Favourite Places – Vancouver – Cafe Zen

I lived near Kits Beach for many years. Kitsilano is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is a lovely community that is just minutes from the big city downtown hustle and bustle.

Across the street from where I lived a few years back, was a great little restaurant called Cafe Zen. I was a regular there. So being in Vancouver and having successfully avoided the ferry breakfast, I stopped in at my old “haunt”. I was happy to see that it still exists.

It hasn’t changed a bit. The food is still incredible and wonderful. Nice to see that some places never change. It always had great service (still does) and great quality (never had a bad meal there).

I had my breakfast, sat and enjoyed my tea, and wrote this post. Relaxed and looking forward to the rest of my day…

No matter how you look at it Cafe Zen is delicious!

My Grandfather Rocks!

I have been working on a media transfer project the past while. I received around 80 hours of reel to reel tape. The tapes were my late grandfather’s. (It should be mentioned that his reel to reel inspired me to become an audio engineer.) I’m transferring all the tapes to digital. It’s a slow process but it’s a labour of love.

My grandfather was an accordionist. Well known too! He had a live radio show on CKCK in Regina long long ago. So going though the tapes I found one that has some interesting history to it. It starts with him introducing a Mr. Marconi. The first bit of the tape is missing but he mentions that Marconi is not the one who invented the radio, but his second cousin! Yes! My grandfather has him say something in Italian and then the two jam with Marconi on trumpet!

Can’t wait to share these recordings!

Before he was Billy

Archives are great. Being a pilot myself, I have found something of interest to aviators and aviation buffs.

Here is a scan of Billy Bishop’s attestation document for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI… Before he was to be known as the flying ace “Billy”…