Memorial Day: Visiting the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ

Memorial Day: Visiting the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ

(NOTE: This article was originally published long before the COVID-19 pandemic, when a visit like this was encouraged, healthy and appropriate. We thought that during a very unique 2020 Memorial Day Weekend, it would be nice to re-visit this trip to the Paramus, New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home.)

Courage is always in style. When Peter Salerno and his daughter Gabrielle had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, New Jersey, it was an offer that they couldn’t pass up.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Peter Salerno (owner of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century) was humbled and honored to spend time with the residents of the Veterans Memorial Home. Operated by the State of New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home is a living love letter to those who have sacrificed bravely for the United States.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

Peter and Gabrielle experienced an informative, life-changing tour, led expertly by two individuals: Anthony, the Home’s Recreation Director, and Susan, its Volunteer Director.

The mission statement of the Veterans Memorial Homes of New Jersey:

To honor and serve the Military Veteran, their spouses and Gold Star Parents by consistently providing the highest quality of resident directed long term care by maintaining excellence in personal services and treatment through professional collaboration, innovation and dedication; in a setting that promotes dignity and independence…. Our Homes provide a dignified environment to Veterans who have honorably served our country, and are now in need for nursing home services.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

The Veterans Memorial Home is a beautiful facility, but the true beauty of the Home is its residents. The oldest residents are 102 years old and are proud veterans of World War II. Meeting these individuals was a privilege that Peter Salerno states he “will never forget”.

The benefits of the Home extend from veterans to their spouses, as well as to qualifying Gold Star parents of military veterans.

After his tour, Peter Salerno signed up to become a volunteer at the Paramus Veterans Memorial Homes. Peter and his family encourage citizens of New Jersey to explore becoming volunteers at these valuable Homes – volunteer efforts are greatly needed, and any amount of time one can dedicate is of tremendous value.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

It was a day of gratitude for Peter Salerno and Gabrielle Mayer. Thank you to the volunteers who guided this wonderful tour, the NJ Veterans Affairs Department for housing our invaluable veterans and military heroes, and to the veterans of the United States Military for all they have given our country.

For more information about the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home and all the Homes in New Jersey, please visit the official website of NJ Veterans Affairs.

Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.
Peter Salerno visits the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in NJ.

Bergen County Businesses Surprise Valley Hospital With Free Meals

Bergen County Businesses Surprise Valley Hospital With Free Meals

Inspired by the sacrifices our front-line medical workers are making during the COVID-19 crisis, a team of Bergen County businesses joined forces to provide free meals to hard working ER doctors and nurses at Valley Hospital.

The effort was spearheaded by Peter Salerno, CMKBD, owner of Wyckoff’s Peter Salerno Inc. With the assistance of Sunrise Bagels of Wyckoff (their neighbors on Goffle Road) and E&S Foods, an idea was born.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

“I was inspired by my daughter Gabby Mayer’s dear friend Sarah Jeane, a nurse (and front line hero) at Valley Hospital,” Peter Salerno said. “Her courage compelled me to help the front line. With the support and encouragement of my wife Tracy, I called my cousin Joe Guttilla of E&S Foods for help with supplies. His generosity, as always, was monumental.”

Now that Peter had food and supplies, he needed assistance putting meals together from a local business. He couldn’t have imagined how generous a friend and neighbor would be.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

“I reached out to the owners of Sunrise Bagels, Manish (Sam) Aggarwal and his wife Seema,” Peter continued. “They immediately opened up their kitchen to me, where we prepared two sets of meals for 40 doctors and nurses in the Valley Hospital ER.”

Manish, Seema and Peter got to work, donning full gloves and masks before getting to work. They created 40 dinners of eggplant Parmesan and salad for Friday night, and penne with meatballs and salad for lunch Saturday afternoon.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

Bergen County is statistically the hardest-hit New Jersey county in terms of COVID-19 cases (as of this publication). As of April 28, 2020, Bergen County experienced 15,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a death toll nearing 1,000 individuals.

Front-line medical workers in Bergen County have been taxed enormously in terms of time, personal health and risk of exposure. In a time where people are asked to take extra precautions and practice social distancing, it is difficult to find ways to show support to these brave people.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

“I felt so helpless during this difficult times. It felt so good to be able to do something for those heroes who are out there every day saving lives,” Peter Salerno reflected.

The hashtag #ValleyStrong is prevalent in the Bergen County (and Valley Hospital) area. We couldn’t support (and agree with) it more.

Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.
Bergen County NJ businesses unite to give free meals to COVID-19 doctors.

Best Cinco De Mayo Margarita Recipes: Stay Home + Celebrate!

Best Cinco De Mayo Margarita Recipes: Stay Home + Celebrate!

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner! This May 5th, Cinco De Mayo will once again be observed as a celebration of freedom, democracy, and Mexican heritage and pride.

This year’s Cinco De Mayo will be different, without question. It’s hard to “feel festive” while you’re staying home and shelter-in-place rules are in effect. But a great celebration starts with a smile, self-determination and the will to persevere! If we can help you find a way to feel good in a tough time for a little while, then we’ve done our job for the day!

No matter what your home bar looks like, we’re here to help you get your Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipe list in order! Whether your home bar is a world-class stunner (like when Peter Salerno Inc. turned a ’59 Corvette into the most amazing bar in the world), or a more humble affair, Cinco De Mayo is the perfect time get behind your custom bar (built by Peter Salerno, of course!) and wow your guests with an assortment of amazing Cinco De Mayo drink recipes.

Here are Peter Salerno's favorite Cinco De Mayo drink recipes. (Credit Wiki)
Here are our favorite Cinco De Mayo drink recipes. (Credit Wiki)

Of course, these recipes are designed for our friends that are of legal drinking age – so make sure you serve and drink responsibly!

Every year, we check out Delish for their updated list of Cinco de Mayo drink recipes – specifically their outstanding collection of updated margarita recipes. From the Bulldog Margarita (you MUST try this if you’re a fan of citrus) to their Perfect Cuervo Margarita, consider this your go-to margarita recipe source for this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration!

So let’s check out some of our favorite Cinco De Mayo drink recipes, courtesy of our friends at Delish.

Design Your Lifestyle’s Favorite Cinco De Mayo Drink Recipes

All drink recipes courtesy of Delish.

Bulldog Margarita (our latest favorite!)

Ingredients

  • 4 c. ice
  • 2/3 c. lime juice
  • 1 c. tequila
  • 1/4 c. Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • Coarse salt, for rim
  • 4 Coronitas (7 oz. each)
  • Skewers topped with sliced citrus, for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine ice, lime juice, tequila, Cointreau and sugar in a blender, pulsing to combine.
  2. Place salt on a shallow plate. Dip the rim of each glass in lime juice or water, then in the salt.
  3. Fill each glass with margarita mixture. Pop the caps off of the Coronita bottles, then flip each one upside-down into the margarita glass. (A little beer will empty into the cup, but once the neck of the bottle has sunk into the frozen margarita, it will stop pouring out.)
  4. Garnish each with a fruit skewer and serve.

La Paloma Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz. Don Julio Reposado Tequila
  • 4 oz. grapefruit soda
  • 1 wedge lime

Directions

  1. Add Don Julio Reposado Tequila and grapefruit soda in salt-rimmed, ice-filled highball glass.
  2. Garnish with lime wedge.

Perfect Cuervo Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce(s) Jose Cuervo Especial
  • 3 ounce(s) Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix
  • 1 wedge(s) lime
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt

Directions

  1. Rub rim of a chilled margarita glass with half a lime.
  2. Dip into salt to coat.
  3. In a shaker with ice, add José Cuervo Especial and José Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix.
  4. Shake vigorously.
  5. Strain into the margarita glass.
  6. Garnish with lime wedge.

Cucumber-Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients

  • Coarse sea or kosher salt
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/2 cup(s) peeled, finely diced cucumber, plus a cucumber slice for garnish
  • 4 slice(s) (or up to 6 slices; thin) jalapeño, with seeds
  • 1/4 cup(s) cilantro sprigs
  • 3/4 ounce(s) (1 1/2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce(s) (1 1/2 teaspoons) light agave nectar
  • 2 ounce(s) (1/4 cup) 100-percent blue agave silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce(s) (1 tablespoon) Cointreau or triple sec

Directions

  1. Pour an even layer of salt on a plate. Rub the rim of an 8-ounce rocks glass or tumbler with lime wedge and invert glass into salt to coat rim.
  2. Combine cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and agave nectar in a 2-cup cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or pestle, gently muddle mixture.
  3. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, then add tequila and Cointreau. Cover and shake well until shaker is frosty and cold.
  4. Fill prepared glass with ice. Strain margarita into it and garnish with the cucumber slice.

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Stay At Home: Make Our Own Home Brewed Cocktail Recipe!

Stay At Home: Make Our Own Home Brewed Cocktail Recipe!

The world is serious right now. While you’re stuck at home, why not bring a bit of summer fun into your “quarantine life”?

From the mind of Anthony Salerno (Peter’s son) comes an alcoholic treat that’s sure to challenge your taste buds and keep you relaxed indoors during a stressful time.

Vodka and fresh basil make Uncle Sal's Delight!
Vodka and fresh basil make Uncle Sal’s Delight!

It’s easy to make – a vodka drink with a twist from the garden – and even easier to drink. If you grow your own basil, you’ll find this to be a refreshing use!

So, to all you adults out there, give it a try – it’s Uncle Sal’s Delight!

Uncle Sal’s Delight (a cocktail recipe by Anthony Salerno) – please be of legal drinking age!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large, fresh basil leaves
  • 1 basil stem (with small leaves on it)
  • Sprite
  • Vodka (Tito’s or Absolut are the preferred choices)
  • Ice (cubed, not crushed)

Directions:

  • Fill a Highball glass with ice.
  • Roll the 2 large basil leaves in your hand to release the flavors, then rub leaves on the inside of the glass.
  • Leave the basil leaves in the glass, and bury them with ice.
  • Fill the glass up about 1/4 the way with Vodka (or 1/3, depending on your day).
  • Fill the remainder of the glass up with Sprite.
  • Lightly stir.
  • Garnish with the basil stem, letting its leaves rest on the surface of the cocktail.
  • Let sit for 2 minutes to allow the drink to settle and flavors to combine.

Enjoy – and let us know what you think of our “stay home” inspired cocktail creation!

A Look Back: World-Class Kitchen Designer Travels to Russia [PHOTOS]

A Look Back: World-Class Kitchen Designer Travels to Russia [PHOTOS]

During these uncertain times (with the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), we’re taking a fond look back at some of the milestones we’ve covered for Peter Salerno Inc. over the last 7 years. Without question, one of the highlights of this span was Peter Salerno’s 2014 trip to Russia, and the opportunity to bring his award-winning custom kitchen and bath designs to Moscow. Enjoy!

— Original Article Content —
Over the week of October 20, 2014, Peter Salerno (of Peter Salerno Inc.) and his good friend Robert Zampolin, owner of Zampolin & Associates Architects, traveled to Moscow, Russia, to work on their current project, a super-exclusive development.

Peter Salerno spent a wonderful 72 hours bringing his kitchen designs to Russia.
Peter Salerno spent a wonderful 72 hours bringing his kitchen designs to Russia.

The lots in the new Moscow development are between $5m-$10m and the houses are $10m added to the lot. Features and amenities built into the development include a golf course, country club, man-made lakes and a zoo.

Working on the Moscow development with Bob Zampolin was a dream for Peter Salerno, who relishes the opportunity to bring his award-winning kitchen and bath designs to an international clientele. According to Peter, it was never more than 25 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but he was so excited he could barely feel the cold.

The Russian design team (and the Russian people in general) greeted Peter with warmth and afforded him wonderful hospitality during his entire stay, which included dinners at world-renowned restaurants, some amazing bottles of vodka (which we’ll cover in a later article), and unforgettable images of Moscow, the Kremlin and more.

Below, enjoy some exclusive photos taken by Peter Salerno and Robert Zampolin on their recent design trip to Moscow.

Beautiful photo of Moscow at night. Peter Salerno Inc.
Beautiful photo of Moscow at night. Peter Salerno Inc.
Beautiful photo of Moscow at night. Peter Salerno Inc.
Beautiful photo of Moscow at night. Peter Salerno Inc.
A stunning Russian home visited by Peter Salerno.
A stunning Russian home visited by Peter Salerno.
Peter Salerno enjoying a fantastic meal in Moscow.
Peter Salerno enjoying a fantastic meal in Moscow.

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”

Kitchen Design Spotlight Series: “Farm Meets City Sleek”

In our first edition of the Kitchen Design Spotlight Series, Design Your Lifestyle featured a traditional kitchen with some well-placed modern aesthetic features called “The Angles Are In the Details”.

Our second Kitchen Design Spotlight Series piece focuses on a spectacular kitchen design photo gallery that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. “Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen designed by the team at Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm in North America of the last 15 years.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.

Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

The appliance features are a mix of the finest names in kitchen appliance furnishings: Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf. We also adore the statement island lighting, a series of Exter 16-Jar Pendants from Pottery Barn. As an added bonus to the homeowners, that gorgeous wood flooring is actually the existing floor in the kitchen.

This Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design is reminiscent of upscale “farm to table” dining, with a touch of countryside charm melded into a truly modern kitchen design. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.

Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White

Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ

Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ

Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner

Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ

Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9

Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn

Appliance Information:
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.

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