:D Nicko and I just got back from visiting the CIA. I have one word: amazing. What a school. I've never seen such a wealthy school in my life. I wish I had the opportunity and means to attend the continuing education school. CIA has every amenity available: 4 professional restaurants (we tried 3 of the 4 and they were excellent) which are all student run. One of which is an Italian restaurant which looks like a Tuscan Villa, and has a huge Italian herb garden in the back which you can walk through and sit by the fountain. There are 2 chandeliers in the restaurant made of hand blown glass imported from Venice which we were told are valued at $30,000 each. There's a prosciutto slicer in the front of the house, and diners can watch the student chefs in action - we were told that it was donated and is valued at $6,000.00. There is a brand new health club facility containing a full gym, swimming pool, and clay tennis courts which overlook the Hudson River, where you can then walk to the Courtside Cafe and sip a cool drink under an umbrella on the large deck which also overlooks the Hudson River. The new dormatories look like Adirondack lodges and each have a gorgeous kitchen containing 2 Viking oven ranges. The whole campus looks like a resort. The school recently received a donation - its largest donation ever- of 4.7 million. The whole campus is under construction, using this donation. We heard from one of the professors that there is a possibility of the school purchasing land across the street for the purpose of building and opening a hotel management school. The Hyde Park area is gorgeous. Past President FDR's home is nearby, one of the Vanderbilt mansions is nearby, a town called Rhinebeck is nearby and is lovely. It looks like a quaint Vermont or Door County WI town. No wonder it's $50 k for an associate's degree from this school! What a wonderful experience it was to visit the CIA.
"If even lowly bacteria - who are at the bottom of the food chain - won't eat trans fats, then why do humans?"