In the last year, I’ve been trying many new things, which have been beneficial to me. For example, participating in this pageant and making the decision to go back to high school for an extra semester. While attending Parkdale Collegiate Institute, I met awesome people; both teachers and students, that only made my life better. Taking writer’s craft in the extra semester, I began to appreciate and enjoy writing and became a better writer. I’m so happy I went there.
My new friends and teachers introduced me to the Parkdale and Roncesvalles neighbourhood. I absolutely love learning new things and I am now familiar with new cultures and traditions. Everyone who knows me at Parkdale knows how excited I get when I hear momos; a traditional Tibetan bun filled with vegetables or meat or not filled at all.
Contradictory to what many believe about pageant girls and not eating, I enjoy eating. Here are some of my favourite restaurants in the Parkdale and Roncesvalles neighbourhood!
Om is known for its amazing $5 lunch special of rice, salad, your choice of a vegetable side dish, and your choice of meat dish. Om is comfortable and inviting as you also have the option to have a sit down meal. The staff are friendly and inviting. This was the first restaurant in Parkdale I have been to and it will always be in my heart.
#2: Tibet Kitchen – 1544 Queen Street West (416) 913 – 8726
When I think of Tibet Kitchen I immediately associate the place with their amazing 8 momos for $10. As previously mentioned, momos have become one of my favourite foods after stumbling around Parkdale. Tibet Kitchen is the “Home of the Momos” for this pageant girl! They also have amazing curries on their lunch menu. The staff are very polite and caring.
Hey! Meatball is a restaurant that really speaks to me about Roncesvalles Village’s welcoming neighbourhood. I adore Roncy because there are specialty meat and baked good shops, little boutiques, and cozy restaurants and cafes. This restaurant mainly features Italian food and homemade sodas, which are delicious. They have very friendly staff and they are not hesitant to explain their items on the menu. Hey! Meatball terrifically combines great food and drinks with a cozy and peaceful atmosphere making it a true Roncy hangout!
Barque is a smokehouse that is well-known in the Roncy community for its barbecue. Barque was featured on Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” and that does not surprise me. Something that I really enjoy which makes Barque so unique is upon arrival, you’re greeted by friendly staff who offer your choice of regular or sparkling water. While trying to make up your mind of what to order off their incredible menu spiced popcorn is in a bucket on your table and served alongside two sauces: smoked mustard and smoked ketchup. Barque is a one of my favourite gems in the Roncesvalles Village.
Hope you enjoyed reading this tasty post about why I love the Parkdale and Roncesvalles community. These are some the amazing communities that make Toronto such a diverse and city to live in! Oh and do not forget to cheer the Toronto Blue Jays on this season! #lovethisteam #gojaysgo