The only eating competition that I ever won was a pie eating contest. I lost the oyster and the hot dog eating ones, but I am a pie-eating champion. Did you know that today (December 1, 2022) is National Pie Day?

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Technically there are three National Pie Days - January 23, March 14, and December 1, but I can't wait until the end of January 2023 to tell you about the most delicious pie that I've ever had.

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Sweet William's Coffee Shop & Bakery is located at 17 Main Street in Salisbury, Connecticut. My wife brought home three for us to sample on Thanksgiving, a classic Pumpkin Pie, a Peach Blueberry Crumb Pie, and another holiday classic - Pecan Pie.

All were outstanding, but Sweet William's Pecan Pie is perfection. The flaky crust, the pecans, the sweet molasses filling, everything was superior. The first bite was such a sensory overload. The last time a local product did this to my taste buds was the Toffee Assortment from Bridgewater Chocolate. I find it's rare for a locally-made food product to exceed my expectations, not at Sweet William's. I can't wait to try their Cherry Crumb Pie.

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My other suggestion for some of the best pies that I've ever had locally? Ovens of France in Woodbury. Try anything that they make, especially their fresh croissants, and their incredible Fresh Fruit Tart.

And while we're walking down memory lane thinking about the great pie loves of our life, who remembers the Pie Plate in Waterbury? What I would give for one of their pumpkin pies right now.

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