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Le Château de Goulaine, Le Marquis de Goulaine,France

A former castle fortified in the 12th century and transformed by the Goulaine family into a chateau, Le Château de Goulaine is also the home of the estate-bottled wine Le Marquis de Goulaine. Located near Nantes, France in the Loire Valley, the chateau has been home of the marquis de Goulaine and family for over a thousand years. The high pitched slate roofs of the chateau has similarities with the central Loire estates of Château de Chambord and Château de Blois, but Château de Goulaine was built earlier and thus has a more conservative style of architecture.  
It was during the 12th century that the first Goulain, Jean de Goulaine, leader of the city of Nantes at that time, fortified the castle to defend against the attacks of the Normans. The Goulaine were recorded in the Seventh Crusade in 1248 and were of old nobility. The Goulaine fought for the Catholic League during the Wars of Religion and took the chateaux or Trogoff (Plouescat) and of Kérouzéré (Sibiril) in 1590. The ownership of the estate remained in the hands of the Goulaine family until 1788 and then was sold to a Dutch banker, which saved the chateau from destruction during the French Revolution. In 1858, a member of the Goulaine family reacquired the chateau and until today it remains in their possession.       
Perhaps the oldest known wine business in existence, the estate of Château de Goulaine has been producing wine for centuries initially for family consumption and later for commercial purposes. Le Château de Goulaine is the third oldest commercial enterprise in the world and the oldest European family owned business. The chateau is also one of the last Châteaux de la Loire that produces wine to this day. The estate produces mostly Muscadet as well as Sancerre, Vouvray, and the first commercial Chardonnay in the western Loire Valley. Château de Goulaine also grows some Folle blanche.
Le Château de Goulaine, Le Marquis de...
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
Les Roches, Le Lavandou, France

Le Lavandou is a commune in southeastern France in Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote dâAzur region. The name is derived from the fragrant lavender flower, which is abundant in the area, and is sometimes thought to come from the Occitan term for lavoir (a public place for washing clothes) lavandor. A seaside resort town, Le Lavandou has fine sandy beaches, a dreamy seaside fishing port, and an active yacht marina. Every morning, a fish market is bustling with people and the freshest seafood can be purchased there.  
On a hilltop, overlooking the countryside, Chateau Les Roches sits in an ideal setting perfect for relaxation and romantic occasions. In the Maures range plunges its last counter-forts into the Mediterranean and unveils, in a roundabout and circuitous way of its creeks, a peace haven like a rocky and watery flower-vessel, the hotel des Roches and its exotic gardens. The daily fishing catch is directly served in the plates of guests, with its pilchard sardines, its domestic beds with pastis, a relish of spinach beet and a Provençal specialty of pine-seeded covered tart. At the distance from the Archipel of the Isles d'Or, an ecological paradise for migratory birds offers numerous small beaches.
One of the best places to stay and dine in the Cote dâOr, Les Roches is a beautiful country residence with stylish interiors and luxurious guest rooms. Every room in the chateau has a splendid view of the surrounding countryside that can be seen from the elegant French windows or balconies. Within the premises is a main building where the guest rooms and gastronomic restaurant are located, and a Gardenerâs Cottage, which is a self-catering accommodation that can be booked for weeklong stays.      
Les Roches restaurant offers two set menus including regional specialties and vegetarian options made from seasonal and local produce, five nights a week. Every Tuesdays and Wednesdays freshly baked bread and cold cut platters are served.
Les Roches, Le Lavandou, France
Gstaad Palace

One of the finest and grandest hotels in Switzerland, Gstaad Palace is set on a hill overlooking the picturesque town of Gstaad and offers stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Owned by the Scherz family, this elegant hotel employs 250 people and features a relaxing ambiance, spa, health club, pilates studio, saunas, steam baths, treatment rooms, state of the art gym, outdoor tennis courts, squash court, and indoor and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. On the roof of the Palace is an exclusive 240-square-meter Penthouse Suite with a private terrace and sweeping views of the Alps. 
There are five restaurants in the hotel that serves traditional Swiss dishes, Italian cuisine, barbecue specialties, and gourmet haute cuisine. There is also a stylish Bar du Grill, a lobby or lounge bar, and a GreenGo nightclub. La Formagerie is housed in a historic space where the government hid gold reserves during the war. Today Champagne truffle fondue is served here and the terrace serves as the Lobby Bar where guests can listen to live music and sip Champagne. More formal dining options include Le Restaurant, Le Grill Rôtisserie (open show kitchen with intimate dining room), and authentic Italian Gildoâs Ristorante.  
Gstaad Palace opened in 1913 and was considered very modern during that time. It had 150 rooms with 50 private bathrooms, electrical lighting, and six telephone booths. The First World War brought hard times but the Golden Twenties were good years and was the time that the Palace became very popular. It was in 1938 when Mr. and Mrs. Scherz-Bezzola arrived in the hotel as managers, previously running the Hoteal Carlton in St. Moritz. When the Second World War broke, Mrs Scherz was left to manage the hotel almost on her own as her husband guarded the borders together with the Swiss Army. She cultivated the Palaceâs gardens and raised chickens. Over the years, the Scherz family acquired most of the hotel shares and gradually improved the palace.
Gstaad Palace

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.