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January 2022 issue of RCC News is here

Happy new year! Here’s to another year staying connected to your neighbours and community through the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News.

We wish you much healthy and happiness in 2022.

― The RCC News team

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News January 2022

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In this issue:

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

  • Together We Can Wellness Telethon raises over $175,000
  • Resolutions for success: Tips for New Year’s
  • CityReach delivers Christmas hampers to local families
  • Eating out in RC: Zoom fatigue? Favourite lunch breaks away from the home office
  • Renfrew-Collingwood Food Hub winter updates
  • Join a planning group for local 2SLGBTQA+ initiatives
  • Collingwood Branch offers in-library programs once again
  • Plus, the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Winter 2022 recreation programs insert

The deadline for the January 2021 issue is December 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.

 


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Eating out in RC: Zoom fatigue? Favourite lunch breaks away from the home office

BY JULIE CHENG

Kopitiam Malaysia's chicken curry laksa is a favourite lunch treat.

Kopitiam Malaysia’s chicken curry laksa is a favourite lunch treat while on a break from the home office. Photos by Julie Cheng

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Basil Garden’s free-range chicken pho is a Vietnamese take on chicken noodle soup and just as comforting.

It’s been almost two years since I started working from home due to COVID safety measures. I miss the cycle commute to my downtown office, a good chat with my coworkers and all the usual lunch-hour eateries.

Now Zoom fatigue and work isolation are getting to me. For my mental health, I try to get some sun and exercise with a walk around the Renfrew Ravine. I also go out for a lunch treat once in a while.

These are my favourite restaurants within walking distance. In addition to delicious food, they have kind and friendly staff.

Mee goreng from Kopitiam Malaysia.

I love the sweet and sour flavours of the mee goreng from Kopitiam Malaysia.

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The Penang tofu is a family favourite.

Kopitiam Malaysia
3885 Rupert Street and East 23rd
604-566-9898
kopitiammalaysia.ca
The name of this Malaysian restaurant has changed (they are no longer part of the Penang Delight franchise), but the wonderful flavours of my favourites remain the same – chicken curry laksa, mee goreng and sambal green beans. Check out their weekday lunch special.

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Basil Garden’s vermicelli bowl with pork skewers and spring rolls is packed with flavour.

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Try Basil Garden’s healthy prawn or marinated tofu salad rolls with peanut sauce.

Basil Garden
2889 East Broadway and Renfrew
604-871-9998
basilgarden.ca
The hike down and then up the hill to Basil Garden is well worth it for me. All their pho is wonderful. I discovered their free-range chicken pho to be just as flavourful – I ask for no skin as a healthier option. Also healthy are their vermicelli bowls and salad rolls. It gets busy at lunch so go early or late.

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The pork in Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant’s Gamja-Tang hot pot is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety.

Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant
3280 East 22nd Avenue and Rupert
604-431-8887
damisushikorean.ca
This restaurant has been going strong since opening in Renfrew-Collingwood in January 2021. I agree with Paul Reid, in his Taking out in RC review, that the pork in the Gamja-Tang hot pot “is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety” –  just like the bone broths my grandma used to make. My favourites are the bibimbap and japchae.

The pork in Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant's Gamja-Tang hot pot melts is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety.

The ramen from Kami Japanese Cuisine is sure to warm you up on a winter’s day.

Kimu Japanese Cuisine
4441 Boundary Road and East 29th
604-563-0722
kimujapanesecuisine.com
Another bit of a hike from home, Kimu has long been a reliable lunch and dinner spot. In addition to delectable sushi, they have a good grill – I love their teriyaki meals. There’s even more reason to stop there now with Masala Meats next door.

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This iSushi lunch special consists of a teriyaki bowl and two sushi rolls. On a cold day, warm up with one of their udons.

iSushi
3883 Rupert Street
604-336-6553
isushi3883.wixsite.com/isushi
iSushi opened despite the pandemic and quickly pivoted to become a busy takeout spot. I like to dine in to enjoy the tea and the food fresh from the kitchen. You can choose from a variety of sushi and rice bowls to make your own lunch special, but I invariably order a healthy house salad and sashimi.


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December 2021 issue of RCC News is here

Many thanks to the writers, artists, photographers, advertisers and distributors who help our monthly newspaper bring the Renfrew-Collingwood community together. And, of course, thank you to our readers.

We are grateful to all of you for your ongoing support during this unusual and challenging COVID-19 year. Warmest wishes for a safe and healthy 2022.

― The RCC News team

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News December 2021 issue

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In this issue:

  • CNH youth programs support remote First Nations youth through the Ballantyne Project
  • 2400 Motel’s 75th anniversary puzzle kindles nostalgia at local organizations
  • The electric car by Robert F. Edwards
  • Collingwood Corner: Christmas 60 years ago
  • Christmas — One of our favourite times of the year by Vince Prasad
  • Learn to cook new foods at the CNH community kitchen
  • Read On! page for learners: Cold-weather comfort foods
  • A huge thank you to the contributors, advertisers and distributors of the RCC News

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the January 2021 issue is December 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.