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Visited the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) school in St. Helena, CA for a little snack and a look around. It’s an old castle that had it’s hey day and then went into disrepair and was purchased for a song by the school and refurbished into a state-of-the-art cooking school.

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Fancy drinks here – include flower petals.

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820-Culinary1The waves of these expensive kitchen knives are from hand folding of the metal many times by a blacksmith in the forging process. Notice the ones on the right don’t have the waves. You can purchase these at Costco. Ninja swords have these waves in the metal.