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.

Eat Like the Locals: Toronto’s Secret Restaurants

By: Nina Asusa

Eat Like the Locals: Toronto’s Secret Restaurants

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Low-key spots in Toronto can be hard to come by, but with a city so rich in cuisine, it’s no surprise that some amazing restaurants fly under the radar. Toronto is known to have some of the best (and diverse) restaurants in the world, with bursts of flavour, unique interiors, and ambiances that make you want to return again and again. Whatever your taste buds crave, there’s something for you! But it’s the not-so-known restaurants that often make the biggest mark, and those are the ones worth a share. Read on to find out Toronto’s best secret restaurants.
Hidden through a back alley behind another building on King Street, you’ll find Caffino, a classy Italian restaurant nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In an old factory with two dining areas and a patio, order Italian favourites such as veal parmigiana, caprese salad or one of their succulent pizza or pasta dishes.
Mira Restaurant
A Peruvian restaurant offering creative and contemporary flair on authentic dishes, Mira offers the freshest selection of seafood and meats turned into ceviches, tiraditos and anticuchos. Tucked away in an alley lined with lanterns, make your way to the unmarked door, where you’ll find a neon llama to lead you downstairs. Enjoy some delicious eats along with a drink from their Latin American-inspired cocktail list.
Big Crow
Hidden behind local favourite brunch spot, Rose and Sons, you’ll find Big Crow, a cabin-like patio serving up the best of BBQ. A casual spot with amazing food, enjoy dishes like baby back ribs and Australian rack of lamb at communal picnic tables. They also have a selection of draft and bottled beer, wine, and Southern-inspired cocktails.
The Empanada Company
If you’re a fan of empanadas, you’re going to love The Empanada Company offering empanadas stuffed with every filling you can imagine. Think: Curry coconut chicken, leek and prosciutto, bacon, smoked gouda and green apple, and the classic cheese (to name a few). You can also choose from a variety of doughs including whole wheat, corn meal and twelve grain pastries.
Bang Sue Bar
A floor above Khao San Road, one of Toronto’s most-loved Thai restaurants, you’ll find Bang Sue Bar, a next level snack bar by the same owners. Inspired by Bangkok’s night markets, you can munch on Thai share plates, cocktails and craft beers. With graffiti-covered walls and a bar framed with grass canopies, it’s a hidden gem you need to check out.
Likely the most secret of them all, Figures is a comic book-themed restaurant with a super secret entrance - you’ll have to find it before enjoying everything it has to offer! An upscale resto-lounge, Figures pays homage to everyone’s favourite superheroes and comics, while offering delicious plates like lobster ravioli, slow cooked oxtail and salmon poke with scallion flatbread. It’s definitely worth the search!
Itacate is a tiny Mexican restaurant located inside a butcher shop. Their menu is made up of mainly tacos and variations of tacos, and they don’t disappoint! You won’t find much seating in this hidden spot, but you will find the freshest ingredients and a super unique hidden space. They’re also open until 4 am on Friday and Saturday if you’re looking for late night eats!
If you want to eat like the locals in Toronto, try out these hidden gems around the city!