As part of an Alaskan cruise (see the post on the Elsewhere in America board for the Alaska comments) we had a few hours in Vancouver on 7/2. On the recommendation of some fellow passengers who are Vancouver natives we tried a few smokies and dogs from a couple of street vendors. These were great. With charred grilled onions and a wonderful hot/sweet sauce called, I think, President's Choice, they really hit the spot.
Then on to sushi at Kamei Royale, on the second floor at 1030 W. Georgia St. This is a delightful Japanese place that is huge. We sat at the sushi bar and had marvelous service. They have salt-water tanks with live maine lobster, Dungeness crab, ami ebi and (couldn't believe it!) awabi that was 6 inches in diameter, not the baby ones of 2-1/2 or 3 inches like we see here in LA. The live awabi sashimi was $45 and well worth it. When the chef asked if I wanted the guts I of course said yes, and was rewarded with a delicious presentation of boiled and grilled innards in ponzu. The Aji was very flavorful ($11.85) and the Natto with shisho was good ($4.10). Yamakake ($9.75) was served with a very generous amount of tuna, and with FRESH wasabi no less. The spicy tuna roll ($4.50) was reported to be delicious. They serve their sushi in 1-piece orders, $1.60 to $2.80 each. This was some of the best sushi, with one of the widest varieties, we've had. It's too bad it's in Vancouver, but we'll definately be back.