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Verdon - Provence, Chateau de Trigance
Verdon - Provence, Chateau de Trigance
Montreux, Switzerland

The âPearl of the Swiss Riviera,â Montreaux is located on the shore of Lake Geneva and is known for being a town of music, primarily because of the Montreux Jazz festival held for a stretch of 20 days every July and attracts some 250,000 visitors. Not only jazz musicians are invited to play but also popular musicians like Beck or David Bowie.   
Montreux is also home to the most extraordinary and most visited castle in Switzerland, the Château de Chillon, an island castle that dates back to the 12th century made popular by the Lord Byron in his poem âThe Prisoner of Chillonâ written in 1816. The castle is also one of the settings in Henry Jamesâs novella Daisy Miller written in 1878. Three major periods influenced the history of Chillon, including the Savoy Period, the Bernese Period, and the Vaudois Period.    
Montreux has long been an inspiration to artists, writers, and musicians throughout the centuries and until the present. Ernest Hemingway, Lord Byron, and the Shelleys were one-time residents. In 1971, while Frank Zappa was playing in the Montreux casino, the building caught fire and cast a pall of smoke over Lake Geneva, inspiring Deep Purpleâs classic rock single, âSmoke on the Water.â Freddie Mercury and Igor Stravinsky are also frequent visitors.       
Montreux has a breathtaking landscape composed of palm trees, Lake Geneva, the Alps, vineyards, and a glacier within a short distance. The favorable Mediterranean microclimate and easy access from the Geneva International Airport also makes it a favorite getaway at every time of the year.
Besides the famous Chillon castle, there is also an Alpine garden, an animal park called Marmottes Paradis, and Mongolian yurts for spending the night in. The Christmas market is also a huge event, held a month before Christmas, and features a wide array of culinary tastings, gifts, and chalets. For the best hiking experience, head off to Hauts de Montreux.
Montreux, Switzerland
La Bastide de Capelongue, France

In the heart of the Luberon triangle is la Bastide de Capelongue, which serves some of the finest gourmet cuisines of the region in an elegant Provencal setting. Chef Ãdouard Loubet shows a high respect for the land and the local terroir with his signature dishes that may vary according to the season. The bastide has the warmth and comfort of a real family home transformed into an elegant place to stay and dine. From the beautiful dining room bathed in light, you can see the lavender fields. Most of dishes are made with local Luberon produce especially herbs and even flowers.   
The Gault Millau Guide awarded Chef Edouard Loubet as 2011 Chef of the Year. Specialties in La Bastide de Capelongue include Loup saisi à la fleur de sel, légère infusion à la sauge et chips d'orange, Truffe de saison en croûte, coulis de maïs, pop-corn et feuille de pimprenelle, and Soufflé au cèdre des crêtes du Luberon, crème glacée aux clous de girofle. Local Côtes du Luberon wine are paired with the exquisite dishes for a complete gastronomic experience.
Overlooking the picturesque village of Bonnieux and the rest of the Luberon, La Bastide is a place of serene tranquility and luxurious meditation. Fresh fruit in the bedrooms, sumptuous beddings and cushions, and fresh herbs and vegetables from the bastideâs garden make a worthwhile and unforgettable stay. The rural building is decorated with soft colors, light décor, and whitened old furniture. Outbuildings, formerly Ferme, were transformed into contemporary apartments of concrete and brute stone accented with plump furniture and bright colors and lovely terraces. The bastide is surrounded with long stretches of gardens and in the property is a swimming pool. 
The 17 rooms in the bastide itself are designed in the classical Provencal style with touches of contemporaru aesthetics. The apartments in the Ferme are more modern but also cozy and comfortable.
La Bastide de Capelongue, France
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...

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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