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L' Ermitage, Montreux, Switzerland

LâErmitage is a temple of gastronomy and one of the finest restaurants in Switzerland. The Krebs family transformed the 19th century âmaison bourgeoisieâ into a luxurious place to stay and dine surrounded by a lush park in the midst of the lakefront suburb of Clarens in Montreaux, Switzerland, at the border of the Lake Leman.  
Montreaux is the jewel of the Swiss Riviera and is famous for its Middle-Age castle of Chillon, its international jazz festival, and an essential gastronomic destination in large part because of LâErmitage and the efforts of Chef Ettiene Krebs and wife Isabella. Awarded the 1995 best cook by the Gault Milau Guide, Chef Etienne Krebs was given a score of 17 out of 21. He was also given a Michelin star for his sophisticated and creative cuisine. LâErmitage is a member of the prestigious Grandes Tables de Suisse.     
A son of a peasant, Chef Etienne has a passion for fresh produce and local ingredients. Some of the unique dishes served in the restaurant include Filet of fera fish from the nearby lake with capers and artichoke hearts, Foie gras with celery casserole, Baby crawfish in tomato and olive oil salad, Supreme thigh of wild duckling with mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms, and Roast lamb with aromatic Alpine herbs.  The restaurant also offers an impressive wine list to pair with the dishes.  

Guests from all over the world flock to LâErmitage to sample the exquisite cuisine of Chef Etienne Krebs. Famous guests who have dined at the elegant tables of LâErmitage include record producer Quincy Jones and the president of Switzerland. The dining room is beautifully painted with warm and cool tones to represent the water and the sun, since the place is situated in between sea and sky. Rattan furniture gives the restaurant a warm, cosy and country vibe. Guests can also dine at the terrace overlooking the lake.
L' Ermitage, Montreux, Switzerland
L'hôtel Royal, Deauville, France

An oceanfront palace in the most glamorous resort town in France, L'hôtel Royal in Deauville is a favorite meeting place of the Very Important People of the world, thanks to its casino, famous race-courses, and its American Film Festival. Dine at the LâEtirer, the Michelin restaurant of the Royal Hotel, and relish signature dishes like Royal fillet of smoked haddock with mixture of nut oil and vinegar dressing, Bloodwort and burnet herbs, and Grilled St Pierre with stewed onions, honey and fresh tomatoes. Take a sip of Calvados, the traditional apple brandy right in the depth of the circle of stars.
Just two hours from Paris, Royal Barriere is a favorite holiday destination of wealthy families and international celebrities. The Hotel Royal Barrière is open from March to October when the so-called Queen of Norman Beaches is at its most seductive. Jacques Garcia designed the rooms and suites of the hotel while renowned chef Eric Provost, who trained with Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon, is the head of the gourmet restaurant, LâEtier. His sophisticated menu is based on seasonal and fresh local ingredients.    
The restaurant is set in a majestic dining hall and serves haute cuisine inspired by the local terroir of Normandy. While the setting is elegant, the ambiance is relaxed and idyllic, romantic and refined and not too formal or stiff. The staff offers attentive and warm service making guests feel at home. The Etrier's Piano Bar serves a wide list of drinks including champagnes, wines, and rums that guests can savor while listening to lovely music. Besides the lâEtrier restaurant, there is also another restaurant that serves more traditional French cuisine, the Côté Royal.
Other activities and amenities at the Royal Barrière include a private pool, sauna, solarium, hammam, fitness center, and free bicycles for exploring the town. Close by, guests can play tennis, golf, casino, and engage in water sports, or go horseback riding.
L'hôtel Royal, Deauville, France
Vienna, Austria

The capital of Austria and also the largest city in the country, Vienna is one of the greatest places in the world and one of the most visited places in Europe. It has a rich cultural tradition that is well preserved and is also technologically advanced and up-to-date. For centuries, Vienna was the seat of the Habsburg rulers and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many of the structures and architectures from the imperial past remain and maintained. Many artistic geniuses were nourished in Vienna including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, and Gustav Klimt.    
There are endless things to explore in Vienna. Visit the splendid baroque Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces, or stroll along the magnificent Ring Boulevard and take a look at the heart of the former vast Habsburg empire, the Imperial Palace. Get a sense of the luster and glory of the old empire by visiting St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Spanish Riding School, the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Prater, as well as the sarcophagi in the Imperial Vault.
When it comes to eating and drinking, Vienna is quite diverse in its culinary offerings from street food and cozy cafes to fine dining and haute cuisine. The cosmopolitan city is made up of a mix of nationalities so you will find not only traditional Austrian cuisine, but also a lot of superb Turkish, Greek, Asian, Middle Eastern, French and Italian fare.   
Classic Viennoise cuisine is typically heart and fat is often used for frying such as in the all-time local favorite, Viennese Schnitzel. Boiling is also a common method for cooking, typically for beef. Pork, dumplings, and cabbage are a common meal in Vienna, and sausages in all shapes and sizes are always a popular snack. Younger generations of chefs are more experimental and the New Vienna Cuisine (Neu Wiener Küche) is defined by exciting and innovative creations like Styrian beef or Alpine-garden stinging nettle.
Vienna, Austria
Le Bistrot du Sommelier, Paris, France

Located in the 8th district of Paris, Le Bistrot du Sommelier is the place to go if you are passionate about food and wine pairing. Owned by master sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac, the bistro is homage to Bacchus, the Roman God of wine. Considered to be the best wine-butler in France, Philippe Faure-Brac canât stop thinking and talking about wine and would love to show guests his vast selection of local and international wines from rare finds to classics and from affordable but good quality to the more expensive and distinguished. 
Every dish served in the restaurant is carefully paired with the perfect wine to go with it and for the utmost pleasure of guests. Faure-Brac is so passionate about wine that he gets teary eyed when he tastes an exquisite glass that he has long desired to try.  Since the creation of his Bistrot of the Sommelier, he has introduced guests to the rarest, brand-new and the least-known cellar wines, surprising wines, and wines of the New World. He gives sage advise to guests and those who care to listen about the best selection of wines for every dish and food, no matter what the occasion. In the Le Bistrot du Sommelier, wine is revered like a religion.    
The ambiance at the bistrot is relaxed and also stylish. The servers are warm and friendly and you are in luck if sommelier Faure-Brac is there to show you his vast collection and to talk about the precious liquid. Classic French bistro food is served in an unpretentious setting. Superb wines like Margaux and Pauillac and fine Burgundy wines are some of the house favorites. 
If it is your first time to come to the bistrot, you can opt for the set menu, such as âWine and Food in Harmony,â which is crafted and perfected for the enjoyment of the sophisticated palate. Three-course tasting lunch, five-course set dinners are also available, and a la carte are also available.
Le Bistrot du sommelier, Paris, France

Cooking Recipe Videos

There are many ways to improve your cooking skills: reading great cookbooks, taking cooking classes, and good old fashioned practice in the kitchen are traditional methods. But these days, online cooking recipe videos are another excellent resource for aspiring chefs. Here's how to get the most from the cooking videos you encounter.

Find Them

There are lots of cooking recipe videos out there, but not all are created equal. Before you spend time watching any, consider the source. If you want to widen your cooking horizons, videos featuring famous chefs are a must. Such chefs might include television personalities (who may or may not have formal cooking backgrounds), cooking legends (like Julia Child, Graham Kerr, and Wolfgang Puck), or Michelin star-awarded chefs who've impressed the cooking world with their expertise and talent.

Live Demos

Once you find cooking recipe videos by esteemed chefs, you will probably discover you learn the most if you watch the videos more than once. In the first viewing, you'll likely only get the overall picture of what the chef is doing. If you watch the video once or twice more, you may notice and remember details you didn't before.

Bear in mind that you're not just learning how to make a particular recipe. You're also hoping to learn cooking techniques you can rely upon for other dishes. For example, you might see a Michelin chef chop up food in a faster, simpler way than you've ever seen before. Or you might see how a meal is flambéed. Or you might learn a new way to cook meat so it's crisp on the outside and tender and juice on the inside. There is nothing quite like a live demo, to make those techniques stick in your brain and come to life next time you are in the kitchen.

Share it

Although cooking recipe videos are helpful and educational, they're also fun. You can make them even more entertaining by sharing them with friends. What does your best friend think about trying to make a flambéed meal with you? Does she have a funny story to tell about attempting this on her own? Does your work mate drool over gourmet desserts as much as you do? Are you and your friends inspired by a certain video to try a pot luck gourmet party? Let cooking videos be part of you and your friends online entertainment, and you'll have fun while you improve your cooking skills.

Try it Out

After watching cooking recipe videos, it's a great idea to make the recipes in your own kitchen. The best cooking video websites also have printed recipes to go along with their videos. Print one out and give the recipe your best go.

Or, you could just try out one or two techniques you learned by watching a great chef. For example, maybe you've never tried blanching vegetables before. After watching a chef demonstrate this on a video, you can try the technique almost any time you're preparing veggies.

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