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Château Cordellian, Barges, Pauillac

On the outskirts of Pauillac on the majestic estuary of the Gironde youâll find one of the most exciting gastronomic destinations in the region, Château Cordeillan-Bages, an elegant 17th century mansion transformed into a luxury hotel and gourmet restaurant. A member of the prestigious Relais and Château, Cordeillan-Bages serves exceptional haute cuisine from fresh and local ingredients such as the famous Lamb of Pauillac, Pibales, Pork legs with mushrooms, Gillardeau oyster crépinette style, Aldudes valley pork, and Crispy sweetbreads with green asparagus. The chateau also carries some of the finest wines and vintages around including wines from Pauillac, Medoc, Pichon-Longueville, and Lynch-Bages.
At the Château Cordeillan-Bages, the chefs and sommeliers spend a lot of time and give extra attention to determine the perfect match between a dish and a wine for the utmost enjoyment and pleasure of guests. The sommeliers carefully select the perfect companion of wine for the dishes so that there is harmony both subtle and bold. The cellar at the Chateau is extensive and complete, from the finest wines in the Bordeaux region to very old vintages. There are also about 200 different Champagnes to choose from.     
Since 2010, the chateau is under the care and charge of Jean-Luc Rocha, who used to be second in command for Thierry Marx, former Executive Chef of Cordeillan-Barges since 2005. Chef Rocha also worked for the great French chef Patrick Henriroux at Le Pyramide in Vienne.  Rochaâs modern French cuisine earned him the much-coveted title of âMeilleur Ouvrier de Franceâ in 2007. Combining tradition and technique, Chef Rocha delights in always trying something new while maintaining very high standards. An emphasis on local and fresh products from the terroir is the basis of his no nonsense cuisine and balanced menu that shows a pride of place and respect for ingredients.
Château Cordellian, Barges, Pauillac
Huge and colossal bosoms of Verdon, not far from the famous village of la Fayence, Moustiers- Ste-Marie, here is Trigance. Inheritor of a never ending medieval tradition, this village built, like an eagle's nest, and 800 metres high in altitude, is dominated by a millenary Fortress, that is the Castle of Trigance. While sipping a n Hippocras, mulled-wine cocktail in the stoned dining room, we expect, at any moment, to see a knight of Malte rise into view. Let's eat with such a relish a pancake of Norwegian haddock, marinated in fennel and fresh vegetables, all of which is followed by an incontestable lamb square of the Alpilles crusted with culinary fresh herbs.
Le Château de Trigance, Provence, France
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
Bruges, Belgium

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Bruges in Belgium is considered as the Venice of the North and is the most popular tourist destination in Belgium. The medieval city is perfectly preserved and evokes a world long gone. Renovated to maintain its medieval appearance, Bruges feels like a trip back in time with its clock towers, canals, and cobblestone streets, although a lot of the architecture was only built in the 19th and 20th centuries so it feels more like a fairy tale than a real historical past. 
Besides the sights and usual tourist attractions, Bruges is in recent years becoming known for its food and 21st century avant-garde cuisine. There are a lot of Michelin star restaurants and chefs in the city and plenty of traditional pubs, bistros and restaurants that serve local favorites like beer-based Flemish pie or stew, mussels and frites or fricadellen (frites with mayonnaise), fried goose liver serve on top of apple tarte, and vol-au-vents. Classic French dishes and French haute cuisine are also excellent here. A lot of the restaurants and food joints do not open until six in the late noon. 
The Central market place, the Grote Markt, and the Burg Square is where most tourists go to eat but you can find better places and experiences if you wander off the beaten track.  Avoid the restaurants in the historic old town where prices are exorbitant and choose a local favorite where the menu is only in Dutch and the chef or stadd are happy to translate for you or recommend the specials. Make sure to pass by the numerous creative chocolate shops that stock confections by experimental chocolatiers and the local beer pubs that offer a wide selection of rare Belgian beers from the regions breweries.     
Head off to the street market on ât Zand square first thing in the morning and shop for Belgian cheeses, freshly baked loaves, smoked herring, and mini-boterwafels, and sweet butter waffles.
Bruges, Belgium

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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