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carrotstopVancouverSince January 14, 200722 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
an Unparalelled dinning experience
Submitted Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

My beau held his birthday dinner at Diva. We were a small party and eased comfortably into a table closer to the kitchen. Diva has an open concept kitchen, and you can see the immaculately clean and well organized cooking space. The head chef and sous chefs were onsite working away on food prep and delicate plating.

Our party ordered: the lobster gnocchi, salt spring island goat cheese & pear salad, and the shaved pemperton root vegetables to start. For our main courses: caramelized lamb sirloins, red wine crusted rib eye, and herb risotto w/ grilled salmon. We spoiled ourselves w/ the stilton cheesecake and chocolate souflee for dessert. From appies to dessert, each dish were in generous portions, admirably plated, and each tasted absolutement fantastica. 4.5 for all!

The wait staffs were attentive and observant. Drinks were refilled w/o us having to wave anyone down. Questions and dietary concerns were respected. One of our diner was gluten-free and dairy free. Of course, nothing on the menu offered such entres. The wait staff got an idea of what the diner liked- and requested the chefs to make something completely off the menu. The result was a wonderful herb risotto dish- flavorful and totally hit the spot w/ what the diner craved. It's incredible how the chefs at Diva were able to accommodate such dietary restrictions on the fly.

Our dessert arrived with a neat little chocolate happy birthday plaque, and our dairy free diner were treated to a fresh wildberry sorbet on the house. It was lovely how thoughtful the staffs at Diva were.

Hands down, we had the most IMPRESSIVE birthday dining experience.

It was roughly $70 food and booze per person. After being pampered- you'll feel no qualms tippy generously.

Go and dine DIVA!

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Worst Value for Takeout
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2010 - 2:44pm [Take-out]

A recent kitchen fire took out 4 of the best-valued cheap asian eateries around the W. Broadway/Cambie region this early december. The Peaceful Restaurant was left unharmed- making this place an unfortunate alternative for lunchers.
I ordered a veggie and tofu stir-fry on rice to go. The order came out relatively fast~ 15min. I paid the $9 and skiddadled.
Arriving back at work, I open the bag and found no utensils and no napkins. WTF. How can a take-out be so un-thoroughly prepped?
Disappointment sanked in when I open the box. The container was 85%-90% filled with rice. There were about 4 slices of tofu, 3 broccoli florets, and 3 carrot slices, and a few cabbage leaves. You know you are getting a shitty deal when you can count the individual ingredients in a stir-fry. The sauce was abismal and definitely not tasty enough to go with the 3.5 cups of rice they served.
I agree with other reviewers- this place sucks in value. Not worth spending $9 on a bucket full of rice.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
So So food. Solid Service.
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

The portions does not work for in favor of those who eat. The two guys I was with each ordered a ramen bowl and had to split a third.

I had the Ramen Salad and Takikomo Rice Ball. Both looked really really good- the color and texture were saliva-worthy. u=Unfortunately, both turned out to be flavorless. I had to add gyoza sauce in both dishes.

In any case- the noodles were quite yum- great coloring and bite. looks authentic enough.

I most likely won't return to this place- as there are many other well- known ramen places to try.

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
at the low end of mediocre asian fare
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I generally write positive reviews...unfortunately won't be doing that here. *This comment should stand as a warning against going to this restaurant.*

To cut things short, we ordered:
a beef dish
ginger chicken
szechuan green beans
veggie chowmein
tofu with veggies
rice for 4
Price= $90 (tax and tips) wtf.

All the veggie dishes were nuked and depleted of nutritional value. but I guess, if you are eating Szechuan (fried/greasy/spicy food), you aren't eating for your health. Meat dishes were passable.

Essentially, if you like the sauce then you'll most likely eat whatever the dish is...and it'll go well with rice.

A side note on the rice...the color was off a bit. Not the usual pristine white rice you'd serve.

As half of the reviews were from lunch time diners who opted for lunch specials- I totally understand if they'd think Chongqing is a great deal.

For dinner- it's low quality lunch time value meals for dinner entree prices (nearly 2x the price). So don't go there for dinner your first time at Chongqing. Head for lunch...and maybe you'll even like the place.

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QQ Sushi1640 West Broadway, Vancouver
QQ's got a hang at selling cheap good quality sushi
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 11:49am [Take-out]

My partner and I order take-outs regularly from QQ. The menu is quite generic across all cheap sushi places.

But what sets QQ apart from other cheap sushi dineouts is the higher quality of their sushi. Let me take an original avocado roll for comparison: QQ's sushi rice never fails to be prestine white, tender and lightly sweetened, and tart with a dash of vinegar. The avocados are well-chosen as they are always ripe with a healthy green color. My order of a sumptuous avocado roll at $2.95 can easily be jacked up to $3.5 or $4 at other sushi joints.

In fact, each time we order from QQ, we are doubly pleased that they haven't increased their prices.

The restaurant is clean with simple arrangement. The decor itself isn't much-not for a romantic outing, which is fine because that means what we pay for is the sushi service itself and not the overhead cost. I dislike having to pay $4.5 for a simple avo roll just because the restaurant is nicely styled and furnished. ya know what I'm saying?

Great value for Good sushi for lunch/dinner or short stop before night outings.

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Hitoe Sushi3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
tasty and original
Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

If simplicity is a virtue in restaurant biz these days, then Hitoe would set the standard. Without the ostentatious furnishings and ornaments that cluttered and distracted diners, the restaurant was neat and clean. The sushi were presented in similar tone.

I ordered my favorites and what I usually use as a basic comparison to assess the quality of the sushi when I dine at a new place: miso soup, Avocado Roll and Yam Roll.

The miso soup was outstanding. Vancouver's other 240+ sushi restaurant have duped us into believing that miso soup was just salty, brown with seaweed. Just after one spoonful- you'll taste the difference in Hitoe's miso soup. The combination of different broths yielded layers of flavors that told a traditional way of brewing miso. It was definitely an experience to meet a Japanese Chef who honored his career and cooked whole-heartedly.

The avocado roll and yam roll arrived pleasantly arranged on a wooden platform. While the rolls were amongst the most solid and tasty rolls, it was the "way" it was presented that slowed you down in order for you to savor it. I did not wolf down my few, but delicious servings as I would other rice blobs in a plastic container. I enjoyed the bite, texture, and flavor of each piece.

The owner/head chef was quite a gracious host as well. We received complimentary edamame and pokie sticks. The dinner was worth more than what we paid for. All in all, good feng-shui breezed through the restaurant, and I felt good and healthy eating there.

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Abigail's Party1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
Been there, Done that Aint' going back.
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

My sweetheart and I doubled dated with another couple for this year's DineoutVancouver. Of the vegetarian menus on dineout, abigail's had the best enticing selection.
Abigail's $28 three-course vegetarian combo deal included creamy potato soup, mushroom tart, and chocolate mouse for dessert.
I'm quite finicky about my soup...I care about the quality of consistency and texture, and I expected my creamy potato soup to be a thick and clumpy mixture of melted butter, cream, potato, and fresh herbs. I was not impressed by Abi's version of one of my favorite soups. Their rendition of a creamy potato soup was in short a blended warm-milk starch paste with lots of salt. I felt my cells shrinking as osmosis balanced the solute-solution gradient. Blah~ H20!!! My beau's bruchetta was definitely tastier and worth the value.
The entree turned out quite nice. The mushroom tart and a green salad. Can't go wrong with that, and I ain't hating on it. I'd order that dish if I ever return.
The chocolate mousse though was the surprising event of the dinner. Bear with me as I elucidate my ideal chocolate mousse...mmm...chocolate mousse...a dark chocolate concoction thickened with egg yolk and heavy cream, layered with blended bittersweet chocolate with a splash of espresso liqueur, and topped off with a dollop of fluffed cream and shaved spiral coulis. Takes a heart and soul to make, but man~ one spoon it, and you're flying with cocoa bliss~
What Abi served: Chocolate pudding in a cup? WTF. Really brings you back to the reality of what the supermarket shelves.
Sigh. What I learned. Too high of expectations ain't good for trying out a new restaurant. Abi's been hyped up. Regardless...Give it a try and see it for yourself just to say you've "been there and done that."

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
Eating cheap backfires
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

My roommate and I thought we'd check out this semi-well-known Indian restaurant chain. Compared to other restaurants close to the region, such as Maurya's, Akbar's Own, India Oven, and Vji's, S.B. was least expensive. We are poor students, we'd walk the extra blocks to save a couple of bucks.
The extensive menu had many interesting and potentially delicious dishes. However, the waiter and waitress had a "don't talk to me...I don't even want to be here attitude" and were little help in suggesting the most sought out entree on the menu. In the end, we ordered the veggie dosa, garlic naan and the banhji bartha (eggplant dish) with a side dish of rice because it was not included in the entree. Boooooo
I've had dosas from New Jersey (home of the most authentic indian food you'll find in N.America), and was looking forward to another round of tubular shaped bread/crepe thing stuffed with delicious aloo gobi style fillings. My veggie dosa turned out triangular shaped and flat. With a confused expression I asked the waiter for my Veggie Dosa. He returned with a nod towards the oversized and unfried samosa wannabe. I double checked whether there was any filling. O yes...the chef had not forgotten to smear the pastry with overcooked left-over-veggie-scraps. It was a visually disappointing surprise. =(
Regardless it tasted alright. But the fact that it didn't look right and wasn't Stuffed with Veggies left me unsatisfied so we ordered a second dish to share...the aloo gobi masala.
Both the bartha and aloo gobi were generously sauced and it was yummy. We love sauces and had a great time scooping them with naan. However, it did mean there wasn't much substance in the main ingredients itself...we found little cauliflower, potato, and eggplant.
Overall, it was pretty much like any cafeteria experience. Food was already prepared and simply heated when ordered. The ambiance was not conducive for a relaxed dining experience.
Long story short-Being cheap backfired this time. It was agreed that we'd both chill out a couple more bucks and head over to Mumbai's Cafe or Akbar's own for a decent and enjoyable dinner outing.

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Cafe Brio944 Fort Street, Victoria
a fair fare
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

what we ordered and what we thought:
1) summer squash soup- absolutely delicious. I'm a big soup fan. this is one of those soups I dream of blending the right amount of cream, water, spices, and squash. oya. dip your complimentary rustic bread into the streak of buttery oil swimming on the surface. yumm...

2) goat cheese crusted with roasted almond salad- a refreshing toss of garden greens and weeds. The marinated cherry was a surprise. the dressing was a bit light...which was good because I dislike salads drenched with heavy dressing creams.

3) the scallion, kale, and potato agnolotti- =( why? the pasta was slightly undercooked, I felt the knotty edges hardened from the freezer. The filling itself resembled chinese won-ton...the scallion was choppy and the texture and taste overwhelmed other veggies. scallion was a bad call on this invention.

4) butternut squash gnocchi- this was one of my favorite dish ever! instead of traditionally boiling the gnocchi, the chef pan-fried/stir-fried the gnocchi...lending it a bronze crispy shell to the meltingly soft innards of the gnocchi. the texture was absolutely surprising and the taste was perfect. I've decided to prepare all my gnocchi dishes this way. =)

5) toffee pudding- this was highly recommended by the server. I found it a bit disappointing. first of all...it aint' no pudding. It was basically a chocolate cake/brownie thing sitting atop a pool of overly sweet caramel/toffee/chocolate sauce (it was sooo sweet that my taste buds confused one sensation for another)...despite that, the scoop of toffee flavored gelato on the side was worth mentioning. I'd shell out 3 bucks for that scoop anytime.

6) Creme Brule- the taste of heaven! I had a pretty sheltered creme brule experience until now. Usually, I found creme brule either too watery, too sweet, or pudding-like. It had always been my last choice on the dessert menu. well well...the patisserie chef at Cafe Brio has it going with her innovations. The creme was indeed La Creme. It was rich, thick, and yielding at the same time. Her use of madagasgar vanilla bean authenticated the fragrance of pure deliciousness. The candied maple-colored top was flamed just right. With a well-measured tap, the top cracks. ahh...the look, the smell, and the taste were all there. can't ask for anything more.

The servers were nice as well. They've tried the dishes and know which ones are good. The wine pairing recommendations for different dishes were helpful was well.

The price was a bit on the heavier side. the totally deal came out to be $80. But it's worth it if you are sharing it with someone special.

Anyhoo, if you desire a defining dinning experience at Cafe Brio, order the soup, the gnocchi, and the cream brule. It's worth the mula.

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All India Sweets & Restaurant6507 Main Street, Vancouver
Best Indian Buffet in Town
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

My pals and I have been here several times for the buffet. It is all you can eat vegetarian fare that costs $9.95. ooooo-ya~
The following is a couple of dishes that we really liked in descending order:
Alu Gobi
Potato Zucchini (a rare treat)
Mutter Paneer

They usually serve so-so Channa Masala and Daal as well. Heck, try them all and see how they feel on the palate.

End the pig out with Gulab Jamun and rice pudding. I like to drop about 2 balls in a bowl of rice pudding and eat them together. yummmm.

The best part: you can get 20 super yummy samosas for $10. What a steal!!!

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Don't bother sitting in...Take it to go
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

The vegetable buns and chicken steam bun were better than T&T dim sum. They were decent size. The bun part was especially delicious, soft, and moist. The huge sesame balls were very very good. Be sure to try one of those bad boys.
The service was horrible. The servers were rude. Just purchase the goods and eat somewhere else that serve better tea.

o- ya. The place only takes cash.

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Lions Den Cafe651 East 15th Ave, Vancouver
Hail to the Creators of this Restaurant!!!
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Upon a recommendation, my pals and I decided to have our x-mas dinner here and celebrate before the breaks. This tiny hole in the wall cafe is very nicely decorated. I don't mean "fancy chandeliers and real cloth napkins" sort of way, but the "real down to earth and Bob Marley chill" style. The joint is hyped up with high ceilings, oceanic murals, paintings, pictures, and a huge Lion named Junior. Man- I respect that.
The menu is not half bad looking either. Every major entree is under $10, and all looked delicious.
The waitress/cook came around and took our orders. I had a Curry Veggie Roti (med. spicy), and from what I remember...my friends had: Oxtail Stew, Jerk Chicken Roti,Curry Chicken Roti, Jerk Chicken on Rice & Peas, Teriyaki Chicken on Rice, and Chicken Sandwich.

The portions were large...very satisfying large. My Curry Veggie Roti made the veggie roti from The Reef looked like a limp burrito. Unlike some restaurants with mushed-whatever-curries, the ingredients they used were so fresh that you can actually make out each individual vegetable in the roti. It was truly a home-cooked meal but much more Yum Yum...definitely worth waiting for.

On top of everything, the cook came out and stopped the earthy-reggae playing on the stereo and gave a speech about the history of the restaurant. In the end, she had us sign the calendar marking the 3021 days of Lion's Den in operation. Now that's something you don't quite experience in other restaurants. =)

ooo-expect no mint from this place. You'll get rum flavored toffee as a treat instead.

My friends and I all agree that the food and the experience was very much enjoyable. We can't wait to return.

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Tokyo One Sushi4443 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
good sushi place near UBC
Submitted Friday, December 14, 2007 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

There must be 50+ sushi places like Tokyo One in Vancouver. The prices are average and the meal is average. Even though it was a satisfying lunch, my colleagues and I weren't especially impressed. This is a solid sushi spot. Can't hate on this, but can't love it enough to be a regular.

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Perfetto Pizza4460 W 10th, Vancouver
Best Veggie Lasagna so far...
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

I'm a huge fan of veggie lasagna. To date, my favorite veggie lasagna is from the Stinking Rose in SF. It had the most delicious orange sauce...

So, I've been searching for a place with a veggie lasagna that is on par with the Stinking Rose. I think Perfetto has got it made. The quality was just excellent. There were all sorts of veggies, bell peppers, carrots, eggplants, broccoli...etc. The red sauce was great too. It was baked in a stone pizza oven. It came out sizzling hot. My meat-loving friends took one too many spoonfuls of "let me try a bite."
Too bad the portions were a bit small. The dinner plates were served the same amount as lunch time specials but were nearly double the price.

Even though, I'm quite happy with the meal. I'd return only for lunch.

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Yamato Sushi616 Davie St, Vancouver
The place to go for folks like me...
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

I'm a pretty damn poor student. I lack many things a person with normal income should have, such as a cell phone, a TV, and a couch. One thing I don't skimp on, however, is food...good organic food at home and fun dine outs with friends once in a while.
Yamato Sushi on Davie is the perfect place for me. They have great combo deals, like 18 pieces of sushi for $5.50. That's what I always get. Sushi combo, and with a little extra cost, I can twist the combo a little and get the special rolls I love (the avocado roll).
The portions are on the larger side. The quality of the sushi rice is nice, soft and fluffy. The wasabi is to kill for. It is very strong, I love it.
Can't diss this place. I always come out satisfied and thinking it was well money spent.

Anyhoo, if you've got some cash on you and don't wanna spend it all. Head over to Yamato to get some solid and affordable yummy sushi.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Too dark a room...can't even see my food!!!
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

I'm a huge fan of Indian Cuisine...so much that I've flown to New Jersey just to try some traditional. Upon arrival at Vancouver, I was stoked to find Akbar's Own around the corner from my house. I thought "a place with a good rating and very close to my house...nothing can top that." My friend and I decided to give it a try.
From what I could see under the candle light, the place was somewhat nicely decorated. It was just sooo damn dark in there...I couldn't even make out the words on the menu. That was pretty bad. So I wanted a channa masala with bhatura, uthappam and masala dosa but they had nothing of the sort. On the random, we asked what the waitress thought were the best veggie dishes around. We ended up ordering Nauratan, eggplant bharta, and alu gobi with a whole bunch of naan on the side.
The food arrived. Each dish was pretty small, about the size of an eyeglass case. We dipped in. The Nauratan was a mushy mess...you can't even make out what the hell was in it (the poor lighting didn't help). It was so salty that I knew my health would be compromised if I had another bite. We moved on to the eggplant bharta. It was alright, I don't remember anything significant from it. The alu gobi was the only item I recognized both by sight and by taste. But it wasn't anything special.
On the last note, I was shocked to find the naan to be a safeway-type-flatbread. Granted, I was spoiled with tandoori-made naans back in the states...but I thought a place with this type of reputation would at least cook something representative of its native cuisine. The bhatura was yummy enough...probably the best item we ordered...which doesn't say much, it was like a small inflated fried pita bread.
(sigh)
Overall, it was quite a disappointment. From now on, I will take my time to bus all the way to Punjabi Market on Main St. to get the real treat.

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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
good food...not enough attitude
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

After hearing all the rave about this joint. My friends and I hopped on over to the place for some attitude with food on the side. The menu was incredible. It had all the things a person with a huge morning appetite can dream of. The waitress came and took our order, she was a bit fussy about not getting us some aqua. We joked and that was it...we expected more fun than was served.

Anyhoo, we ordered the Thelma, Hilary Swank, and a Cindy Williams. The dishes were wholesome, Elbow Room doesn't skimp on ingredients. The portions were decent and the plates were polished off easy.

Did the pricing reflect the amount and quality of food? Not really...it was an expensive breakfast. Walk around the corner for The Templeton to get equally delicious food for a bit less.

Was I served with the 'fun' that Elbow Room is famous for? Not really...I finished the whole dish and still managed to stomach the quips. Head on over to 10th Ave for The Diner if you really want some fun with words. Stella, the owner of the Diner, will set you straight...British style!!!

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Brado Pizza1399 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Must try the Potato Pesto
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

This unique pizza shop has everything~ from gourmet pizza to pasta dishes to poutine. Even though there are tons of great 2 for 1 pizza deals, the individual slices are cheap cheap cheap. A nice large gourmet potato pesto slice is only $1.50. The pizza crust is to die for~ they use a special sesame seed mix...very fragrant and delicious.

So don't be fooled by Brado's shoddy interior or lured by other pizza shops along the Drive. Brado is the place to go.

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Candia Taverna4510 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Good food, good service, amazing atmosphere
Submitted Friday, March 2, 2007 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

I have been here several times and I have never been disappointed. The food is muy yummy, though certain dishes can be a bit oily. Very large portions of good food at a decent price makes me a happy eater. The service is very friendly, though sometimes a bit inattentive. The inside of the restaurant looks like it is either the inside of an old old woodem ship or a forest. It is a very cosy atmosphere that makes you feel welcome every time you step inside. Very good choice if you want to dine out a Greek restaurant. The fact that they deliver (and deliver fast enough to keep the food warm and tasty when you get it) is definitely welcome.

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Maria's Taverna2324 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
okay food...not really worth the price
Submitted Friday, March 2, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I had the vegetarian spinakopita dinner. It was good, but not really spectacular. You can get the same dish but better, and with dolmas, at Candia Taverna for less. I'd reccommend Candia Taverna for Greek food over Maria's. My friend had the spaghetti dish, while he wasn't very hungry, it was still good. Go to Chianti's for much better pasta.

Service was alright. The waitress was hott.

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