Sabatino’s Trattoria and Bar

I don’t eat at Italian restaurants in this town because most of them are awful. There are exceptions to every rule though, and Sabatino’s in South Surrey is actually pretty great. My Twitter pal Jeremy, who works at Sabatino’s, asked me if I wanted to come down and give their menu a try a few weeks ago. I haven’t been to Peninsula Village, the strip mall that Sabatino’s calls home, in a LONG time. The Starbucks is now a Papa Murphy’s. Hampton’s, a sports bar I used to be a regular at, is now Cora. In other news I’m old and change scares me.

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Let’s get to the food. First up I had the Arancini di Riso. Sicilian deep-fried risotto rolls, stuffed with spinach & mozzarella served with marinara sauce. As risotto balls go these were really nice. Creamy, crispy on the outside, hot, rich, and seasoned perfectly. The marinara was on point too. Did I mention they have Fat Tug IPA? Ya, they do, in 650ml bombers. Risotto balls and IPA are a tasty combo.

Inside the balls.
This is what the Risotto balls look like right before you burn your eye.

Next I had Insalata Sabatino’s, romaine lettuce, crumbled goranzolla cheese, crispy prosciutto, red onions, served with Sabatino’s “signature house dressing”. What a great refresher after the rich risotto. Crisp, fresh romaine, salty prosciutto, I really liked this simple salad.

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For my main Jeremy recommended the Chicken Piccata, chicken breasts with capers and lemon butter, herb roasted potatoes, and veggies. I don’t think this dish will win any plating awards but who cares. What it lacks in presentation it makes up for in flavour. The sauce was rich with a citrus note that worked with the capers. The potatoes and veg were, well, potatoes and veg. Nothing earth shattering there. The chicken itself was cooked just right, not too dry. I’d order this again.

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Dessert was a WFLBC favourite, Crème Brûlée. As most of you know if there’s Crème Brûlée on a menu it’s going to end up in my mouth. This was a fairly average version of my favourite dessert that had been made sometime earlier and refrigerated. I’d rather have it fresh with the caramelized sugar still hot and the custard a little more “loose” from the torch. You can’t win them all.

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Overall Sabatino’s is very good and I’d recommend it to anyone craving Italian. Also having some decent beer on the menu helps, put that Fat Tug on tap and South Fraser Beer Club will put you on their list!

Twitter – @gm_sabatinos

Facebook – Sabatinos-Trattoria

Web – sabatinostrattoria.com

Scott.

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2011 Variety Show of Hearts

Wow, what an amazing day. We woke up, got Hayley ready for the day and headed for the Red Robinson Show Theater to meet with Chris Graham, Special Events Manager for Variety BC. Lyndsey had met Chris through emails exchanged in preparation for Hayley’s birthday party and our fundraiser. When we arrived we were taken to the upper lobby where Chris was waiting and were introduced to a few people including Lexa and our tour guide Paul.

We gave our pile of cash to the appropriate people and headed off on our guided tour of the inner workings of the Show of Hearts Telethon, getting to see where the money is counted, where the phones are answered and where the cheque presenters are readied for their time on stage. It was there that we found fellow Tweeter Jen (@jenthebakedlife) who got to meet Hayley and Lyndsey, it’s always great to meet my social media friends and it was really great to meet another person involved with this great cause.

We then watched an on air cheque presentation from the side of the stage and I turned to Paul and asked who the person was who was hosting that segment. “Oh that’s Tammy, she’s been with us for over 30 years, she was a Variety kid when she was younger”. Funny thing is I know Tammy, I went to school with Tammy and I had no idea that she would be there let alone be such a big part of the show! We talked to her after she was off air and she took us in to the area off set where the host relax and get ready for the show and we were introduced to numerous Global BC TV personalities including Lynn Collier, Randene Niell, Robin Stickley and Steve Darling. We told them all about Hayley and her journey and they all wanted to steal Hayley because of her absurd cuteness (just kidding). Steve Darling also has a daughter whose name is Hayley who was also born premature at Royal Columbian Hospital, crazy right? We talked to him and his wife and daughter before he had to go on stage, it was great to meet you “Mound of Sound”. I’ll never tell anyone how I know that…It was great catching up with Tammy and her family and I’m sure we will see them there in future years and other Variety events.

Thanks again to The Roaming Dragon, Tinhorn Creek Winery, Paul Stirfry and The Loden Hotel for helping us reach and exceed our fundraising goal, we couldn’t have done it without your help.

Next year we will be on the air doing a cheque presentation, and we will raise more than the $4200 we raised this year. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. Over the past few months our daughter has shown us that although she started out life causing us heartache and pain she will spend the rest of her life inspiring us to be better and to do more. She is my hero and I love her more than she will ever know.

Scott.