Archive | June, 2012

Birthday Smoothie

27 Jun

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again, but here it is! My birthday! It’s also my last year before a new decade…gulp! Last year I posted Chris’ insane chocolate sheet cake recipe as my birthday treat but this year is a little different.  I decided to embark on a 21 day vegan cleanse starting this past Sunday so my birthday treat is a Chocolate Almond Milk & Banana Smoothie my trainer, Rebekah, turned me on to.  For another layer of flavor and a little protein, add real, no sugar added peanut butter. Once you try this, I’m certain you will agree that it has all of the taste with none of the guilt!




Bird Crazy

20 Jun

Birds are everywhere this season in both fashion and home décor.  Jil Sander, Reed Krakoff, and Erdem all featured bird prints for Spring 2012 while Tibi has a graphic black & white bird print for Fall 2012. I’ve also found some cool bird-inspired jewelry. With bird motifs being more of a classic theme in tabletop and home designs, here are some more unique interpretations…along with a few classic favorites!

For another classic, try Art Smith‘s Hummingbird Cake recipe for a nutty, fruity and fabulous dessert perfect with any Summer meal!


1. Twos Company Set of 4 Bird and Tree Measuring Cups, Burke Decor  2. Jil Sander 3/4 Length Printed Skirt, TheCorner  3. Tibi Fall 2012 Runway Look  4. Elizabeth & James Bird Claw Ring with Onyx, ShopBop  5. Wedgwood Golden Bird Print Tableware, Michael C. Fina  6. Reed Krakoff Print Trousers, Colette Paris  7. Medium Bird Bowl, Jonathan Adler  8. Double Pewter and Porcelain Bird Dessert Stand, Vagabond House  9. MARC by Marc Jacobs Bird-Print Knit Dress, Neiman Marcus  10. Exclusive Alexis Bittar Jeweled Calamus Cuff Bracelet, Anthropologie  11. Claw Candlesticks, Jayson Home  12. 9″x 14″ Rectangular Decoupage Parrot Trays, John Derian  13. Jason Miller Set of 4 Dinner Plates, Areaware

Heritage Bicycle General Store

14 Jun

I haven’t ridden a bike in probably 20 years.  Having lived in New York City and San Francisco for the majority of my adult life, I never felt compelled to battle the streets on a bicycle.  That said, my feelings have completely changed now that I’ve met Melissa and Mike Salvatore and live across the street from the beach here in Chicago!

Melissa and Mike recently opened Heritage Bicycle General Store, a locally handcrafted bicycle store, repair shop and café extraordinaire!  Regardless if you ride a bike or not, you will want to go there for the Stumptown Coffee (one of Portland’s finest!) and delicious sandwiches and sweets.  OnMyPlate had a few questions for them…


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