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Life In The CIA: My Externship


Hey guys! Short entry now just explaining why I’ve been so quiet lately.

I recently moved into my new apartment in Great Barrington, MA and started my externship at The Southfield Store/The Old Inn On The Green. It’s a TON of hard work and long hours, but believe me, it’s well worth all the effort. I’ve been here almost 2 weeks and I can tell, despite getting yelled at and all the aches and pains, I’m going to love my time here. I’ve learned so many new recipes and techniques that it really just overrides the physical pain I feel at the end of the day. Also, it’s really a liberating feeling living and working on my own; supporting myself. I’m loving every minute of it. I’ll keep you all posted as time goes on. I’m here until August so I’m positive they’ll be a lot to write about.

And now, blatant plugs for the places I work at:

Located in Southfield, MA, the Southfield Store is a wonderful cafe/bakery that serves a large variety of baked goods and pastries, as well as many (and delicious) lunch items. It may seem like it’s a bit out of the way (I have zero cell phone signal out here) but the area is wonderful and the scenery is amazing. If you want some really delicious food and want to talk to some genuinely nice people, come visit!

Want great atmosphere with fantastic food? The Old Inn is THE place for you. Make a reservation and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Peter Platt and his skilled kitchen staff. Chef Platt’s food is simply amazing. Like any good chef out there, he is quite the leader in the kitchen, barking out orders like a seasoned drill-sergeant. But, he is also very nice and friendly. And the food. Oh the glorious food. Now, this may be a bit biased seeing as how I work here, but I have to say, the food is absolutely to die for. Believe me, it is worth the trip to come up here and try this food out. The natural ambiance combined with stellar cuisine will have you coming back for more.

That’s all for now, but you can be sure I’ll be around whenever I have a free moment to update you all on my Externship experience!


Author: NJ_Chef

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and aspiring food-writer. 28-year old chef, blogger, eSports fan, gamer, jack-of-all-trades and master of none.

3 thoughts on “Life In The CIA: My Externship

  1. Hello, I love your CIA blog! I live in the Pacific Northwest so I feel like I’m in the dark on what is going to happen (I start Pastry in May). Is there a lot of Externship choices in New York? I am going to live off campus so I can have my 16 year old cat, and would like to stay in the same apartment during my entire CIA career. 🙂


    • I’m glad I can be helpful to you! I wish you the best of luck!

      There are literally TONS of extern opportunities in and around the NY area. I suggest seeking help from the CIA Career Services. They are extremely helpful and very nice about finding externship sites for students 🙂