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Auberge des Templiers, Les Bezards, France

At the crossroads of Sologne, Gâtinais and Val de Loire, in an ancient posting house, with a thatched roof and half timberings all covered with virgin vines, Françoise Dépée is ready to open doors wide, to welcome us inside the hostel of the Templiers. 
The history of Auberge des Templiers can be traced back to 1160 when Major General of the Templars Everard des Barres built a guars post on the site, which was later destroyed Philippe le Bel and much later, in 1946, renewed by the Depee family. One of the eight establishments in the original group of Relais & Châteaux (originally âRelais de Campagneâ), Auberge des Templiers has been around for more than 65 years and continues to be one of the most elegant and beautiful places to stay in the region. Defined by style, luxury and refinement, Auberge des Templiers exemplify the art of fine living in the French countryside.     
Haute cuisine is served at the hotelâs fine dining restaurant, Les Bezards, including classic country dishes like ravioli of mild mushrooms and velouté with truffle jus. A great way to start is with a mille-feuilles of liver with stewed apples, or an onion and parsley sauce with virgin oil followed by a Gâtinais chicken, all terra-cotta crusted, and finish with a crispy-crunchy pineapple covered with glazed coconut. The hotel also houses an impressive collection of local wines. The dining room is tastefully decorated with soft carpets, Aubusson tapestries, burnished leather, plush fabrics, elegant oak beams, and a romantic fireplace.  
Very near the Loire, with its pinky sand and its thousand castles, you will find the quite renowned museum of the crockery of Gien, as well as a museum of hunting and shooting in this region where, as soon as Autumn peeps in, the hunters close up and crowd hurriedly.
Auberge des Templiers, Les Bezards,...
Deauville, Normandy, France

The most glamorous seaside resort in the French coast, Deauville in Normandy France, a commune in Calvados, is considered the âqueen of the Norman beaches.â It is one of the most elegant and prestigious seaside resorts in all of France and is popular for its racecourse, horse culture, polo grounds, golf courses, villas, Grand Casino, international film festivals, five-star hotels, and marinas. 
A fashionable holiday resort among the international upper class and celebrities, Deauville is home to the rich and famous and a favorite family destination of the super wealthy since the 19th century. Deauville is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera and is well known for its role in famous author Marcel Proustâs âIn Search of Lost Time.â Today, it is easily accessible from Paris due to the extension of highway A132.   
One of Europeâs largest hotel companies, Le Groupe Lucien Barriere, which specializes in casinos and luxury hotels operate one of the most prominent structures in Deauville, the five-star Hotel Royal Barriere. Located near the beach and in the center of the town, it is directly linked to the renowned Casino also owned by the Groupe Lucien Barriere. Built in 1913, it has been a symbol of luxury and prestige and is a cornerstone of the famous town. Inside the hotel are two restaurants and spa.  
Another renowned property in Deauville is the Hotel Normandy, also a five-star hotel, which upholds Norman tradition and culture. It is easily distinguished for its beautiful Anglo-Norman architecture, antique furniture, and use of traditional fabrics.  
The four-star Hotel du Golf Barriere overlooks the countryside and the ocean. The hotel is situated in the world-famous 18-hole, as well as a 9-hole golf course located 10 minutes away from the heart of Deauville. Hotel du Golf offers natural beauty and high-class luxury in one place.
Deauville, Normandy, France
Verbier - Switzerland

One of the largest holiday resort and ski areas in the Swiss Alps, Verbier is a favorite holiday destination of the of celebrities and the royal family including Sarah the Duchess of York, Prince Harry of Wales, Princesses Beatrice and Eugene, as well as the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark. In addition to its ideal location at 1,500 metres, Verbier is a wonderful place thanks to its chalet-style buildings and large alpine village nestled in its natural setting. Here you have everything you need for an extraordinary holiday experience: modern infrastructure, different kinds of shops and businesses, a wide range of restaurants to choose from and a vibrant nightlife.
While in Verbier, do not miss out on classic Alpine dishes especially the fondue, which consists of a hot pot filled with melted cheese where you can dip chunks of crusty bread. The cheese in the pot is typically a variety of local cheeses like gruyere, reblochon, comte, emmental, of beaufort, flavored with a bit of garlic and some alcohol, typically white wine, kirsch, or a local liqueur. Flour is sometimes used as a thickener. There are also variations containing other ingredients like tomatoes, mushrooms, nuts, chilies, and other flavorings. Dessert fondue usually consists of melted chocolate where different kids of chopped fresh fruits are dipped in.       
The meat fondue consists of a hot cauldron filled with hot oil over a small burner where chunks of meat skewered in long forks are dunked in the hot oil and cooked according to your preference. Different selections of seasonings and sauces are available for flavoring the meat.   
Another popular dish in the Swiss Alps is the raclette, which is a slice of cheese melted in a small table-top grill and spooned over a plate of meats, potatoes, vegetables, salad and pickles. Raclette can also be served in small individual pans held underneath the grill. An ever-popular dish in the mountain restaurants, Tartiflette is also a cheese dish layered with potatoes, cheese, cream, and bacon.
Verbier - Switzerland
Les Trois Forts, Dominique Frérard

A gourmet restaurant on the top floor of the plush Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port Hotel, Les Trois Forts is the finest dining spot in the area where guests can enjoy Mediterranean haute cuisine while admiring a stunning panoramic view of the old port where a line of boats are docked. The restaurant is decorated like a fancy boat with shades of navy blue and pearl, blended with contemporary aesthetics and Art Deco tableware. Inspired by the underwater world, the restaurants ambiance is calmingly elegant. 
French Master Chef Dominique Frérard prepares the exquisite cuisine that travelers and food connoisseurs from all over the world come to experience. The award-winning breakfast at Les Trois Forts features fresh local produce and hot food stations. A wide range of dishes is available for lunch and dinner made with seasonal produce and only the freshest, highest quality produces. Star Chef Frérard combines traditional regional culture and refined and delicate flavors with modern haute cuisine creating the best dishes in Marseilles. Signature dishes include Stuffed vegetables with prawns and coriander vinaigrette, Blue lobster with Swiss chard, mushrooms and creamy ravioli, and Marzipan with almond and orange emulsion. 
Bar Le Carré serves tapas, delicate cuisine, appetizers, pastries, and signature cocktails as well as a wide selection of teas. The refined and relaxing atmosphere dedicated to the marine and yachting world creates a special place for guests to hold important meetings or celebrate intimate occasions.      
A native of the Ardeneâs region in France, Dominique Frérard lived in Marseilles for 15 years and has spent 11 years in the kitchen of the Les Trois Forts. His love and passion for the city of Marseilles is quite evident in his cooking, which is influenced by the local terroir as well as spices from North Africa, creating a unique and creative cuisine rich in flavors.
Les Trois Forts, Dominique Frérard

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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