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diningdandydowntown vancouverSince May 2, 200756 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Made Mr. Dining Dandy Cry a Little....
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

Mr. Dining Dandy almost sobbed after he ate one of these little tacos. Mr. Dining dandy spent a large part of his life in the states and living their came with authentic mexican galore! Something Vancouver was lacking in before this little gem came along. Mr. Dining dandy has been missing mexican (which is his favorite kind of food) for a long time. We had read about this place from some local paper and decided to try it. I hate the room and dislike the area but when you take a bite of your first taco (and I recommend all of them)suddenly all that seems like it doesn't even matter when your enjoying a messy tasty taco. Tacos are such a comfort food when your craving something meaty (although they had really good vegetarian options too) The price was so so but upon closer inspection you discover something that brings the value from solid to outstanding.. everything is organic and the meat is free range. I love when restaurants use good quality ingredience like that. Service is solid and i love that its authentic mexicans that are in the kitchen. The ambience is small and cramped and they're usually full but its still very worth the wait. You must try if you love mexican! Also if your in a hurry the Chefs really hussle to get those tacos out of the kitchen and onto your plate, Really go try it right now if your debating it!

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Donair Dude1172 Davie Street, Vancouver
Most unique Donairs in the city
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Its seems now a days everyone owns a donair store or every awful pizza place (usually awful.. because it means the pizza place doesn't specialize in pizza) makes their own variation of the donair. I gave the food a 4 because its the most unique donair in the city. I love my donair dude donair with everything except cheese and olives. They add pineapple which adds a whole new level of sweet to the donair and i love a hint of sweet in savoury foods. They have three sauces that they put on (which the owner says he makes fresh on site everyday) After your Donair is assembled it goes on a panini press to give it another level of crispiness. The only negative thing i could say about this place is they dont cut the chicken from a revolving skewer, but on second thought maybe that's a good thing (I've seen donair places that have flies landing on their exposed meats, especially in the summer... eek!) And speaking of clean, this place is spotless. I love when you can see people making your food and everything is clean and tidy. I definitely didn't have to do a double take on how the food was being prepared. Service got a 4 because they remember who you are and what you like. They're friendly and courteous and don't mind when you ask questions about the sauces and the donair. I love people who have a passion for the food they make and i would recommend this place to anyone that wants a good donair. Ambience is blah.. but really with all the other good points who cares.

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Kadoya Japanese Restaurant1184 Denman Street, #202, Vancouver
Art on a Roll at a second Location yumm
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

Its funny because since ive been frequenting Kadoya on Davie ive been praying they would open a second location close to my place and when i found out they were opening on Denman street i just about did a happy dance. Kadoya on Davie is one of my favourit places. But this place just blew the Davie location away because the ambience is waaay nicer, cleaner and more spacious. And you have a great view of English bay beach if your sitting by the window and its romantic and intimate if your in one of their booths.

The service is eager to please and very friendly. And the food is still the old amazing stuff. My favorites are the chicken salad (Crispy skinned chicken drizzled in sweet teryaki with a side of salad that comes with a side of a light peanut sauce) If chicken isn't your thing i would recommend the seafood salad (Tobiko and assorted sashimi on greens with a side of the same great peanut sauce.) Mr. Dining dandy has a sensitive stomach for raw fish and strongly approves of the Denman street location. I would also recommend the spicy sashimi. The tuna and salmon are amazing with the mayo hot sauce they pour generously on top with green onion. ymmmmm. Dont expect to taste anything like it anywhere else. The spicy tuna roll is unique because it has tempura inside so it has a bit of crunch to it. Be sure to order a side of the orange mayo hot sauce to dip your spicy tuna roll in (A heavenly spicy combination)

The chefs specialty rolls are works of art. (And are currently being imitated like hot cakes at other unoriginal sushi places.. i've even seen a kadoya roll at other places!) To finish up try the jumping dessert roll. It has pop rocks and is a really unique dessert. Try any one of the sushi chef rolls for a treat. I recommend the volcano roll (I love spicy) The dragon roll, the rainbow is sure to impress any guests (with its colorful tobiko), and if your a vegetarian the pink lady is pretty tasty. Amazing food and now an amazing atmosphere. My new spot.

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Sushi Mart1668 Robson Street, Vancouver
Somethings extra fishy about the sushi
Submitted Friday, November 27, 2009 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

Well first off i tried the prepackaged sushi (I should have known better) and one roll i asked them to specially prepare. First of all the spicy tuna roll was not spicy. Not even a little.. for a moment i was wondering if they had mislabeled the container. Then the "fresh" roll they made for me really was no better and somehow had stale rice while the packaged one didn't... which really confused me. The second roll was a philadelphia roll and unfortunately I think the salmon they used on top had gone a bit stray since it was extremely fishy tasting (more so then it should be.. like it was past its prime fishy) and was oddly chewy for smoked salmon. Overall a big disappointment but at least it was fast (since half my order was prepackaged) but it was terrible value for the taste. But that's not the thing that made me decide to never go back. The service people were eerily nice and really working the customer service angle for a tip which of course i always tip well anyways but then i heard one of the sushi chefs complain to his co worker that he hates making 8$ an hour and hopes they raise minimum wage to 10$. Frankly the sympathetic human being in me was very bothered that the sushi chefs only earn 8$ an hour. Id expect that from fast food because you expect fast food to you know... taste like pure grease anyways but when i eat sushi i want a more experienced chef.. not any guy they pull off the street. That's what dictates good sushi from bad sushi.. ingredience and skill in putting it together nicely (otherwise you end up with a non spicy, spicy tuna roll) But anyhow its Robson street i'm sure they'll get by on people who think they know good sushi... you know like the ones who buy prepackaged sushi from the 7/11 and such (all prepackaged sushi is pretty much the same except for maybe one of two exceptions and this place is no different)

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Melriches Coffee House1244 Davie Street, Vancouver
The 'IT' place in the west end
Submitted Friday, November 27, 2009 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Having been to this place many times over the years i was wondering why i hadn't reviewed it... and to my surprise why no one else has and here's why. 1) This is the "IT" place to be in the west end with bands playing friday and sometimes saturday.
2) The staff are mostly all incredibly friendly and obviously happy to be working there. (I personally hate the miserable looking people at the Blenz/Starbucks in Vancouver who look at you resentfully when you order anything)
3) Alot of different artistic types frequent the place because it has a nice vibe and melriches often displays art paintings and photography for sale by local artists (its fun to watch people come in with samples of their paintings or photography and put their names on a list.. same applies with musicians)
4) It has a nice west end coffee shop atmosphere. The lights are dim but not too dark and you feel kind of relaxed and almost hypnotized by the usually awesome music that quietly plays in the background (unless they have a band then it gets loud)
5) The food is always tasty and fresh tasting and the coffee is pretty good.

And the final reason i'm surprised no one else has rated this place beforehand is because they're usually packed on any given night (especially band nights) My recommendation for drinks is try one of their many teas (I think they have like 20 types of loose leaf tea and bagged tea) On special request they can make you a dark chocolate/white chocolate mocha which is pretty unique and wonderfully sweet. For food i like the brownies (they go great with the special mocha) And the salmon and cream cheese on a bagel is pretty yummy (it comes with capers and onions) And when i sit around (sometimes for over an hour) I see alot of people at night getting breakfast which always looks good. *memo to try the breakfast.* Either way the food is outstanding but only because its served in such a nice sometimes lively... sometimes perfectly calm west end coffee shop atmosphere. Plus its nice to know your supporting a small business that seems to keep its employees happy and has fair traded beans.

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Phat1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Terrible value.. Dont be so chincy!
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 12:10am [Dine in]

I love deli style foods like this.. but i was really disappointed. If i could offer one piece of advice to the owner it would be to stop being so cheap and give your sandwiches sides! It'll cost you less then 50 cents to add some lettuce with dressing to every sandwich and leave you customers happier. Heres my issue. I paid 7.99 for the smoked meat sandwich and yes the sandwich was nice.. the meat was tasty and served on regular white untoasted bread.... Not large in size or anything just a regular sandwich it looked like something i could have put together at home... and no side... it came with a half pickle.. woohoo... Mr. Dining dandy had the salmon platter for 12-13.99.. the platter was mostly vegetables with 4 small pieces of smoked salmon on top of cream cheese with 1 bagel cut up into pieces... first off the bagel was stale and it wasn't enough bagel to hold all the veggies. As i mentioned everything is very fresh and i like the concept that everything is made in the open but... i cant justify the cost especially when I paid 25$ after tip and we left hungry and frankly left feeling kind of ripped off and that's the WORST FEELING you can have after hoping for a nice meal with your companion. We had to walk over to the Templeton and get a whole other meal which left us with an even more annoyed feeling. I wanted to try some more items but... id rather spend 25$ somewhere else for a full sized dinner that's not just 1 small sandwich and veggies with a bagel and 4 bites of salmon... oh and between mr dining dandy and me we also had 1 whole pickle... thats sooo cheap!!! you cant even get your own pickle for 25$.

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Steamrollers1195 Robson, Vancouver
Try the soup.. its underrated!
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

Im not huge on the burritos here so why do i come here? THE SOUP! Mr. Dining dandy loves the wet burritos here, i think they're decent. This is always a solid choice for me though because for 5$ i can get a large soup and we're not talking watered down thin soup either. This is a tomatoey, creamy thick soup that eats like a meal. Its topped with crumbled chips and a touch of sour cream and a touch of cheese. Its delicious! Best soup ever... hence the outstanding rating. Service is always great there. Every time i've gone they've been nice and friendly. The value is great considering its healthy and it fills you up and tastes good. The ambiance is solid because one of my favorite things is people watching and i enjoy watching the people go by on busy Robson. So try the soup at least once... and if your like me you'll end up topping it with tons of hot sauce since i love spicy hearty soups.

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Nikkyu3302 Main Street, Vancouver
Fresh is the key word
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

I've tried several rolls here and udon dishes and i've come to the conclusion that though non of them were innovative and gave me a wow factor i found everything to be of decent quality. So if your on main craving sushi i say give it a try! There mango roll was pretty tasty and i enjoyed the sashimi. The value was solid. You pay for fresh ingredience. The ambience was nice and had all the usual japanese decor and the pictures on the wall were very pretty.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
Just below solid and above decent
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

This place isn't the best but it isn't terrible either. There's nothing special about it but all the food is just up to par. I recommend trying there dumplings (although there dumplings were slightly lacking in filling) Chicken feet were delicious. The sauces were just up to par. And anything with shrimp filling was generally good. I wouldn't hurry to return but if i were passing by and didn't feel like trying somewhere new id return. They had delicious dandelion tea and it was a pleasant spot for friends to just hand out and then do some shopping after wards since its beside metro town.

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
Great containers!
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

The first thing about this place is the great food. Everything is pretty solid to outstanding in flavors. I recommend the ginger beef, the house special chicken and the rice is pretty good. The thing that impressed me was the high quality containers you get to go. They're microwavable and dishwasher safe.. ive actually replaced my other food containers with the containers I get from this place. The value is huge! I paid around 40-45$ after tip and was living off the food for 3 days! with a friend! The servings are very generous. Ambiance was decent nothing to write home about. This place is definitely worth a try if your in the area... and in need of good food containers ;)

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2001 Flavors Plus Potatoes595 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Solid food for 1.25$
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

This is the best value in the area. All the neighboring pizza places only cost 1$ or so but they're never half as busy as this place. This place has amazing selection. Some good some so so, either way its the best 1$ pizza place in the area. The values good. The taste is solid.. the ambiance is just plain ugly but at least it has some room to sit in when its raining. Worth a try if your in the area and broke. Its good for what it is! Oh and the all time favorite flavor in this place seems to be garlic. It sells out fast so get in line and try to get it or risk waiting around for the next one in 15-20 minutes.

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Panaderia Latina Bakery4902 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Excellent Authentic Chilean Empanadas
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I noticed most of the bad reviewers have never actually tried the Empanadas at this place (The thing that makes it top the 'best of' lists) I like the super sweet authentic Dulce de leche desserts anyways and the creamy custardy things are pretty great too. But the empanadas! Everytime my family comes to visit from out of town this is the place we go to. They stock up with boxes to take home. (from personal experience they stay good for a long time if frozen or even just to keep in the fridge) Anyhow you get to choose between either a cheese empanada or a meat empanada either way they're both delicious and filled with simple tasty ingredience. I find they go well with hot sauce if you like spicy things. The service is always really friendly and if you have questions they take the time to explain things. Its good value for what you get. For around 3$ you can take home an empanada which will probably satisfy your lunch craving so its great value. They make GIGANTIC sandwiches for around 10$ and chicarons which is a delicious chilean pork rind if your in the mood to try something different. A must try if your in the area. Ambience is blah since its also partially a grocery store but you can find some interesting items like different kinds of hot sauce and chiles and so on.

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Outstanding food... pretty bad service
Submitted Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 1:43am [Dine in]

Me and Mr. Dining Dandy have been here several times. Its really the only decent mexican food place by English Bay.

The pros
Clean
Patio seating (this can be a con as the view is mostly passing bums but its still nice when the weathers warm... keep your purse close)
Free chips with a beautiful assortment of salsas for the chips and your food.
The rice and beans that come with the enchiladas is very nice
They are licensed so enjoy a delicious strawberry daquiri
Carne asada is some of the best ive ever tried

Cons
Service is always awful - they'll bring your plates but not give you cutlery or napkins
Inside its so dark... semi dreary although you can tell they wanted a modern look (so they went for dark colors in a dark space... a no no)
Kind of pricey unless you stick with the 10$ items like 4 small tacos.. i mean like 7$ for flan as a dessert? there other dessert was 9$ and i cant justify that... they also have 30$ items on the menu if your going for the pricer items.
El taco is much better and i wish it would move closer to us.. but then again El taco is a tex mex type of food ... almost nothing at Dons comes with cheese.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
The place with the decent spicy soup they never have!
Submitted Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 1:23am [Dine in]

Ive been to this place four times. The first time I got the miso ramen and Mr. Dining Dandy had the spicy miso. His was really great, and very spicy mine was meh. There are 5 items on the menu with variosu toppings. They have tonkatsu soup, a shio soup, a spicy soup, a miso soup and a cream soup. the soup is okay and after you add all the toppings it adds up to about 10-11$ which is more expensive then motomatchi or kintaro which are just around the corner. Its misleading though because you think 'Hey 7$ for ramen.. oh wait the toppings are an extra 3.50' Anyhow the first visit was fine. Service was decent and the ambience was solid and the food was decent. The second time we went i wanted to try there creamy soup.. it was pretty bland and kind of flavorless... it had a very out of a can type taste. and Mr. Dining dandy stuck with the spicy miso which was decent. The third and fourth time i set my mind on spicy miso.. we were seated and when i ordered i was shocked when the waiter told me 'We are sold out of spicy soup'.... out of spicy soup... when you only have 5 soups on the menu... Well we walked out of there because i had been set for spicy soup and we went to motomatchi and got there organic spicy chicken miso. (yummy) anyhow the second time we got there earlier at around 1 in the afternoon and i again attempted to get the spicy miso and they were sold out.. again i walked out. I dont have patience for a business that cant get there act together when they've only got 5 things on the menu. Its such an ordeal sitting down having the waiter bring you water then when you place an order and they tell you they're sold out you have to get out... its awfully inconvenient especially if your going to work in an hour and had your taste buds set on it, NEVER AGAIN! ITS EMBRASSING! and if a business cant get there act together and order the proper amounts of ingredience to last at least untill after lunch then they dont deserve my business! oh and unlike kintaro and motamatchi they are not licensed so dont expect to get a beer or anything refreshing like that.

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Beard Papa's1184 Denman St, 104, Vancouver
If Your A Fan Of Chocolate...
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

So i finally went in to try this place considering the marble slab was full and had one of the famous cream puffs. I see why there was a hype. Delicious and cream filled a previous reviewer said that costco cream puffs were better... Really? Are you going to listen to the person who tells you costco food is better? Anyways the cream puffs were big and custard/whip cream filled. They were delicious mr. diningdandy had one and he doesnt even like sweet things. But the thing i want to rave about is their chocolate fondant thing (looks like a lava cake) OMG! Its the yummiest chocolate thing on deman street. Its not ridiculously sweet but it does have a heavy milk chocolate half dark chocolate taste. Anyhow id planned to spend 12$ for two ice creams and instead spent 6$ something for three large cakey things. They were roughly 2$ each. So a great bargain considering a tiny cupcake from the cup cake place is 2.50 (which has gone downhill since they expanded by the way) so if your a dessert fiend like I am this stop is a must! Service was very pleasant and i tipped accordingly, ambiance was blah but English bay is right outside.

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Reef, The1018 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not overly impressed with the lunch selection
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

I loved the drinks at this place and ive always wanted to try jerked chicken so i heard this place was alright. I was having a commercial drive day so i strolled over for a nibble.. the first thing i noticed
was the only jerked chicken was chicken wings and everything else was something i wasnt interested in. Or you could get jerked chicken strips on a salad but i didnt want a whole salad. There was a total of 10ish things on the menu. So I had the wings which were delicious and 2 mojitos which were made almost perfectly! My carribean friend wasnt overly impressed with the food and promised to take me to a better spot in north van. So the search for the perfect jerked chicken continues!

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Greatest Panini ever!
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

Well I owe you guys on dine here a big thank you! Ive been craving a great panini and oh god i got it!
Ive never had a better sandwich in my life. And thats why i rated this place a 5 for the food.
I got the turkey, the pesto mayo, the smoked mozzerella, the honey mustard and all the veggies on a half foccacia. I got it drizzled with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Yumm it gave it just the right after taste. It was so authentically italian me and my companion were gushing over how delicious the paninis were the whole meal.
The value was fantastic! for two people + a drink it came out to 15$, thats as cheap as subway or some other crappy sandwich place. Really great value! Service was friendly and ambience.. well you dont go for the atmosphere or a place to sit as there are only two tables outside that are usually full, you go for the sandwich! Also if your a cooking kind of person they have excellent authentic italian products inside (Specifically i remember a wall of olive oils!) a foodies dream, but dont expect to be impressed by the ambiance.
YUMMMMY I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW!

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
The ultimate ramen!
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Okay for those of you who say this place is bad value... this place uses ORGANIC INGREDIENCE, and unlike other places doesnt just fill their bowls with mainly broth and noodles. It has such a savoury pork im still tasting it while writing this. Im on a Ramen kick now and this is the best without a doubt. The ambience was so nice, a little plain with a bit of jazz music made this place have a casual, warm, inviting feel to it. Service was awesome! Our waiter was so friendly and didnt rush us to finish our meal even though there was a line up and refills of tea were prompt. I tried there gyozas.. .excellent! I had the house ramen and my guest had the spicy miso ramen. Both were excellent not too much broth and noodles and not to little but it came with an organic egg which was just perfect. Oozy and soft boiled to perfectly with kimchi, bean sprouts, green beans... i really want to go back and try the charcoal bamboo ramen which is suppost to be excellent for digestion. They have alot of choices on the menu which i must go back and try because there house ramen was just so excellent. THIS PLACE WAS WRITTEN UP IN THE VANCOUVER FOOD MAGAZINE UNDER 101 GREAT TASTE. The ramen is like nothing else ..so light and delicious once you get into the ramen the flavours really start to sink in with the bean sprouts and green onions and just wow... best ramen ever. I think before when i rated the other ramen places i was being too generous but this is just ramen at its finest with the finest, freshest ingredience. Kudos Motomachi.. you've got a new regular.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
No to go?
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

So i tried this place for the first time and i have to say wow, There gyozas are excellent and there miso ramen is damned good, now i noticed a previous review that said it was too oily? pfft... thats your own fault.. seeing as how you can pick the thickness of the broth rich, medium, light and if you want fat on the bbq pork (fat makes the ramen oily) Everything was pretty tasty. The only problem was we ate in and afterwards since the ramen bowl was huge! I asked for a take out container and they said they didnt have any.... a tad odd? I noticed the place was mostly asian which is usually a good sign.. but it was the first time (Me being caucasian) That i actually felt a little out of place and uncomfortable.. it seems if i wanted something extra they were out or couldnt accomodate me. Anyways food... good ramen bowls range from 7 - 7.95$ which is good value for what you get.. i honestly just felt a little pushed aside (seated right by the door on the furthest part of the counter when there were better tables) So anyways still great food... worth a try. Ambience was blah, value was solid.

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Nishiki Sushi819 Pacific St., Vancouver
Love the room
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

The ambience in this place is lovely. Dimly lit with a classy almost modern asian feel to it. The value was decent. Not amazing but not a rip off either. Service was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu items. Finally food was pretty good. The tempura was soft and crunchy with tasty tempura sauce the rolls were well porportioned and the fish was very fresh. My salad was good and organic! which i always like. The miso soup was like anywhere else really good. I sat in this place for a solid hour and half just because i really liked the ambience and laid back feeling of the place.

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