Monday, November 1, 2010

CIA gastro getaway

Hope you had a terrific Halloween! I spent mine still aglow from last week's CIA encounter - not the CIA with spies, but the nicer Culinary Institute of America (Anthony Bourdain's alma mater).

You can dig into goodies at five award-winning, student-run restaurants. We tried Caterina de' Medici, above. The prosciutto & warm robiola, oxtail with romanesco, and tiramisu were heavenly.

And the restaurant's yellow villa is straight out of an Italian town!

You'll also appreciate the bucolic setting in Hudson Valley, NY. :)
~ Wishing you a delicious week! ~

P.S. The CIA offers popular culinary boot camps - wouldn't it be great to say you went to "CIA boot camp"?

46 comments:

justine said...

this all looks soooo good, what a wonderful way to spend an evening, very jealous!

Fräulein Klein said...

mmh, it looks so delicious!!!!!
Have a wonderful new week,
Yvonne

K and S said...

fun and delicious way to spend your evening :)

Lady Grey said...

I am incredibly jealous!
oxo

The Breakfast Lover said...

Wow wow wow! this food lools lovely and the place too!

Signe said...

So sooo jealous! I would not mind that cheese and fichus platter right now :)

Hugs,
Signe

Brandi said...

I would love to do one of their boot camps! Maybe when I get back to the East Coast permanently -- I don't think the school is too far from where I'll be living. This place is stunning. I certainly wouldn't mind spending time there, especially if I'm being fed delicious foods.

Silver Strands said...

Oh my word Jude! SO classy! And yes ... Sign me up for CIA Boot Camp!
Xoxoxoox
Denalee

Isabel said...

sounds delicious! i wish i had the chance to attend such an event :)

Meghan said...

yum!! CIA boot camp sounds fun! Hope you have a great rest-of-week!

kirstyb said...

yummy x

Rosie said...

This looks soooo delicious! CIA boot camp - what a great name! That alone is worth participating! :-))) Although I'm rather at the eating end of the process ;-)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow, what an amazing culinary experience and the Hudson valley is gorgeous. Lucky lucky!

elra said...

I think I'd go to CIA boot camp. Thanks for the link.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I was looking for fresh figs this weekend, darn that first photo looks good. The Hudson Valley sounds so divine to me, would really like to visit there. My daughter would absolutely love to go to one of those boot camps. She loves everything about food, cooking it and eating it and talking about it etc...

Torie Jayne said...

All looks and sounds so wonderful! Have a sweet day!

Angie Willis said...

My goodness, that made my mouth water! Cheese & figs - heaven on a plate :-)

Kristin said...

Ohhhh, that sounds like a fabulous and delicious time!

Dancing Branflake said...

Amazing! All the food looks and sounds amazing. I would love to do something like that someday. Actually, I'd love to do everything you do someday. You live a fabulous life!

Annie said...

awwww you went to the CIA!! I'm dying to try it.. My husband went to college right near there (Marist) and has been and really liked it. Isn't the Hudson Valley just soo beautiful? I love that you went there!!

Melissa Blake said...

I am jealous too!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Wonderful Jude!
Food presentation is an art form indeed!

lisa said...

Oh, what a delight this must have been. These photographs capture it beautifully, make me want to be there, and of course make mer VERY hungry. A CIA Bootcamp. So neat!!!

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Oh my! You made me slightly jealous that looks fabulous!!! mmmmmm. I have been to the one in the Hudson Valley, but only for lunch! The cheese plate is to die for!!!
Have a wonderful Monday Jude:)

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

Looks sooo good!

Stacey said...

OK., so of course my eyes zoomed right into these words, "oxtail with romanesco, and tiramisu were heavenly" I am just licking my lips in anticipation of the taste of the oxtail followed by the smooth texture of that tiramisu. Yum! Sounds like someone is having lots of fun, and eating great too!:-). Miss u! XX

Rowena... said...

Oooh...lucky lucky you! I am actually trying to get through Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential - in italian - but when I get to the parts where he swears, I'm laughing like a goon and can't go on reading because it just sounds so much more baaaaad in italiano!

heather yalin said...

OOOH That photo of the figs and cheese just looks divine!!!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I've always wanted to go there! I was actually going to head there for my anniversary back in Sept but couldn't find a decent place to stay. We can't really do B+Bs because J is allergic to most pets. Anyway, this looks spectacular and now I really must go! Hope u had a fabulous weekend, sweetie. And Happy Monday! xoxo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, what beautiful landscape, Jude. Have a wonderful start to the month of November! xxxx

Claire Kiefer said...

Unbelievable! What a delightful experience. My dad is a chef, and he's coming to Napa for a culinary conference in November, so my roommate and I are driving up there to go wine tasting and enjoy a delicious chef-cooked dinner! I'm so excited . . . about the wine, the food, and seeing my daddy! xoxo

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Yum! A "gastro getaway" sounds divine right about now. Have a lovely week!

BenchesandChandeliers said...

yum.... all that cheese looks lovely!

http://www.benchesandchandeliers.com

Jude said...

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!
@Annie, that is so cool your husband went to Marist - the setting is so amazing!
@Jeanette, I'm sure your daughter would have the time of her life! :)
@Tiffany, aw, that is so sweet of you!
@Stacey, such a lovely surprise! Miss you too! :)
@Dawn, oh no, that's too bad about J's allergies (true, the whole region is just b&b's!) - I hope you make it up there, perhaps a daytrip from NYC!

Style, She Wrote said...

Oh my! Everything looks delicious! Maybe I should take some classes!

Amber Blue Bird said...

now that looks like an event I could gain an extra 10 pounds at and not even care

Becca. said...

your posts always make me really hungry!!

glad you enjoyed reading the tips!

Thankyou for the comment on my blog:)
XOXO, BECCA
www.fashion-train.co.uk

Punctuation Mark said...

as i'm reading this i'm watching an episode of no reservations... what an amazing place!

Vinda Sonata said...

that's a really wonderful way to spend an evening.
anyway, those pictures are great as usual jude:)
i love blue cheese.

this free bird said...

My bf (the Chef) went to school there!! Let me tell you they turn out excellent chefs - I can verify this first hand!! He got a tick bite along the Hudson and got Lyme Disease. Not pretty - luckily they caught it in time or he would've been in big trouble (as would have his brain).

xoxo,
Carrie

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ahh, what a delicious way to pass an evening.The first image looks divine. I Adore figs! So glad to hear everyone was in good form.
Ah, and I love oxtail, too;-)

Diana Mieczan said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day..I love those photos:). I could use a bit of relaxing
Hugs and kisses my dear

If Jane said...

oh you've made me hungry for something amazing (sadly not much happening in my fridge right now...)

Bombay Beauty said...

this is such a great travel idea! all looks beautiful... will definitely file it away... xo bb

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

You have just made me insanely jealous!

Oh, My Darling said...

Sweet! What a cool experience!

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