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El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain

Situated in the valley of the Tordera river between the ranges of Montseny and Montnegre, the town of Sant Celoni sits on the left bank of the river and where one of the best restaurants in Spain can be found, El Raco de Can Fabes, a three star Michelin restaurant serving authentic Catalan cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and French nouvelle cooking.   
Created by Angel and Santi Santamarria the Raco De Can Fabes began as a family home gradually transformed into a top culinary and gastronomic destination. From a modest tavern opened in the 1980s, Chef Santamaria slowly developed and mastered his cuisine, becoming one of the most acclaimed in the country. He is renowned and respected for elevating Catalan cuisine into international gastronomic fame and is also the first Catalan chef to have received three Michelin stars. Sadly, Chef Santi Santamaria passed away on February 2011 at the age of 53 leaving the management of his legendary restaurant to the capable hands of his protégé Xavi Pellicer and wife Angel Santamaria.  
El Raco de Can Fabes is charmingly housed in a small citadel, in a building that is about three centuries old. The country chic interiors and elegant rustic setting provide an inviting and cozy ambiance. Aside from the acclaimed restaurant, the premises also include five quaintly decorated guestrooms for those who wish to stay for a night or two after a ravishing meal.
All the facets of the Catalan of todayâplural, dynamic, artistic and progressiveâare reflected in the inventive modern cuisine of El Raco de Can Fabes. A combination of the old and the new, the cuisine here is based on fresh and seasonal ingredients so the menu may vary depending on what is available in the local market. Some of the signature dishes in the famous Catalan restaurant include the Tender pigeon with duck tartare, Hot and cold mackerel with cream of caviar, Spicy foie gras with Sauternes and puree of sweet red and green peppers, and Festival of Chocolate.
El Raco de Can Fabes, San Celoni, Spain
Stromberg, Germany

A historic country town with a population of over 3,000, Stromberg in Hunsrück is home to the Stromburg castle and one of the finest restaurants in the country. Grand Chef Johann Lafer who is known for his cooking programs in German TV is the center of the Stromburg cuisine and restaurant scene. His style is based on the highest possible quality ingredients and standards, always seeking for the best and making sure he knows where everything comes from and their provenance. He has a deep respect for ingredients and their origins and producers and makes dishes inspired by the ingredients themselves.
Known as the âcity of the three valleys and three castles,â Stromburg has a diverse natural and cultural landscape with numerous possibilities for relaxation and leisure activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, golf, fishing, hunting, sailing, water-skiing, survival training, helicopter excursions, gourmet rally, and wine tasting.     
Stromberg is a municipality in the district of Bad Kreuznach, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and is located in the eastern edge of the Hunsrück. It is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde âcollective municipalityâ Stromberg. Nearby is the Guldenbach stream, which and flows out of the Hunsrück into the Nahe River. It is one of the steepest streams in the world, falling from a height of 160 meters down to 8 kilometers between Rheinböllen and Stromberg. Into the mountains, the headwaters cut deeply and traverse an area of the Hunsrück iron ore reserves. 
The most famous and attractive place in Guldenbach Valley is the village of Stromberg at the foot of Soonwald (Soon Forest). Situated on a breathtaking elongated mountain spur is one of the oldest castle complexes in Hunsrück is the Stromburg Castle, built before the 10th century. From 1574 to 1625, it was the home of the German Michel, Hans Michael von Obentraut, a legendary captain in the Thirty Years War.
Stromberg, Germany
Le Bistrot du Sommelier, Paris, France

Located in the 8th district of Paris, Le Bistrot du Sommelier is the place to go if you are passionate about food and wine pairing. Owned by master sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac, the bistro is homage to Bacchus, the Roman God of wine. Considered to be the best wine-butler in France, Philippe Faure-Brac canât stop thinking and talking about wine and would love to show guests his vast selection of local and international wines from rare finds to classics and from affordable but good quality to the more expensive and distinguished. 
Every dish served in the restaurant is carefully paired with the perfect wine to go with it and for the utmost pleasure of guests. Faure-Brac is so passionate about wine that he gets teary eyed when he tastes an exquisite glass that he has long desired to try.  Since the creation of his Bistrot of the Sommelier, he has introduced guests to the rarest, brand-new and the least-known cellar wines, surprising wines, and wines of the New World. He gives sage advise to guests and those who care to listen about the best selection of wines for every dish and food, no matter what the occasion. In the Le Bistrot du Sommelier, wine is revered like a religion.    
The ambiance at the bistrot is relaxed and also stylish. The servers are warm and friendly and you are in luck if sommelier Faure-Brac is there to show you his vast collection and to talk about the precious liquid. Classic French bistro food is served in an unpretentious setting. Superb wines like Margaux and Pauillac and fine Burgundy wines are some of the house favorites. 
If it is your first time to come to the bistrot, you can opt for the set menu, such as âWine and Food in Harmony,â which is crafted and perfected for the enjoyment of the sophisticated palate. Three-course tasting lunch, five-course set dinners are also available, and a la carte are also available.
Le Bistrot du sommelier, Paris, France
Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Italy

On the hill of Fiesole, overhanging the valley of Arno and the town of Provence stands the Villa San Michelle, an ancient convent of tertiary Franciscans. Built in the 15th century, this hotel shelters architectural treasures and frescos. Discover, with the chef, the delights of the Tuscan cuisine with signature dishes like Fritters of courgette-flowers with Pecorino and Beef fillet of Chiana Brunello, accompanied with a glass of wine from the nearby Chianti vineyards. A whole year won't be enough to find out about Florence and when it is a late hour of the night, sit down with the young Florentine facing the Ponto Vecchio to await the morning break.
The former monastery is situated in the midst of trees and gardens and an ambiance that cannot be beat. From the suites and terraces, you can admire breathtaking views of Florence, the City of Lilies, and the Arno valley. The façade of the building dates back to the 15th century and historians attribute its design to none other than Michelangelo. The Italian National Trust designated the property as a monument, which was converted into a hotel in the 1950. In 1982, the legendary luxury group Orient-Express Hotels bought the Villa San Michele and totally restored the buildings, turning it into a national treasure with the help of the Florence Fine Arts Authority.
Arched ceilings, antique furnishings, and floral arrangements in large ceramic vases adorn the interiors of the hotel. There are 21 guestrooms and 25 suites in the hotel with two floors and two wings. Service at the Villa San Michele is almost impeccable.       
The hotel also offers upscale dining and regional haute cuisine at the restaurant Loggia. The renowned restaurant features a terrace with views of the Arno valley. Loggia is a culinary destination in its own right and serves some of the finest Tuscan cuisine in the area, paired with local wines.
Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Italy

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.