Late March, I headed east to NYC to celebrate with my sister and two of her close friends. I didn't think I would be the "life of the party" the night we went out, but alas. I digress. The Essentials of Indian Cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Education was a bit overwhelming even for a seasoned cook, but the instructor made it worth the while along with spending time with my sister, her friends and my mom. The school itself was very impressive. Our instructor gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of the school including the awesome hydroponic garden. Amazing meals at Blue Hill and Jungsik as well as the notorious pizza fiasco made for an eventful weekend in NYC. A very pleasant surprise was the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory at Wave Hill. I could spend hours in there. I want to live there.