Posts Tagged ‘history’

Healthy Cooking at the Culinary Institute of America

October 3, 2010

In looking at my Blog photo you can see the Colivata restaurant at the CIA. This week I return to the campus to continue my culinary training and honing of skills. I’ll be taking Healthy Cooking class in the morning and business management class at night.

The day starts at 5:30am and then ends around 8pm. What’s nice is that my place of rest is the Journey Inn, located directly across from the Vanderbilt Estate. Journey Inn is run by two sisters, Diane and Michelle DiNapoli, who are two of the most wonderful people you would ever meet. The B&B is beautiful and the rooms are comfortable, nicely decorated and relaxing. Service is top notch and if you get the chance, have breakfast, their selections are the best way to start your day.

I did enjoy my day, and was able to get to see the Vanderbilt property, FDR’s home and Eleanor’s home after her husbands passing in April of 1945. I then went to the CIA campus and spent a few hours at the library doing some research on healthy cooking along with recipe searches.

Tomorrow starts early so I’m heading off to bed.


Borders is a one stop shop

September 2, 2010

If you have the time and you are interested spending some quality reading time at a great bookstore, then swing by your local Borders. They have loads of great books and friendly helpful staff that will assist you in finding your favorite book or eBook on their Kobo. The Kobo is an awesome little reader that once loaded allows you to carry up to 1000 books with you, and the battery charge lasts 2 weeks, giving you plenty of time to get in some serious reading! It comes loaded with 100 free books and its E Ink Technology gives you book-quality printing with no back-light, glare, or reflection on a 6-inch screen that makes reading easy and fun.

Or if you are looking for some traditional book reading then you are also in the right place. With comfortable surroundings, nice chairs to sit and relax along with loads of selections Borders is certainly a place to shop for the reader in your family. I enjoy just sitting and browsing though cookbooks until one catches my eye, giving me new ideas on menus and food trends. If I don’t find it in the book section, then I can always ask to see if it can be ordered, which has never been a problem. Don’t just take my word for it, shop on online or stop by your local Borders and check out their selections. Christmas is right around the corner and with the books, eReaders, games, videos, music, coffee, and more this can be a one stop shop for many on your nice list.

If you cant make it the store then shop online, its easy to look over your selections and you can always get a preview of your book online before you buy.

The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War

June 4, 2010

In the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s many immigrants crossed the Atlantic ocean to step foot onto Ellis island in the hopes of gaining a better life and building something of themselves in America. Some left poverty others left war, yet each one had the commonality of finding America as the land of opportunity.

When the united States entered the Great War, World War I, many thousands of these individuals took the call and enlisted or were drafted to the cause. They returned back to the lands they once called home and fought a war often on soil they once traveled in peacetime. The were become Americanized in the sens that they had the mannerisms of the old country mixed in with the beliefs of their new found allegiance to the Red white and Blue.

By taking the focus off the masses Laskin brought forth a very small number of individuals so you can get a micro study of their life, the hardships and even death at the hands of war. The stories are incredible and hard to put down, from working in small mining towns or factories these individuals were trying to get a better life. Some were simply struggling to fit in, while other family members such as older brothers had no problem. Some enlisted before the war but the majority represented in the book enlisted or were drafted when the United States entered the struggle.

I had to smile as I looked at each person and realized the difficulty the army must of had in training as related to the variety of languages spoken. Not many immigrants spoke, let alone read fluent English so the drill instructors certainly had a hard time in getting instruction across to the men. So the soldiers muddled through their training, trying to understand what was expected of them, and were eventually shipped out to fight.

The author then takes us through the muck, and gassing, from fighting in trenches to the boredom of the silence between battles. My of the immigrants own words, misspelling and all are used to explain the horrors and tedium of war they experienced. I was honestly surprised that he was still able to interview one old veteran who was over 100 years old. Laskin’s accounts are right on the money and give the reader an excellent accounting of those who have borne the battle.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Military History, Immigrant history and World War I History. The writing is well done and quite captivating and easy to read. You will find yourself wanting to keep reading long past your eyes ability to focus on the pages; as you nod off dreaming of what life was like for early generations of future Americans that arrived on our shores and then were called to war.