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Bruno in Croatia


The King of Truffles (Le Roi de la Truffe), Bruno Clement, owner of legendary restaurant chez Bruno in Lorgues, Provence, takes a trip to the heart of Istria, a province of Croatia known for its magnificent food, fish market, olives, olive oil, and wine. Chef Clement visits the Istrian coast, the fish market and the Marina and explains the simplicity of Istrian food such as barbecue, dried meat, and roasted fish. He also visits the kitchen of some of the finest chefs and cooks in Istria.  
Italian and Mediterranean cooking heavily influences Istrian cuisine but Istrian dishes have its own unique flavors and distinctive methods of preparation. There is a wide array of delicious fish and seafood like mussels, scallops, oysters, langoustines, and sea bream in the Istrian sea and the land is rich with tasty truffles, meats and wild asparagus. 
Truffle grows in inland Istria and hunters usually search for the expensive fungus at night with their dogs. Most restaurants feature the precious ingredients shaved on pasta or steak. Truffle is also combined with cheese to make truffle cheese and made into oil for use as seasoning. 
Another popular food and ingredient in Istria is the Istrian ham, very similar Serrano ham with its own distinctive flavor from the local meat. The ham is wind-dried, a process called âbura,â and flavored with salt from the Adriatic. Locals treat the ham and the process of making it with respect. Istrian ham is often served with bread and cheese and makes a scrumptious starter or main dish. 
Istria has been producing olive oil since the Roman times and most of the Istria is covered with old olive trees. Some of the best-quality olive oils in the world are produced here. Istrian wine is also quite excellent and there are many small producers in the region.
Bruno in Croatia
Radisson S.A.S Palais Hotel

A luxurious five-star hotel consisting of two restored palaces, the Palais Leitenberger and the Palais Henckel von Donnersmarck, Radisson S.A.S Palais Hotel is located right in the heart of Vienna on the Parkring and is a walk away in many of Viennaâs historical districts. Parkring, opposite Stadtpark, was one of the most aristocratic and noble parts of Vienna back in the days of the monarchy.   
Both palaces were built during the âfin de siècle,â in the second half of the 19th century, when Vienna was a center of power. The architectural style of the Palais hotel is an attraction in its own right and was a trendsetter for the whole of Europe at the time it was built. The palaces were fully and faithfully transformed into one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Europe. The hotel rooms were equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, a mini bar, ironing facilities, water kettles, and a flat screen cable TV, and luxurious bathrooms with heated flooring but most of its traditional 19th-century design and furnishings remains intact. Elegant armchairs and intricate wallpapers adorn the room. The room rates include free use of the minibar with a limit of one filling per day.            
In the hotel is an award-winning gourmet restaurant, Le Siècle, which specializes in seafood and serves Austrian and International cuisine. The Belami Bar serves bar food, appetizers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, while the Palais Café serves light snacks, homemade pastries, freshly brewed coffee, tea and other beverages. The hotel also features a Royal Club, geared towards businesspeople and accommodates any of their business needs.  
There are tons to do while staying at the Radisson Palais Hotel, such as taking a walk in Statdpark and visiting the Museums Quartier Wien, which is about two kilometers away. In the area is the Vendome Floating-center where guests can take a break in the saltwater flotation tanks.
Radisson S.A.S Palais Hotel
Manoir Interscaldes, Kasteel Wittem, Netherlands

The cuisine of the Netherlands has been closely linked to that of Northern France throughout history and many fine dining restaurants in the country serve French food. Many of these include meat, cheese, nuts, fruits and wine. Farming and fishing shaped traditional Dutch food and are largely based on dairy products, especially cheese, which are known and exported throughout the world. 
Some of the most famous cheeses from the Netherlands include Leyden, Edam, and Gouda. Dried sausages with a strong flavor also feature prominently in Dutch food and many villages in the country produce their own type of sausage. A traditional and typical meal in Netherlands served for breakfast or lunch includes different kinds of cheeses, a plate of cold cuts, and sweet toppings. A traditional Dutch dinner may include beans, potatoes, meat, and vegetables. A dish called stamppot, which is mashed potatoes mixed with other mashed vegetables is also often included. 
Two of the most revered restaurants in the Netherlands that serve fine French cuisine include the Manoir Interscaldes and Kasteel Wittem. In the Dutch culinary world, the Manoir Interscaldes of Martje and Kess Boudeling is such a monument in gastronomy. The sea everywhere surrounds their generous Zélande. Martje selects the best of seafood and combines it with the first-choice land products to serve only the best, imaginative and refined cuisine. 
Towards Maastricht, is another renowned gastronomic paradise, Kasteel Witten. The castle Witten dating back to the 12th century, is surrounded by a three-hectare park, full of secular trees and picturesque domes, all bordered by the rapid flow of the Geul. The young chef Ralph Berendsen went strengthened his learning under the most renowned German cooking chefs, all of it before making proposals to the castle of an inventive type of food, where the sea takes the first and foremost important place.
Manoir Interscaldes, Kasteel Wittem,...
La Bastide de Saint-Tropez, St Tropez, France

Along the French Riviera and just a short drive from Cannes of Nice, the Saint Tropez is perhaps the loveliest towns you can dream of especially during the summer. A pink village purring under its Citadel, boasting not only a pretty fishing harbour but also a dock for billionaires' ships and thousands of tourists crowding at the cafés' terraces, such is St Tropez, the all-over-the-world famous place for its midday sunshine and its midnight bathings. 
On the way to the Pampelune beaches, stop at La Bastide de Saint-Tropez where you can savor the special cuisine of Chef Serge Cardaillac with imaginative dishes such as Tournedos steak garnished with heart of Provence and Tomato and artichoke fritters. 
Along the coast, you can relax at the old pleasure-garden of Cap d'Antibes, the Bacon, a suburban place of refreshment, with music and dancing, famous worldwide for its legendary bouillabaisse, a delicious classic Provençal fish-soup. Finish off the day with a chilled raspberry-filled Nougat before taking a walk and gazing at De Luxe yatchs, such as the Savorella, designed for Ataturk.
A popular tourist destination and a hotspot for gourmet lovers, Saint Tropez has some of the most sumptuous beaches in the country. The best beach to see and be seen is the Plage Port Grimaud where the wealthy lounge and tan in Burberry bikinis. In the risqué part of town is the notorious Plage de Tahiti where clothing may be optional. For a more family-friendly kind of atmosphere with beachside playgrounds, there are more options including the Plage des Graniers, Plage de la Bouillabaisse, and Plage des Jumeaux. Plage de Pampellone is a huge stretch of bars, great places to stop by for snacks, and beautiful beaches to hangout.       
Besides the beach, you can relax in cosy cafes overlooking the harbour and visit the open-air markets where you can hunt for rare antiques and hidden treasures.
La Bastide de Saint-Tropez, St Tropez,...

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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