Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

5 Ethnic Restaurants to Check Out This Winter

By: Nina Asusa

5 Ethnic Restaurants to Check Out This Winter

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When the temperature drops and the snow starts falling, one of the best ways to keep warm in the wintertime is trying out delicious restaurants. Because really, what could be better than filling up on good food and tasty drinks in the comfort of a cozy restaurant? This week we’re shining the light on 5 of the best ethnic restaurants to check out this season. Ready to amaze your taste buds? Check them out below!
 
1. Blue Nile (Ethiopian) 
In the mood for Ethiopian food? Head to Blue Nile in Toronto’s east end. Order one of their famous beef dishes like the Zilzil Tibis or the Alicha Wat, or opt for a vegetarian classic like the Nile Vegetarian Platter filled with chickpeas, lentils, split peas, cabbage and vegetables. Blue Nile is perfect for anyone living a plant-based lifestyle, as they also have lots of vegetarian options to choose from! Don’t forget to check out their list of craft beers and ciders on draft- the perfect addition to your Ethiopian meal!
 
2. Rosewood (Chinese)
Located in the heart of Chinatown in downtown Toronto, Rosewood is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic Chinese cuisine. They serve all-day dim sum, along with classics like wonton soup, custard buns, crispy shrimp rolls, fried rice and noodles, and so much more. Their food is always fresh and delicious, and on the weekends, you can expect a bustling atmosphere full of hungry restaurant-goers.
 
3. Parallel (Middle Eastern) 
Parallel is a family-run business serving up creative Middle Eastern dishes, and it’s an absolute must-visit! Known for their house-made sesame butter, they also offer brunch, lunch and dinner menus full of fabulous Middle Eastern food. For brunch, you can enjoy dishes like shakshuka Florentine, Parallel French toast and truffle hummus, and for dinner you can fill up on eggplant carpaccio, mushroom mix on crispy za’atar pizza, and their famous Parallel salad. Make sure to check out their house cocktails for unique and tasty concoctions.
 
4. Oddseoul (Korean)
The perfect combination of Korean small plates and imaginative cocktails, Oddseoul is a late-night eatery on Ossington. Open from 6 pm to 2 am every day (except Sunday), if you’re looking for a hip spot with a chill vibe, Oddseoul is for you. The menu is packed with boldly flavoured sharing plates perfect for a date night or a night out with friends. A few must-try dishes are The Loosey, a mini-burger made with beef brisket, kimchi and Hollandaise, the tempura prawns with spicy mayo and the squash poutine topped with kimchi, curds and gravy.
 
5. Feast of Dilli (Indian)
A tasty Indian spot in the heart of Etobicoke, Feast of Dilli will satisfy all your Indian food cravings. Inside is a relaxed atmosphere where you can order the classics like biryani, tandoori appetizers, and vegetarian dishes including Chana Masala and Saag Paneer. And of course, they recommend ordering their oven-baked onion naan or classic Plain naan to accompany your dishes. If you have room for dessert, make sure to order the Gulab Jamon- an order of two deep fried balls of flour, milk, butter and cream soaked in rose-water scented syrup. 
 
If you’re looking for the best ethnic restaurants to check out this winter, these 5 spots will not disappoint!