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Eating Out

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    November 26, 2014

    Review: Grapeseed Serves Earnest, Seasonal American Cuisine in Southampton

    Grapeseed (5400 Nottingham Avenue; 314-925-8525) Dining room open 4:30-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 4:30-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4:30-9 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon. As I settled into my chair and glanced at Grapeseed's menu, I was transported back to my early days in the restaurant business, waiting tables -- bef ... More >>

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    November 26, 2014

    A Look Inside Racanelli's New York Pizzeria in the Delmar Loop

    Racanelli's New York Pizzeria (6314 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-7227) recently made a return to its roots in the Delmar Loop, opening a location of the local pizza chain that originated in the area twenty years ago. As reported by Gut Check last month, this is the fifth location of the New York-style ... More >>

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    November 25, 2014

    Cyrano's Carrot Cake: A Decadent Classic Dessert Perfect for Two Forks

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Since 2003 Cyrano's ... More >>

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    November 24, 2014

    The 9 Best Southern Restaurants in St. Louis

    Sometimes we all just need a little soul with our meal. Whether it's some Cajun-spiced seafood, perfectly crisped fried chicken, buttery biscuits or any number of barbecue recipes, Southern cuisine is unlike any other and sometimes all that will satisfy -- perhaps best paired with a single barrel bo ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    #56: Cafe Natasha's Beef Shish Kebab

    When Behshid Bahrami came to the United States in the late 1970s, he was culinarily dismayed. He simply could not find lamb that tasted like what he had in his native Iran. American lamb, Bahrami will tell you, has a gamey taste compared to its mild Persian counterpart. Rather than swearing it off a ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    A Look Inside Riverbend Restaurant and Bar's New Expanded Space in Richmond Heights

    As reported by Gut Check in August, restaurant owner Sam Kogos would move his popular New Orleans-style restaurant to the space recently vacated by Harvest. Riverbend Restaurant and Bar (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-664-8443) opened in Richmond Heights in early November with an expanded menu a ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    A Look Inside Las Palmas' New Location on Washington Avenue

    The last time we took an in-depth look at Las Palmas, former RFT food critic Ian Froeb reviewed its second location in Maplewood, an outpost that followed the model of original flagships in north county. In late September the local Mexican restaurant expanded to include a third location: Las Palmas ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    5 Restaurants to Eat at on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

    Not everybody cooks on Thanksgiving. For some, going out to eat is a solid tradition. Maybe you don't want to do a whole feast for only a few people. Lucky for you, there are some great restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner next week. Continue on for our Turkey Day picks. See also: 5 St. Louis R ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Mary Ann's Tea Room Serves Tea and Kitsch for Ladies Who Lunch: Review

    Mary Ann's Tea Room 4732 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-5303 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Sun. The holidays are around the corner, which means it's time for Grandma Bea or crazy Aunt Myrtle to make their annual winter pilgrimage from Boca Raton back to St. Louis. Or perhaps you're overdue for a lunch date with ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Happy Hour at Llywelyn's: Celtic-Style Eats and Drink Specials Galore

    The Place: Llywelyn's Pub - Webster Groves (17 Moody Avenue; 314-926-1515) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and daily from 10 p.m. to midnight. The Deals: A selection of appetizers for $3 to $5, as well as $2 domestic bottles, $3 selected drafts, $3 premium wells, $3 house wines a ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    801 Fish to Join 801 Chophouse

    801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-875-9900) is one of the swankiest steakhouses in St. Louis, and the Des Moines-based 801 Restaurant Group will soon add a seafood restaurant to its local holdings. 801 Fish will open in mid-2015 in the former Brazikat space at 172 Carondelet Plaza, a ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    Chef Chat: D. Scott Phillips Is Balaban's Resident Artist

    Modifications and special requests? "No problem," says chef D. Scott Phillips of Balaban's (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700). In fact, he encourages people to ask for what they want. "I love it when people come to me and say, 'I had this dish at this one place years ago,' and ask if I ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 14 to 16

    Believe it or not, there's snow in the forecast for this weekend. Snow. We haven't quite come to terms with it, so we've come up with plenty of delicious weekend activities to keep us occupied. Continue on for our food-related recommendations. See also: 5 St. Louis Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Historic Cottleville Is a Burgeoning Food Destination

    In this week's review, I visited Plank Road Pizza (5212 Highway N, Cottleville), the latest spot to open in St. Charles County's Cottleville. Buzz began surrounding the small community in 2009 when Stone Soup Cottage, a food lover's paradise, opened in the historic town. The word on the street is th ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    McArthur's Bakery Gets New Owners

    McArthur's Bakery (multiple locations, including 113 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-894-0900), which you may know for its gooey butter cake, among other things, has been sold. The bakery has been family-owned since 1956; second-generation baker Randy McArthur sold the business to Scott and Sheil ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Thursday Throwdown: The Quincy Street Bistro-Farmhaus Meatloaf Battle

    It is now solidly the season of polar vortices, wind chills and comfort food. To celebrate these hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dishes, we went straight to the culinary equivalent of that old comfy sweater for this week's Thursday Throwdown: meatloaf. Two of the area's most prominent chefs, Kevin Willma ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    A Look Inside Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar

    As reported by Gut Check in September, Leonardo's Kitchen and Wine Bar (2130 Macklind Avenue; 314-664-1410) joins the Hill neighborhood roster of Italian restaurants with a new pizza and wine restaurant. The concept comes from Rich and Terri LoRusso of LoRusso's Cucina (3121 Watson Road; 314-647-622 ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    #57: The Maine-Style Lobster Roll at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

    Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858) was the most anticipated restaurant opening this year, with so much hype it was the St. Louis equivalent of a Hollywood premiere. No one doubted that chef Kevin Nashan could pull off a classic lobster and crab shack in the middle of Am ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Review: Plank Road Pizza Paves the Way to the Area's Newest Dining Destination -- Cottleville

    Plank Road Pizza 5212 Highway N, Cottleville; 636-477-6154) 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.) Pass the Chesterfield Valley outlet malls and cross the Boone Bridge, and you'll find yourself at a fork off the Highway 94 exit ramp. If you turn l ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    The 7 Best Spicy Dishes in St. Louis

    For those that love spicy food, or are just in the mood to test their hot pepper tolerance, we've got a list of capsaicin-laden dishes that serve up mouth-watering (and maybe eye-watering) flavor along with a serious dose of heat. For those not used to spicy foods, maybe keep some milk, salt, sugar, ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Openings: Avenue, Side Project, Larder & Cupboard, Riverbend

    It's been a busy few days for St. Louis restaurants. There were several openings, which means more delicious food (and some killer Instagram photos). Here's the roundup of what you may have missed, and what's coming up this week. See also: Cory King Debuts Tasting Room, Side Project Cellar [PHOTOS]

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    November 10, 2014

    Chef Chat: Bixby's New Chef Corey Ellsworth on Going from Dishwasher to the Boss

    Chef Corey Ellsworth didn't realize his dishwashing gig in Bloomington, Illinois would lead to a stint working for Thomas Keller's mentor. He was just an angsty 17-year-old looking to make some cash. That was until, over the din of clanking plates and the dish machine, he paid attention to the guys ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Week: November 10 to 13

    We usually chronicle the must-eat events every weekend, but there are so many fun things happening in St. Louis, we've decided to take on the weekday grind. Sometimes it helps us get through the day knowing we have a fabulous dinner or wine tasting to go to that evening. Continue on for our food-rel ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    #58: Panorama's Croque-Madame

    When chef Ivy Magruder took over the kitchen at Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490), the restaurant was -- to put it kindly -- not doing so well. Plagued by a series of bad reviews, financial troubles and guest complaints, the Saint Louis Art Museum knew it had to completely reinvent its less ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Thrillist Names Pastaria the Best Pizza in Missouri

    Thrillist, a national food, drink and travel site which has given much love to St. Louis restaurants in the past, just put out a list of the top pizza place in each state. And nope, it didn't pick Imo's. Gerard Craft's Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-6603) got the nod for the Show ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Review: A Drummer Finds a New Calling with a Charming Neighborhood Bodega at Grove East Provisions

    Grove East Provisions (3101 Arsenal Street; 314-802-7090) 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Barry Kinder admits his new café and grocery store, Grove East Provisions, is a work in progress. Sometimes he runs out of product. (On my initial visit he discouraged me from taking the last apple galette in the de ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Whitebox Eatery's Cheese Pastry: A Lighter Take On A Traditional Breakfast Treat

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. At Whitebox Eatery ( ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: October 2014

    The weather wasn't the only good thing about October 2014. Several hotly anticipated restaurants opened their doors, like barbecue companion Sugarfire Pie and Ben Poremba's latest, Old Standard. By our count, we lost only three restaurants and they were all part of a chain. Let us know anything we m ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Chef Chat: Grace Dinsmoor on Going from Jell-O Shots to Gourmet

    Ask Grace Dinsmoor why she cooks, and she'll tell you that it isn't really a choice. "I'm a chef by blood," she says. This doesn't mean it's come easy; this self-taught culinarian has spent the last twenty years working her way up in some of the city's hottest kitchens (Blue Water Grill, Modesto, Ni ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

    Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt. See also: Firs ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Review: Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. Is a Delicious, Transportive Experience

    Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. (1831 Sidney Street; 314-772-8858) 4:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1:30-8:30 p.m. Sun. To say that Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. brings good seafood to St. Louis is a huge understatement. It's more like the doorway to the Benton Park eatery i ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Happy Hour at United Provisions: Half-Price Sushi, Sake and More

    The Place: United Provisions (6241 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-5699) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-off select sushi, sake, wine and beer.

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    October 28, 2014

    Athlete Eats Plans Second Location, Food Truck and Fine Dining Concept

    It's going to be a big year for Athlete Eats (2837 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5566), the polished cafe from the Cardinals' nutritionist. Owners Simon and Angelica Lusky are planning a three fold expansion which will include a second location, a food truck and a fine dining concept. See also: Athlete ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Chef Chat: Mark Sanfilippo Is Salume Beddu's Cured Meats (Philosopher) King

    Mark Sanfilippo, the man behind Salume Beddu(3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100), didn't set out to be St. Louis' king of cured meats. The former academic spent years studying Hegelian philosophy and German, priming himself for a career as a professor when reality set in. "There are only two or three ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    #60: The Egg Rolls at Bek-Hee Chinese Restaurant

    I'd driven by Bek-Hee (10200 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-426-4773) hundreds of times without giving the place a second glance -- the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant looks like just another Overland chop suey dive. Then I got a tip from a trusted colleague that the restaurant is under new ownershi ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Panorama's Retooled Brunch

    One has to hand it to Ivy Magruder and David Marshall. The chef and general manager, respectively, had quite a job ahead of them when they took over the Saint Louis Art Museum's struggling restaurant, Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490). Plagued by terrible reviews, bad press and financial di ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Cabana on the Loop's New Family-Friendly Brunch Food Eatery

    Cabana on the Loop (6100 Delmar Boulevard; 314-875-0532) celebrated a grand opening on October 11, serving up a family friendly menu featuring Southern cuisine, breakfast dishes and traditional American-style offerings. The dine-in concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Wendell Bryant and Latoshia ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

    There's a certain art to lingering over a leisurely brunch with a cocktail (or two) and friends. Food is definitely only half of the experience where drinking before noon is the name of the game. We've assembled our top picks for boozy brunches in St. Louis that showcase inspired cocktails made for ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    SLAM Dunk: The St. Louis Art Museum's Restaurant Revamp is a Success

    Panorama (One Fine Arts Drive; 314-655-5490) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.) Within its first few months of existence, the Saint Louis Art Museum's new restaurant, Panorama, acquired as much tarnish as a Bronze ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Piccione Pastry Now Serving Seasonal Brunch, Including Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Options

    Italian-style bakery and cafe Piccione Pastry (6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355) is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. The menu additions came a few weeks ago, but they have proven so popular, Piccione has added seasonal items as well as vegetarian and gluten-free opti ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Restituo's Living Room Style Gets Your Vote for Most Underrated Coffeehouse

    Restituo (4100 Shenandoah Avenue) has only been open for a few months, but already the New York-style coffeehouse has a following. Owner Nicole McCormack refurbished the cafe's mismatched furniture, handcrafted many of the coffee mugs and imports her favorite New York coffee. We talked to McCormack ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    De.lish Cheesecake Bakery is Up for Sale -- Sort Of

    Fans of the north-county cheesecake bakery de.lish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe (1060 St. Catherine Street, Florissant; 314-831-7400) have been up in arms this week ever since owner Jeff Mullersman posted on Facebook that he was putting the business up for sale. It turns out it things aren't that black ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Now Open: Truffles Butchery, Peacock Loop Diner, Pizzeoli and More

    There have been a slew of restaurant openings this week and even more to come before October is over. In case you missed it, here are a few new places you might want to check out this weekend. See also: The Corner Cup Plans New Menu and Expansion in Dogtown

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    October 17, 2014

    A Look Inside Peacock Loop Diner, University City's New 24-Hour Dining Destination

    The Peacock Loop Diner (6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555) opened its doors recently as the latest concept in Washington University's Delmar Loop development which also includes United Provisions. The new 24-hour greasy spoon's impact on the St. Louis food map is paramount, joinin ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    BaiKu Sushi Lounge's New Midtown Restaurant: Specialty Sushi, Noodle Bowls and More

    As reported by Gut Check in July, BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-896-2500) joins the Hotel Ignacio building's offerings which includes the MOTO Museum and Triumph Grill. Keeping with the overarching concept, BaiKu -- Japanese for motorcycle -- features a dining area with deconstructed bi ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Bek-Hee Brings Sha County Chinese Cuisine to St. Louis: Review

    Bek-Hee (10200 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-426-4773) 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. When the Han Dynasty fell apart in 221 AD, members of the royal family fled south to Sha County to escape the invading forces. According to Chinese folklore, they brou ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Happy Hour at Ranoush: Syrian Cuisine Featuring Half-Price Everything

    The Place: Ranoush (6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6874) The Hours: Every day from 3 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-off prices on the entire menu, excluding hookah. This includes wine, beer, food and cocktails.

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    October 10, 2014

    McMurphy's Cafe at St. Patrick Center Offers Good Eats for A Good Cause

    McMurphy's Cafe (800 North Tucker Boulevard; 314-802-5478) isn't your typical lunch spot. The downtown restaurant is one of St. Patrick Center's twenty programs that assists its clients -- individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as well as individuals with mental health or subst ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Aaron Sherman Joins Niche Restaurant Group as Sommelier and Beverage Director

    Restaurateur Gerard Craft has recently named Chicago's Aaron Sherman as sommelier and beverage director for Niche Restaurant Group, which includes Niche, Pastaria, Brasserie and Taste. We caught up with Sherman to hear about his vision for Craft's restaurants and not being a wine snob. See also: Be ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    A Look Inside Rooster's New Second Location on South Grand

    Last year Gut Check reported on restaurateur Dave Bailey's plans to add a second location of Rooster to his ever-expanding empire which includes Baileys' Range, Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar, Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Small Batch and a soon-to-come barbecue restaurant. Earlier this week, Rooster (3150 ... More >>

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