Lunch at The Culinary Institute of America.

Now, that summer has officially arrived, I have more time to do some exploring close to home. Today, after finishing up my classroom at school, I wasted no time and headed upstate to Poughkeepsie, New York. I had an appointment to get fitted for a bridesmaid dress for my cousin’s wedding, but I dragged my Mom along with me, and she suggested that we have lunch at The Culinary Institute of America. Even though she had been there before, I was excited to experience the school for the first time. Immediately, it exceeded my expectations. Just an hour and a half north of New York City, the campus, which is set on the Hudson River, feels a million miles away.

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“Vietnam can hold you like a smell does.”

The other night I was watching television and No Reservations came on. To my pleasant surprise, Bourdain was in Vietnam! I know that I was just there this past summer, but like Graham Greene says,”Vietnam can hold you like a smell does.” To me, this statement couldn’t be more true.

Saigon.


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