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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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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Modena, Italy

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Our last post on Italy (until next summer…) centers on the small town of Modena. Modena is located within the Emilia-Romanga region and is home to some of the best food in the world.  Traditional balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Lambrusco are all geographically protected specialities of the region.   In addition to the incredible food, we loved walking around the small city center.  Unlike many of the stops on our trip, Modena is not a tourist destination.   There was little English spoken, every menu was in Italian, and no one ventured outside during “siesta hours” (something I can get on board with).  … 

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Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy

Our review of the world-famous Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Chef Massimo Bottura has created an amazing and special restaurant.

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy | ChezCateyLou.com

TheBetterHalf, Chef Massimo Bottura, CateyLou

CateyLou and I like to go out to eat.  A lot.  This may come as no surprise to loyal readers of the blog but our recent trip to Modena was the first time we actually picked a travel destination based on a restaurant.   In our defense, we’re not just talking about any restaurant.  Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy is by all accounts one of the best restaurants in the world.  It has three Michelin Stars and in 2013 was ranked as the #3 restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.  Its chef and proprietor, Massimo Bottura, has won various domestic and international chef of the year awards.  Our experience at Osteria Francescana was truly memorable and definitely worth a special trip to Modena.  … 

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Villa Armena – Tuscany

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For our time in Tuscany we stayed at Villa Armena in Buonconvento.  The Renaissance style villa was completely restored in 2012 and consists of 10 unique and well appointed guest rooms.  It is located just 20 miles south of Siena and not far from the popular wine towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Chianti.

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