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October 2014 issue of RCC News is here

The new issue is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood!

RCCNews October 2014Get your October 2014 issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • VIVO Media Arts Centre comes to Renfrew-Collingwood
  • Renfrew Park Community Centre still going strong at age 50
  • Windermere grads mark 50 years
  • Eating Out: Lotus Seed vegetarian restaurant
  • Job search tips for a successful interview

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 November 2014 issue is October 14. From 300 to 400 words, with high resolution photos in a jpg at least 1 MB file size.

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Eating Out in RC: Sushi Miga

4441 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Phone: 604-563-0722
Open every day 11 am – 9:30 pm

BY PAUL REID

Sushi Miga’s Party Tray A (a mere $22)

Sushi Miga’s Party Tray A (a mere $22) along with a few side dishes, left the accomplice and I more than well satisfied. Photo by Paul Reid

Greetings food fans. I want to tell you this month about the good folks and food I found down at Sushi Miga, the object of my accomplice and I’s latest gastronomic investigation.

First, so we can get a vision, do you know where the north end of Joyce street curls around into Boundary? Where James St. Café used to be for so many years? It’s in there. Remember, with ample parking to the north?

It’s nice. There’s a nice new sushi bar in the back; a familiar yet revamped layout with some new décor. My favourite is the new liquor licence and the ice cold genuine Asahi draft on tap at a mere $4.90 a pint. That alone is worth the trip. But folks, there’s more.

My accomplice and I ordered Party Tray A (44 pieces of tuna, salmon, kappa, California, spicy tuna, yam and dynamite rolls – $22); prawn and vegetable tempura ($5); gyoza ($5); and miso soup ($1.50).

How often can two people dine on healthy, delicious, visually appealing, tongue-tantalizing, stomach-filling goodness (including that cold Asahi draft beer) for under $40, and still have some to take home for a snack later? With Sushi Miga now in our ’hood, the answer is every day.

Now about the good folks, let’s start with Simon Kang – proud new father of Sushi Miga – who knows that he is not alone in Vancouver when it comes to sushi restaurants. “Apparently there are twice as many sushi restaurants in Vancouver than Los Angeles, and they have 10 times the population!” Simon says.

So how will he set Sushi Miga apart? One thing will be the addition of Korean fare to the menu. This will coincide with the arrival of Sushi Miga’s new chef, a master of Japanese and Korean cuisine, who joined the team in June 2014.

One of the current chefs is Simon’s old-time friend. We’re talking high-school chums, serving in the Korean military together, 40-year-strong type of friendship. It was his encouragement paired with Simon’s background in restaurant supplies that brought Sushi Miga to life.

Sushi Miga is already involved in our community’s awesome spirit with a generous donation to Graham Bruce Elementary’s recent fundraiser. “I want Sushi Miga to be a cornerstone of this community over time. We may not be the largest or the fanciest restaurant, but we want to provide fresh quality food to the community, in good amounts, at fair prices.”

But don’t just listen to me or Simon. Taste for yourself. Not just Sushi Miga either, but all fine eateries across this fine community. Bon appetite!

Copyright (c) 2014 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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Eating Out in RC: Thai Escape – “truly out-of-this-world delectable”

BY PAUL REID

4902 Joyce Street at Wellington, Vancouver
604-428-4448
Dine in/Take out
Free Delivery from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm within 2 kilometres with minimum $25 purchase
Open Tuesday to Sunday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Thai Escape rocks! At Joyce and WellingtonGreetings food fans. It brings me great pleasure to share with you the goodness that is Thai Escape. Opened in October 2013, Thai Escape is owned and operated by the team of Pierre Allen and his wife, Jutamat. And if you haven’t heard it yet, let it be known: Thai Escape rocks!

Pierre was our friendly host, making us feel comfortable and providing excellent service while Jutamat worked her magic in the kitchen. An authentic Thai chef with years of experience, I urge all Renfrew-Collingwood community members to treat yourself to Jutamat’s masterful cooking.

We started with the Thai Spring Rolls — deep-fried rolls stuffed with bean vermicelli noodle and veggies; served with homemade plum sauce ($5). Next was what turned out to be one of my favourite soups in this whole wide world — Tom Kah, a hot and sour soup with coconut milk, mushrooms, lemongrass, kaffir, lime leaves, galangal, green onions and cilantro (Large $9.00).

And for the main course, Cashew Nut Stir Fry with roasted cashew nuts, bell peppers, onions, green onions and roasted chili (your choice of chicken, beef, tofu or vegetable — $11). Everything tasted fresh and truly out-of-this-world delectable.

Pierre shared with me his round-the-world adventure of how he and Jutamat met and wound up in Vancouver. Pierre grew up in a small mining town in Quebec with his grandparents. He later became a forestry technician. In 2001, following the re-election of George Bush Junior, Pierre felt it was time to evacuate the continent. He journeyed to Europe and embarked on a 3,000-km journey from Paris to Spain, stopping along the way to work odd jobs. From there he made it to Switzerland where one day Pierre came across a Lonely Planet guide book for Thailand. This inspired the next leg of his journey. Instead of walking however, this time Pierre sprung for air transportation.

On his third day in Thailand, Pierre found work in a day spa where he worked for the next year. Following the spa’s closure, Pierre headed for Chiang Mai in the North where he began teaching French. And finally, Pierre met the love of his life there in his language class, Jutamat, and they eventually married and came to Vancouver.

So, great food (at reasonable prices), excellent service; I’d also like to give a quick nod to the decor — which is nice and features the beauty of Thailand. Also, you get a view of the North Shore mountains as an added bonus. For these fine reasons, I see no excuse for Thai Escape not to become a great enduring hit with us here in RC.

Bon appetit.

Copyright (c) 2014 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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August 2013 issue of the RCC News is here

The new issue is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood!

RCC News August 2013 - News stories from Renfrew-CollingwoodGet your August 2013 issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Welcoming Kingsway Continental to the neighbourhood
  • Eating Out in RC: Pho Thai Hoa Vietnamese restaurant
  • Skytrain Rambler: Favourite places to go and eat by Skytrain
  • Down memory lane: New Carleton playground
  • Mona James: A life of learning
  • Zumba fever hits Renfrew-Collingwood

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 September issue is August 10, 2013.


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Tipper Restaurant and Review Room

2066 Kingsway ( Kingsway & Victoria )
604-873-1010
email feedback@thetipperrestaurant.com
Open  8:00 am to 10:00 pm

 Daily Specials, Events, Fresh Local Food

BY PAUL REID

Greetings food fans. For the third time in a row now people we are venturing to that strip of Kingsway, between Nanaimo and Victoria, just in time to catch the Tipper as it celebrates it fifth birthday (as of May 15).

The Tipper is that little piece of coolness that somehow broke off from Main or Commercial and drifted East to an area much in need of such. If you haven’t checked out this east-side eatery, featuring delicious west coast classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then you must.

So what has happened in five years? “We are much more tied in to the community now,” says the owner, Colin. “People have gotten to know us and they have witnessed the integrity. It hasn’t been easy though and we did not celebrate our fifth anniversary too much since we still have some things to iron out.”

Always listening to feedback and changing accordingly, Colin does feel, though, that the Tipper has worked past its initial growing pains, now with a steady clientele of regulars who will swear, “The Tipper Rocks!”

A quick look to an online foodie forum such as Yelp.ca reveals that the locals are lovin’ the Tipper. With an average of four stars (out of five), the reviewers appreciate the awesome food, attentive service and comfortable atmosphere. Here are some of their quotes:  “best that it gets,” “Perfect little gem,” “Old school good service!” “Great food and great service–definitely one of my fave spots in Vancouver.” “I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect breakfast. Found it!” “Good flavours with a feeling of home cooking. I’ve been satisfied every time!” “Hands down the best omelet I’ve ever had and that’s saying quite a bit!”

I, too, love the Tipper. On this occasion, I acquainted myself with one of Tipper’s Steak Sandwich with a side of those awesome fries with chipotle mayo. And of course an ice-cold pint to wash it down, a Red Truck lager. With pints going for $4 ($5 for a giant one!), you can’t go wrong.

Aside from the awesome food, Colin has followed through with his initial vision to help local artists. The walls serve as a rotating gallery featuring local artists and the Review Room in the back is home for local musicians and performers. (Visit the website for upcoming bookings). You too can book the back room. Talk  with Colin to iron out the details. Way to go Colin!

Bon appetit.

Copyright (c) 2013 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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El Sol de Acapulco Cafe

2269 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
604-428-2880
Open Tuesday to Sunday

BY PAUL REID

  • Acapulco-style Mexican Food
  • Pupusas
  • Latin American-style breakfast
  • Spicy options
  • Vegetarian options

Greetings food fans. How is everyone this June 2013? How many of you made it to Collingwood Days for an Indian taco? Speaking of tacos, we journey to Mexico this time around, and in particular that city famous for its food, Acapulco.

Welcome to El Sol de Acapulco Café.

Yes folks, now you can experience the authentic taste of Acapulcon cuisine by travelling slightly west of the Renfrew-Collingwood community border (Nanaimo), into friendly Kensington-Cedar Cottage territory, to 2269 Kingsway. If you hit the old Canadian Tire, you’ve gone too far. North side. Lots of underground parking.

OK, so now you’re there, relaxing in the clean, wonderful, Acupulcon-inspired dining area of El Sol. You have been greeted by one of the gracious hosts, perhaps owner Miguel or brother Manuel or Miguel’s wife Erika. Although she’s likely in the back working over a hot grill to bring us our much-loved Mexican and Salvadorian favourites.

You’re seated now and your host brings you tortilla chips and salsa—on the house, and you look through the menu and your mouth is watering.

If you’re like me, your accomplice will be from Mexico and she’ll know exactly what to do and say and order.

Now a word to the wise: apparently, the amazingly delicious Pozole soup is not just for Thursdays anymore, as the menu indicates. Had we known this, I believe we may have gone that way, but that’s OK because the Sopa (soup) Azteca was completely delicious. We shared a large ($7) of this tomato-and-chicken-based soup with fried tortilla strips, cheese, fresh avocado and lime.

Next up was our three tacos. Made of soft corn tortilla, these tacos come with a variety of meats, and/or vegatariano (with sautéed eggplant or mushroom). We went with Suaderero (tender slow-cooked beef); Tinga (juicy chipotle stewed chicken); and Cochinita Pibil (slow-roasted pork).

All three of these super-delicious morsels can be had for a mere $6—nearly half the price you’d pay downtown and more, yes more, delectable!

We weren’t done yet though—I had to have some of one of my favourites—those Pupusas—El Salvador’s national dish. These consist of a hand-made, stuffed corn tortilla cooked golden on a griddle and served with Curtido (Salvadorean-style coleslaw) and salsa de tomate (savoury tomato sauce). Your choice of fillings include Revueltas (beans, cheese, pork); Frijoles (home-style refried beans); Chicharron (savoury ground pork rinds) or Queso (mozzarella-feta blend of cheese, loroco, green pepper and zucchini). Pupusas are delicious and, like pizza, you can eat it with your hands—a steal at $2.50 each.

To wash it all down we each had one of the specialty beverages—Horchata (ground almonds, rice, cinnamon, sugar and milk. Really delicious. Other specialty drinks include Tamarindo and Naranjada (a blend of fresh-squeezed juices).

It is Erika who hails from Acapulco and studied cooking at home and at university. It is the brothers, from El Salvador, who bring us the Salvadorian influence in—like those Pupusas we now know and love—or for breakfast, the El Salvadoreno (two eggs scrambled with tomatada (tomato sauce), home-style refried beans, fried plantains, home-style cream and two hand-made Salvadorean-style corn tortillas). The El Sol features a complete line of breakfasts.

My accomplice and I thought that the food at El Sol Acapulco Café was excellent and I look forward to getting back there soon. I also hope that you will take some time to try El Sol for yourself: for the excellent food and to meet the really nice Linares family.

Bon appetit or, in this case, buen provecho.

Copyright (c) 2013 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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June 2013 issue of the RCC News is here

The new issue is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood!

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News June 2013Get your June 2013 issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Collingwood Days photo montage
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood House summer camps
  • TEDxRenfrewCollingwood seeks ideas worth spreading
  • Still Creek Lost and Found walking tours
  • Eating Out in RC: El Sol de Acapulco, Mexican Food, Pupusas and Latin-American breakfasts
  • How to plant and tree: And help grow an urban forest
  • Janet Lee: Don’t be afraid to give it your all
  • Collingwood International Film Fest: Summer movies in the park

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 July issue is June 10, 2013.