Thursday morning I was in shower by 5 a.m. (It helped that I went to bed at 8:15 the night before) and in the car a little before 6. The drive was easy and the foliage along the Taconic Parkway was GORGEOUS!
|Doesn't this just scream out "small"?|
The house is full of ostentatious details. Here's a glimpse of the marble foyer from the second floor overlook:
|Can't you just picture white parasols, blankets, and champagne behind me?|
After the Vanderbilts, I was on to the Culinary Institute of American for my lunch at the Caterina d'Medici restaurant. The campus itself is gorgeous and has lovely views of the Hudson River. My waiter was a little nervous. I think he wasn't quite sure what to do with one person at the table. The food was unbelievably good! To start, I had a vegetable tart with truffled ricotta that was melt in your mouth creamy and an amazing blend of flavors. I followed that with a pan-seared sea bass with potatoes, olives, and onions, and a little fried basil on top.
For dessert, I had a Cafe Italiano (coffee, brandy, whipped cream, and brown sugar. I have to figure out to make these, because I want one on cold winter nights!) and an Italian chocolate pudding with sea salt.
|Hehe, I took a bit before I took a picture|
After lunch, I drove to the FDR house. By then, my mom had arrived at the hotel, so I walked the grounds for a little bit and then went to meet her at the Holiday Inn.
|Me at FDR's house|
I'm very sad to tell you that I do not have pictures from the rest of our night. We drove to the Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company in Red Hook. This is a true small business. The owner raises the sheep, spins and dyes the yarn, and sells her product right there! I really wish I had gotten some pictures of the sheep and their very protective border collie. We got a tour of the workroom, where ALL of the cleaning, carding, spinning, and dyeing takes place. I came home with a skein of Icelandic Laceweight for a gift and the most obnoxiously colored pink sock yarn. My mom came away with some Icelandic Laceweight too to make a Tunisian crocheted wrap they had on display there.
After that, we went to bed so we would be ready for our classes in the morning!