Delivery and Take-out Options in LaSalle, Montreal.

Feature on BDR; A great option for delivery and take-out in Lasalle.

Over the last two months, life as we know it has changed in ways that we could have never imagined before. As the weeks go by, many of us are starting to miss our old habits and the simple joys of life like shopping or going out to our favourite restaurant.

With dining rooms being currently closed due to COVID-19, our eating-out options have become increasingly limited. Luckily, however, many restaurants remain open for delivery and take-out allowing us to continue to enjoy their delicious food from the comforts of our own homes.

If you happen to live in Lasalle or the surrounding areas, a place you might want to discover is Brasserie des Rapides, a family-run restaurant opened since 1990.

For many fellow locals, BDR as you can often hear it being called is practically a landmark in the Lasalle community. Managed by two brothers along with their mother Mama Maria, who’s been cooking in the kitchen ever since it opened offers a sense of family that is unlikely to be found anywhere else.

BDR is currently opened and proposes delivery as well as take-out every day of the week from 11 am to 9 pm. Their delivery zones cover all postal codes starting with H8N, H8R, H8P and H4H.

At this point, you are probably wondering what kind of food BDR offers? Let me start by telling you that your options are far from limited. Think homemade pizzas, marinated chicken wings, juicy burgers, cheesy mac n’ cheese, poutines and so much more!

And if comfort food is not your go-to when ordering out don’t worry! BDR offers many home-style meals like Mama Maria’s lasagna, rotisserie chicken, seafood dishes and BBQ ribs to name a few. Additionally, unlike what most people would think, they also have a few vegetarian options and can accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets as well.

Throughout the week, BDR offers different specials you can enjoy. For example on Mondays, you can order one of their tasty burgers served with fresh hand-cut fries and coleslaw for only 9.95$ and on Tuesdays, you can enjoy 2 for 22$ on some of their pasta. Yet still to this day, one of the fan favourites specials has proven to be on Wednesdays, where you can order chicken wings at only 0.70$ each. Last but not least, if you have a family at home you might not want to miss their Thursday special where you can save 15% off all their jumbo size pizzas!

The best way to order from BDR is by simply calling them up by phone or ordering through their online platform at https://brasseriedesrapides.com/delivery/. If it’s your first time ordering from their website, you can save 10% off your order with their coupon code BDR10. You can also find them on Skip the Dishes, however, keep in mind that additional delivery charges are likely to apply.

Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, BDR managed to stay true to its core values and has been actively giving back to the community. Up until now, they donated more than 100 meals to the Lasalle Hospital as well as raised money for the hospital’s foundation by donating 15% of an entire day’s worth of sales. They also donated an additional 100 meals to the Nazareth & Anne’s house, a non-profit organization that helps men and women who struggle with homelessness, mental issues and drug addictions. 

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Overall BDR proposes many reasons to give them a try. Great menu options, affordable prices, weekly specials and accessible delivery are amongst a few of them. Not to mention their sense of family, their active role in the community and the simple fact of being long-lasting restaurant for now over 30 years.

 

Farms offering online deliveries in Montreal and surrounding areas

Farms Around Montreal Delivering Produce Online

How to buy food from farms around Montreal?

It is a great alternative than having to wait in line at the grocery store and also a proactive way to not only support your local businesses but also making a conscious effort to socially distancing yourself. Ordering from these farms not only assures you the freshness of the products but also the type of quality you’d expect from one. Different farms specialize in different products so pick one that aligns with your diet choices!


Here is a list of Farms offering online deliveries in Montreal and surrounding areas: 

1. Fermes Valens

Fermes Valens is a farm that started in 1965 and was passed down from generation to generation. They really pride themselves on living a healthy lifestyle which is reflective of the goods they sell. The farm produces a lot of biological and gluten-free options from, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken eggs and gluten-free pasta for example. They have a wide selection of different foods and also has convenient ready to eat options but unfortunately, they do not have fresh fruit or vegetable available at this time. Fermes Valens also has a delivery schedule for Montreal and its surrounding areas but be sure to click their ‘delivery’ tab to make sure they deliver to your area!

If you want to find out more check them out at https://www.fermesvalens.com/

Vegetables and Groceries in a bag on a table

2. Potager Mont-Rouge

Potager Mont-Rouge is a family-run farm that really focuses on what is currently in season so you can get the freshest and tastiest produce. However, the opposite of Fermes Valens, Potager-Mount Rouge has a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables but does not have a meat selection. They do however have a great weekly selection in which some specified items go on sale and would be wise to take advantage of this when possible. They also offer a weekly themed basket of fruits and vegetables which can also be an interesting choice! Mont-Rouge, unfortunately, does not deliver to Montreal so be wary.

Check them out: https://www.potagermont-rouge.ca/

strawberries in their baskets in a market

3. Le Panier Bleu

To put it simply Le Panier Blue is an initiative from the Quebec government to get us to buy our products locally. Le Panier Bleu actually doesn’t sell anything specific (right now) rather they are a medium in which you can look up what you are looking for and will point you to multiple Quebecois online stores to purchase from. This way, it creates a hub of completely local businesses that when you purchase something you can be sure your money goes to our local entrepreneurs. This list also includes multiple farmers around the region which by putting your address in, you can see the different farms that can deliver to you. Le Panier Bleu really stresses the importance of preemptively reinvesting into our economy to help Quebec’s people and economy get through this, which we think is a great idea. The site is still in its early phases as it plans to expand to be able to directly buy from the site itself so make sure to stay updated, we know we will!

You can find more info at https://lepanierbleu.ca/

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4. Jardin Des Anges

  1. Jardin des Anges is another farm focused on selling and providing organic produce. What is particularly awesome about the farm is that they not only sell their own produce but help support smaller local farmers by selling their farm’s specialties on their site. They also have some different items week per week depending on what’s in season. This farm has the widest variety of products available compared to the rest of the farms on our list. It provides a healthy choice of vegetables, meats, fruits and also has other complimentary products. The site itself is easily navigatable and what we enjoy is that there are filters in which you can easily identify if a product is from their garden, from Quebec, imported or a  Canadian product so you always know where your money is going.

The farm delivers to Montreal and its surrounding areas but be sure to check to see if they can deliver to your specified address first!

Visit them at https://www.jardindesanges.com/en/

 

Pro tip: Check out our “The 5 best online cooking classes you can take in 2020”

 article to find ways to best use your fresh new produce!

This Montreal Startup is Ending Food Waste & Saving You Money

 

Did you know that ⅓ of all the food produced around the world ends up going to waste?

 

Waste happens at many points along the way, from the farm all the way to our homes, and it’s one of the largest contributors to climate change. That impact is due to a number of factors. There’s the water, fertilizers, land and other resources used to produce food. Then there are all the fossil fuels used to harvest, transport and store food. Finally, there’s the food itself, which produces harmful methane gas when it ends up in landfill conditions.

 

That’s right… when food gets thrown in the garbage, it doesn’t just quickly decompose. A landfill isn’t the same environment as compost. Landfills are usually oxygen deprived, which slows down decomposition. Food can sometimes take decades to break down, and is giving off greenhouse gases for that entire time.

FoodHero application with IGA open

Source: https://foodhero.com/

What’s the solution? For one, we all need to get better at only buying what we need, and using up what we buy.

 

But there’s more to it, and that’s where companies like FoodHero come in.

 

What is FoodHero? FoodHero is an exciting new startup based in Montreal that’s partnering with local grocery stores to put a big dent in food waste.

 

Here’s the thing: grocery stores often have surplus food. Sometimes an item is over-ordered, doesn’t sell as quickly as anticipated, isn’t as popular as it was expected to be, or even things like bad weather can come into play, where people choose to stay in and order delivery rather than head to the stores.

 

The result is too much fresh, high quality food to sell in a reasonable time. Stores will often mark these items down for quick sale, but that relies on people actually coming into the store to see the sale.

 

FoodHero has created an app that lets stores publish these quick sale items to the FoodHero community (all the consumers who have downloaded the app). As a consumer, you can search all the deals in your area, focus on your preferred store, or even shop by dietary concern. You order the items you want directly within the app, then go to the store to pick up your items, which will already be packed up for you and ready to go.

 

It’s a really great initiative because once items pass their best before or sell by dates, grocery stores don’t have much choice but to throw them out. Most grocery stores do work really hard to limit in-store waste (after all, it is money in the garbage too), but not all waste is avoidable.

 

With apps like FoodHero, stores can recoup a bit of that lost profit by selling their surplus at reduced prices and, for consumers, there’s a lot of money to be saved on perfectly good grocery items. With recent reports suggesting Canadians could be spending nearly $500 more on groceries in 2020, now is as good a time as any to start looking at ways to cut your grocery bill.

 

Many IGA locations in Montreal and around Quebec are already offering FoodHero in their stores, as well as a few Metro locations that recently joined the effort. The FoodHero folks have also said that more grocery store partnerships will be launching in the very near future.

 

Where can you find and download FoodHero?

FoodHero is available for iOS and Android. If you want to check it out, you can download the app at https://foodhero.com/ or search for FoodHero in the App Store or Play Store.

Bon appetit! 

Top 5 Winter Canadian Foods You Must Try

 

Everyone has a favourite thing about winter. Even if your favourite thing is when it ends. But, even if the leaving of winter is what sparks joy in your heart, chances are you have another favourite part of winter… comfort food!

 

Warm, fragrant, comforting dishes, often with crispy golden crusts, melty cheese, aromatic spices, or sticky sweetness are one of the best parts of winter. Even better if you can enjoy it with people you love, or snuggled up on the couch with cozy socks and a whole lot of Netflix.

Here are the best Canadian Comfort Food Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

So without further ado, here are 5 foods to eat in a Canadian winter that’ll warm your heart, comfort your soul, or even bring loved ones together:

 

  • Swedish meatballs

    Swedish Meatballs

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    Winters are typically cold, dry and dark in Sweden, but the Swedes are known for embracing the season by enjoying outdoor activities, chilly walks, and even commuting by bike year round. There is even a Swedish saying that “there is no bad weather, there are only bad clothes.” So they bundle up and head outdoors! But, they also fully embrace the coziness of being indoors on a frosty evening. While this is obviously not a Canadian dish, it’s one Canadians should really embrace… beyond the infinite walls of Ikea.

    Swedish meatballs are hearty, comforting and even a bit festive with a hint of allspice and nutmeg. Paired with a dollop of leftover cranberry sauce, it almost feels like Christmas dinner.

    The Recipe Critic has a fantastic, heartwarming recipe for Swedish meatballs. Although making meatballs from scratch instead of using frozen can be time consuming, these are totally worth it. You can even make them in large batches and freeze, then make the gravy on the day you plan to serve them.

    If you want to make a vegetarian (though not vegan) version, add a pinch of allspice to cooked or canned lentils, then make just the gravy for the meatballs and add in the lentils. Add a diced carrot and a few handfuls of fresh or frozen kale, simmer slowly until carrots are tender and serve over creamy mashed potatoes. Yum!


  • Butter tarts

    These classic Canadian cups of decadence are to die for with a cup of coffee or milky tea, or dare we say… a little spiced nog? Despite the name, they don’t have a whole lot of butter in the tart filling (plenty in the pastry though), but they do have a buttery, caramel-y yumminess that just seems to melt in your mouth.

    Adding chopped pecans to the filling is AMAZING. Raisins are optional, and if pecans are too pricey, chopped walnuts are great as well. Some recipes suggest chocolate chips, but as far as we’re concerned, that’s a big no-no. It just makes them overly sweet. So, if nut allergies are a concern, just leave out the nuts altogether. Sans nuts they’re still delicious and if you aren’t used to that nutty flavour, you probably won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

    The Food Network has a great roundup of 26 butter tart recipes with a few unique takes including butter tart squares, pinwheels, cheesecake (totally non-traditional, but very yum), bacon butter tarts (intriguing) and more.

    butter tart

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  • French Canadian baked beans

    Not to be confused with Boston baked beans! Which are also good, but nothing beats slow cooked baked beans flavoured with maple syrup, thick sliced bacon (or not, for a veg version), molasses and brown sugar. Even better, beans are insanely nutritious, wallet-friendly, and as a cultivated crop they have a pretty low carbon footprint. What’s not to love?

    Traditionally, baked beans were simmered with chunks of fatty, salted pork to add flavour and much needed calories in those early days of our country’s colonization when food was about survival. Today, you can skip the pork without skipping on flavour. Just be sure to keep the maple syrup and molasses to get that hearty flavour unique to the French Canadian style of baked beans.

    Now, if you’ve had canned baked beans and you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal?” Well, trust us when we say they just don’t hold a slow cooking candle to homemade!

    This is a great recipe to try that includes a dash of worcestershire sauce to give a delicious depth of flavour. These are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, are amazing as a side to fried eggs, baked ham, tourtiere or even sauteed greens. They reheat amazingly and even freeze well. Enjoy!

    Baked Beans in Canada

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  • Beaver Tails

    Beaver Tails

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     This is the quintessential treat to eat outdoors (always outdoors!) during Canadian winters. If you’ve never had one, what it is is fried dough (roughly in the shape of a beaver’s tail) that’s been dipped in cinnamon sugar. Kind of like a fresh, flat doughnut, Beaver Tails have a crispy outside with a soft, doughy inside. Although they are fried, because they’re fried at a high heat, they aren’t super greasy. Instead, the light frying melts with the cinnamon sugar when you bite into it for pure deliciousness. But it’s not all crispy fried dough and sugary yums. Beaver Tails are classically made with whole wheat flour. So.. you know… fibre!

    There are now several permanent Beaver Tail kiosks around Montreal, but the very best are the pop up stands and food trucks you’ll often find around winter carnivals and skating rinks. On a crisp, cool afternoon, nothing beats grabbing a Beaver Tail along de la Commune in the Old Port and taking a tasty stroll through the old city. For a truly Canadian experience, grab your skates (or rent when you get there) and take yourself to Ottawa to skate along the Rideau while enjoying your Beaver Tail.

    Although getting Beaver Tails to-go is the classic way to enjoy them, if you have a deep fryer at home, you can also try making them yourself!

 


  • Indigenous Foods


    No winter table in Canada should be considered complete without honouring the indigenous people of this land who have known for thousands of years how to thrive during our harsh winters. Indigenous recipes have slowly been working their way into the mainstream spotlight and there is so much deliciousness and powerful history to discover within them.

    From caribou stew and bannock, to three sisters soup and wild rice with mushrooms, winter can be filled with warmth, comfort and discovery.

    Check out these recipes from the CBC for salmon with garlic and sage, wild rice stuffing, and apple, cranberry and wild sage crisp. Make a hearty three sisters soup and share the beautiful story and message of growing together with your family. Or try wild blueberry scones and invite a few close friends for coffee and a catch up.

     


What’s your favourite typically Canadian dish for winter? Please share it in the comments! Recipes are more than welcome ;-)

Looking to go to the outdoors this winter, make sure to check out Best winter shoes brands in Canada and the best winter jackets to keep you warm in a Canadian Winter.

Also here is some general advice on how to dress for winters in Canada.

Sho-Dan is Showing Up for Montrealers! | Montreal Tips Community

Sho-Dan sushi restaurant has been a downtown favourite for locals, tourists and business travelers for many years. It’s upscale, but still inviting and has a great atmosphere for a fun night out or a romantic evening for two.

It’s vegetarian friendly, accommodates groups through private rooms, and the creative menu can only be described as a work of art. Delicious, delicious art.

 

Now this Montreal fixture is really stepping up for Montrealers by participating in two key events happening this Fall:

 

YES Montreal – Tune Into YES13

 

YES was founded in the mid-90’s in response to the flow of young, aspiring and English-speaking Quebecers leaving the province for better career and business opportunities. Their goal is to help English-speaking Quebecers find gainful employment in-province, build and expand meaningful careers, and even start or grow their own Quebec-based businesses.

 

Their annual Tune Into YES event is a benefit and silent auction to raise funds for this incredible nonprofit organization. The event is always a lot of fun and this year’s is looking especially exciting with live circus performances from the amazing Le Monastère, as well as complementary wine and beer, and delicious bites from local restaurants including Sho-Dan. Sho-Dan will be donating a selection of their famous and scrumptious dishes to the event to support the cause and make for a truly unforgettable evening.

 

MTLàTABLE – Local chef, local ingredients, local awesomeness

 

For the first time ever, Sho-Dan will be participating in the annual and eagerly awaited MTLàTABLE.

 

If you love food (who doesn’t?) you have to love MTLàTABLE. With 150 restaurants throughout the city participating, you can sample just about everything the city has to offer. Every participating restaurant offers a table d’hôte at a flat rate of $23, $33 or $43 (a select few have brunch offerings at $17). These are all high end restaurants where a typical evening out would cost much more, so the event offers a unique opportunity to sample the menus without breaking the bank.

Presse conference Montréal à Table.

Presse conference Montréal à Table.

Because of that, the event is extremely popular so reservations are a must.

 

This year, Sho-Dan is offering an impressive menu at just $33. The three course menu is built around local ingredients and features halibut marinated in maple syrup and miso, shrimp tempura with ginger and lime, gyoza (everyone’s favourite), salmon tartar with fruit, mochi ice cream and so much more.

 

Sho-Dan is located in the heart of Montreal’s downtown on Metcalfe between Sherbooke and de Maisonneuve.