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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
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
Cannes, France

Known worldwide for its famous annual film festival, Cannes in France is also a gastronomic destination and has some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. All types of eateries and restaurants can be found in Cannes from charming hole-in-the-walls to the ultimate in glitz and glamour. A small seaside town, Cannes is easy and fun to explore and has pretty and busy beaches for relaxing and sipping cocktails and fine wines.     
Cannes, all along the Riviera, its De Luxe hotels and its world famous International Film Festival, opens its doors wide for you. Following in the footsteps of a great number of stars who close up and crowd here, you can lunch at the Restaurant of the Hotel Gray d'Albion where you can appreciate the famous smoked haddock in salad, recommended by Jacques Chibois. Or enjoy the famous crusty-crunchy chicken, "Gérard Depardieu" suggested by Mario at the Majestic. Go for walks all along the well-known Croisette overhanging the ancient village "Suquet" and avail of the smooth and mild evenings illuminated by wonderful fireworks let off the bay.
Considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe, Cannes is at its most glittering come May when the Cannes Film Festival is held and where the rich and famous flock in what was formerly a fishing village. The festival is held at the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette. Casinos and high-end restaurants abound in this area as well as spectacular architecture and culture.     
Cobbled streets and breathtaking views of Le Suquet are worth visiting. Down the beautiful marina, street side tables and cafes are lined up where you can watch people pass by and have coffee, tea or wine.  Walking is the best mode of transportation around the city and allows you to stumble upon obscure sights and hidden gems that you might miss otherwise.
Cannes, France
L'Auberge d'Hermance, Geneva, Switzerland

In the heart of the pretty lakeside village of Hermance just a short distance from downtown Geneva, LâAuberge dâHermance is a cozy and chic place to dine and stay if you prefer enjoying fine cuisine in a peace and tranquil setting.  Decorated with elegant woodcarvings, gilt-framed paintings, twig chandeliers, and Hansel-and-Gretel wainscoting, the charming restaurant and inn exudes a fairytale charm. 
There are three eating-places to choose from at LâAuberge. You can choose to dine in the fire-lit dining area with a rustic ambiance, the shady terrace with a Mediterranean vibe, or the winter garden reminiscent of Provence. 
From Centre Ville Rive Gauche, LâAuberge is just a bus ride away, about 10 miles or 14 kilometers. TPG bus links Hermance with Rue de Pierro Fatio on the left bank of Geneva. One of the best times to stay here is during the winter months because it provides a superb place of comfort and leisure. During the summer months, there is beautiful scenery and floral displays that can be admired from the breezy terrace.  
Classical Swiss and French Mediterranean dishes with a touch of exotic ingredients are served at the innâs restaurant. It is considered to be one of finest restaurants in the region. Some of the specialties that should not be missed include the Watercress soup with smoked eel, ravioli and croutons, the Traditional Chicken of the Auberge in salt crust served with vegetables and rösti, the Perch fillets from Lake Geneva with vegetables and French fries, the Kabier beef burger with foie gras, truffles, brioche, potatoes, and homemade ketchup, the Breaded âBierschweinâ pork escalope with potatoes and salad, and the Pigeon Mieral with beetroots, celery and potatoes.    
Rooms at the inn are decorated in a comfortable and harmonious manner, combining traditional furnishings with unusual accents, hand-painted furniture, stonewalls, open beans, coconut matting, and contemporary paintings.
L'Auberge d'Hermance, Geneva,...

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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