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Le Château de Mazan

A completely independent and family-owned luxury establishment, Le Chateau de Mazan invites guests to stay in a sumptuous setting and to feel at home in an elegant and intriguing 18th century building, the former residence of the Marquis de Sade. Le Chateau de Mazan is located at the foot of the legendary Mont Ventoux in the village of Mazan in Carpentras at the heart of Provence. A little further are Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon and the Luberon.
Le Chateau also serves some of the finest cuisine in the area and provides the utmost comfort amidst beautiful surroundings with landscaped gardens and parks. Vegetables, herbs and flowers of Provence grow in the garden some of which are used in the restaurant kitchen. In the premises are also a rotunda, mulberry trees, a hundred year old olive tree, a swimming pool, and a cozy bar for lounging in a retro ambiance and relaxed decor. The restaurant has a more formal setting and serves southern French or Provencal cooking with flair.   
The owner, Daniele Lhermie, conceived of the chateauâs design and décor, making it seem just like a private house, where there is a lot of love, charm, and warmth. The foremost desire of the owner and the staff is to make guests feel at home, like the important guest of a generous and kind-hearted friend. Guests are encouraged to relax, escape from the bustle of modern life, live the life of lord of the manor, and seek pleasure in leisure.      
The hotel consists of 30 rooms, mostly in the chateau and a few across a little street housed in an offshoot 17th century building. All rooms are unique and different although every room is large, have up-to-date bathrooms, and are decorated with light colors, period furniture, and 1920s statuettes. Some rooms include a private terrace and others have hammams.
Le Château de Mazan
Huge and colossal bosoms of Verdon, not far from the famous village of la Fayence, Moustiers- Ste-Marie, here is Trigance. Inheritor of a never ending medieval tradition, this village built, like an eagle's nest, and 800 metres high in altitude, is dominated by a millenary Fortress, that is the Castle of Trigance. While sipping a n Hippocras, mulled-wine cocktail in the stoned dining room, we expect, at any moment, to see a knight of Malte rise into view. Let's eat with such a relish a pancake of Norwegian haddock, marinated in fennel and fresh vegetables, all of which is followed by an incontestable lamb square of the Alpilles crusted with culinary fresh herbs.
Le Château de Trigance, Provence, France
Splendido Hotel, Portofino

The most glamorous hotel in Portofino and the most luxurious coastal resort in Italy, Splendido Hotel by Orient-Express sits atop a hillside overlooking the bay amidst lush subtropical gardens and offers peace, luxury and tranquility to guests with its 69 suites and bedrooms and an additional 16 suites and bedrooms at the Splendido Mare, the hotelâs âlittle sister,â which is situated beside the harbor. 
Splendido Hotel also houses one of the finest gourmet restaurants in the city, La Terrazza restaurant, offering either indoors or al fresco dining out on the terrace. In the hotel also include a piano bar, a pool bar, and a buffet-style pool restaurant. A former medieval monastery that became the summer residence of Baron Baratta and later transformed into a hotel in 1901 by Ruggiero Valentini, Splendido Hotel has long been the hotel of choice of European aristocrats and international celebrities while vacationing in the chic Portofino.   
While in Spelndido there are lots more to do other than fine dining, sipping wine and lounging at the nearby beach just outside town. There are various water sports and leisure activities to engage in, walks in the nearby Cinque Terre villages and Cliffside and trips to the nearby Genoa.      
The hotel also features a wellness center and heated outdoor seawater pool. There is also a gym, tennis court, sauna, Turkish bath, signature boutique, and rooms for events and meetings. Guests can get a massage in the garden amidst the fragrant flowers. Speedboat excursions can be arranged with the concierge and a courtesy shuttle service between Hotel Splendido and Spendido Mare or the harbor is available.          
The old world glamour has been well maintained in the hotel although it has been constantly updated with contemporary comforts and luxury. The yacht-filled bay, the glimmering Ligurian Sea, and the fragrant gardens make a stay in Hotel Splendido quite unforgettable.
Splendido Hotel, Portofino
Orient-ExpressHotels, Savona, Italy

A seaport commune in the northern Italian region of Liguria, Savona is located in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its heavy industry. Because it is one of the chief seats of the Italian iron industry, the town is filled with railway workshops, shipbuilding, engineering shops, brass foundry, iron-works and other foundries. The functional city is not exactly the most beautiful but in the medieval centre of the town one can find magic and charming places to stay and dine. Summer is the best time to visit Savona and when the food is at its finest. This is also the time when bric-a-brac markets selling antiques and rare finds open every Saturdays.    
Here one will find the old-fashioned charm of the Italian Riviera since Albissola, the city of the ceramists, famous in the 30s thanks to artists like Tulio d' Albissola, Lucio Fontana or later Bjorn. Savona is a city of the past with beautiful architecture and rich museums. You can take a tour towards the future with the ambitious construction site of the new port entrusted to the famous Ricardo Boffil. Discover Savona through Bacco and its inn and Anita, chef at home, serving simple and fragrant Ligurian dishes like Tempura of leaves of sages, Doughnuts of stuffed anchovies, and Testaroli. Another must-stop is at Claudio and his restaurant on the beach, rocked by the sweet music of waves, you will discover a cuisine of the freshest products from sea straight to the plate, eaten raw and with fingers around a table.  
Savona is known as the City of Popes (Città dei Papi) since two locals, Franceso Della Rovere and nephew Giuliano became popes: Pope Sixtus IV in 1471 and Pope Julius II in 1503, respectively. Pope Sixtus IV had the Sistine Chapel built in the Vatican while Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling. Another famous former inhabitant of Savona is navigator Christopher Columbus who lived in many residences in Liguria while chronicling his journeys.
Orient-ExpressHotels, Savona, Italy

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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