Whenever I’m fortunate enough to visit France, I always say “Bonjour!” to the boulangerie and “Oui oui oui!” to the pâtisserie. So…when a foodie friend recommended that I take the short ride up to Fairfield, Connecticut to sample the sweets at the widely acclaimed pâtisserie – Isabelle et Vincent – I made haste!
Having a fabulous French bakery nearby is a phenomenal entertaining resource. Isabelle et Vincent is widely regarded for elegant pastries, tempting cakes, artisanal breads and decadent homemade chocolate. The owners (Isabel and Vincent Koenig), came to America seven years ago with the goal of re-creating their popular Strasbourg, France pâtisserie. Judging by the many accolades they’ve received and the sights, smells and tastes that I experienced on my recent visit — I would say: Mission Accomplished! Cross the threshold of the unassuming bakery and you are immediately transported to France.
While the sweet confections (all baked from scratch on premises) do not disappoint…
I was wooed by the heavenly scent of fresh baked bread.
I brought home a baguette and whipped up this divine sandwich of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and Napa Valley olive oil — topped off with sea salt & fresh pepper. The baguette lent the perfect texture (slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside) and earthy taste. Très magnifique!
The days leading up to Easter are a wonderful time to visit Isabel et Vincent, as the bakery features a wide range of charming , hand- crafted chocolate bunnies — again, all made in house.
And with that, I am leaving you with a few photos from last year’s Easter celebration. We dusted off a childhood tradition of mine: a “Progressive” Easter Egg Hunt. The concept is that the thrill of an Easter Egg Hunt is fairly short lived, but if children can hunt for eggs at several nearby homes (shotgun start to begin the hunt at each home!), the excitement level kicks up a notch and the fun gets extended. Each host hides different types of prizes in their eggs (matchbox cars, figurines, jewelry, candy, etc) and each home puts out a small spread for spectators. Outdoor entertaining at its easiest — simply add coffee and donuts. And, don’t forget to hide a few prized “golden eggs” filled with $1 bills!
“Joyeux Printemps!” and “Happy Easter” to those who celebrate.
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