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 of the Best Patios to Enjoy While You Can

By: Nina Asusa

5 of the Best Patios to Enjoy While You Can


Summer may be flying by, but it isn’t over yet! One of the best ways to take advantage of the warm weather is sitting out on a patio enjoying delicious food and drink. Whether it’s happy hour, dinner with friends, or a romantic night out with your significant other, patios are a great way to take in all summer has to offer. And we can’t forget to give a shout out to the Toronto Food Truck Festival that’s happening this weekend at Woodbine Park! From Friday to Monday, head over to experience tasty food vendors, live performances, eating challenges and more! Here are 5 of the best patios to enjoy while you can!
1. The Broadview Hotel, Toronto 
One of Toronto’s favourite terraces, the Broadview Hotel patio is as beautiful as it gets. Located on the seventh floor rooftop of the 127-year old heritage building, it offers stunning views of the Toronto skyline and the Don River. The expansive rooftop terrace is the ideal place to share drinks and bites with friends. They serve up cocktails, wines and beers, plus eats like avocado fries, spicy lettuce wraps and miso black cod. 
2. Merlot, Etobicoke 
Located in Etobicoke near the Kingsway, Merlot is a French bistro with a gorgeous 60-seat patio. Enjoy their patio menu, which includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees. Start with their Caesar salad or grilled calamari and choose from delicious dishes like smoked salmon on a French baguette, a duck salad, steak and frites, or a beef burger with swiss cheese. They also offer patio desserts, perfect to enjoy in the summer heat- a classic array or ice cream and sherbet, plus a refreshing summer coupe. 
3. Bellwoods Brewery, Toronto 
Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington has one of the most charming patios in Toronto. Surrounded by a white picket fence and filled with picnic tables and string lights, it’s one of the best spots to grab a beer this summer. Located close to Trinity Bellwoods Park, the brewery boasts an amazing list of craft beers, plus a tasty menu featuring dishes like a crispy cod sandwich, mushroom tagliatelle, a cold smoked fish plate and assorted cheeses. 
4. Aria Bistro and Lounge, Brampton 
If you’re looking for a more upscale patio, head to Aria Bistro and Lounge near downtown Brampton. Located at the beautiful historic house of Walter E. Calvert, the building has been modernly renovated but keepsits old charm. The ambiance of the restaurant is incredible, and it extends out to the patio, with comfortable seating where you can enjoy a glass of wine while you wait for your food. 
5. Eden Trattoria,South Etobicoke 
In the mood for Italian while sitting out on a gorgeous patio? Eden Trattoria is a casual Italian eatery offering an extensive menu, including pizza, pasta, salads, finger foods, paninis and more. Located near the Humber Bay Shores, it provides a beautiful view of the bay that you can enjoy with a glass of wine in hand. Head over for dinner or enjoy weekend brunch at this authentic Italian spot!
Summer isn’t over yet! Head to one of these 5 patios and enjoy drinks and bites on the patio while you still can!