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Cannes, France

Known worldwide for its famous annual film festival, Cannes in France is also a gastronomic destination and has some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. All types of eateries and restaurants can be found in Cannes from charming hole-in-the-walls to the ultimate in glitz and glamour. A small seaside town, Cannes is easy and fun to explore and has pretty and busy beaches for relaxing and sipping cocktails and fine wines.     
Cannes, all along the Riviera, its De Luxe hotels and its world famous International Film Festival, opens its doors wide for you. Following in the footsteps of a great number of stars who close up and crowd here, you can lunch at the Restaurant of the Hotel Gray d'Albion where you can appreciate the famous smoked haddock in salad, recommended by Jacques Chibois. Or enjoy the famous crusty-crunchy chicken, "Gérard Depardieu" suggested by Mario at the Majestic. Go for walks all along the well-known Croisette overhanging the ancient village "Suquet" and avail of the smooth and mild evenings illuminated by wonderful fireworks let off the bay.
Considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe, Cannes is at its most glittering come May when the Cannes Film Festival is held and where the rich and famous flock in what was formerly a fishing village. The festival is held at the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette. Casinos and high-end restaurants abound in this area as well as spectacular architecture and culture.     
Cobbled streets and breathtaking views of Le Suquet are worth visiting. Down the beautiful marina, street side tables and cafes are lined up where you can watch people pass by and have coffee, tea or wine.  Walking is the best mode of transportation around the city and allows you to stumble upon obscure sights and hidden gems that you might miss otherwise.
Cannes, France
Gstaad Palace

One of the finest and grandest hotels in Switzerland, Gstaad Palace is set on a hill overlooking the picturesque town of Gstaad and offers stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Owned by the Scherz family, this elegant hotel employs 250 people and features a relaxing ambiance, spa, health club, pilates studio, saunas, steam baths, treatment rooms, state of the art gym, outdoor tennis courts, squash court, and indoor and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. On the roof of the Palace is an exclusive 240-square-meter Penthouse Suite with a private terrace and sweeping views of the Alps. 
There are five restaurants in the hotel that serves traditional Swiss dishes, Italian cuisine, barbecue specialties, and gourmet haute cuisine. There is also a stylish Bar du Grill, a lobby or lounge bar, and a GreenGo nightclub. La Formagerie is housed in a historic space where the government hid gold reserves during the war. Today Champagne truffle fondue is served here and the terrace serves as the Lobby Bar where guests can listen to live music and sip Champagne. More formal dining options include Le Restaurant, Le Grill Rôtisserie (open show kitchen with intimate dining room), and authentic Italian Gildoâs Ristorante.  
Gstaad Palace opened in 1913 and was considered very modern during that time. It had 150 rooms with 50 private bathrooms, electrical lighting, and six telephone booths. The First World War brought hard times but the Golden Twenties were good years and was the time that the Palace became very popular. It was in 1938 when Mr. and Mrs. Scherz-Bezzola arrived in the hotel as managers, previously running the Hoteal Carlton in St. Moritz. When the Second World War broke, Mrs Scherz was left to manage the hotel almost on her own as her husband guarded the borders together with the Swiss Army. She cultivated the Palaceâs gardens and raised chickens. Over the years, the Scherz family acquired most of the hotel shares and gradually improved the palace.
Gstaad Palace
Chez Bruno, Toulon, France

Chez Bruno is the only restaurant you need to go to if you are a lover of truffles. You will consume more truffles at Chez Bruno for a three-hour lunch than the amount you are likely to consume otherwise in different restaurants for the rest of your life. Located in the city of Lorgues in Provence, Chez Bruno is a favorite hangout of some of the most renowned chefs in France like Troisgros, Bocuse, Ducasse, Loiseau, and Verge. Famous for its playful and simple menu that is centered on the subterranean fungus, Chez Bruno offers a rare and special dining experience. 
At Chez Bruno, the truffle is the centerpiece of many dishes. Instead of using minute quantities of the precious fungus and treating it as a garnish like most restaurants do, Chef Clement Bruno often creates dishes around whole truffles, found locally. Truffle slices are heaped on the plate and the other ingredients are only accents instead of the other way around.
Known as the âking of trufflesâ among his peers and the culinary world, Chef Clement Bruno uses over a thousand kilograms of truffles every year. Chef Bruno opened Chez Bruno in honor of his grandmother, Mariette, who taught him how to cook in the traditional Provencal-style and instilled in him a passion for truffles, shaping his culinary philosophy as a little boy. 
In the restaurant is a prix fixe menu where guests can choose among various truffle species including the while Alba truffle (Tuber borchi), the French winter truffle (Tuber brumale), or the classic French black truffle (Tuber melanosporum). While the truffles are the star of his restaurant, Chef Bruno also gives emphasis to local and fresh produce and is widely acclaimed in all of France for his innovative menu and excellent service with an ambiance that is warm, graceful, simple and friendly.
Chez Bruno, Toulon, France
Le Mas de Peint, Arles

A seventeenth century farmhouse transformed into a charming hotel and gourmet restaurant, Le Mas de Peint in Arles at the heart of Camargue is a rustic getaway with all the amenities of a luxury establishment. The homestead of Jacques and Lucille Bon, Le Mas de Peint is a labor of love and tradition. The property is covered in ivy and surrounded with crops of Camargue rice that Jacqueâs family has been growing for generations. In the 500-hectare estate, Jacques also raises semi-wild long-horned bulls for a local bullfighting tradition called the âCourse à la Cocarde.â He is a well-known âManadierâ in Carmague. 
Lucille Bon is a designer and architect in contrast, balancing the rough and wild nature of the place. The eight rooms and three suites in Le Mas are elegantly decorated with contemporary furnishings, exposed pine beams, antique fixtures, delicate fabrics, chic bathrooms, thick and fluffy towels, and soft colors of pinks and bright colors of greens. The rooms at Le Mas de Peint have been featured in various magazines including Elle, Cote Sud, Marie Claire, Homes & Gardens, Joyce, and Gault Millau.     
The cuisine is based on local and fresh ingredients especially local beef, Mediterranean seafood, and the famous Camargue red rice. The dining are consists of large round tables arranged right in the middle of the kitchen so that guests can see the chef and crew cook the dishes. The gastronomic restaurant is well known in the area and reservations are a must especially if you are not staying here.
The large property is best explored by horseback or at the wheel of a 4x4. It is also an extraordinary place for meetings and big events like weddings or birthday celebrations. Le Mas de Peint is an unforgettable place for romantic occasions and ideal for quiet meditation and utmost relaxation.
Le Mas de Peint, Arles

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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