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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/

selection of vegetables

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! 

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. 

Branche d’Olivier - Organic and natural shopping with a twist | Health

Branche d’Olivier – Organic and natural shopping with a twist

Healthy Groceries in Montreal

 

The world is changing. People are waking up to where their groceries and household goods are coming from, what goes into producing them and the impact they have on health, well being and the environment. Because of this, consumers are demanding more choice, which has led to a rise in alternative shopping experiences throughout Montreal.

Accessible and affordable to everyone

We recently checked out Branche d’Olivier and fell in love. Their belief is that organic and all-natural products should be accessible and affordable to everyone. As such, they offer a wide range of products to suit organic, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, fair trade and sustainable diets and lifestyles. 

A family-owned business

This family-owned and operated chain saw its first location open in 1992 by the Habib-Haidar family. They now have five locations across the city in Verdun, NDG, St Henri, the Plateau and Griffintown. The family came to Canada from Iraq in the 80’s and bring elements of their culture to their stores through wonderful products like Arabic coffee and mate tea.

Branche d’Olivier products

Branche d’Olivier locations carry a variety of grocery products like fresh produce, dry and canned goods, prepared foods, spices and more. You can also buy some items in bulk to cut down on product packaging, as well as household cleaning products, personal care items and a range of vitamins, supplements and other natural care products.

They really seem to promote a more aware lifestyle by stocking their shelves with items you won’t find in most grocery stores or pharmacies. It opens up a world of possibilities for people on restricted diets, with certain product sensitivities or who just want to be more conscious of what they’re consuming. The staff is also quite knowledgeable, so if you’re looking for something specific or even looking for help creating a new lifestyle or healthier habits for yourself, they can answer your questions and guide you towards products and ideas that will help you.

 

Want to check them out? See all current Branche d’Olivier locations. Happy shopping!