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Naveena Vijayan

Naveena Vijayan

Naveena Vijayan is a reporter for the New West Record specializing in lifestyle stories, particularly, food, drink and retail trends.
New to B.C., she comes to The Record having worked as a journalist in a diverse array of settings, starting out in southern India before moving to the U.S. East Coast, where she spent four years prior to settling in Canada.
She is eager to know more about the community and its rich history, one story at a time. She’d love to hear your ideas. at nvijayan@newwestrecord.ca or find her on Instagram.

Recent Work by Naveena

This New West baker’s pretzels are made with no ordinary flour

This New West baker’s pretzels are made with no ordinary flour

Alida Dube, owner of New Westminster’s West Coast Pretzel Co., took half a year to come up with a pretzel recipe that uses flour made with grains that breweries discard as waste. These grains are, in fact, loaded with fibres, minerals and proteins, she says.
Meet New Westminster’s Empanada Gal

Meet New Westminster’s Empanada Gal

Carmen Isabel Pepio learnt to cook empanadas when she was a nine-year-old girl in Guatemala; now, at 57, she runs a successful business baking the crescent-shaped pastries in New West
New West’s summer block party is back after a two-year break

New West’s summer block party is back after a two-year break

Fridays on Front will see Downtown New Westminster transform into the perfect place to unwind with good music, delicious food, exciting art, and more — every Friday evening, starting July 8.
Gear up for a retro gaming expo in New West this weekend

Gear up for a retro gaming expo in New West this weekend

At the day-long Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo at New Westminster's Anvil Centre June 25, you can play popular classic games on old gaming consoles, engage in a game swap with independent collectors, or buy your dream game from a flea market vendor.
New Westminster now has a store exclusively for hot sauces

New Westminster now has a store exclusively for hot sauces

The newly opened Lucifer’s House of Heat in Queensborough offers around 1,000 different hot sauces, including one of the hottest in the world: Hellfire Doomed.
LINE FRIENDS and BT21 pop-up is coming to Burnaby on June 30

LINE FRIENDS and BT21 pop-up is coming to Burnaby on June 30

After their successful run in Toronto last year, the PLAY LINE FRIENDS store is making its debut in the West Coast at Metropolis at Metrotown. The collection will include merchandise featuring BT21, a character line curated by BTS members, among others.
New Westminster's Terminal Pub reopens with a new menu

New Westminster's Terminal Pub reopens with a new menu

The Terminal Pub is finally open after two years. The Record talks to the new operators about what has changed.