Feb 21 2020

Solzhenitsyns @ Linde

3A W Hawthorne Road
Lenox, MA 01240

Father and son at Linde Center @ Berkshires. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was the 1970 Noble Prize literature winner and his son, Ignat curated a 90 minutes show, in which he excites his father’s poems (Growing Old is particularly moving) and plays piano. Supposedly two Beethoven and a Dmitri Shostakovich. BUT because the limited parking spaces (late comers have to park at the main lot and being shuttled over), we started 15 minutes later at 7:45. Therefore, he forgo Shostakovich’s prelude. Why on earth the organizer sells more tickets than the seatings and parking allowed? It brings back the traffic nightmare from last summer …

亚历山大·索尔仁尼琴(1918-2008)是1970年诺贝尔文学奖得主. 他的儿子 Ignat 在美国长大是个指挥. 策展了一个90分钟节目: 爸爸的诗和贝爷的钢琴奏鸣曲. 我是为了贝爷去的. 曲目很冷门 但是他老爸Growing Old 正在变老 非常棒. 一石2鸟

乌鸦婆弱问一句: 1970 … 是真的值得还是政治原因?乌鸦婆弱问一句: 1970 … 是真的值得还是政治原因?[Grin]


励志决定: 要多识几个斗大的字 … 说不定哪天真的可以去看诺贝尔文学作品

Feb 21 2020

Linde Center 林德中心

3A W Hawthorne Road
Lenox, MA 01240

A beautiful space with a terrible management. The Studio E is the largest area, looking out to Seiji Ozawa Hall. We didn’t see the sunset in February but the golden glow from the setting sun light up the room.


Feb 21 2020

Olivia’s Overlook

Yokun Ridge South, Hiking Trails,
West Stockbridge, MA 01266

We passed by this lookout (Yokun Ridge) a few times but unable to stop due to the small parking lot was always full. On a cold winter weekday afternoon, the lot was NOT empty. It’s the easier to drive from West Stockbridge, heading toward Tanglewood.

Feb 21 2020


1946 Campus Dr. @ Roth Hall
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Will return, for the kids.

I rarely give a five star rating and this one, ran by the kids caught my fancy @ CIA. We were lucky, secured a table without a reservation – even on an open house day.

Thanks, perhaps to February blues.

It’s a crispy blue sky day. Cold – 25 degrees – but brilliant.

Out of three restaurants, this one hosed in Roth Hall ranks on top and is the last rotation before graduating. So the skills are better and the kids are clearly excited, which makes the  
atmosphere so much nicer and genuine. They’re wide eyed to welcome their next stage and couldn’t wait.

The decoration is bright and modern, quiet. Thin stem glasses: Riesling and Cape Rosé are good. Two kinds of bread – the sour dough bread is substantial – are delicious, so is the room temperature butter ok fess up: I only ask for it again once -:)

They’ve a small brewery on site @ the Student Common and the WIT draft beer is pretty good: light and delicious. The curly celery is done with slicer and soaked in the ice water (hope I remember it right …).

They served two lightly cooked physalis (also known as the Cape Gooseberry) in with the octopus. The high heat left a brown spot on the berry – not sure sure for the extra step, it tastes as raw. I first had it at a friend’s home on Long Island about a decade ago, wild. She picked. We looked. And I tried. Guess I was lucky that it wasn’t poisonous.

Their winter prix fixe menu runs till March 13. Make a reservation and go.

Feb 21 2020

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici & Al Forno Trattoria

1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

The Italian restaurant @ CIA. Unfortunately it doesn’t open for lunch .. or at least not in February. Unlucky for us.

It’s the only one (of three) that is housed away from the Roth Hall, designed by the architect Roberto Magris.


Feb 21 2020

Student Common @ CIA

1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

the Egg, an open space on the Hudson River @ CIA, with multiple counters and a brewery. A colorful piano sits by the window. A billiard room and a gym are next to the brewery. Is anyone actually doing any work out?


Feb 21 2020

Berkshires & Upstate

We’ve a weekend trip to the north, even it meant that I’ve missed the Beethoven’s 4th and 5th at Carnegie Hall.

The trip was short and sweet:

Fri 2.21 CIA
Fri 2.21 Linde Center
Sat 2.22 West Point

Feb 21 2020

Roth Hall @ CIA

1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

The classes are conducted in this main building @ CIA, which houses Bocuse, Bounty and Apple Pie café. The visitors’ parking lot is front and under (Anton Plaza).

Their most famous graduate D’Anthony Bourdain (1978) is being honored front and center


Classes are in session. Their cathedral-like dining hall in the building is very nice.


Feb 21 2020

CIA: the Culinary Institute of America

1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

The Roth Hall is the main building. The campus is on the Hudson River, a short drive north on Route 9 to FDR Library and Vanderbilt Mansion. This school was established after WWII, providing the veterans some practical skill after returning home, first in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, and then moved to current location in 1970, and began to grant associate degree. Now it offers college and master degree. As of now, it has campus in Napa CA, San Antonio, Texas and Singapore. We saw many Asian students.

The school isn’t big, with $100 mil endowment, size wise too. There are three restaurants all in Roth Hall, except the Italian: Bocuse, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici & Al Forno Trattoria and Bounty. Apple Pie café (in Roth Hall) and the student common where the small brewery locates.

Apple Pie Bakery Café

American Bounty Tavern

Parking is at the garage in front of the Roth Hall, Anton Plaza.


面积不大 有3个餐馆和咖啡馆等

餐馆的气氛很好 主要是学生们吧
一个说会留下来念硕士 另一个说去华盛顿的一个美食餐厅…
食物做的非常好 面包在内
试了一个自酿的啤酒🍺 – 很棒