Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot

Last week some of your favorite Vancouver food bloggers attended the Chinese Bites Signature Dishes Tour dinner at Fatty Cow Hot Pot. Voted as best Hot Pot from both Chinese Restaurant Awards and The Georgia Straight—we all went with high expectations.

 I’m pleased to say that none of us were disappointed.

We had two hot pot bases going at full force—one was a Spicy Soup Base and the other a Peanut Satay. Surprisingly, all of us preferred the spicy one—and to my luck, I was sitting right in front of it. Win!

There was a vast assortment of meat and seafood, all of which was incredibly fresh. From raw lobster to chicken hearts to fish balls—it was any hot pot lover’s dream come true.

I couldn’t stop thinking about the freshness of the seafood. I kept thinking—where on earth did they get these massive scallops and oysters!? Then I found out that Fatty Cow actually owns Jumbo Seafood just a few blocks down. It doesn’t get fresher than this folks.

please note that the raw lobster is not offered on the regular hot pot menu.

The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the beef chucks and the pork blood. Although the pork blood was due to personal taste, the beef chunks were tough and chewy—it was quite the mouth workout. The salmon was also filled with bones and I found it to be too much work and not enough reward.

The highlight of the night was the Scallops. My god, these were so incredibly sinful. When was the last time you saw scallops this size? It took me a whopping 3 bites to finish one off.

Fatty Cows got voted number one for a reason. Everything from the ambiance to the food was memorable. If you want good quality hot pot in Vancouver then this is your go-to joint. Although Fatty Cow offers a regular dinner menu—I would stick with the hot pot. They specialize in this and they do it exceptionally well.

P.s. This picture sums up beautifully what dinner with a table full of food bloggers is like. Meet my fellow dinner guests; Rick, Sherman, Alvin, Kevin, and the lovely Janice

We’re all very talented at eating.

Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-6630
 

That’s all for today.

-R x

BBQ Chicken w/ Stuffed Feta & Black Olive Jam

I got a new toy today! And I’m in love with it! It’s pastel white, has wheels, and knows the way to my heart.  No, no, it’s not a car—it’s a new BBQ! Woooooo!

Why do I feel like I’m wooo-ing alone here?  I mean, other girls save up their money for new BBQ’s too—right? =)

Anyhoo, today was my day off. Ah, yes, zero obligations my friends! Just me, myself, and my new BBQ—getting our grill on. Check out what we came up with (it was really a collaborative effort).

BBQ Chicken w/ Stuffed Feta & Black Olive Jam

What you will need:

Chicken Breasts
Feta Cheese
Crushed Garlic
Black Olive Jam ( I used Dudrave Company’s Black Olive Jam bought from Lala’s in Deep Cove). You can also any other type/brand of sweet jam.

 

1. Cut your chicken breast 3/4 of the way down the middle & stuff with feta and crushed garlic.

2. Toothpick close the chicken breast and spread Black Olive Jam  the top w/ some crushed garlic.

3. BBQ medium-high until the chicken is fully cooked and the sugars from the Black Olive Jam have caramelized.

Love always,
R x

Moksha Hot Yoga Recipasana Contest!

Good morning my lovely foodies. I hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful sunshine (sarcastic smirk). Although, I can’t do anything about this rainy weather, I may be able to make your day a little bit better. Ah yes, I got some exciting news for all of you: Small girl big plate is hosting a Recipisana Contest with Moksha Hot Yoga Vancouver!

Did I just excite your inner coconut drinking yogi?

You may be wondering, how do you partake in this delicious contest!? Well, all you need to do is send in a photo and recipe of your absolute favorite post-yoga snack or meal. Yep, it’s that easy.

We will then post it on Facebook and see which one of you can make the most Moksha mouths drool. The winner will be displayed to the public on Facebook and also right here on Small Girl Big Plate! I will not only be meeting the winner, but I will also be cooking up his/her exact recipe!

Here is a full list of the exciting prizes that the winner will receive:

  • 1 Month Unlimited Pass at Moksha Yoga Vancouver
  • The winning recipe featured on Small Girl Big Plate
  • $50 Market Money eligible for any Vancouver Farmers Market
  • Healthy, organic granola from Granola Girl

Send in your entries to laura@mokshayogavancouver.com by August 8th, 2012 to enter into the competition.

You can like Moksha on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @mokshayogavan (contest hash tag = #recipasana)

Good luck my yogi loving foodies!
-namaste. r x

The Dime Roundhouse- Everything on Menu $4.95

-The owner of The Famous Warehouse & The Factory have recently opened The Dime. It’s only 3 months old and everything on the menu is $4.95. Yes, everything.

-The Dime replaces the once ” Rocco” Italian Restaurant on the busy strip of Commercial st.

-Prime location but lots and lots of surrounding competition. Although, at $4.95, I doubt competition will be a problem.

p.s I apologize for the quality of the photos in this post! I didn’t have my SLR, so bare with my phone-quality photos.

Small Girl BIG Plate Scale:

1.Don’t waste your money  2.Mediocre  3. Good  4.Very good  5.Nobel Prize Worthy

Items up for Review:

Maple Bacon Gnocchi $4.95
3/5 (Good)


–       Loved the flavor combination, or should I say the “sounding “of the flavor combination. I couldn’t taste either Maple or Bacon. But the Gnocchi was nicely prepared and the sauce was creamy and stuffed with fresh herbs—making it easy for me to give this dish a 3/5.

–       What would have stepped this dish up to a 4/5 would have been a touch more of maple syrup and perhaps some sprinkled bacon salt.

Pulled Pork Sandwich $4.95
3/5 (Good)

– The bun was soft and the pork was well prepared (slowly cooked until melt-in-mouth tender). The pork was marinated in curry spices.

-This sandwich tasted quite similar to Ensemble Taps $10.00 Pulled Pork Sandwich. However, I can guarantee that Etaps  quality of food is incomparable to whatever The Dime uses.

-The sandwich apparently had an apple & papaya slaw, but I couldn’t taste it. It was overpowered by the BBQ sauce, and there wasn’t enough of it to provide that desirable “crunch”.  Shame.

The Dime Burger ; Canadian Beef, Cheddar, Toasted Bun, Roasted Pepper Mayo, all the fixings and a side of Fries. $4.95

3.5/5 (Good -Very Good)

-The burger patty was extremely juice. No, seriously—extremely juicy.  It was very good. However, the beef patty was perfectly round (suspiciously round)–which most of the time means it’s not made fresh in house. This may be a given at $4.95 though.

-Most restaurants state the grade of beef used in their burger, well, if they are using a high grade that is. So, I think “Canadian Beef” is our que here.  But, we still need to take a moment and realize that this meal is cheaper than Mcdonalds (and so much better in all aspects) .

– I loved the fries that accompanied both sandwiches. They were crispy and well seasoned. I have respect for restaurants that don’t over-salt their fries.

Many of you asked me to compare The Famous Warehouse and The Dime, so as requested—here is my two cents:

-The quality of food is much, much better at The Dime. Also, the menu is a lot more interesting. It was evident that more thought was put into the food.  Ex. The Dime Burger had Red Pepper Mayo rather than just regular mayo.

-The ambiance of The Famous Warehouse and The Dime are near identical. I would call these joints “bars” rather than “restaurants”. Both have extremely dim lighting and laid-back vibes.

-Both spots have a$4.95 menus (The Factory has a $5.95 menu). Many of you asked me how this is so, and from what I’ve heard, both restaurants take losses on food and make them up through alcohol. This doesn’t surprise me– as the drinks were quite overpriced.

-The service is equally terrible at both. You need to hunt a server to get your water refilled. But bottom line is that you pay what you get for. I don’t go to the Dime or the Warehouse for superior service but rather for a tasty and affordable meal.

Love always,
R x

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Honey Glazed Salmon with Mango & Apple Salsa

Hello foodies! I hope everyone’s enjoying the Vancouver sunshine. If you’re looking for a simple & healthy dinner to make tonight—I shared one of my favorite summer BBQ recipes with my readers this morning on VcB. Anyone in the mood for some Honey Glazed Salmon and Mango Salsa!? YUM!

If you would like to see the recipe, then allow me to guide you to my column on Vancity Buzz. =)

Enjoy!

-r x