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Challah and brioche, where to get it FFD

nbermas Jun 17, 2008 05:34 PM

I want the real deal please!~

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  1. jfood RE: nbermas Jun 17, 2008 06:11 PM

    the two best breadmakers are

    Beldottis on Newfield in STM
    SONO Bake Shoppe

    Also NB, didn;t the bread lady from SONO move to the place at Bull's Head?

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    1. re: jfood
      nbermas RE: jfood Jun 18, 2008 09:43 AM

      Yes but honestly I haven't tried the bread yet, I always go to the shopping center for bagels not bread. I will try it sometime soon, thanks

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      luvarugula RE: nbermas Jun 18, 2008 07:03 AM

      jfood...thanks for letting us know about brioche at Beldottis. Is it really "the real deal"? The New Canaan farmer's market guy used to make it, but it was HORRIBLE. His olive and ciabatta loaves are far better. SONO doesn't have brioche on a regular basis, but you can call them to see if they've made any, or you can request it for a specific date.

      In a pinch, you can buy Balthazar Bakery Brioche at Whole Foods. I have, at times, actually gone down to Balthazar in SoHo just for a decent loaf of Brioche. That IS the real deal. I've bought the bagged brioche at WF and it's fine. Hope this helps.

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        nbermas RE: luvarugula Jun 18, 2008 09:46 AM

        luvarugula: I also tried the NC farmer's market bread and it wasn't good at all. defintely not enough butter, it wasn't yellow enough for a challah type bread.

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          jfood RE: luvarugula Jun 18, 2008 09:54 AM

          jfood is not recommending beldotti's for brioche, but breads, sorry for the confusion, but he has never had a brioche there.

          BTW - the guy at NC Farmers market is Beldotti's according to some research by Amanda on these boards.

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            amanda3571 RE: jfood Jun 18, 2008 10:18 AM

            Hello everyone :) I actually haven't seen if the NC market guy has challah or brioche - but his other breads are fabu.

            As an aside, there's been a lot of press about Wave Hill breads lately. I think they're located on 7 towards Wilton? I did see WF carrying their breads as well. Maybe it would be worth calling them to see if they make what you're looking for nbermas.

            1. re: amanda3571
              lattelover RE: amanda3571 Jun 18, 2008 12:40 PM

              Unless there were some recent changes, Wave Hill only makes one kind of bread (but they make that one very well.)

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                amanda3571 RE: lattelover Jun 18, 2008 12:51 PM

                Admittedly I've never had their bread. Just heard some good stuff.

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                  luvarugula RE: amanda3571 Jun 18, 2008 01:06 PM

                  Wave Hill has a permanent booth at the Westport farmer's market (Thursday's for sure). It's true that they only make one kind of bread, but they bake it in a variety of shapes, and it is really delicious. Baguettes, rounds and that "donut" shape, for those who like extra crust.

                  I just heard about that place in Fairfield, too. Here's the website:
                  I'm sure they will have brioche at some point...what's a French bakery without it?

                  1. re: luvarugula
                    suzyk RE: luvarugula Aug 19, 2008 06:10 PM

                    My family and I loved Isabelle et Vincent! We tried many items, including the Pain au Chocolat, homemade sorbets and ice creams and a wonderful specialty cake. I recommend you give them a try.

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          Ima Foodie RE: nbermas Jun 18, 2008 12:39 PM

          for brioche, you may want to call the new Isabel et Vincent in Fairfield. It's a french patisserie, so I would imagine they would have it. I plan to stop by there sometime soon but have not yet had an opportunity to go.

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            GoodFoodie RE: nbermas Aug 17, 2008 03:15 PM

            Judie's in New Haven. GREAT Challah and Brioche http://www.judies.net/ Am not a fan of their lunch, a bit overpriced. I wouldn't recommend Isabelle et Vincent in Fairfield. I went yesterday with high expectations and was quite underwhelmed; the Pain au Chocolate was dense, not flaky- tasted old, and the mixed fruit torte was light on the custard, and tasteless, chocolates are way overpriced.

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              KarenNYC RE: GoodFoodie Aug 17, 2008 03:25 PM

              are you asking about FFD or FFD County? I find a great brioche at Whole Foods (I know, I know) but Kneaded Bread in Port Chester also tends to make great breads - challah included.

              1. re: KarenNYC
                nbermas RE: KarenNYC Aug 17, 2009 04:14 PM

                I don't love Kneaded Bread challah very much, it is dry to me. But they have other great breads, thanks.

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              avasmom RE: nbermas Aug 17, 2009 05:59 PM

              Ross' Bread in Ridgefield. I haven't tried the brioche yet, but I love the challah and everything else. Make sure you call first before you go to see if what you want is available, I've been disappointed before when I get there too early (or too late and they're sold out of something I want.) . http://www.rossbread.com/Welcome.html

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                mcllmlathd RE: nbermas Aug 18, 2009 01:38 PM

                Beldottis make terrific brioche you just have to ask them....as for Challah Golds Deli in westport has it made for them, it usually comes in on Wednesday or Thursday

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