Thanks to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Gayle King — co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and editor-at-large for “O, the Oprah Magazine” — might be going vegan.
In a recent “O” article with the alternate title “This Is How Senator Cory Booker Convinced Gayle King to Try Going Vegan,” she wrote, “Dining out with my favorite vegan friend, Senator Cory Booker, has opened me up to a whole new world.”
“Case in point: New York City’s Urban Vegan Kitchen, where we recently enjoyed dairy-free lasagna and seitan-based chicken and waffles,” King continued. “In the past, some vegan meals have left me (a) still hungry and (b) detecting a chalky aftertaste. But this food was so yummy that I ordered a few dishes to share with O staffers. Delicious is delicious, no matter what it’s made of!”
Located in NYC’s West Village neighborhood, Urban Vegan Kitchen is a comfort food restaurant co-owned by chef Pamela Elizabeth — founder of the vegan fast-casual chain Blossom du Jour and its upscale cousin Blossom — and David Tianga. The cozy restaurant specializes in plant-based dishes like dairy-free mac and cheese, meatless chicken and waffles, hush puppies, and classic NYC brunch food.
King and Booker — who announced his run for president last February — have bonded over plant-based food before. During last month’s government shutdown, the Emmy award-winning news anchor and Booker praised vegan-friendly mini-chain Sweetgreen for providing free food to furloughed federal employees.
King also shared her favorite dish, the Harvest Bowl with extra sweet potato and apples, which she’s shared on her Instagram a few times now.
In her “O” article, King shared some of her other favorite vegan finds in honor of Earth Month this April.
She praised high heels from sustainable shoe brand Aera, the Italian-made shoes feature a snakeskin pattern and are made from partly-recycled polyester. “When I first saw this shoe, it screamed sexy. One adjective that didn’t come to mind: sustainable,” she wrote.
She also gave a shoutout to sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia for its use of recycled fiber in its leggings and tank tops, writing, “You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style to shop consciously—and outdoor-apparel company Patagonia agrees.”
Her final picks for Earth Month include eco-friendly Modo sunglasses made from 63 percent renewable castor oil; the company plants a tree for every pair of specs or shades sold through its “Eco” line.