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Quality Meats Takes It Up a Notch

One of our favorites restaurants in Miami has to be Quality Meats.

Quality Meats isn’t just your normal, traditional steakhouse. Quality Meats has something for everyone and more.

Executive Chef Patrick Rebholz is killing the game at Quality Meats. He has added some new menu items that will change your life for the better. Some of these new menu items include the Crab & Avocado and the Snapper Ceviche.

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Most notably the newest menu item turning heads is the ‘Parm Pizza’ a.k.a. Heaven!

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Parm Pizza is exactly what you think it is. Chicken Parm Pizza. It’s not a normal pizza either. The crust is the actual chicken. Then add some cheese and sauce and BOOM, you have chicken parm pizza! It’s delivered to the table atop a pizza rack and comes with spices like dried black olives and fresh honey, that will enhance the flavor of the pizza.

Check out the full Quality Meats menu here.

So next time you visit Quality Meats, add the Parm Pizza to your order. Your stomachs will thank you!

Check out our visit to Quality Meats a few weeks back here. (Contains plenty of ? Food Porn)

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Express Lunch at Verde at the Perez Art Museum Miami

Verde at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is now offering a prix-fixe express lunch option in conjunction with the PAMM’s new hours of operation on Mondays.

Each Monday, diners can enjoy a specially curated lunch with Chef Kaytlin Brakefield in 45 minutes or less. The lunch will run you $24 plus tax and gratuity and includes 2 courses and one beverage.

Menu items include Wahoo Ceviche; Perez Chopped Salad; Verde Farro Bowl; Grilled Chicken Club and more.

For more information on Verde, click here.

 

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Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2016

One of the biggest dining days of the year is right around the corner, Valentine’s Day! We know trying to decide on where to go on Valentine’s Day could be a long process, so that is why we are here to make it easier for you.

Here are some Valentine’s Day dining options for you in Miami.

Here’s to celebrating love on Valentine’s Day the right way!

Casabe 305 Bistro

Enjoy a 7-course meal with a bottle of house wine for $150 per couple at this local neighborhood spot located on Coral Way near 17th ave. The Valentine’s menu will be served Saturday Feb 13 for dinner 5-11 and Sunday Feb 14 for dinner from 5-10. The menu includes dishes like salmon ceviche, grilled lobster tail with champagne risotto, lamb chops and more.

Red, the Steakhouse

Red, the Steakhouse is offering a pre-fixe menu for the night. A four course meal from Chef Peter Vauthy include a 29 oz. dry-aged tomahawk ribeye to an entremet trio dessert and much more. For reservations call 305-534-3688. Pre-fixe menu starting at $199 for two ($269 for two with wine pairings), excluding tax and gratuity.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge is offering a 6-course menu specially prepared by Executive Chef Venoy Rogers. Delight your palette with an Amuse choice of Guava & Brie or Vegetable Tartare, then select your “Perfect Match” choice of Salmon & Avocado or Winter Melon, followed by a light and fresh “Love Potion” gazpacho. Your sweetheart will love the “From the Heart” salad medley, prepared with romaine hearts, artichoke hearts, celery hearts and hearts of palm. For entrees, valentines can indulge with unique, natural gourmet dishes like Truffle & Cheese Sacchetti, Bone-in Ribeye Felet, Chili Dusted Local Snapper or Sunfresh Farm & Ranch Organic Hen. Top it all off with a “Make me Melt” chocolate strawberry dessert and a champagne toast with the one you love. Valentine’s Day dinner at Essensia is $135 per person. For reservations and more information, call 305-908-5458 or visit www.essensiarestaurant.com.

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster

Izzy’s is offering Valentine’s Day specials all weekend long. Some of those specials include Oysters & Caviar, Sea Urchin Chowdah, Striped Bass, and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.

For Singles: They say “Shuck Valentines Day!!”
The restaurant will offer an interactive bar experience among the tenders and oyster bar shuckers for $75 per duo to include, bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, 1/2 dozen Island Creek Oysters, Choice of Cold or Warm Lobster Roll and a Grandma Celias Lemon Meringue Pie. RSVP required for Oyster Bar Experience. Call 305 -397-8843 for reservations today!

CORSAIR by scott conant

CORSAIR by scott conant is offering a $99 per person menu. Menu items include Yellowtail Crudo, Farmer’s Market Salad, Lobster Tagliolini, Diver Scallops, Roasted Prime Filet Mignon and more. Call 786.279.6800 for reservations today!

BOURBON STEAK Miami by Michael Mina

Bourbon Steak is offering a three-course menu with options such as Mina’s signature Maine Lobster Pot Pie in a portion perfect for sharing, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Hay-Smoked Bone-In Imperial Wagyu Côte de Boeuf for two and Warm Beignets with Trio of Pot de Crèmes. All ladies will also receive a rose and special take-home gift compliments of Bourbon Steak. The menu cost $135 pp.

Bulla Gastrobar

The restaurant will offer a weekly Valentine’s themed market menu featuring Pargo a La Sal Florida, Carrileras de Ternera Lechal and Brazo Helado de Mango y Vainilla Mango gelee roll filled with vanilla ice cream, yogurt.

La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel

On their closing day in Bayfront Park, La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel will host a Valentine’s Day celebration. A special “St. Valentine Meets San Miguel” cocktail will be offered, along with live music and a gift of an Abanico Español (Spanish fan) for the ladies!

Ortanique on the Mile

Chef Cindy Hutson will be hosting a themed cooking class on Saturday, February 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at $108 per person. Dishes that will be made include Hearts on Fire with steamed artichoke hearts, crisp greens in a pink peppercorn Caesar and shaved grana pandano, Sweet Cheeks with Niman Ranch braised pork cheeks and sweet corn polenta in a cherry chipotle agave glaze and Whoopie with red velvet cookie cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese icing

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

Palmeiras will offer a 3-course prix-fixe menu with a bottle of champagne at $95 per person on Sunday; guests can opt out of the champagne and dine at $75 per person as well. Special valentine’s day entertainment will feature music by Monsieur ZonZon.

The Federal

The Federal will offer 5-course menu at $65 per person with option to include wine pairing for additional $29. Highlights include Crispy Sweetbreads with sour cherry, celery root purée, sous vide egg; Brown Butter Gnocchi with corn bisque, rock shrimp, parmesan; Adobo Pork Belly with green goddess, crispy rice, lemongrass.

The Forge

A special dessert menu will be included with each dine. Specials include Hot Lava “Love” Cake with fresh strawberry compote, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nib crumble; Key Lime Tart with roast white chocolate soil, cara cara macaron and grapefruit; Tiramisu with amaretto, mascarpone and coffee cremeux.

Pubbelly

9-course tasting menu at $85 per person includes one glass of champagne. Highlights include Kusshi Kusshi Oysters with champagne geleé, american caviar; Foie Gras with apple burnt cream, pain perdu, sauternes, black walnuts; Corn Soup with crab raviolis, black truffles, huitlacoche.

Novecento

Valentine’s dinner available on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th. Brunch will be available at the below outlined days and time.

Brickell – Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Aventura –  Sunday only from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Midtown – Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

In addition to their signature menu, the restaurant will offer a themed a la carte menu and specialty cocktail. Highlights include Wood Fire Roasted Oysters with caramelized fennel, bacon & cream; Miso Truffle Glazed Maine Lobster with shaved brussels sprouts & wild mushrooms; Chocolate Cherry Mousse with pistachio financier, warm brandy cherries; Specialty cocktail – The Art of Love Prosecco made with vodka, fresh lychees and raspberries

SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables

Celebrate love in the Gables with SUSHISAMBA’s chef-curated Omakase menu for $75 per person available in addition to our signature menu. Menu highlights include Lobster Taquitos with chilled Maine lobster, mango, passion fruit jus, lemongrass essence and avocado crema; Slow Cooked Short Rib with braised red cabbage, catupiry polenta, xingu-maca lacquer; Wings of Love Roll with ten spice marinated seared salmon, moromi-miso, red soy paper, micro red shiso, cranberry Red Bull aioli; Specialty cocktail – Lavender Lady made with Bombay Sapphire gin, peach liqueur and peach puree shaken with lavender agave, lemon juice, Kaffir lime leaf and egg white

GK Bistronomie

For Valentine’s Day, GK Bistronomie will be offering a prix-fixe menu for $100 a person and includes two glasses of bubbly. Tax and gratuity not included. Menu highlights include Parmesan Ceviche with grouper, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aji Limo, Caviar and Cilantro Sprouts; Main Lobster with Beurre Blanc Fondue, Braised Leeks, Applewood Bacon, Peas Tendrils, Crispy Leeks; Colorado Lamb Chops with White Bean Custard, Cilantro Sauce, Onions, Salsa Criolla; Fanny Bay Oysters with Grapes and Tabasco Air.

Serendipity Creamery

Looking for a little something sweet for that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Serendipity Ice Creamery, with locations in Surfside and Wynwood has the “scoop.” Packages include Floral Bouquet For Her (two 4-oz.mason jars) – $20 // Lavender orange ice cream; Rose water sorbet; Top-Shelf Collection For Him (two 4-oz. mason jars) – $20 // Chocolate whiskey ice cream; Guinness ice cream.

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Red Ginger Launches Lunch

You’re always looking for new lunch spots right? Well lucky for you Red Ginger has launched lunch daily from 12pm until 4pm.

The lunch menu includes Rice bowls (Vegetables, Grilled Chicken, Duck Confit or Tiger Prawns served in our R.G. fried rice with Japanese mushrooms, and sous vide egg), Bento boxes (Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki, and truffle salmon maki), Salmon & Crab Buns, Lobster Banh Mi, Wagyu Beef Burger, Japanese IPA Tempura Seabass and more.

There is also a three course seasonal menu for $21.

Check out the full lunch menu here.

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Miami NYE Dining Guide 2016

We know trying to decide where or what to do on New Year’s Eve could be a long process. That is why we are here to make it easier for you.

Here are some NYE dining options for you in Miami. We will continue to update it as more restaurants reveal their NYE plans.

Cheers to 2016!

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

Located on the famed lush island just a quarter mile off Coconut Grove, the newly opened Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle has several New Year’s Eve packages. Celebrate at one of South Florida’s most breathtaking waterfront settings with delicious cuisine prepared by famed Chef Alfredo Alvarez and Chef de Cuisine Abraham Silva. Live music by guest and resident DJs.

Package #1: Main Dining Room, $375 per person, includes Perrier-Jouet champagne, red and white wines by the glass, open bar throughout the evening, indoor and outdoor seating and NewYear’s toast. Menu available upon request.

Package #2: Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club, Cabana Cocoon Lounge Chairs on the sand, and Hampton Daybeds around thepool, $250 PP, includes Taittinger champagne, open bar and hot/cold canapes and New Year’s toast. (reserved seating)

Package #3: Open Bar and hot/cold canapes, $150 per person (no reserved seating)

La Feria Del Mercado De San Miguel in Bayfront Park *Reservations required

Enjoy Spanish Cuisine, traditional cava and 12 Grapes at Midnight in the heart of Downtown Miami’s New Year’s Festivities. Buffet stations featuring La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel’s classics will include a variety of Spanish cheese, salumeria and hams from the prestigious 5-Jotas, marinated seafood and vegetable salads, La Feria’s famous seafood, chicken and chorizo paellas, succulent roasted meats and sausages, and much more. In addition, guests will enjoy a midnight toast “the Spanish way,” with Cava and the traditional 12 grapes to symbolize 12 months of good luck in the coming year.
Price: $85++ per person includes tent access, buffet, complimentary Cava and 12 grapes at midnight. Full bar available and charged separately.

Mandarin Oriental *Reservations required

New Year’s Eve at La Mar – 9 p.m.

Join La Mar for a lively New Year’s Eve celebration featuring high-energy music by a DJ and an unforgettable three-course menu of flavorful specialties. Dishes include Crispy Jumbo Shrimp, Causa Verde, Wagyu Beef, Lobster and a dessert trio.
Price: $150 per person includes Chicha Morada champagne cocktail

New Year’s Eve at MO Bar + Lounge – 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

The swanky MO Bar + Lounge will set the stage for Miami’s hottest New Year’s Eve party, with music by a popular Miami DJ, stylish favors and décor, and handcrafted cocktails overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Partygoers will enjoy complimentary favors, hip sounds and a lively atmosphere.
Price: $75 per person includes two glasses of champagne; $250 per couple includes VIP table seating with a lavish seafood platter of fresh King Crab, Maine Lobster, Stone Crabs and more, plus a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne

Pubbelly *Reservations required
Enjoy a tasting menu priced at $125++ per person featuring items such as Bianconeri Tartare, Charcoal Tagliatelle and Duck Pie.

Sugarcane *Reservations required
Enjoy a five-course tasting menu priced at $99++ per person including party favors will feature items such as Pumpkin Soup with Truffle Oil, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Crunchy Tuna Roll, Flap Steak, and Mini Torrejas.

SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Omakase priced at $95++ per person including a glass of Heidsieck Monopole Champagne and a five-course tasting menu featuring Hotate Scallop Tiradito, A4 Wagyu Tobanyaki and Sweet Endings. Reservations are encouraged.

SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach
Ring in 2016 at Réveillon at SUSHISAMBA’s Brazilian-inspired celebration in white featuring Samba dancers and drummers, DJs spinning all night, a festive, chef-curated Omakase available in addition to an a la carte New Year’s Eve menu and party favors. Toast the night away with the REVEILLION COCKTAIL $15, a light and velvety mix of coconut vodka, lychee, cherry and vanilla spritzed with Prosecco. Reservations are encouraged.

Early Seating/ 7 PM – 9:30 PM
$75 minimum spend per person
Enjoy their a la carte New Year’s Eve menu, DJ beats, live entertainment by Samba dancers and drummers and party favors.

Premium Seating/9 PM – CLOSE
$125 minimum spend per person
Celebrate with their festive, chef-curated Omakase available in addition to an a la carte New Year’s Eve menu, DJ beats, live entertainment by Samba dancers and drummers and party favors.

The Forge *Reservations required

First Seating/6 p.m.
Chef Julia Doyne will prepare a three-course prix fixe dinner priced at $95++ per person featuring items such as Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Butter Poached Lobster and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Main Seating/9 p.m.
Chef Julia Doyne will prepare a four-course prix fixe dinner priced at $350++ per person including unlimited Verve Clicquot, party favors, DJ and dancing. Menu featuring items such as Creme Fraiche Flan, White Truffle Risotto, Creekstone Farms Filet Mignon and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Bar Package 1: Enjoy performances by Project F along with dancing, DJ and party favors; choice of premium open bar from 10 p.m. – 1 p.m. or a bottle of Verve Clicquot per couple; reserved seating at The Forge, and canapés prepared by Chef Julia Doyne priced at $175++ per person.

Bar Package 2: Enjoy performances by Project F along with dancing, DJ and party favors and premium open bar from 10 p.m. – 1 p.m. priced at $95++ per person (non seated)

Fooq’s
5 course Prix Fixe menu with dishes like ‘Mixed Herb Salad’ with Creme fraiche, soft poached egg, caviar, latka chip; Homemade Pasta – Wild mushroom ragu, calabaza, truffles, sage; Banana Leaf Baked Fish – Fooq’s curry, root vegetables, coconut milk. NYE at Fooq’s will run you $100 per person and you can also add a wine pairing and champagne toast for an extra $45.

Ortanique on the Mile
This New Year’s Eve join Ortanique on the Mile for a savory a la carte menu including signature dishes like Hawaiian Tuna Tartare, Root Beer Braised Pork Belly and Jerked Chicken Penne Pasta, just to name a few. To top it off, the “Ortanique Martini” with Grey Goose L’Orange, Sorrel Flower and Passion Fruit Juice is the drink of the night for $12.

Novecento
Ring in the New Year at Novecento with a live DJ, party favors, and the best part… watching the ball drop from New York City. Offering a prix-fixe menu, the first seating is from 6 – 9 p.m. and is $90 per person. Second seating is at 9:30 p.m. and is $150 per person. A bottle of wine per couple is also included. Locations in Brickell, Aventura and Midtown. For more information, please visit www.Novecento.com.

Cantina La Veinte
Chef Santiago will welcome each guest with a classic margarita this New Year’s Eve. Entrees like Alaskan King Crab or a whole Prime Tenderloin with 3 chili butter (12 oz.) will be a couple of the flavorful dishes on the menu. Cantina La Veinte is also offering unlimited wine during dinner and a glass of Dom Perignon to end the year. This four-course meal, which also features live music, costs $475 per person, and is one you can’t miss!

GK Bistronomie

Countdown to 2016 at GK Bistronomie and enjoy a six-course menu priced at $150 (excludes tax and gratuity) per person. Guests will enjoy a complimentary Wynwood Sahumerio with Absolut Elyx upon arrival and will toast to the new year with a champagne toast. The menu will include: Stone Crab and Corvina Roll; Fanny Bay Oysters; Tina & Foie Gras Ceviche; Mushroom & Yuzu Ceviche; Spiny Lobster; Black Angus Striploin and Nutella Mousse. A la carte menu will also be available that evening.

Corsair

For $85 per person, guests can dine at Corsair with dishes including Tuna & Yellowtail Tartare, Gnocchi Pomodoro, Short Rib of Beef “Lasagna, ” Roasted Filet Mignon, Free-range Chicken and Seared Halibut. Call today for a reservation 786-279-6800.

Bourbon Steak

For $275 per person, guests can dine at Bourbon Steak with dishes including Seared Diver Scallops, Alba White Truffle Risotto, American Wagyu Rib Eye Filet and Sticky Toffee Pudding. There is also a featured wine pairings for $75 per person. Call 786-279-6600 for a reservation today.

RED, the Steakhouse

Send off 2015 in an indulgent style at Red, the Steakhouse. It’s a five-star affair featuring Chef Peter’s Kobe Tartare, Butternut Squash Shooter, Mussels Diavlo, Beluga Caviar, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Lobster Fra Diavlo, Meatballs with the famous “Red Lead” sauce and steak, of course! – tender Aged Certified Angus Beef Brand Prime Steaks that are cooked to perfection. Call 305-534-3688 to make a reservation. New Year’s Eve dinner $199 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Separate drink pairings are also available for $50 or $100.

Izzy’s

For $125 per person, guests can dine at Izzy’s with dishes including Oysters & Caviar, Ivory Coast Prawn, Beef Cheek “Thermidor” with Main Blue Lobster, and Whipped Dark Chocolate Mousse. A wine pairing supplement is avaliable for $50 per person and there is a champagne pairing supplement for $95 per person. Call 305-397-8843 for reservations today.

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New #FoodPorn Addiction : Toast App

If you’re addicted to #foodporn photos on Instagram, you are going to love this app.

Toast.

Toast is comparable to Instagram, except Toast is all photos of food from your favorite restaurants. Think of Toast as your hub of grub.

On the Toast app, you can get photos and ratings for each individual dish from the restaurant; find friends with similar tastes; keep track of all the food you eat; and discover your next favorite meal.

Toast is avaliable now in the App Store and coming soon to Google Play.

We have been using the Toast app for quite some time now and we cannot get enough.

Follow us now @thefoode or you can follow the Toast Miami community at @ToastMiami

Download the app here.

For more information on the app and all it’s greatness click here.

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Pincho Factory Launches A New Veggie Burger

Our friends over at Pincho Factory is launching a new veggie burger while giving thanks.

Pincho Factory has teamed up with Feeding South Florida to thank their loyal customers with a weeklong charitable promotion: fans will be able to get their hands on the new and delicious Veggie Burger, free of charge, with a canned vegetable donation. The promotion runs from October 26 thru November 2nd.

The new veggie burger is a house-made black bean and sweet potato patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, papitas and pink sauce in a brioche bun.

All canned vegetables will be donated to Feeding South Florida.

Valid at Bird Road and Coral Gables Pincho Factory.

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Miami Spice Deals Extended

So Miami Spice came and went, but a few restaurants are extending their ‘Miami Spice’ menu deals thru the month of October for lunch and dinner.

Red Ginger, Quality Meats, Redlander, Prime Fish, and Byblos have confirmed extended Miami Spice menu deals. While these aren’t official Miami Spice deals, they are all offering similar prix-fixe menus like Miami Spice.

Byblos has added some new dishes to the prix-fixe menu. Organic house labneh with fennel, honey, olive oil, and barbari bread; braised Colorado lamb leg with muhammara and Middle Eastern gremolata; seared cauliflower with tahini sauce, sesame, and coriander; and crispy qatayef, a traditional Arab dessert with ashta cream, Turkish delight, honey syrup, and sumac strawberry. The $39 dinner menu is offered Sunday through Wednesday.

At Quality Meats, you can choose from dishes such as house-cured slab bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly; seared sea scallops with black garlic and celery leaves; honey-glazed baby-back ribs with honey-lime, fresh mint, and Thai basil; pan-roasted local snapper with arugula; and, of course, a classic center-cut filet mignon. Our full Miami Spice review for Quality Meats is located here.

Make sure to take advantage now!

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Brunchin’ at Pubbelly

We know; the dilemma.

Sunday morning comes around and you want to go grab some brunch with your friends or family, but no one seems to know where.

Look no further than Pubbelly.

Chefs Jose Mendin, Marco Pinheiro, Sergio Navarro and Maria Orantes change the menu weekly at Pubbelly, but keep some of the classics on the menu.

We were invited to come by and try some of the new brunch items and what came out of the kitchen was ???!

From the Tuna Pizza to the Chilaquiles, you can’t go wrong at Pubbelly. You can satifiy your brunch needs, get over your hangover or continue the party with amazing food and bottomless mimosas.

Pubbelly should be on your brunch list this weekend.

Check out what we brunched on:

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Classic Sundays at Bianca at Delano

Bianca at Delano is doing things a little different on Sundays.

Bianca has launched Classic Sundays, a take on traditional Italian family style dinners.

Guests can enjoy weekly family style Italian classics including Spaghetti and Meatballs, Lasagna, Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana, Gnocchi, Garlic Knots, Cannolis and more.

Classic Italian tunes and music by DJ Corrado Rizza will play while you dine and old-fashioned black and white films roll in Bianca’s orchard.

Classic Sundays at Bianca at Delano happen every Sunday from 7 – 11p.

We checked it out last Sundays. Check out photos of the Italian family style dinner:

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