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Chez Bruno, Lorgues, France

One of the best restaurants in France is located in a small fortified Provencal town known as Lorgues. Chez Bruno is run and owned by the master of the truffle also known as the truffle king, Chef Clement Bruno. It is three kilometers away from the centre of Lorgues in the Var Back country of the French Riviera in the South of France. The cuisine at Chez Bruno is based on the prized truffle, which is included in almost every dish, if not all, served at the restaurant. Chef Bruno uses more than 5000 kilograms of truffles per year in his dishes. The restaurant has a large terrace, three dining areas, aromatic gardens, and an outdoor swimming pool. It is a favorite hangout of some of the most acclaimed and famous chefs in France including Bocuse, Ducasse, Troigros, Loiseau, and Verge who are all friends of Chef Bruno.       
An important town during the Middle Ages, Lorgues still has much of its ancient structures and buildings in tact including a medieval wall and defensive portes. At the heart of Var in the midst of lavender fields, ocres, cicada-airs, and sun-laden vineyards, sits one of the most desirable dining tables that gastronomy fans flock to from all over the world. At the entrance of the restaurant is a fresco that reads: âShare the, the wine and the truffle. According to him. It is a must that food should speak to the heart.â Unlike other restaurants that scrimp on truffles and place only a pinch on a dish that you can hardly taste it, at Chez Bruno, the prized fungus is generously and lavishly used on the dishes.
Rooms are also available and include a continental breakfast. Other amenities in the premises include a sauna and a hot tube, a stylish bar, and an on-site shop selling truffles.
Chez Bruno, Lorgues, France
Hôtel Splendido, Portofino, Italy

The picturesque Italian fishing village famous for its luxury resorts, upscale clientele, and beautiful harbour, Portofino is one of the premiere destinations in the world close to stunning beaches such as Paraggi Beach, Chiavari, Camogli, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante. The half-moon shaped seaside village is where the rich and famous, including celebrities love to take vacations and thus the town is bustling with restaurants, shops, cafes, and luxury hotels. One of the most renowned places to dine and stay in Portofino is at the Hotel Splendido.   
Hotel Splendido is an essential stop when it comes to the world luxury circuit. Featured in the Gold List 2011, Splendido consists of two separate hotels connected by a shuttle bus, the other one is the newer Splendido Mare. The original hotel is a peaches-and-cream villa that sits on a hillside above the port and features extensive gardens, a swimming pool, gym, sauna, tennis courts, and elegantly decorated rooms with interiors of pretty pastels.       
In the Ava Gardner suite, make the experience of a dazzling morning, the sea breeze gently stroking you then take a tranquil walk along the small Portofino harbour. When it comes to fine food, the chef Corti and his team lovingly cooks with maestria, for his international customers, the most popular recipes of the great Italian Cuisine, Ligurian-style seafood salads, pesto gnocchis, fish soups or goat cheese tartlets, with lemon cream and pine-seeds, all to relish while sipping a small glass of Limoncello.
Long been one of the most glamorous places to stay in all of Italy, Hotel Splendido offer serenity and peace as well as some of the finest foods in the country.  La Terrazze restaurant offers either indoor of outdoor dining on the terrace where once can enjoy breathtaking views of Portofino. The premises also include a pool bar, piano bar, and buffet-style pool restaurant.
Hôtel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Domaine de Châteauvieux, Genève, Switzerland

One of the best places to wine and dine in Switzerland, Domaine de Châteauvieux is situated on a hilltop in the Swiss countryside just 15 minutes away from Downtown Geneva. Surrounded by vineyards and rolling green hills, the stone manor is a dream made real. The spacious guest rooms are elegantly designed balanced with a country chic vibe and accented with rough-hewn stonewalls. Marble sinks, vibrant calico fabrics, and delicate stenciling give the rooms a bright and cheery feel. 
The famous restaurant fitted with stone and wood beams, is run by one of the most renowned chefs in all of Switzerland, Philippe Chevrier. Breakfast at the chateau includes homemade bread, jams, local honey and pastries. Domaine de Châteauvieux is also known for its first-class personal service where the staff makes you feel as if you are the chateau owner. Take note that the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. From the chateau, you can easily go to Geneva through the proxibus, which the front desk can arrange for you and provide you with a complimentary metro pass to use the Geneva rail/bus lines. The proxibus will take you to the Satigny train Station and from there Central Geneva is only two stops away at the Geneva Cornavin train station.
Domaine de Châteauvieux is the perfect place to stay if you want a cozy and homey ambiance to âcome homeâ to after a long day doing business in Central Geneva. You can also go here for a romantic dinner or special occasion to sample some of the finest food and wine in the region. The chateau also offers amazing views of the Rhone River, the vineyards and the surrounding hills. Just outside the gates, you can opt to reserve and ride a bicycle in the countryside or go horseback riding.
Domaine de Châteauvieux, Genève,...
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

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.