Culinary Institute of Amazingness
When I told Gansie I was going on a work trip to Hyde Park, NY (home of FDR) she immediately screamed,
OMG that’s where the Culinary Institute of America is!! You have to eat there!
Luckily, the client had the same idea and made reservations at the Institute’s St. Andrew’s Cafe.
When we were driving to the restaurant, it felt like we were at a normal college campus, except all of the students were walking around in chef outfits. And the campus is gorgeous with one building that looks like an Italian villa. There are 6 total restaurant on campus, but I was pretty stoked about the one we went to because it had blooming tomato plants and herb gardens growing around the entrance.
The food was absolutely amazing! I ordered the Pan Seared Salmon (medium) with Saffron Pasta and Tomato Broth, Haricots Verts, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives. The pasta was in large ribbons and literally was the best pasta I’ve ever had in my life (I mean I love saffron) and the salmon just melted in my mouth (is that weird?) Everything was seasoned to perfection. I literally don’t know how I managed to hold myself back from licking the plate (which I am prone to do). Well, I did use a piece of bread to basically wipe up every last morsel of deliciousness.
For those you who know me, it is no secret that I hate fruit. I am literally terrified by it (see comments here). But I went out on a HUGE limb for the dessert and ordered the Seasonal Fruit Crisp (the fruit being rhubarb). Now, I did this solely because the description said Cinnamon Almond Crust, Vanilla Gelato and Caramel Sauce. When it came out I was a little nervous about the fruit aspect, but I just took a deep breath and dove in with my spoon.
AND OMG! I LOVED IT!!
It was sour and sweet and tart and wonderful! So maybe I like rhubarb! But only doused in caramel and gelato.
Have y’all ever been to the CIA??? What was your experience like?