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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
Hôtel de la Gare, Le Noirmont, Switzerland

Le Noirmont is a small pastoral village in the district of Franches-Montagnes in the canton Jura in Switzerland. Formerly known by its German name Schwarzenberg, Noirmant was first used in 1454. The Franches-Montagnes district is located on a high plateau, stretching to the Doubs River. In the heart of Le Noirmont is the elegant hotel and restaurant, Hotel de la Gare owned and operated by master chef Georges Wenger and wife Andréa.      
Andréa and George Wenger have transformed the Hotel de la Gare into a gastronomical paradise and magical spot. Chef Georges Wengerâs search for culinary simplicity has no equal apart from the feast he offers to the papillae of people who love food. Dishes such as his delicious stuffed onion with larded liver, just carved into a big dice and hardly held, is enough to entice the imagination. Here is a very exceptional cook, out of norms, giving us a quite modern perspective to foodâlight, savoury, inspired from tradition and the products of Jura. He is a specialist allying the knowledge of wines and the harmony of the table service, a chef who promotes teamwork within his brigade. 
In the hotelâs restaurant La Taverne, Chef Wenger creates symphony with colors and flavors using only the freshest and finest market produce, serving traditional Swiss and French haute cuisine. Other specialties and must-try in the menu La Taverne include the Tarte tatin de navets au fois gras and the Poulette de Houdan en daubiere a l'echalote et laurier. Aside from the restaurant is a bar that carries a substantial list of wines and spirits.   
As with the food and wine, the sun-filled guest rooms are also harmoniously decorated and provide a cozy atmosphere and inviting ambiance. The rooms feature a mini bar, cable TV, seating area, modern bathroom with hairdryer, and lush fabrics.
Hôtel de la Gare, Le Noirmont,...
Herbalist Deb Friedman discusses how to manage your stress levels with herbal tea, including how to select the herbs. Herbal teas, which are made to deal with stress, are made from herbs called nerviness. These are herbs that support and nourish your nervous system. You can buy most nervine herbs in a health foods store either as loose tea or tea bags. Herbal teas are made from the leaves, flowers, and sometimes stems of herbaceous plants. Chamomile is a small daisy like flower, which helps with stress and also aids digestion. In addition, Lemon balm is also an excellent tea for stress and digestion. It has a very nice lemony mint flavor. The milky tops of oats are very nourishing to the nervous system. This specific herb can be very beneficial for stress long term. Try smelling and closely looking at the herbs before purchasing them at a health foods store.  (Series 2 of 8)
Selection of Herbs for Herbal Tea
Les Trois Forts, Dominique Frérard

A gourmet restaurant on the top floor of the plush Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port Hotel, Les Trois Forts is the finest dining spot in the area where guests can enjoy Mediterranean haute cuisine while admiring a stunning panoramic view of the old port where a line of boats are docked. The restaurant is decorated like a fancy boat with shades of navy blue and pearl, blended with contemporary aesthetics and Art Deco tableware. Inspired by the underwater world, the restaurants ambiance is calmingly elegant. 
French Master Chef Dominique Frérard prepares the exquisite cuisine that travelers and food connoisseurs from all over the world come to experience. The award-winning breakfast at Les Trois Forts features fresh local produce and hot food stations. A wide range of dishes is available for lunch and dinner made with seasonal produce and only the freshest, highest quality produces. Star Chef Frérard combines traditional regional culture and refined and delicate flavors with modern haute cuisine creating the best dishes in Marseilles. Signature dishes include Stuffed vegetables with prawns and coriander vinaigrette, Blue lobster with Swiss chard, mushrooms and creamy ravioli, and Marzipan with almond and orange emulsion. 
Bar Le Carré serves tapas, delicate cuisine, appetizers, pastries, and signature cocktails as well as a wide selection of teas. The refined and relaxing atmosphere dedicated to the marine and yachting world creates a special place for guests to hold important meetings or celebrate intimate occasions.      
A native of the Ardeneâs region in France, Dominique Frérard lived in Marseilles for 15 years and has spent 11 years in the kitchen of the Les Trois Forts. His love and passion for the city of Marseilles is quite evident in his cooking, which is influenced by the local terroir as well as spices from North Africa, creating a unique and creative cuisine rich in flavors.
Les Trois Forts, Dominique Frérard

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.