Portofino, Italy

Planning a trip to Portofino, Italy? Here is everything you need to know about where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in this beautiful Italian town!

Portofino, Italy | ChezCateyLou.com

Wow. This is why we travel.

Ok, this is why Cate travels:

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

It is too hot outside. We’ve really only had a couple of terribly hot and humid days in NYC and I’m already sick of it! But the one thing I do like about the heat is that it gives me an excuse to eat ALLLLL of the ice cream. I seriously have some form of ice cream / frozen yogurt / gelato every day of the summer. And that is why I am SO excited to be hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY today for a KitchenAid Artisan 5Qt Stand Mixer AND the Ice Cream Maker Attachment.  Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!  … 

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Mango Coconut Donuts

A browned butter donut is topped with fresh mango glaze and toasted coconut! These tropical Mango Coconut Donuts will make you feel like you are on vacation!
Baked Mango Coconut Donuts | http://ChezCateyLou.com

We are throwing a party today! It is a BABY SHOWER for my good friend Zainab aka Blahnik Baker. Zainab was one of my first blog friends, and she is absolutely amazing. In addition to being an incredible baker, she is such a great person – so supportive, kind and fun! She is going to be the most amazing mom, and I’m so happy to be celebrating her today!

She is a coconut fanatic (see here and here) so we are throwing a tropical themed party for her. I’m bringing Mango Coconut Donuts to the party!  Donuts are kind of my thing, so I knew I had to make some coconut donuts for this coconut themed baby shower!
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Cornmeal Olive Oil Blueberry Cake

This Cornmeal Olive Oil Blueberry Cake is just like a treat you would find in Italy! The flavor is incredible, and it is a perfect cake for summer.
Cornmeal Olive Oil Blueberry Cake | http://ChezCateyLou.com

We are back from our trip! We had the most amazing time – I shared a ton of photos on Instagram. I hope it wasn’t too many…I just couldn’t resist posting all of the gorgeous views and delicious meals! And I can’t wait to tell you more – a Portofino post will be coming soon. But first, let’s have cake.

Thanks to jetlag, I was up super early on Saturday morning and the first thing I wanted to do was bake! I missed the kitchen! I get so much inspiration when I travel, and want to recreate everything that I ate. We saw lots of olive oil cakes and lots of cornmeal in the breads and pastries in Italy, so that is what inspired me to make a Cornmeal Olive Oil Blueberry Cake!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Muffins

Chocolate muffins are stuffed full of peanut butter chips. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Muffins taste decadent but are actually on the light side!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Muffins | www.ChezCateyLou.com
Bok from Dubrovnik! That means “hi” in Croatian! TheBetterHalf and I arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday, after eating and drinking our way through Italy. We are absolutely loving Croatia so far. This is my current view…I wish I could write every blog post with this view!  Talk about inspiring.

I made these Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Muffins before we left on our trip and we loved them so much that I just had to take a quick break from vacation to share them with you!… 

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