Last month I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my momblogger friends at a luncheon hosted by Stefania of CityMama, Roxanne of Rox and Roll and Sony. Chef Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe restaurant in San Francisco was there to demonstrate some recipes even busy moms can make in a jiffy.
Chef Jennifer showed us how to make an awesome appetizers, pesto chicken, a fresh veggie salad and a peach-and-arugula salad.
The resulting meal was absolutely divine in every sense of the word. I can't believe how easy she made it look to prepare, I cannot believe how pretty each dish looked, and I cannot believe how delicious everything tasted. The fact that a real live chef made these dishes usually means (to me, at least) that ordinary people can't make them -- either they require some special technique or they require so much time and effort that I just can't be bothered -- but I've actually made the White Peach & Berkeley Burrata dish twice; each time it has been so easy to make, and each time it has been gobbled up in an instant.
The theme of Meals in a Dash was perfect, considering Sony had invited us there to introduce us to the new Sony Dash, a personal internet viewer you can keep on the kitchen counter, on the corner table in your guest room, on your nightstand, or anywhere you would want to access the internet in a flash without the hassle of booting up a computer.
Sony gave each blogger their very own Dash to keep, and I must say it's the best digital photo frame/glorified alarm clock/recipe finder/YouTube viewer/gadget to get a quick Internet fix I've seen. The kids say having this Dash kind of makes up for our not owning an iPad, because with the Dash you can do things like view photos from Facebook, browse headlines, check your Twitter stream, listen to Pandora radio, . The 7-inch screen is big enough for them to view their favorite YouTube videos, and they love the touchscreen. I love way you can personalize apps for each member of the family as well as guests. It sure makes checking your email quicker and easier than having to boot up a computer, and it's the perfect way to check the weather or catch the morning headlines while you're waiting for coffee to brew, or munching on your breakfast cereal!
The blah? Much as I love Sony, I think they missed the mark by keeping the Dash leashed to a plug and an outlet, instead of giving it a battery so we could carry it from room to room around the house, or even take it to Starbucks or some other place with WiFi. And it would be nice to be able to use the Dash as a digital photo viewer even if you don't have WiFi (there is a USB port that you can plug a USB storage device into, but nothing works unless the device is able to locate and access a wireless network). But it's a great little device, and our Sony Dash won't be dashing out of the house anytime soon!
Win a Sony Dash
Just in time for the holiday season, you could win your own Sony Dash personal internet viewer! Sony gave me a second Dash to give away to one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader.
Update 10/24/10: Sorry everyone! I guess you can tell I copy and paste my giveaway wording, because my entry requirements for this giveaway were completely unrelated and incorrect. I've changed the entry requirement below -- and since it's my mistake, all entry answers the initial question (it used to say "tell me your favorite Photo Card Creations design") are still valid. Thanks for your patience and sorry for messing that up!
Leave a comment on this post and tell me the feature(s) of Sony Dash you would probably enjoy the most. This entry must be completed before extra entries qualify.
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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on November 15, 2010; I will draw a winner at random on November 16 and post the winner's name after the winner confirms acceptance. US addresses only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!
Disclosure: Sony Dash invited me and other bloggers to a lunch and Dash demo. At the event, I received a gift card to Marlowe restaurant, a Sony Dash to keep, and a second Dash that I will be mailing out to the winner of this giveaway. I was not paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.