Recipe Review: Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

Monday thru Friday can be nuts if you are a Dad working full time while also being the one that’s home the most. Sometimes its impossible to get a good dinner together for your family with the limited time available. This salmon recipe was not only easy, but delicious!  Lets take a look at how easy this was.

Here is what we’ll need for this recipe:

  • Salmon
  • 1 Lb Fresh Green Beans (trim off the ends
  • 1 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Teriyaki Sauce Per Filet


As I stated earlier, this recipe is super easy. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Do not use foil. Spread out your green beans around the pan, leaving space in the middle for your salmon. Place your salmon down in the middle section you left clear.


Clearly I forgot the Teriyaki sauce when taking this picture.  Don’t forget it!

Lightly drizzle the olive oil over the green beans while rolling them around to make sure they all get lightly coated. Sprinkle both the beans and the salmon with some salt and fresh ground pepper, and then place 2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce onto each piece of salmon. That’s it!

Put the tray into the oven for 15 minutes and you will have a fantastic dinner.


Serve this meal with a rice of choice. I highly recommend this recipe. My 4 year old ate all of her salmon, all the rice, and most of her green beans. When this happens, I know a recipe is special.

I will be making this one again.



A Fantastic New Product For Your Face

I’m not sure if you have noticed, but more and more “manly” products have been showing up in the shaving isles of stores. They all seem to follow the latest trend of rugged, woodsy, ceder, pine, or bourban scents. Oddly enough, I have fallen for these products. There is something about them that I enjoy. While many of these products are awful, Lumber Yard might be one of the best I have used.

Browsing the shaving isle at target, I was drawn to the simplistic design of the Lumber Yard products. The first one I grabbed was the Lumber Yard Beard Wash. The back of the package touted the usual benefits of using beard wash, but then mentioned that it smelled like saw dust. What? Yeah..I had to try this. Wanting to have the whole experience, I also grabbed the “Utility Balm,” which was described as a moisturizer for your hair, skin, beard, or tattoo. This was also supposed to smell like saw dust.

After finding my wife in the store, listening to her laugh and mock me for being a sucker, I went home and showered so that I could turn into Paul Bunyon. The shampoo was amazing. Not only did it smell like saw dust, but the smallest amount produced a ton of lather. Once I got out, I started to apply the Utility Balm. Once again, it smelled just like saw dust. The best part was that it wasn’t overwhelming, but subtle. I applied some to my facial hair and some areas near my nose and cheeks that typically get dry. I have noticed a huge difference and it smells great.

When I was finished doing all of this, I went down stairs feeling extremely masculine (which is weird because none of what I had just done was very manly). I made my wife smell my beard, which she reluctantly did, and she was pleasantly surprised.

Lumber Yard products are probably the best I have used. Looks like I found a product I can stick with.

Westbrook Brewing Co. IPA

Aside from being a fan of IPAs, I also fancy the occasional Sour. Westbrook makes one of the best Goses I’ve ever tasted. When I saw their IPA on the shelf, I was giddy with excitement. Priced at $12.99 a six pack, I grabbed one off the shelf and brought it home to meet the family.

I was honestly taken back by this beer. It was dated 3/5/18, so it was really fresh. The Westbrook IPA pours a golden haze with a nice white head. There are hits of citrus and hops, but an equal representation of malt. It definitely didn’t seem like a beer with “massive hop flavor” like the description written on the can.

This isn’t a terrible beer. The flavors in this beer are easy to identify and simple. The citrus and pine that the hops bring, along with more malt then you would typically taste in today’s IPAs. I think the reason I was so taken back by this beer, is because it is so incredibly ordinary. I was not expecting it at all. Their Gose is so bold, and so “in your face,” that I was expecting more from this IPA.

This is going to be a 6 pack I finish, but not one that I will ever buy again. If it were 10 years ago, this beer would rank high on the list for me, but in today’s over-saturated market of great beer, this one is lost.



Saying Goodbye to Facebook (Kind of)

I had quit Facebook. Well kind of…

Coincidentally, right around the time the whole Cambridge Analytica thing came to light, I decided to quit Facebook. It didn’t have anything to do with the news, as I found the entire thing to be a complete joke. I had been tossing it around for a while.

A while back, my mother told me something that my 4 year old daughter had said to her. She told my mom that she didn’t want a cell phone when she grew up, because her dad was always looking at his. This made me angry, mostly because it was true. I run a business, so I get many emails and messages requiring immediate customer service. But, I won’t feed that line to you. I used to tell myself that one all of the time. Everyone uses excuses. It was a Facebook problem.

I’d never really be doing anything productive on Facebook. Mainly it was just thumbing through my news feed, looking for someone to piss me off. That would happen multiple times a day. In today’s political climate, everyone has all kinds of people shoving their beliefs down your throat, and virtue signaling like you wouldn’t believe. Why did I need that?

I had read an article a while back (I don’t remember where) that talked about cell phone addicts being the new “alcoholics” to our children when they grow up. It would be a similar memory that the kid with the drunk parent had, except instead of a bottle, it’s a phone.

Immediately, I deactivated my Facebook account. They provide you with a link that can download everything you ever posted on there as a backup. But deactivating it wasn’t enough. I wanted to delete it. They do not make this easy at all. The only way I found to get this option to delete, is to actually search for “delete” in the “help” section.

After I deleted my profile, I deleted the app from my phone. The next two days were very strange. I quickly noticed the extra time I had, while also habitually grabbing my phone to use the app I no longer had. I found myself using my phone a lot less, in fact my mom would frequently get annoyed that I wasn’t responding to texts. I simply didn’t have my phone on me as much. It was nice. I was also a lot less angry with people in general.

One thing about a Facebook-free life is missing out on things like concert announcements, sales, and other events. This was becoming an issue for me. After some thought, I decided to use my business page to follow the things that I like, but no people.  This way I could get all of the news and events I genuinely wanted, without wanting to punch someone. I would still keep the app off my phone, and I would only check the news feed a few times a day while at work. This system worked for me, and continues to work.

There is no doubt about it. Social media sites are difficult to quit entirely. If only there was some app that would just gather all the Facebook stuff I wanted, and send it to me in an email.

This new method though has definitely improved my life.


Stone: “Limited” Inevitable Adventure Double IPA

I’ve been waiting for a good excuse to buy this.  I was able to find this in single bottles, as I was fairly certain I wouldn’t want a 6 pack of this.  Don’t get me wrong.  Stone used to be my favorite brewery.  For a long time they made some of the best beers around.  The problem I have with them, is that they over-saturate the market 50 variations of the same beer.  I’ve never seen a brewery make so many IPA’s with different titles. Yeah I know….they are all different.  I get it.  But after you try 10 of them, it gets REALLY difficult to the tell the difference.

With all that being said, aside from the “Enjoy By” series, I probably haven’t tried any other Stone beverage in over a year.  Even that has lost it’s luster.  Again, don’t get me wrong.  The “Enjoy By” releases are great.  If I lived in an area that didn’t have incredible beers, canned/bottled a week ago, I would be all over these.  Buffalo, NY has become a beer city, with incredible local beers canned/bottled fresh.  We also are getting more and more beers distributed here.  Basically, we are spoiled.

I saw a Facebook ad for this release, and although I laughed at the prospect of yet another IPA, I figured I would try it.  This is brewed with Loral and Rudi hops.  With an abv of 8.9%, this beer goes down easy.  With a nice balance of caramel malt, grapefruit citrus, and pine, this beer this beer is a solid release.  It’s not amazing, but as my stepfather would say after sipping an average beer: “There’s nothing wrong with that.”

If you are in a market that doesn’t get much in terms of craft beer, this is a great find.  Here in Buffalo, it’s worth trying as a single bottle, but I wouldn’t buy a whole six pack.



Sierra Nevada Estate Organic Homegrown IPA

There is a lot about this beer that can get you excited when you see this on the counter at the beer store.  Whether it’s the wax coating that covers the beer cap, the classic looking artistic label, or the simple fact that it’s Sierra Nevada, this truly is an eye-catching bottle of beer.

When I was in the beer store holding and debating if I should try this reasonably priced special bottle, the guy stocking the shelf walked by me and said, “Earthy.”

The one thing I hate in the world of beer, is the choice by some breweries to not put dates on their products.  For IPA’s, it is essential.  This bottle did not have a date on it, and against my better judgment I made the purchase.  The man in the store said that he typically gets the beers in a week or so after they are released, and that he just got them in.  Never trust the beer guy.

If my research is correct, this thing came out in late October 2017.  Generously, this beer was probably almost 4 months old.  With that being said, for a 4 month old IPA, this wasn’t terrible.  There was still a mild aroma of hops when the beer was first cracked open.  The wax seal does make a mess when you try uncovering the cap to open it.

I suppose “earthy” was a good way to describe the flavor.  This IPA was more malty then what I would prefer, although it is possible that the newer “juicy” IPA’s are just desensitizing people from appreciating a more classic style IPA.  I have to put that into perspective sometimes.

Overall, this beer tasted more like a really good home-brewed IPA, which isn’t a terrible thing, in fact I think that might be what they were shooting for with this. When this comes out next year, I’d say it’s worth a shot if you can get it close to when it was bottled.

Always check your dates! 3/5


Buffalo Whiskey Fest

Last weekend was the very first Buffalo Whiskey Fest, an event that sold out super quick.  I had never been to a whiskey tasting event before, so it was a pretty cool experience, with the obvious annoyances one would expect.  The event packed in around 1300 people into the Hotel Lafayette, a gorgeous rehabbed classic hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY.

The event was about $35.00 plus taxes and fees, and I would say definitely worth it.  Each ticket got you unlimited tastings, a free whiskey glass, one free Manhattan, and one Old Fashioned.  I really had no idea what to expect because you could essentially go to this thing and get completely inebriated.

I found the real challenge to be trying to get as many samples in as possible, while trying to gauge where your sobriety is.  I would taste and spit the samples that weren’t any good, but after 10 or so, you start to feel it quick.

The first sample I had was the single barrel 4 Roses, which was a bad move because it was so outstanding, that nothing could touch it in terms of quality and flavor all night.  It was incredibly smooth, no burn, and you could really identify the flavors in it.  It was an impressive whiskey for sure.

One observation I gathered from this event was that there is an explosion of distilleries in the area.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely cool, however you could see that many of these places seem to be rushing out their product.  In the end you have a bunch of whiskey that burns and is more like moonshine.

The Yamazaki 12 year was probably the second most impressive.  It was my first taste of Japanese Whiskey.  This seemed to be universally praised by festival goers throughout the afternoon.

I would give the third best to the Russell’s 10 Year.  This was the last one I sampled so my taste buds were shot, but it seemed to go down nice and had some great flavors.

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With this many people crammed into this space, it became obvious quickly when the majority of people started losing their peripheral vision.  Going from table to table involved bouncing off of multiple glassy-eyed people.

Overall, The Buffalo Whiskey Fest appeared to be a huge success.  I’m not sure I would go to it again, but I see the appeal.  It was pretty cool being able to go in and sample all those distilleries as it will make my next trip to the liquor store more productive.