Back from a busy few weeks.

   The past two weeks have been pretty crazy with work and lots of birthday’s, plus the insanity of trying to get our house in “ok” condition for guests, mid remodel.  Ive been tearing apart the foyer, rewiring everything and getting ready to drywall it, so it’s been a constant battle against the dust from the plaster.
   My parents spent the weekend here for my mother’s birthday.  It’s always fun when they come down because we do so many cool things.  My stepfather and I have a love for beer so every time he comes down we try to plan a stop somewhere for a tasty brew.  A bar in my neighborhood had a Dogfish Head Tap takeover this weekend so we were able to get down there for lunch and have a pint.  We caught the Sabres game on Friday night at the arena and watched the Sabres beat Boston for the second time in a row.  On Saturday night we went to one of the better restaurants in Buffalo, “Prospero”.  Nicole and I had eaten here last year and we were both in agreement that this was perhaps one of the best restaurants in the city.  It was amazing Italian food.  My stepfather wanted to bring us out to dinner to celebrate my mom’s birthday, so I could not think of a better place.  I was able to get reservations three weeks in advance but even with this much of an advance, we could only get in at 8pm.  On Saturday, we got a call from the restaurant reminding us that they had a prefixed menu on Saturdays.  I totally didn’t know anything about this and it was not on their website.  Sightly annoyed I had to inform my mom that we were not going to get Italian.  Don’t get me wrong, the specials on the menu were still good, but it was sort of a bummer that we wanted Italian food and we were told the day of the dinner that we couldn’t get it.  Its not like I would have been able to get reservations anywhere else with that short of notice.
    I took an afternoon nap Saturday, while Nicole and my Mom put back some wine and called “Prospero”.  I’m not sure exactly what they talked about, but the place was going to make my mom a pasta dish, just for her!  The restaurant is a class act, I highly recommend trying to get reservations there if you can.
   Now that everything has slowed down, I should be able to get more posts up.  I have some things I want to talk about this week, including a new Jazz Bar in Buffalo that we went to and my review of “Spotify”, a new service that I am in love with.  That’s right, what has two thumbs and is legitimately paying for music?  This guy.

Some Random weekend pics..
Center ice Friday Night, my mom’s xmas present for Henry.

Sunday afternoon Mikkeller IPA’s at the Monk.  That’s right, one of those IPA’s is Nicole’s :).

Sabres "Fans"

    Last night the Sabres took out Dallas in overtime.  In super exciting fashion, the Sabres scored 5 minutes into the third to come within one.  With most of the third period left, and a Sabres team getting hot, the crowd got insane.  They got completely out of control!  It was like when the Bills beat the Patriots in 2011.  Actually no.  It was super embarrassing. Hordes of people got out of their seats….and headed to the exits.  Normally I don’t curse on this blog, but what the fuck is this?  Stay at home.  We don’t want you at the games.  What is the point of going out to the games, sitting on your asses in silence, and then leaving early when the team is rallying from behind?  I wish Time Warner upon all of their homes.

A Great Dog for Anyone That Wants One.

    This weekend had its highs and lows.  I haven’t been on in a while because things have been so busy.  For a while Nicole and I had wanted to adopt a dog.  We would check the SPCA website every day to look and see the dogs, waiting to see that one face that would make us immediately come to it’s rescue.  We had found her.  She was part Boerboel and part Pit.  She just had babies and was a mother ready to be adopted.


   Nicole and I went and picked up Wilma.  We brought my Jack Russel Ric with us so that they could meet.  The two seemed to get along nicely at the shelter, so we paid our $130.00 and brought her home.  Wilma was very appreciative of her new home and loved the both of us.  She loved to go for walks and eat treats.  She also loved to cuddle.  The thing that wasn’t working was that she loved to play with Ric.  With Ric being 20 pounds and Wilma at 60, the playing wasn’t very successful.  Every session would involve Ric being trampled on accident.  She never meant to hurt him but she would almost every time.  After 2 days of trying to figure this out, we had to make a very difficult decision.  Do we keep Wilma here and risk Ric getting hurt?  Does Wilma live here only to constantly hear us telling her not to play because we have insufficient means for her to be happy?  Or do we do the right thing and bring her back so that she has a chance to be an only dog for someone looking for a best friend.  This dog was fantastic and we couldn’t keep her.  Monday morning the decision was made to bring her back.  I had her two days and my heart was broken.  I put the leash back on her and brought her to the car.  She sat in the back seat laying down with her head resting on the seat cushion, almost as if she knew where she was going.  I was trying not to tear up but I was failing miserably.  What was only a few mile drive to the spca, seemed like forever.  I pulled into the parking lot, trying to get myself together.  I looked like my mom after a really sad, intense, episode of Guiding Light.  Wilma willingly left the back seat and walked with me to the entrance.  Once the door was open, she cowered and tried to pull in the opposite direction.  This was brutal.  I pushed her in gently by her fanny while trying not to cry and look totally ridiculous.  I told the women at the desk that Wilma was fantastic but that she couldn’t co-exist with my dog Ric.  I told her that Wilma loved to be in her crate at night time, that she feared cats and never attacked them.  She was good on a leash, listened to commands (for the most part), and went outside to go to the bathroom.  The only issue was my other dog.  They were very understanding and after some paper work, I left the SPCA in tears like a pussy and headed home.  I love animals, and this one was tough, but it was the right decision.  I post this entry for the hopes that if anyone is looking for a great dog, the go visit Wilma at:


205 Ensminger Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 875-7360 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (716) 875-7360      

Her link is here:

4th of July on the water and some festival notes!

    The Buffalo waterfront has really stepped it up.  We had gone down to the waterfront near the HSBC arena on the 3rd of July to check it out.  In the past, it was a ghost town.  There were no people to be seen, no activity at all.  This summer it is totally different.  There was tons of activity and people enjoying their Sunday afternoon by the water.  It was really awesome.  When we went down on the 4th, it was crazy.  I took some pictures.  The progress and development of the waterfront is definitely coming along nicely. 

    The fireworks display was pretty amazing.  I didn’t get any pictures of them because pictures of fireworks are never impressive unless taken by a real photographer.  I think the most annoying thing that happened during the fireworks display would be the excessive amounts of country music blasting as the fireworks went off.  At one point I had looked to my left to see a family of really overweight trashy people, smoking tons of cigarettes, and getting into the terrible songs playing.  The song “Proud to be an American” might be one of the most embarrassing songs ever written and definitely does not make me proud.  For about 10 minutes, it was mind blowing and it actually felt like I was in some backwoods town in the South.  Luckily they only played like 4 country songs.  Yeah I know, some people like country music, but it is still embarrassing.  All in all, it was a fun 4th in Buffalo.
    This upcoming weekend and the weekend after are super busy.  Nicole and I are volunteering at the Echo Art Fair at the Central Terminal this Saturday.  Sunday is the Taste of Buffalo which, this year, is the biggest food festival in the United States.  I will be eating food and taking pictures!   The following weekend is the Italian Festival.  This festival isn’t all that pretty to look at, but the food is amazing!  I will have pictures of that also. 

Easter weekend!

    Easter has arrived and what a weekend it has been, especially if you are a Sabres fan!  The Sabres pulled off a win Friday night to put us in a position to take out the Flyers today on Easter Sunday.  Saturday morning we went to the Broadway Market located in one of Buffalo’s most unflattering parts of town.  Normally people wouldn’t go near this area but the weeks leading up to Easter, this place is loaded with some of the best Easter food around.  Amazing home made candy, breads, perogies, and meats, this is the place to go before Easter Sunday.
    Saturday night we went to Brodo with some of Nicole’s good friends.  Brodo is an overpriced restaurant that makes average food.  Its not terrible and its not great.  Nicole had a mushroom gorgonzola ravioli and I had a grilled cheese sandwich with fancy cheeses.  I’m a sucker for grilled cheese and as long as t hey have a great beer that I can drink with it, I’m a happy camper.  I washed it down with a Victory Hop Devil, which is one of my favorites.  Minus the overpriced average food, the night was fun and I enjoy being the only guy amongst a group of babbeling  yentas.


Fancy Grilled Cheese
The most simple thing can bring a smile to my face.

We went to the Broadway market to get some perogies for our Sunday Easter dinner, something I wanted to bring back as a tradition.  Easter was always huge in my family growing up with a Ukrainian grandmother.  We would always have the best food Easter Sunday.  So this year we got fresh perogies and Nicole and I made home made vegetarian cabbage rolls using some vegetarian ground beef.

Ukrainian Cabbage rolls!
Nicole’s nephew Jake in his Easter outfit.  5 minutes later he tore all of his clothes off because he insists on being nude all the time.

     Happy Easter from!

It’s Friday! Go Sabres!

    The weekend has finally arrived and its slam packed full of things to do.  My parents get into town today for an overnight visit which usually involves drinking, good food, and fun.  Tonight is a huge playoff game for the Sabres as we try to pull ahead in our series with Philly.  When they get here we will be going to the blue monk for an afternoon treat that I am looking forward to.
   Also I started on some of the model pictures for the site.  I think they came out pretty awesome and look forward to doing some more.

Busy Weekend!

    This weekend was pretty busy. Seeing as I did nothing creative this weekend, I figured i might as well write about the weekend. On Friday I finished work early itching for a delicious beverage.  Nicole and I headed down to one of our favorite places for beer, The Blue Monk.  It’s a Belgian beer garden with about 50 beers on tap.  I am not a Belgian beer drinker, in fact I hate Belgian beer, but Nicole likes it and there is usually a delicious I.P.A. of sorts on tap that I can enjoy.  I like my beer to be hop overload.  Usually at night its almost impossible to get in there at night because its the best place to get beer in the city, so getting there at 3:00pm was quiet and relaxing. 

Hopfenstark Post Colonial I.P.A.

  When the Middle Ages truck is parked OUTSIDE, that means its time for me to go INSIDE.  

       At night we made BBQ Seitan on onion rolls with salt potatoes.  We felt we should probably eat in because this weekend was going to involve spending money.  The Sabres are in the playoffs and when that happens, we live it up!

Nicole slicing and dicing

   After dinner we watched “In the Company of Men”.  Its one of my personal favorites and Nicole has never seen it.  The movie is dark comedy about these two business men that hate the way women go through men like they are nothing.  They both come up with a horrific plan to find a vulnerable woman, make her fall in love with them, and then destroy her emotionally.  Its totally out there but I enjoy it ever time I see it.

    Saturday was Sabres Day.  5:00pm game at one of our favorite playoff hot spot, Gramma Mora’s.  We enjoy catching the playoffs because we always get a seat at the bar right in front of the TV and its some of the best Mexican food in Buffalo.  We had a good time there as always even though we lost the game.  Minus the insane amount of penalties we received in the second period, it was an awesome game that we could have won if we didn’t push our luck in the second.  We will take them on Monday.

This was the Garden Platter which was delicious.  I don’t remember exactly what was in it but it went down  fast and I was satisfied.  Above the Garden Platter is the Guacamole Nacho platter Nicole ordered.

    We had met our friends Molly and Patrick at the restaurant and after the game we came back to our apartment for some boardgames.  We usually play Apples to Apples which is usually fun but then I broke out an intense oldie but goodie…..Jenga.  It was an intense session of skillfully removing blocks one at a time, hoping not destroy the fragile foundation that it created as each piece gets removed from the foundation and placed onto the top.  We then ended the night with a game of 90’s trivial pursuit where Nicole and I mounted a comeback and then I blew the game at the end by asking Patrick a question that he answered before I even finished asking the question.
     It was a fun weekend and I’m looking forward to next week/weekend.  More playoff games, a fundraiser to attend for a new micro brewery, and my parents visiting.  I should have some new ideas and shirts to present this week and I have already been brainstorming and am ready to do something sweet.

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