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Isabelle et Vincent Bakery-Fairfield Ct. Fantastic

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stevel Feb 9, 2010 07:23 AM

I tried this bakery for the first time over Christmas. I can easily say this is the best bakery I've been to in Ct. for the last 20 years. I felt as though I was transported to Paris. They had no cakes ready when I got there, first thing in the morning. They are made fresh everyday. They asked me what I wanted and baked one fresh while I waited. There cookies and chocolate are awesome. This is the only bakery I will shop in from now on!

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    ipo RE: stevel Feb 9, 2010 02:17 PM

    Agreed - although I do find them to be a bit pricey I think it is worth it. Isabelle and Vincent are both extremely courteous, friendly and outgoing - the pastries and fresh and very good and the store itself is beautiful...

    My personal favorites are the eclairs and napoleon cakes.

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      Scotty100 RE: ipo Feb 9, 2010 02:55 PM

      +1...the napoleans are superb.

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        foleyd7 RE: ipo Feb 10, 2010 10:05 AM

        Best baugette around. I don't buy them anywhere else now.
        I tried their fruit tart this past summer and I liked Billy's much better. I thought the custard at I&V lacked a little flavor. Maybe just a bad day, but enough for me to not try it again.
        I haven't tried their chocolates or other desserts yet.... I usually rely on The Pantry for that.

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          plien69 RE: foleyd7 Feb 10, 2010 10:12 AM

          I've thought the same of their fruit tart. The fruits were beyond reproach, but the custard was, as you said, subtle. Perhaps a more European approach? I'll have to give Billy's tarts a try.

          As others said, the Napoleons are terrific. I find their chocolate croissants to be pretty good, though not spectacular.

          Of course, the baguettes are top shelf. I tried their olive baguette last weekend, and feared that it would be too salty, but it was not. It was a great baguette, and paired with a high quality olive oil, made for a sublime afternoon snack.

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            pain au chocolat RE: plien69 Feb 10, 2010 10:34 AM

            Another nod of agreement, they are wonderful. The macarons are pretty good too, only thing wasn't impressed with was their quiches but the baguettes and napoleans more than make up for it.

            Just wish it wasn't a 30 min drive......

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            Ima Foodie RE: foleyd7 Feb 11, 2010 05:07 AM

            try the chocolate/raspberry bombe - it's great. I like their fruit tarts more than Billy's, but I think it's because they have berry-only options whereas Billy's are all assorted fruits. The little cookies are buttery and delicious as well - I particularly like the chocolate ones shaped like pretzels - shortbread I think.

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          SeoulQueen RE: stevel Feb 13, 2010 08:27 PM

          Can't believe I didn't know about this place before - went for the first time a few weeks ago. Superb! The only other place I know of that says they are a French patisserie is Versailles in Greenwich which was more expensive and not nearly as good.

          I make it a point to stop by I/V on Friday nights to pick up desserts for the weekend.

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