out and hitting people with that sexually-charged kind of funk -- like get your body moving and make you feel make you feel sexy -- dancing, getting sweaty and then it's like there's a moment where you've been doing that and then you're receptive, in the right spot for a message and the message of positivity… ...like we understand you... Read more

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Blending Gulf Coast seafood, Tex-Mex and European influences through smoked meats and traditional family recipes, Houston’s El Burro and the Bull is a true reflection of the diversity of landscape, culture and cuisine throughout Texas. Lauren Ignited’s Gregory Perrine caught some time in person with Co-Owner, Executive Chef and Pit Master, John Avila, to talk influences, flavors and the relationship you build with your customers th... Read more

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June 6, 2018 43 min

I met Shantina Lynet at a Sofar Sound Show in Chicago and I was immediately mesmerized. Take a listen to our interview to hear how old she was when she first started singing (hint: it's a single-digit number) and where she plans to take her career now. 

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Kam Franklin, lead singer for the 8-piece gulf coast soul band from Houston, TX, came on the Lauren Ignited podcast to share a few stories from the past three years. You see, three years ago, the entire band (which was 10 people at the time) all quit their day jobs to follow this singular dream of taking The Suffers to the next level. Since leaving their jobs, they have played on the David Letterman Show, The Daily Show, The Jimmy ... Read more

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It's been a minute since we've had an episode from Lauren & Greg. In this episode, you'll find out why. Greg was busy traveling to Houston to record a new episode with El Burro & the Bull and Lauren was busy traveling to Austin for SXSW....and then you know, getting work done. From her most awe-inspiring experience at SXSW, to festival season in Chicago and through their shared love of kolaches, Lauren and Greg found a way to talk ... Read more

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April 17, 2018 62 min

As found on the Fat Rice website, “Fat Rice aka Arroz Gordo” is the celebratory dish of Macau. Reminiscent of paella, Arroz Gordo is a bountiful, home-style, layered rice dish usually served to family and friends on special occasions. Fat Rice’s version has jasmine rice laced with sofrito, chorizo & salted duck. It is then topped with curried thighs, char siu pork, linguiça sausage, prawns, steamed clams, tea eggs, chicken-fat-frie... Read more

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Lauren and Greg talk about their rodeo experiences and the moment Greg's father became a cowboy. We also chatted about the difference between the Chicago and Houston food scenes, the Chef culture, and the segregations of cuisine by neighborhood.  

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February 12, 2018 56 min

Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago's live music scene and is widely known as a bandleader, sideman, and curator. Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating an experience that is best described as sophi... Read more

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It's restaurant week, and we could not be more excited to share with you some insight into one of the participating restaurants, Tanta.  World-renowned chef, Gaston Acurio, wanted to bring Peruvian cuisine to Chicago in a way that showcased culture and flavor. In his words, "Our menu is like traveling throughout Peru from the Pacific Ocean to playing in the desert to touring the Andes mountains, the reflection of the Lake Titicaca ... Read more

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