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Food & Drink > Croissant Time French Bakery and Fine Foods

Croissant Time French Bakery and Fine Foods

I have a 'thing'--well a few things--when it comes to restaurants such as I like a scoop of vanilla ice cream after spicy foods or if I find a restaurant I like I will continue going even if, for whatever reasons, something goes wrong ONCE, twice I won't go back. I, also, will tell an owner or manager, in a place I am familiar with what went wrong and in many cases, they want to pick up the check or take the item off the menu but I won't allow it if I ate the food or accidents--like a drink spilled on clothes--didn't happen. Just as an aside: if anyone went out of their way I will also tell the manager/owner that as they like to hear the good things along with the bad especially they usually get a lot more of the latter. Okay, what's this all about? After eating at Fat Boyz BBQ I wanted something sweet, preferably ice cream. By the way, the last 4 restaurants we ate in the area didn't have ice cream(!) and between where we were and the Broward Performing Arts Center except for a DD and Baskin Robbins store there isn't an 'ice cream' store unless you want to fight the hassle of going, parking and enjoying Kilwin's before going to the theatre and even at the BPAC they serve all kinds of snacks in lobby but no ice cream! We decided to go to Croissant Time though it isn't the easiest place to get to from the BBQ restaurant. Walking in the center part of the store you can be overwhelmed by the sights of French pastry in all sizes, colors and aromas but to the left is a small ice cream section. Allen headed to the pastries and I headed for the ice creams. It turned out there were 6 flavors of sorbet (makes sense in a French place) and 2 ice creams. The ice cream choice was easy for me as 1 was coffee and as much coffee every day I don't like coffee ice cream. As it is I don't even remember the flavor though looking at the picture I want to say that is butter pecan under the wild black currant sorbet. Allen had 2 pastries with his sorbet. Two things made my order a disaster! The first was how hard the ice cream and sorbet was and I mean HARD!! I seriously thought the poor guy scooping it out would not only break the scoop but his wrist also. It was understandable that the scoops were very small but the butter pecan was like ice--not ice cream--and the sorbet was gritty. I will definitely go back to Croissant Time but will stay in the center of the store!

posted on Apr 30, 2019 3:23 PM ()


Ouch, having worked at Isaly's I hate scooping hard ice cream. It does hurt your wrist.
comment by drmaus on May 1, 2019 10:56 AM ()
I've worked in a lot of places that served ice cre3am and the server scooped it--I don't recall any as hard as this.
reply by greatmartin on May 1, 2019 6:45 PM ()
Isn't there some ideal temperature that ice cream (and sorbet) is supposed to be held at to keep it scoopable? Maybe it's more challenging for sorbets because they don't have cream in them.
comment by traveltales on Apr 30, 2019 5:39 PM ()
Any temperature but hard or needing an icepick to eat it--in other words I don't know!
reply by greatmartin on Apr 30, 2019 6:13 PM ()
I would never think of going to such a place for ice cream. And anything with a phrase such as "fine foods" in the name means prepare to empty your wallet. We have a place in town called "good Cheap Food". It's something like a health food store and I wouldn't spend a dime on anything in the place. I don't mind paying what a product is worth, but I won't go to an over-priced place just to tell any spectator that "yes, I have the money to eat here". All that aside, the only reason why I wouldn't go back to a place (aside from to dirty or something) is if the food sucks. And if I find a new favorite food I'll be there every week.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 30, 2019 4:19 PM ()
Except for the ice cream/sorbet their pastries are FATTENING!! Another word for good!
reply by greatmartin on Apr 30, 2019 5:04 PM ()
I'm a big fan of eating out! I'm so snooty that even "atmosphere" determines whether I'll go back!
comment by jerms on Apr 30, 2019 4:07 PM ()
Atmosphere can make or break a place!
reply by greatmartin on Apr 30, 2019 5:05 PM ()

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