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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

Where to order a picnic platter in New West?

Where to order a picnic platter in New West?

Enjoy the last few days of summer with a picnic outside in the sun. Just pack your mat and hat, and leave the food prep to the professionals — here are five spots in New West where you can order a picnic bundle.
Learn the ancient art of Turkish mosaic lamp in New West

Learn the ancient art of Turkish mosaic lamp in New West

A group of three Turkish friends have built a successful business teaching people how to make mosaic art that they grew up seeing in their households back in Istanbul. Their newest studio opened in New West early this year.
What's happening this weekend in New West? Our top picks for August 12 to 14

What's happening this weekend in New West? Our top picks for August 12 to 14

Besides the big New West Pride Street Festival on August 13, the weekend in New West brings along a smorgasbord of events ranging from a calming art show to a rib-tickling comedy.
This New West show has people wondering: is it art or science?

This New West show has people wondering: is it art or science?

If you thought physics was dry, New Media Gallery’s Indivisible show in New Westminster might change your opinion. A group of four artists have turned cosmic particles and radio waves into interesting artwork. Here's how differently a scientist and an art expert saw it.
What to expect at New West’s drag storytime?

What to expect at New West’s drag storytime?

Drag queens Karmella Barr and Beardney Spears will read out from books that explore social issues in a child-friendly way at New Westminster Public Library’s storytime event on Aug. 11.
How to sketch New West’s Fraser river?

How to sketch New West’s Fraser river?

Artist Jason Wright will teach the basic techniques to turn New Westminster’s landmark waterbody into an artwork, at Arts Council's Sketching Series.
This artist's 'trash portraits' are on display in New West

This artist's 'trash portraits' are on display in New West

A crushed Red Bull can, a crumpled Starbucks bag, and Coca Cola bottle lids — things usually considered garbage are the main subjects of artist Jeongmin Ahn’s oil paintings, priced at over $2,000 each. Check them out at The Gallery at Queen's Park in New Westminster.
Join a 'flash mob' to help out a local New West business

Join a 'flash mob' to help out a local New West business

Is flash mob still a thing? Turns out it is — a group of food enthusiasts plans to organize a surprise gathering at a different New Westminster-based small business every month. Their first ‘dessert and coffee flash mob’ was at Coming Home café on Sixth Street.
Pour your heart out at this poetry event in New Westminster

Pour your heart out at this poetry event in New Westminster

At New West's Poetry in the Park, you can see how the spoken word artists turn their deepest emotions around loss, anger, grief and acceptance into skillfully constructed poems — and also share one of yours.
Five for Friday: Where to have a Nanaimo bar in New West?

Five for Friday: Where to have a Nanaimo bar in New West?

There are a ton of ways to celebrate British Columbia Day this weekend. But the sweetest way is to nosh on the province's own classic dessert, the Nanaimo bar.