It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas: Celebrate with Good Eats!

Definitely one of the highlights of the Holiday Season is sharing delicious foods or enjoying a great meal with friends and family.

For this edition, Gen’s Delights has rounded up a short list of unique food items that would make great stocking stuffers as well as suggesting a few awesome restaurants in and around the city that serve amazing platters to share!

** Contest!  

Entry Rules:  Hit the Like and Share button at the bottom of the article and answer the following question:  “What is your Best Holiday Memory / Tradition?”

You could be a lucky winner of a copy of Passport Barista from Restomania or win a Discovery plater for two with wine at Restaurant Rouge Boeuf in Boucherville!


The Barista Passport by Resto Mania :

The release of the second edition of the amazingPassport Barista” will definitely warm your soul this winter.

Valid until October 31, 2019, for a fixed price of $40, you will get to savor 113 different coffees and cold brews in various coffee shops across Quebec.

The various partner establishments will offer you a hot or cold drink from a selection of their specialties. You will have the opportunity to try coffees, lattes, matcha, cappuccinos, chai, macchiatos, americanos, teas and many other gourmet beverages. For this second edition, Café Van Houtte is proud to be an official partner of the Barista Pass!

The passport makes a perfect holiday gift for coffee lovers or for those seeking to try out new locations.

Also as a bonus for Christmas, shipping is offered for free!

  1. Order your passport online
  2. Receive it by mail in less than a week
  3. Present your passport at the 113 different coffee shops across the province to redeem you fresh brew. ( Tips at you discretion )

For more information please visit:


Firebarns:  New Hot Sauces Gift sets: to add a bit of spice to your dinner parties!

Inspired by Southern Cajun cuisine, Firebarns is a locally made hot sauce brand with a variety of hot peppers.  The name “Firebarns” comes from Barney the English bulldog (whose adorable face adorns the front of all their fiery products) belonging to the co-owner of the company, François Ménard.  

The brands prides itself on offering a range of delectable flavors such as the incredibly popular sweet and spicy Texan BBQ, Tequila Lime,  Scotch Bonnet and Chipotle to name a few.

Expect a zesty taste of fresh habanero peppers that will put tingles in your mouth with a pleasant burning sensation. An excellent sauce family to spice up your gravy, flavor your meats or even to add to your specialty cocktails!

The bottles can be purchased individually online or in three packs in various IGA’s across the province. HINT:   The bottle make perfect stocking stuffers!

For more information and various recipe ideas please visit Firebarns website: HERE


Ennuis Rainbow Sparkling, Non – Alcoholic Wines!

If you wish to ring in the New Year in style with a liquor that is festive, inclusive and unique, consider adding the colorful ENNIUS RAINBOW collection to your bar lineup.

Made from Spanish grapes grown by the Copaboca Family Winery located in the natural reserve Vega del Duero-Riberas de Castronuno, Ennius Rainbow is a sparkling party wine that is a halal dealcoholized wine drink, in other words, it has 0,0% alcohol. The liquid sparkles in the sun with the addition of a secret candy powder that gives the drink its very distinguished and elusive swirling color.

Three flavors (Blue, Pink and Yellow) are currently available from Quebec’s exclusive distributor Mr. Dominic Papieau, who specializes in the distribution of dealcoholized wine from France and Spain.

  • Ennius Blue:  Organic Muscat from Rueda, Spain.

Bubbly and sweet Frizzante with citrus fruit and a nice acidity. Light and elegant it is easy to drink.

  • Ennuis Pink Organic Muscat from Rueda, Spain.

The base of this wine is the Spanish Moscato grape. The fresh, clear pink color offers up fruity aromas of red strawberries, berries and grapefruit.

  • Ennuis Golden Organic Sauvignon Blanc-Verdejo blend from Rueda, Spain.

Great freshness and acidity balanced with rich body and notes of Jasmine tea and white flowers and citrus.

For more information and to order bottles for your special events, please contact Mr Papieau

VSAQ Vins sans alcool au Québec

Sharing Plates for the Holidays: The best memories are always created around a table with those you love the most!

Have you ever been torn between a few scrumptious sounding dishes on the menu and wish you could try them all?  Discover the world of shared platters, tapas and full on feasts offered at these restaurants where sharing is actively embraced!

Bureau Bar & Tapas (1642 Notre-Dame O)

From the moment you step into this trendy Tapas Bar located in the heart of Griffintown, you will be charmed by the contemporary brick –walled interior lined with snug booths and detailed décor that is reminiscent of the 50’s …

Le Bureau, who is celebrating their 6th anniversary this year, is ideal for your 5-7 Happy Hours with friends, romantic date night or late night cravings. Renaud, the owner, Liam, the chef and Carlos, the barman proudly present their menu of privately imported wines, a range of draft beers and unique crafted cocktails which complement their tasty, affordable Mediterranean style tapas offerings that can be presented individually or on sharable platters.

I highly recommend their warm broccoli and pine nuts salad as well as their grilled calamari and sea food paella risotto that was filled with well-seasoned ingredients.

Comfy and intimate setting, affordable prices and amazing cocktails makes ‘the bureau’ an ideal after work destination .

LE BUREAU – 1642 Notre-Dame Ouest, MTL.

Le Shack du Pêcheur is a fish and fresh seafood restaurant located on Lionel-Daunais street in the heart of Boucherville. Another smaller restaurant by the same name and with an identical menu is located in LaPrairie.

Seated in a cozy little ‘shack’ booth, you will find on the menu a vast selection of fresh products, cooked in accordance with the authentic taste and fish recipes from around the world.

From crab claws, king prawns, crispy buffalo style jumbo shrimps, to a variety of fish and chips dishes, you are bound to find several menu items that will tantalize your every taste bud.

For avid seafood fans, I highly recommend the Seafood or Fishermen’s thermidor platter for two which is essentially a lobster served with a very generous portion of clams, mussels, shrimps, oysters and fried calamari. The towering platter amply feeds two or more diners and is quite visually striking!

Excellent themed décor, extremely fresh seafood and great menu variety makes The Shack one of the best seafood restaurants around town.

Le Shack du Pêcheur: 

1052 Rue Lionel-Daunais, Boucherville, QC


Rouge Boeuf

Come and experience a fantastic meal at this one-of-a-kind ‘Bring your Own Wine and Beer’ restaurant! With already 7 restaurant across the province of Quebec, the Rouge Bœuf family is in constant expansion.

The brand’s recipe for success lies on the principle of delivering a diversified, quality menu, a personalized and professional service, as well as a friendly atmosphere to all of their clients.

From fresh salmon, beef tartars, crispy fries, mouth melting calamari to delicious maple syrup glazed lamb and exotic wapiti meat, the restaurant offers its clients a diverse selection of gourmet foods that can be served individually, or on a sharable taster platter.

 The unique charm of this restaurant chain lies in the ability to savor a true gastronomic feast along with your own favorite wine or beer, without putting a severe dent in your wallet.

Rouge Boeuf  – Seven locations across Quebec



Entry Rules:  Hit the Like and Share button at the bottom of the article and answer the following question: 

What is your Best Holiday Memory / Tradition?”

You could be a lucky winner of a copy of Passport Barista from Restomania or win a Discovery plater for two with a bottle of wine at Restaurant Rouge Boeuf in Boucherville!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays !