Where were you born?
And when did you come to Vancouver?
I landed in Vancouver on the 13th of February, 1974. The sun was shining and crocuses were in bloom.
Aww,… beautiful. How long after that did you open up your restaurant- Kilimanjaro?
I opened the restaurant in November of 1978.
What made you decide on a restaurant?
When I was in the States at university, after years’ worth of cafeteria food, (laughs) I got tired of it.
Oh, I didn’t know that (laughs).
Yes, so I wrote to my mom, and asked her for recipes. She sent me some, as well as spices. And I started cooking at home. So I was always interested in cooking while I was going to university.
And that continued here in Canada?
Well, over here, I first got an insurance business- a mutual funds business. I was selling insurance, I was selling mutual funds. But I would always take the clients out for lunch.