Filled with creamy avocado, sweet crab meat, and crunchy cucumber, California roll is by far the most popular sushi roll in the US. So who invented California Roll? Apparently, it was the creation of an ingenious sushi chef named Hidekazu Tojo who moved from Japan to Canada in the 70s. In Vancouver, he learned that most Western people didn’t eat raw fish and didn’t like seaweed as well. Therefore, he substituted avocado for toro (fatty tuna) as it has the similar creamy texture and had hidden nori seaweed by using uramaki technique, so nori is not visible from the outside. That’s the how California Roll turned into a popular menu item! And in my opinion, California Roll tells the story of a successful adaptation and re-imagination of food.