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La Colombe d'or - Le Mas d'Artigny, Saint - Paul de Vence, France

A visit to Paul de Vence in France, a village on the Riviera at the Hinterland of Nice, is not complete without experiencing the authentic cuisine and art hotel of La Colombe dâOr and Le Mas dâArtigny, two of the most beautiful places in the Riviera that serve some of the finest food in the region. Colombe dâOr offers generous portions of innovative Nice cuisine and homegrown Provencal cooking while Le Mas dâ Artigny serves innovative haute cuisine inspired by local produce and the regionâs terroir.
The menu at La Colombe dâOr features a wide array of starters enough to keep you full for the day, including a basket of crudités, grilled peppers in olive oil, stuffed baby vegetables, caramelized onions, anchovies, beans, baked provencal tomatoes, aubergines, and other specialties from the Mediterranean. French classics entrees like chicken fricassee are also a must-try.   
La Colombe dâOr is hosted by the Roux family and is considered one of the most beautiful inns in the Riviera and a privileged place to stay. Hotel guests get priority in the restaurant and have all the time to admire the authentic artworks of master painters including Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Braque, Miro, Léger, Calder, and César.
For a more reclusive place and rustic ambiance, head off to Le Mas dâArtigny, situated in a 20-acre pine forest across the walls of Saint Paul de Vence. The magnificent structure dominates the Cote dâAzur and offers some of the most sumptuous views of the Riviera. This art sanctuary also includes a gourmet restaurant serving authentic Provencal cuisine, luxury hotel, spa, sobtropical gardens with modern sculptures, café, bar, outdoor pool, health club, waterpark, solarium, hamman, tennis court, and games room. A relaxed and cozy place to stay in the hills of Provence, Le Mas dâArtigny provides first-class luxury in the middle of nature.
La Colombe d'or - Le Mas d'Artigny,...
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
Orient-ExpressHotels, Savona, Italy

A seaport commune in the northern Italian region of Liguria, Savona is located in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its heavy industry. Because it is one of the chief seats of the Italian iron industry, the town is filled with railway workshops, shipbuilding, engineering shops, brass foundry, iron-works and other foundries. The functional city is not exactly the most beautiful but in the medieval centre of the town one can find magic and charming places to stay and dine. Summer is the best time to visit Savona and when the food is at its finest. This is also the time when bric-a-brac markets selling antiques and rare finds open every Saturdays.    
Here one will find the old-fashioned charm of the Italian Riviera since Albissola, the city of the ceramists, famous in the 30s thanks to artists like Tulio d' Albissola, Lucio Fontana or later Bjorn. Savona is a city of the past with beautiful architecture and rich museums. You can take a tour towards the future with the ambitious construction site of the new port entrusted to the famous Ricardo Boffil. Discover Savona through Bacco and its inn and Anita, chef at home, serving simple and fragrant Ligurian dishes like Tempura of leaves of sages, Doughnuts of stuffed anchovies, and Testaroli. Another must-stop is at Claudio and his restaurant on the beach, rocked by the sweet music of waves, you will discover a cuisine of the freshest products from sea straight to the plate, eaten raw and with fingers around a table.  
Savona is known as the City of Popes (Città dei Papi) since two locals, Franceso Della Rovere and nephew Giuliano became popes: Pope Sixtus IV in 1471 and Pope Julius II in 1503, respectively. Pope Sixtus IV had the Sistine Chapel built in the Vatican while Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling. Another famous former inhabitant of Savona is navigator Christopher Columbus who lived in many residences in Liguria while chronicling his journeys.
Orient-ExpressHotels, Savona, Italy
Le Château d'Eza - La Vignette Haute, Auribeaus/Siagne, France

A medieval village that dates back to the 11th century, Auribeau-sur-Siagne is located between Cannes and Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote dâAzur. The thousand-year old village is perched atop a rocky spur with a height of more than a 1000 feet from sea level, overlooking the Siagne River. Two of the best places to dine and stay here is at the Le Château d'Eza, a 400-year old castle turned into a boutique hotel, and La Vignette Haute, a romantic medieval inn.  
One of the most majestic hotels along the coast of the legendary Cote dâAzur, Le Château d'Eza is built on the mountain peak right along the coast, the castle which the Prince of Sweden inhabited. While the castle is magnificent, it has only limited rooms with some suites carved into the side of the ancient rock in the grand medieval tradition. Oak beams, fireplaces, and stonewalls fill the interior of the hotel. While it remains true to its medieval roots, the hotel has been redecorated and updated to suite contemporary tastes. Stylish bathrooms and lush fabrics give the rooms a luxurious ambiance. The acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant at the Eza is one of the finest in the region. It serves Mediterranean and French cuisine in an elegant and romantic setting with spectacular views of the French Riviera.           
Not far is La Vignette Haute, which translates to âsmall vineyard on high.â The 17th century Provencal country house is a romantic place to stay and is also a gastronomic destination. The mini paradise includes a sheepfold home to different kinds of animals. In the premises is also scented gardens, outdoor swimming pool in the Roman-style, a medieval museum, and a working farm where some of the fresh ingredients are used in the restaurant-kitchen. As with the rest of the place, the restaurant is elegantly and romantically decorated with a dazzling view of the landscape. Guests can also dine at the tower for a romantic occasion.
Le Château d'Eza - La Vignette Haute,...

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.