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Eating Out in RC: Border Burrito

BY EMILY TAM

Border Burrito 
4453 Boundary Road
604-556-4100
borderburrito.ca

Eating Out in RC; Border Burrito
Border Burrito’s beef birria burrito plate, chicken tinga tacos, chicken tinga quesadilla, homemade chips and salsa and side of guacamole. Photo by Emily Tam

A convenient on-the-go Mexican restaurant opened their doors back in May 2021 within the RC neighbourhood. Border Burrito is located on the same block as Kimu Japanese Cuisine and Masala Meats. They are available for delivery on UberEats and DoorDash, but if you’re ordering for pick-up, I would highly recommend ordering directly from their website. 

Border Burrito operates as a micro-restaurant with a simple menu focusing on quality, affordability and convenience. I ordered my meal through their website, easily toggling between protein options for burritos, tacos and quesadillas.

Something unique about Border Burrito is that there is no cashier inside their micro-restaurant. Upon entry there is a kiosk where you order on your own and pay with card. 

Owner Sheila Aviles recommends trying their burrito – a customer favourite. I got to try their beef birria burrito plate, chicken tinga tacos, chicken tinga quesadilla, and homemade chips and salsa with a side of guacamole. My favourite was the quesadilla as it was perfectly cooked with melted cheese and a flavour that melts into your mouth. 

Border Burrito has a lively vibe with music playing outside and a standing table set up for hungry customers to dine as soon as their orders are ready. It is tailored for convenient pick-up at dinner time but stay tuned on both Instagram and Google as they extend their operating hours.

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Find more of Emily Tam’s food reviews on her Instagram page, @hungrygirl_emily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eating Out in RC: Yummy Slice Pizza

BY EMILY TAM

Yummy Slice Pizza
#2 – 2889 Grandview and Renfrew 
604-564-6123
yummyslice.ca

Any eight XL slices from the warmer – BBQ chicken bacon, pesto chicken, cheese, yummy meat, Italian, the Canadian, pepperoni and veggie lovers. Photos by Emily Tam
Any eight XL slices from the warmer – BBQ chicken bacon, pesto chicken, cheese, yummy meat, Italian, the Canadian, pepperoni and veggie lovers. Photos by Emily Tam

Yummy Slice Pizza has been open in Renfrew-Collingwood for one year now, as of June 1, 2022. They have seven locations across Vancouver and Richmond that were previously named Fresh Slice, but they rebranded all these locations overnight.

This joint is available on UberEats, SkipTheDishes and DoorDash, and they also have their own delivery vehicle. I would highly recommend picking up or calling the store directly for delivery to ensure that all proceeds go to directly our local Yummy Slice Pizza. 

I had the opportunity to try their delicious pizza last month when they invited me to promote their one-year anniversary deal. As a celebration, all their locations offered any eight extra-large slices for only $11.99.

It was the perfect occasion for me to try new pizza flavours since I am the type to always get the Hawaiian (I still ordered a few slices of their Hawaiian and it was definitely my favourite).

Eating Out in RC: Yummy Slice Pizza Hawaiian
The Hawaiian is sure to be a favourite.

Though their celebration is over, I would support this local business by grabbing a quick bite while satisfying all our pizza cravings. With so many businesses popping up in RC, it’s the perfect place to grab an inexpensive team lunch.

Other than Hawaiian pizza, I also enjoyed the Pesto Chicken and Yummy Meat pizzas. My foodie adventures have led me to enjoying pesto in all my dishes, which I previously never ordered. 

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Emily Tam has been a resident of Renfrew-Collingwood since she was a child. Find more of Emily Tam’s food reviews on her Instagram age, @hungrygirl_emily.

The next time I have a family gathering, I will definitely order from Yummy Slice so we can all try a variety of new pizza flavours! From my experience, it’s always fun to do a blind taste test – just make sure no one has allergies before doing this.


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Eating Out in RC: Gong Cha Renfrew

BY EMILY TAM

2887 East 12th Avenue and Renfrew
604-423-4995
m.facebook.com/gongcharenfrew/
Delivers on UberEats and DoorDash

Matcha mango, brown sugar pearl oolong milk tea, peach smoothie with milk foam and coconut jelly, original egg waffle with matcha ice cream combo, original egg waffle with Earl Grey milk tea ice cream combo. Photos by Emily Tam
Matcha mango, brown sugar pearl oolong milk tea, peach smoothie with milk foam and coconut jelly, original egg waffle with matcha ice cream combo, original egg waffle with Earl Grey milk tea ice cream combo. Photos by Emily Tam

Gong Cha, the bubble tea chain, originated from Taiwan back in 2006 and has become a globally known chain since then, according to their website. There are many locations across Canada and the Lower Mainland, including one in our very own Renfrew-Collingwood, near the Renfrew SkyTrain station.

Our branch recently acquired a new ice cream machine, and their team was gracious enough to invite several foodies to try out their new flavours. There are four flavours in total: matcha, Earl Grey milk tea, oreo and vanilla – but only two flavours are offered per day.

Original egg waffle with matcha ice cream combo, original egg waffle with Earl Grey milk tea ice cream combo. Photo by Emily Tam
Original egg waffle with matcha ice cream combo, original egg waffle with Earl Grey milk tea ice cream combo.

I got to try matcha and Earl Grey milk tea, both delicious but catered to different palettes. My preference would be the matcha ice cream as it reminded me of a matcha mochi ice cream I’d eat as a child and used to be sold at T&T supermarket. That nostalgic feeling paired with their delicious bubble waffle definitely puts them near the top of my list of bubble tea chains I’d visit again, especially in the summer.

My fellow foodie friends thought the matcha ice cream was quite sweet and preferred the Earl Grey. It had a well-rounded flavour and I would definitely recommend it to all the tea lovers out there.

The brown sugar oolong milk tea is served both hot and cold, both equally tasty depending on how you are feeling in the day. I usually order cold bubble tea in the summer and hot bubble tea in the winter, which can be comparable to ordering steeped tea from Tim Hortons or milk teas at Hong Kong cafes. 

Gong Cha chains typically make drinks that are on the sweeter side and I tend to request 30% to 50% sugar instead of their regular sweetness. 

The next time I visit Gong Cha Renfrew, I would be interested in trying their flavoured bubble waffles because I only had the original one during this visit. 

Picking up fully cooked bubble waffle. Photo by Emily Tam
Picking up fully cooked bubble waffle.
Find more of Emily Tam’s food reviews on her Instagram page, @hungrygirl_emily.

Emily Tam has been a resident of Renfrew-Collingwood since she was a child. She attended Renfrew Elementary and Windermere Secondary and recently graduated from Capilano University with a business degree in international trade & logistics and finance. Emily is an avid learner of new things and one of her passion projects includes running an Instagram food blog, @hungrygirl_emily 

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