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!
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.
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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).
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!