An Incredible Can of Tomatoes and a Bunch of Writing

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David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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An Incredible Can of Tomatoes and a Bunch of Writing

The only time we have breakfast is on weekends. I do my best to mix it up so that we aren't just eating pancakes and eggs. I've added hash browns and latkes to my repertoire but this Sunday, I decided to make my version of a potato pancake. I wanted something a little lighter and savory. The Potato Pancakes turned out really well. I served them with an egg sunny side up and fried prosciutto. Hey! We walked three miles after breakfast. For dinner, I made Chicken Parmesan. I didn't measure anything so it can't be the recipe of the week but I did learn something incredible. For years, I have heard about San Marzano tomatoes from the chefs on various cooking shows. Sunday, I purchased a can just for the chicken parmesan sauce. Immediately upon opening the can, you can see the richer red color and thicker sauce. Not convinced of the taste improvement, I opened a similar can of Hunts tomatoes. I can only say wow! The Hunt's tomatoes were sour, in a thinner sauce and less rich in color. The San Marzano tomatoes were sweeter in taste and I was now convinced. You will pay more but your taste buds will be rewarded. I am not sure what I will do with the Hunt's tomatoes that are now in the refrigerator. However, the recipe of the week is Potato Pancakes. Make this as either a side dish or the centerpiece for breakfast. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Today was supposed to about broadband prices in the US and the rest of the world. However, I am traveling and all of my data is on my desk. So I thought I would share a call I had last week. A customer called looking for assistance to address a billing issue. For them it was an emergency, for me it was an unscheduled interruption. However, I stayed on the phone with them until it was resolved and the caller asked for my email address to send verification. When I spelled my name, the caller asked me if I was the Byrd that wrote the blog. I answered yes and he said it does get around. So, it seemed like a good time to note that the blog is now available in a number of locations. The original location is but we have now added,, and Or in less technical terms, you can catch the blog at TMCnet, Broadvox, Von and xchange. If you are interested in any of the articles I write every other month, you can find those at Broadvox and Telecom Reseller. You can count on me to do my best to inform, entertain and convert more foodies every week. See you on Wednesday with a discussion of global broadband pricing.


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