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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,...
Domaine de l'Hospitalet, Narbonne Plage, France

Narbonne-Plage is a lovely Mediterranean resort town on the south coast of France with three miles of well-tended sandy beaches and more than 300 days of sun a year perfect for wind surfing, jet skiing, sand yachting, and dinghy sailing. People flock here yearly because of the endless leisure activities to choose from including crazy golf, quad bikes, cycling, hiking, horse riding, helicopter rides, and free evening entertainment. Within 15 minutes from the center of the town are a dozen vineyards. Gourmet restaurants, small resorts, bars, and self-catering villas are found in the heart of the town as well as the outskirts. A large limestone called La Clape massif separates the city of Narbonne proper and the Narbonne-Plage. 
The Chateau Hospitalet is located a little further in land and serves the finest haute cuisine in the area in their two restaurants. The acclaimed restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine paired with exceptional wines from the chateauâs vineyards in a relaxing and elegant ambiance fashioned after a modern French bistro. The menu changes with the season and is based on fresh regional produce including olives, olive oil, jam, and honey.      
Béatrice and Jacques Ribourel left behind their exciting urban lives; she worked before for the World Bank, he was a famous promoter, so as to settle in the Clape, and develop a vineyard in an exceptional site overhanging the sea, just a few kilometers from the Narbonne beach. Deep in the heart of the vineyards, they have created a wonderful tourist attraction, Domaine de l'Hospitalet, gathering altogether a restaurant according to Chef David Moreno's concept (1 star Michelin), vineyard-cooks, guestrooms, regional craftsmen, small museums, and temporary expositions. Sitting on the bench of meditation, they measure the distance covered and gloat over their success, especially the success of producing their own wines Béatrice, acknowledged by a great number of chefs.
Domaine de l'Hospitalet, Narbonne...
Geneva, Switzerland

Good food with emphasis on fresh locally sourced ingredients, authentic preparations, slow cooking, and regional tastes define the restaurant and culinary scene in Geneva, the capital of cuisine in Switzerland with over a thousand restaurants established all over the city, from small cafes to gastronomic havens. Local specialties in Geneva include a variety of casseroles, smoked sausage, lake fish dishes, raclette, and cheese fondue. Food from around the world is also available in the city, especially French haute cuisine and European fares.    
Many gourmet restaurants and fine dining establishments in Geneva are quite pricey but there are a lot of small restaurants and tons of cafes that serve exquisite local and international food at more reasonable prices. Service charge is typically included in the bill or mentioned in the menu so tipping is not required but you are free to give additional if you find the service and the food extraordinary.   
Some of the best restaurants, hotels and eateries in Geneva are located around the lake, offering stunning views and super fresh food. In the evenings, guests are encouraged to wear formal dress especially in the luxury hotel restaurants. Lunch specials at these establishments are set at reduced prices and provide a more relaxed ambiance. 
For authentic Arabic, African, Thai, and South American food, as well as American cafes, the place to go to is the Paquis. Prices here are low but most establishments and eateries do not accept credit card.    
For classic French cuisine in a cozy setting as well as traditional Swiss eateries, head off to the Old Town where there is a great place to eat in every corner. Most of these quaint cafes and restaurants have romantic ambiance and candle-lit dinners in a medieval setting. The most experimental cuisine and trendy restaurants in the city are huddled in Carouge, where there is always something new to try.
Geneva, Switzerland
Etienne Krebs, L'Ermitage

The son of a peasant, Chef Etienne Krebs developed a passion for using fresh and local produce and real products early on as a young boy. He followed his passion for high-quality ingredients and good food until he became one of the best chefs in Switzerland. Today, he proposes one of the most creative cuisines in the Swiss Riviera that honors the local terroir and the nearby lake, using the freshest and best quality ingredients to create unforgettable delicious dishes at the LâErmitage in Montreux, the jewel of the Swiss Riviera.  
Together with his wife Isabelle, Chef Etienne Krebs transformed the late 19th century âmaison bourgeoiseâ into an elegant hotel and gastronomic destination. Some of the famous guests who have graced the tables of the LâErmitage restaurant include no less than the president of Switzerland and the producer Quincy Jones.   
Surrounded by a beautiful park, LâErmitage is situated in the lakefront suburb of Clarens and includes four luxurious rooms and three stylish suites decorated with a classic country vibe and contemporary flair. Breakfast is included when booking a room and guests can dine in the restaurant where irresistible dishes of the region, some classic others innovative, are prepared and served. Signature dishes served by Chef Etienne Krebs that earned him a Michelin Star include the Baby crawfish in tomato and olive oil salad, Foie gras with celery casserole, Fera fish filet from lake Geneva with artichoke hearts and capers, Roast lamb with aromatic herbs from the Alps, and Supreme thigh of wild duckling with sautéed mushrooms and mashed potatoes.      
There are plenty of things to do and see while in the area aside from the usual nature hike and exploration. Montreux is well known for its jazz festival held every year where some of the best musicians of the era from all over the world perform, as well as the medieval castle in Chillon.
Etienne Krebs, L'Ermitage

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.