In India's north, Tibetan influence is everywhere—most prevalent in Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama himself resides (when he's not jetting about the world, that is). Armed with pins proclaiming "I heart momos," my friend and I would relentlessly gobble down Tibetan eats: momos, thenthuk, tingmo, yak cheese, yak butter tea—the list goes on.
In Toronto, it's oh-so-trendy to chomp on tacos, ramen and food truck grub, but Tibetan food remains under the radar. Parkdale is the heart of the Tibetan community, and is where to head when winter's chill begs for a bowl of thenthuk, rife with veggies and hand-pulled noodles. Restaurants including Tibet Kitchen, Le Tibet and Shangri–La all offer hearty eats that please both the stomach and the pocketbook and will see you eager to return. Just be careful with the hot sauce.