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Hôtel Splendido, Portofino, Italy

The picturesque Italian fishing village famous for its luxury resorts, upscale clientele, and beautiful harbour, Portofino is one of the premiere destinations in the world close to stunning beaches such as Paraggi Beach, Chiavari, Camogli, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante. The half-moon shaped seaside village is where the rich and famous, including celebrities love to take vacations and thus the town is bustling with restaurants, shops, cafes, and luxury hotels. One of the most renowned places to dine and stay in Portofino is at the Hotel Splendido.   
Hotel Splendido is an essential stop when it comes to the world luxury circuit. Featured in the Gold List 2011, Splendido consists of two separate hotels connected by a shuttle bus, the other one is the newer Splendido Mare. The original hotel is a peaches-and-cream villa that sits on a hillside above the port and features extensive gardens, a swimming pool, gym, sauna, tennis courts, and elegantly decorated rooms with interiors of pretty pastels.       
In the Ava Gardner suite, make the experience of a dazzling morning, the sea breeze gently stroking you then take a tranquil walk along the small Portofino harbour. When it comes to fine food, the chef Corti and his team lovingly cooks with maestria, for his international customers, the most popular recipes of the great Italian Cuisine, Ligurian-style seafood salads, pesto gnocchis, fish soups or goat cheese tartlets, with lemon cream and pine-seeds, all to relish while sipping a small glass of Limoncello.
Long been one of the most glamorous places to stay in all of Italy, Hotel Splendido offer serenity and peace as well as some of the finest foods in the country.  La Terrazze restaurant offers either indoor of outdoor dining on the terrace where once can enjoy breathtaking views of Portofino. The premises also include a pool bar, piano bar, and buffet-style pool restaurant.
Hôtel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Huge and colossal bosoms of Verdon, not far from the famous village of la Fayence, Moustiers- Ste-Marie, here is Trigance. Inheritor of a never ending medieval tradition, this village built, like an eagle's nest, and 800 metres high in altitude, is dominated by a millenary Fortress, that is the Castle of Trigance. While sipping a n Hippocras, mulled-wine cocktail in the stoned dining room, we expect, at any moment, to see a knight of Malte rise into view. Let's eat with such a relish a pancake of Norwegian haddock, marinated in fennel and fresh vegetables, all of which is followed by an incontestable lamb square of the Alpilles crusted with culinary fresh herbs.
Le Château de Trigance, Provence, France
Le Mont Ventoux, France

Known as the âGiant of Provenceâ or the âBeast of Provence,â or the âThe Bald Mountain,â Le Mont Ventoux is most famous for being one of the most grueling climbs in the Tour de France bicycle race. Located in the Provence region of southern France, 20 kilometres northeast of Carpentras, Vaucluse and bordering the Drome department on the north side, Mont Ventoux is the largest mountain in the region and is one the most important tourist spots in Provence.
There is little infrastructure on top of the mountain but there are a lot of villages around with hotels and restaurants. Mount Ventoux is only the highest part of the mountain range, which runs from the village of Montbrun-les-Bains in the east and to Malaucène in the west. The range rises up again further to the west at the Dentelles de Montmirail.  
From the top of the mountain, you can see most of the Alps including Mont Blanc, Chaine de Belledonne, Vercors, the Queyras, the Ecrins, and the Mercantour especially if the air is clear and the weather permits. If you plan to bike up to the mountain, be sure to take some food with you and plenty of water as there are no places to stop by for snacks. It is also a good idea to bring a wind jacket and a sweater even in the summer, as well as a mobile phone. Other activities in the area besides cycling are hiking, rock climbing, and visiting historical sites.       
In the surrounding small villages, there are a lot of B&Bs, country hotels, self-catering vacation rentals, and markets that carry local products like strawberries, cherries, vegetables, lamb, wine, aromatic herbs and other fresh ingredients. While Le Mont Ventoux is quite busy during the summertime, it is never overcrowded and has a tranquil air and peaceful charm.
Le Mont Ventoux, France
Etienne Krebs, L'Ermitage

The son of a peasant, Chef Etienne Krebs developed a passion for using fresh and local produce and real products early on as a young boy. He followed his passion for high-quality ingredients and good food until he became one of the best chefs in Switzerland. Today, he proposes one of the most creative cuisines in the Swiss Riviera that honors the local terroir and the nearby lake, using the freshest and best quality ingredients to create unforgettable delicious dishes at the LâErmitage in Montreux, the jewel of the Swiss Riviera.  
Together with his wife Isabelle, Chef Etienne Krebs transformed the late 19th century âmaison bourgeoiseâ into an elegant hotel and gastronomic destination. Some of the famous guests who have graced the tables of the LâErmitage restaurant include no less than the president of Switzerland and the producer Quincy Jones.   
Surrounded by a beautiful park, LâErmitage is situated in the lakefront suburb of Clarens and includes four luxurious rooms and three stylish suites decorated with a classic country vibe and contemporary flair. Breakfast is included when booking a room and guests can dine in the restaurant where irresistible dishes of the region, some classic others innovative, are prepared and served. Signature dishes served by Chef Etienne Krebs that earned him a Michelin Star include the Baby crawfish in tomato and olive oil salad, Foie gras with celery casserole, Fera fish filet from lake Geneva with artichoke hearts and capers, Roast lamb with aromatic herbs from the Alps, and Supreme thigh of wild duckling with sautéed mushrooms and mashed potatoes.      
There are plenty of things to do and see while in the area aside from the usual nature hike and exploration. Montreux is well known for its jazz festival held every year where some of the best musicians of the era from all over the world perform, as well as the medieval castle in Chillon.
Etienne Krebs, L'Ermitage

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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