Rude Native

Sometimes I can’t decide if I like cooking or having someone cook for me better.

Yesterday I made an awesome lunch from Veganomicon, a vegan cookbook that I took out of the library recently. I made the Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango, but with couscous in place of the quinoa. And then unveganized it with some feta cheese – I love how its saltiness pairs with the sweetness of the mango!

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango from Veganomicon

I love the satisfaction of making myself something that tastes good… but I also love the pleasure of eating something prepared for me in the company of a good friend. That night I went out for a belated birthday dinner with my best friend Lauren. We decided to try out The Rude Native, which is a bistro and lounge downtown that has really good reviews.

Rude Native Bistro and Lounge Burlington, Ontario Photo credit:

It had nice decor and definitely seemed like good place to go for drinks with the girls!

After we were seated though, the waiter looked kind of awkward and said “No offense or anything guys… but are you of legal drinking age?” Hahaha yep buddy, I am and have been for two years. I get that question a lot though. One time I was even refused entry into a bar with my valid ID!

Anyways, if you’ve noticed a pattern in my restaurant choices on this blog, it probably won’t be a surprise to you that I ordered the miso-maple marinated salmon. I almost always order fish at restaurants, as long as they’re not a roadhouse or fast food (I already made that mistake once and will never make it again).

Rude Native Burlington, Ontario - miso-maple marinated salmon with coconut basmati rice

The salmon was incredible, but the highlight of the meal was the coconut basmati rice. It was glorious coconutty perfection with strips of fresh coconut in it. I am still thinking about this rice, guys. Seriously, it was that good. I’m already making plans to recreate it, so stay tuned for a recipe in the near future!

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9 Responses to Rude Native

  1. chocolate soy nut butter?! wow, I've never heard of that! sounds great!

  2. OMG, I have been wanting to see that movie. You will have to let us all know how it is.

  3. thats rare for me too! but not like my steak.. mines gotta be well done hehe.i totally tried reg soy nut butter but im itching to try the choc variety!! i was so impressed with the taste of soy butter.. not what i expected at all! it fills me up more than reg peanut butter too!

  4. I don't know what I'd do with myself if I slept 7 straight hours. I always get up multiple times. A pedicure sounds like a great bday treat to me!

  5. Further evidence we are long lost twins: miso salmon is my favorite!! Do you have a Cheesecake Factory near you? I always order it there and it's to die for. That coconut basmati rice sounds perfect! And the quinoa salad you made looks yummy too. Let me know what think of Letters to Juliet, I can't decide whether I want to see it or not!

  6. Friday night: enjoying the sound of the pouring rain. what an odd name for a restaurant! but the food looks fabulousKatherine

  7. looks like some great food! I love that blue bowl!

  8. I love the name of that nail polish- OPI has some great ones!! That giant mug is so pretty, I love the color!!

  9. I really really want to see Letters to Julia! Awesome job on the first Veganomicon recipe – it looks great!

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