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L' Ermitage, Montreux, Switzerland

LâErmitage is a temple of gastronomy and one of the finest restaurants in Switzerland. The Krebs family transformed the 19th century âmaison bourgeoisieâ into a luxurious place to stay and dine surrounded by a lush park in the midst of the lakefront suburb of Clarens in Montreaux, Switzerland, at the border of the Lake Leman.  
Montreaux is the jewel of the Swiss Riviera and is famous for its Middle-Age castle of Chillon, its international jazz festival, and an essential gastronomic destination in large part because of LâErmitage and the efforts of Chef Ettiene Krebs and wife Isabella. Awarded the 1995 best cook by the Gault Milau Guide, Chef Etienne Krebs was given a score of 17 out of 21. He was also given a Michelin star for his sophisticated and creative cuisine. LâErmitage is a member of the prestigious Grandes Tables de Suisse.     
A son of a peasant, Chef Etienne has a passion for fresh produce and local ingredients. Some of the unique dishes served in the restaurant include Filet of fera fish from the nearby lake with capers and artichoke hearts, Foie gras with celery casserole, Baby crawfish in tomato and olive oil salad, Supreme thigh of wild duckling with mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms, and Roast lamb with aromatic Alpine herbs.  The restaurant also offers an impressive wine list to pair with the dishes.  

Guests from all over the world flock to LâErmitage to sample the exquisite cuisine of Chef Etienne Krebs. Famous guests who have dined at the elegant tables of LâErmitage include record producer Quincy Jones and the president of Switzerland. The dining room is beautifully painted with warm and cool tones to represent the water and the sun, since the place is situated in between sea and sky. Rattan furniture gives the restaurant a warm, cosy and country vibe. Guests can also dine at the terrace overlooking the lake.
L' Ermitage, Montreux, Switzerland
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,...
Hôtel Princess et Richmond et Hôtel l'Aiglon, Ventimiglia, Italy

Ventimiglia is a northern Italian border town in Liguria and is very near Menton in the French Riviera. It is located at the terminus of the coastal railway line running between Nice and Monaco, on the Gulf of Genoa. The town is divided by the mouth of the Roia River into two parts and includes a small harbor. If you are in Menton, you can easily walk across the border to Ventimiglia for a daytrip in Italy. Many tourists go to Ventimiglia for the Friday market, which sells clothes, leather goods and fresh produce. Two of the best places to dine and stay in the area are in Hotel Princess & Richmond and the Hotel lâAiglon.
Hotel Princess et Richmond is a three-star property owned by the Caravelli family. A quaint and pretty hotel that has been around since 1927, Princess and Richmond is updated to suite contemporary tastes but has not failed to maintain its authentic charm among the locals and a solid reputation in the international market. The hotel is situated right in front of the beach where guests can enjoy the Mediterranean sun. Nice is only a 30-minute drive away and Menton is only 7 kilometres. Most rooms in the hotel include a balcony with a view overlooking the sea or the mountains. Amenities also include a Jacuzzi bathtub, a bar, and a fitness room. Animals are welcome without charge. The hotel restaurant is one of the finest in the region and serves Contemporary French and Mediterranean haute cuisine. The menu changes with the season depending on what is available in the local market, guaranteeing the freshest produce.      
Hotel Aiglon is an old mansion renovated into a quaint hotel reminiscent of the glorious and glamorous belle epoque era. Elegant antiques are combined with modern furniture to provide the utmost luxury and comfort for guests. The renowned restaurant serves modern French and Mediterranean haute cuisine and has an extensive wine list to pair with the good food.
Hôtel Princess et Richmond et Hôtel...
Kruisheren-Hotel, Maastricht

A former gothic monastery transformed into a four-star luxury establishment, Kruisheren Hotel is a historical place to stay and dine. It is located in the city center of Maastricht in the Netherlands, near shopping facilities, historical landmarks, gastronomic destinations, and the famous Vrijthof Square. The luxury hotel used to be the Kruisheren (Crutched Friar) cloister and dates back to the 15h century. The monastery as well as the gothic church were renovated and changed into a designer hotel that combines medieval antiquity and contemporary aesthetics. The contrast of the past and the present are quite evident in the architecture and interiors of the complex.
The hotel has 60 modern rooms and a mezzanine with a restaurant area where the central church hall used to be. Guests are served breakfast in this area while they can enjoy the stunning views of Maastricht through the chancel windows. The nave of the church also houses the lobby, reception, lounge, coffee bar, modern boardrooms, boutique, a glass elevator that connects the church to the monastery area, a library, and a wine bar, called the âespace vinicole,â with a wine cellar above ground housed in a large glass vault. 
Created by internationally acclaimed interior designer Henk Vos, the interiors of the hotel and the rooms are uniquely designed with a light character that contrasts with the gothic atmosphere. Light installation artworks by the German artist Ingo Maurer are displayed in the hotel. Notable designs by masters Rietveld and Le Corbusier were used throughout the complex. Modern designs from Philippe Starck, Piet Heyn Eeck, marc Newson, and Roderick Vos were used to contrast with the stained glass windows, ceiling paintings, and authentic medieval walls. An artwork in its own right, Kruisheren Hotel offers a synthesis of Gothic exterior and sleek modern interior, of religious expression and stark sobriety.
Kruisheren-Hotel, Maastricht

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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