I spent like a decade travelling and living in other places. It gave me an idea of what it’s like to dine and eat in other cities and countries so I brought a lot of that back with me. I didn’t want to do just Japanese or just Italian so one day the chef, Joel, who’s part owner with me, just threw out “Why don’t we just do them both together, Japanese-Italian?” I think it all works together to somehow create the unique nature of Kissa Tanto. Once you get into Chinatown it starts to become the butcher shops and just the old characters that have been here forever that just makes up the entirety of Chinatown. Vancouver is special. It’s one of the most beautiful places to live in the world, I think. And the fact that you can get out of the city in an hour and be in the snow and snowshoeing, hiking… If I have a moment I can still go to the Seawall. So it’s pretty easy to be outdoors even though you’re in the city.