Campbell's 2010 Western and Northeast Trip Journal travel blog

Kathleen's latest quilt after a wash.

Quilt view.

Kathleen's next to last project - Christmas placemat.

Placemat closeup.

Kathleen's latest project - Hollween treat bags.

CIA turkey sandwich.

CIA pressed chicken sandwich.

CIA pastries.

More pastries.

Kathleen's 'Marjolaine' Cake.

The CIA Apple Pie.

One thick slice of The CIA Apple Pie.

View of apple pie eating frenzy. : )

View of CIA cooks at Apple Pie Cafe.

CIA building.

Vanderbilt mansion along the Hudson River.

View of back of mansion.

View of Hudson River from mansion.

August 30 – Lunch and Tour at CIA; Visit to Vanderbilt Mansion

Another beautiful day in the Hudson River Valley. We made 15 pounds of dog food before heading for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

We lunched at the CIA Apple Pie Bakery Café. I had a roasted turkey, Gruyere cheese, cucumbers and chipotle mayonnaise on a brioche bun. Kathleen had a grilled chicken pressed sandwich served on a herb & garlic foccacia with sautéed broccoli rabe, feta cheese & basil-pine nut pesto. Yummmm.

It gets better. I had a really great, really deep piece of warm, thin sliced apple pie. See photo. Kathleen had a piece of ‘Marjolaine’ Cake with hazelnut daquoise, crisp hazelnut feuilletine, dark chocolate ganache, and milk glaze, and, topped with golden chocolate deco and a chocolate French macaroon. Bigger Yummm. : )

After we dined, we traveled 3 miles north to the other Vanderbilt mansion. This is the forth Vanderbilt mansion that we have visited – two recently in Newport and one in North Carolina, The Biltmore. They were all built by Vanderbilt brothers. The four brothers and their four sisters owned 46 mansions in various part of the US. The mansion on the Hudson was not as glitzy as the other three that we have toured.

We took part of the ranger-lead, mansion tour and then headed back to the CIA for our culinary tour.

Jose gave us a very good tour of the CIA. We could look through dozens of large windows to see the culinary and the baking/pastry students in their kitchen labs creating every kind of food imaginable. They get 2 hours of class and 6 hours of kitchen class each day. Two years of study is needed for an Associate Degree at $35,000 per year. A Bachelor’s Degree prepares the student to operate a restaurant and takes another 14 months.

Wikipedia Website for the Culinary Institute of America

Tomorrow, Tuesday, we head southwest to our campsite in Bowmansville where we will camp for a about a week.

Have a great week.

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