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Tojo - Inventor of the California and BC Roll?

November 24, 2007 2:13 pm

I was watching Chef at Large on Food Network a few nights ago and they aired an episode about Sushi.   They filmed the show in Vancouver at the restaurant Tojo’s.  To my surprise the show stated that Hidekazu Tojo is the inventor of the California roll and BC roll.  I decided to do a search on wikipedia to learn more.   Wikipedia states that the California roll is invented in LA by Ichiro Mashita in the early 1970s.  

Who is the real inventor of the California roll and who should get the credit for inventing the roll?

 To me it seems kind of odd that someone in Vancouver, British Columbia would invent a CALIFORNIA roll as they are in BC and not California unlike the other cheif based in California.  


Outdoor Grill & Food Coma

September 6, 2007 3:32 pm


The Outdoor Grill


For lunch today I had a BBQ Chicken Sandwich from the Outdoor Grill (Los Angeles).  It’s located in a corner lot beside a car wash.   The food was excellent, but now I have a really bad case of food coma.    What’s the best way to rid of food coma other than sleep?



February 22, 2007 11:37 pm

I haven’t had a chance to update my blog in a long time. It’s been so busy at work I’ve been neglecting my blog and other things.Two weekend ago my girl friend and I went to Seattle to get away from Vancouver. We spent most of our time at the malls looking for deals. We ended up going to Auburn Supermall, Costco, Bellevue Square, Downtown Seattle, and Marysville Prime Outlet. The best shopping stop by far was Auburn Supermall. A lot of good deals to be found there. The place is huge. The hallways seems like it’s about a four lane road. All the big stores have a presence there. If you are going down I suggest a stop down there.

Auburn Supermall

That evening while shopping at Macy’s at Bellevue Square I saw the neatest thing. Guess what it is.

Ipod Vending Machine

That is an Ipod Vending Machine. That’s the first one I ever saw.

After having dinner at Cheese Cake Cafe we called it a night.

The next day on our way to Downtown Seattle we say the neatest Viet restaurant. What’s the Pho?

We also had the best pastry at this Russian bakery called Piroshky across from the Seattle Public Market. If you are down in Seattle I suggest that you visit it and have some good food.

After some endless walking at Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle and Banana Republic my foot and leg was just in too much pain we headed back to Vancouver. It was weird at the Canadian Custom it was dead we went through, took literally less than 1 minute.

That’s all for now. I will try to update this blog when I get some more time.

Dine Out Vancouver 2007

January 3, 2007 12:53 am

Dine Out Vancouver 2007 is here for another year. This an event put on by Tourism Vancouver to introduce people to local participating restaurants. Meals at each restaurant are set for this event at $15, $25 or $35 (drinks & extra are excluded). I knew of this event probably in 2003 but I never really had the time to go a lot of them. However, I did go last year, but only to one restaurant.

I think my list of restaurants to try this year is (not in any particular order):

I wouldn’t suggest any of the Asian Restaurants though. The menu seems very white washed.

If you are looking for Asian food for $15,$25,$35 I suggest you go to Hons for a meal. Their dine out menu actually looks quite appetizing. If you are in Tri Cities you can never go wrong with Lougheed Wonton

Click here for Official Website

Swiss Chalet - Best Rotisserie Chicken

December 16, 2006 12:27 pm

Swiss Chalet

Looking for good Rotisserie chicken that falls off to bone?   Go no further than your local Swiss Chalet.  This restaurant will always have a place with me.   I remember going to this restaurant in Calgary when I was young.   Every time I visit Calgary nowadays my cousins and I have a routine to go there at least once.

In my books the only thing Swiss Chalet does well is Chicken.  So if you go to this restaurant please don’t order ribs, steak or anything else because it probably won’t taste good.   I would suggest the Classic Quarter Chicken, Classic Half Chicken, or Classic Double Leg.   The chicken meals will come with Swiss Chalet classic chicken sauce.  This sauce is a bit salty and strong by itself so I always add tons of Ketchup into the sauce/dip.  Everyone I recommend this to loves it.  Give it a try, I guaranty that you will like it as well.

This is a family restaurant, it’s not a trendy place so don’t expect too much in service and/or the environment.   If you want to try somewhere more upscale give Rex Rotisserie a try.

Matteo’s Gelato & Bistro

August 20, 2006 8:18 pm

I was introduced to this wonderful establishment by my friend Rob Tang. I would say Matteo’s Gelato & Bistro has the BEST Gelato in the GVRD. I wins hands down when compared to Mondo, Mario’s and LaCasa and the best part is that Matteo’s Gelato is the cheapest of the place listed. The extremely generous servings at Matteo’s Gelato equates their single scoop being equivalent to a medium/large at the other places.

My recommendation is to have your gelato served in a cone instead of a cup. You get that little extra each time and you get a wonderful waffle cone.

You can find Matteo’s Gelato at:

2615 Mary Hill Road
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3B5
Tel: 604-464-2211
Click here for map & directions

Some pictures I took today: