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Le Palais de la Méditerranée, France

A five-star hotel in the centre of Rue de France and Jardin Albert I, Le Palais de la Mediterranee is only a short walk from the vibrant nightlife of Nice and is near the Northern Forum and Opera de Nice. The Nice-Cote dâAzur Airport is just 6km away and Nice Train station is only a 5-minute walk away. This luxury Art Deco-style hotel has an on-site casino, gourmet restaurant, Le 3e that serves Mediterranean, Southern and regional cuisine, a trendy lounge bar, two swimming pools, a sauna, fitness centre, and terrace with sweeping views of the Baie des Anges.     
The nine-story building is right across the beach and sits in the midst of the Verdure and Nice theatres, Sours Seleya flower market, Place Masséna, Niece Etoile Shopping Center, Albert 1st Gardens. Nearby attractions are the Boutique de L'homme Moderne, Musee des Beaux-Arts Jules Cheret, and the Nice Cathedral.
Le Palais de la Méditerranée
La Bastide de Capelongue, France

In the heart of the Luberon triangle is la Bastide de Capelongue, which serves some of the finest gourmet cuisines of the region in an elegant Provencal setting. Chef Ãdouard Loubet shows a high respect for the land and the local terroir with his signature dishes that may vary according to the season. The bastide has the warmth and comfort of a real family home transformed into an elegant place to stay and dine. From the beautiful dining room bathed in light, you can see the lavender fields. Most of dishes are made with local Luberon produce especially herbs and even flowers.   
The Gault Millau Guide awarded Chef Edouard Loubet as 2011 Chef of the Year. Specialties in La Bastide de Capelongue include Loup saisi à la fleur de sel, légère infusion à la sauge et chips d'orange, Truffe de saison en croûte, coulis de maïs, pop-corn et feuille de pimprenelle, and Soufflé au cèdre des crêtes du Luberon, crème glacée aux clous de girofle. Local Côtes du Luberon wine are paired with the exquisite dishes for a complete gastronomic experience.
Overlooking the picturesque village of Bonnieux and the rest of the Luberon, La Bastide is a place of serene tranquility and luxurious meditation. Fresh fruit in the bedrooms, sumptuous beddings and cushions, and fresh herbs and vegetables from the bastideâs garden make a worthwhile and unforgettable stay. The rural building is decorated with soft colors, light décor, and whitened old furniture. Outbuildings, formerly Ferme, were transformed into contemporary apartments of concrete and brute stone accented with plump furniture and bright colors and lovely terraces. The bastide is surrounded with long stretches of gardens and in the property is a swimming pool. 
The 17 rooms in the bastide itself are designed in the classical Provencal style with touches of contemporaru aesthetics. The apartments in the Ferme are more modern but also cozy and comfortable.
La Bastide de Capelongue, France
Stromberg, Germany

A historic country town with a population of over 3,000, Stromberg in Hunsrück is home to the Stromburg castle and one of the finest restaurants in the country. Grand Chef Johann Lafer who is known for his cooking programs in German TV is the center of the Stromburg cuisine and restaurant scene. His style is based on the highest possible quality ingredients and standards, always seeking for the best and making sure he knows where everything comes from and their provenance. He has a deep respect for ingredients and their origins and producers and makes dishes inspired by the ingredients themselves.
Known as the âcity of the three valleys and three castles,â Stromburg has a diverse natural and cultural landscape with numerous possibilities for relaxation and leisure activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, golf, fishing, hunting, sailing, water-skiing, survival training, helicopter excursions, gourmet rally, and wine tasting.     
Stromberg is a municipality in the district of Bad Kreuznach, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and is located in the eastern edge of the Hunsrück. It is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde âcollective municipalityâ Stromberg. Nearby is the Guldenbach stream, which and flows out of the Hunsrück into the Nahe River. It is one of the steepest streams in the world, falling from a height of 160 meters down to 8 kilometers between Rheinböllen and Stromberg. Into the mountains, the headwaters cut deeply and traverse an area of the Hunsrück iron ore reserves. 
The most famous and attractive place in Guldenbach Valley is the village of Stromberg at the foot of Soonwald (Soon Forest). Situated on a breathtaking elongated mountain spur is one of the oldest castle complexes in Hunsrück is the Stromburg Castle, built before the 10th century. From 1574 to 1625, it was the home of the German Michel, Hans Michael von Obentraut, a legendary captain in the Thirty Years War.
Stromberg, Germany
El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain

Situated in the valley of the Tordera river between the ranges of Montseny and Montnegre, the town of Sant Celoni sits on the left bank of the river and where one of the best restaurants in Spain can be found, El Raco de Can Fabes, a three star Michelin restaurant serving authentic Catalan cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and French nouvelle cooking.   
Created by Angel and Santi Santamarria the Raco De Can Fabes began as a family home gradually transformed into a top culinary and gastronomic destination. From a modest tavern opened in the 1980s, Chef Santamaria slowly developed and mastered his cuisine, becoming one of the most acclaimed in the country. He is renowned and respected for elevating Catalan cuisine into international gastronomic fame and is also the first Catalan chef to have received three Michelin stars. Sadly, Chef Santi Santamaria passed away on February 2011 at the age of 53 leaving the management of his legendary restaurant to the capable hands of his protégé Xavi Pellicer and wife Angel Santamaria.  
El Raco de Can Fabes is charmingly housed in a small citadel, in a building that is about three centuries old. The country chic interiors and elegant rustic setting provide an inviting and cozy ambiance. Aside from the acclaimed restaurant, the premises also include five quaintly decorated guestrooms for those who wish to stay for a night or two after a ravishing meal.
All the facets of the Catalan of todayâplural, dynamic, artistic and progressiveâare reflected in the inventive modern cuisine of El Raco de Can Fabes. A combination of the old and the new, the cuisine here is based on fresh and seasonal ingredients so the menu may vary depending on what is available in the local market. Some of the signature dishes in the famous Catalan restaurant include the Tender pigeon with duck tartare, Hot and cold mackerel with cream of caviar, Spicy foie gras with Sauternes and puree of sweet red and green peppers, and Festival of Chocolate.
El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain

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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