Today was The Big Event, aka the reason that I am in New York City. The event was held at the breathtaking Mandarin Oriental Hotel right in front of Central Park:
Only problem: The dang glass (note puzzled looks and wrinkled noses). After we all tried shooting at different angles, with and without flashes, sideways, and using our invisibility cloak and STILL not being able to get rid of our reflections, we finally realized what we needed to do to satiate our photographical needs: cover the reflection with ourselves.
Isn’t he precious? He tried hard to steal the spotlight with his cuteness factor – he tried so hard that he exhausted himself and totally missed the event due to an unavoidable nap.
Our host was Euro-Pro, a company that I have become very impressed with over the past two days. They are a family owned business specializing in very original ideas in cleaning and kitchen products. What really impresses me is how genuine they are in pursuing and trying to gain feedback from consumers like us, and using that information to come up with new products that fill existing needs, rather than spending all of their time in advertising and convincing people that they need their product.
They had so many of their company’s executives there, as well as several from their marketing company, Alpaytec, all intent on investing in quality time with us and listening to ideas and feedback.
The main unveiling at the event was the Ninja. And wow – it is going to make my life so much easier! If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you know how much I love juicing fruits and veggies, and especially making them into smoothies (mostly just the fruits – I’m not daring enough to try to feed Chris a carrot and spinach smoothie – no need to waste perfectly good vegetables.) You may also remember that I bought a new blender in the attempt to actually CREATE my smoothies, as my old one wouldn’t crush ice.
My new one wasn’t much better – I am always finding myself shaking it, beating it, opening and rearranging it, and in general strong-arming it into simply doing what it says it will do and CRUSHING ICE.
It especially refuses to crush ice without a liquid accompanying the ice, which makes my smoothie making MUCH more complicated.
But get this: I personally tried it out, so I can vouch that I:
– Put JUST Ice Cubes (no liquid) in the Ninja,
– Pushed the button for MAYBE 15 seconds at most
– NEVER had to shake, beat, or otherwise manhandle it,
and ended up with snow:
I am in LOVE.
Dear Blender-that-I-paid-twice-as-much-for-as-a-Ninja-costs: I hope that you can find a loving new home via E-bay.
In just a one hour demonstration, she made 7 or 8 different items, including chicken salad, salsa, smoothies, sorbets, pasta sauce, and Mushroom Soup, all of which we got to eat later at an amazing lunch:
The sorbet, of course, was my best friend.
I will be making me some sorbet. Very soon. I bet sorbets make a great side item for smoothies.
Which were also super-cool. I had no idea that you could steam clean and sanitize your floors and counters using no cleaning chemicals at all – obviously I am WAY behind in my cleaning technology.
All in all, the event concluded with a bunch of Moms drooling all over cool new toys that will supersize our Mommy-Quality-of-Life – yes, we were completely starstruck by the Ninja and it’s steamy friends.
And finally, to make the event all the sweeter, I got to connect with some bloggers that I’ve worked with at 5 Minutes for Mom, but have never met in real life – Shera from A Frog in My Soup and Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting:
And, of course, our token napping baby, who TOTALLY wants to be a Ninja when he grows up, too.
The Ninja can be viewed in more detail at www.ninjakitchen.com
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