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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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HML Seafood Restaurant5890 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Humbug
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

Been here a few times for Dim Sum, but it was my first (and last) dinner experience. While dim sum is not bad (if you can handle the massive crowds), dinner was very disappointing. We ordered a few large items like lobster and fish, but it tasted horrible. The sauce on the lobster was totally off and everything else was not good. The ambiance is what you would expect out of a large poorly cleaned restaurant - lots of tables, lots of people, but dingy and you don't feel comfortable. I imagine at one point in time when they first opened they were good, but it has gone downhill. In my opinion, not worth it-there are better choice in Richmond.

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Urban Tea Merchant825 Main Street, #G3, West Vancouver
Cute Tea
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

I remember coming here for one of my birthdays before they had a full food menu and the tea was delicious. We even bought a bunch to take home with us. The staff are very knowledgeable and it's a great place to come for afternoon tea with loved ones. Everything is fun to look at and you can learn so much about where your palate and sense of smell can take you. Love it, can't wait to go back and try the foods and more tea. A great little place to go to after a long day of shopping, that's for sure! =)

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Only OK
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Came here on a weeknight and was friendly greeted at the door. Decor is similar to when it was Parkside, but slightly brighter. Service was sort of attentive in the beginning of the meal, but we had to track down our waitress as it got busier through the night. Food was not bad, but not amazing. I think I had higher expectations. The Arancini Ball was okay, but I think the oil used to fry it was a bit old, because the coating came out a bit darker. My husband enjoyed his lobster risotto, but I can't really remember my dish because it was only okay. It was a nice lamb sirloin, but It didn't give me that wow factor. The location is a bit secluded and quaint, but overall I wanted so much more. It needed a more "melts in your mouth" feeling and while Adesso has great potential, in my opinion, did not deliver the best. =(

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge101 Morrissey Road, #7, Port Moody
A bit too much
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

A very cool & hip place for a get-together to catch up with friends. The ambiance is cozy, warm and fun. Our waitress was awesome - super friendly, efficient, and great with kids. She was helpful with my friend's 2 year old boy and kept him entertained while we had our dinner. The food is not bad - we ordered ribs, filet mignon, the onyx salad and prime rib with various sides, but the overall cost really adds up. Each entree is priced individually while sides are an extra cost. My baby back ribs were already $17.95, which was fine, but I wasn't entirely sure about adding mushrooms for $5.95 and sauteed vegetables for another $5.95. I think these extra prices may be better off at places downtown Vancouver, or Yaletown, but I think a bit too much for Port Moody. It was pretty busy with big parties on this particular Saturday night and kept the place buzzing, but unless I have bigger pockets, I would only want to come back for drinks and appies.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Oyama is Oishii (Delicious!)
Submitted Friday, June 24, 2011 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

Been here twice and the sushi is always delicious and well portioned for the price. I love their special rolls, such as the Black Dragon Roll, the Awesome Roll and the Mangodise Roll.

On this second visit on a Thursday night around 5pm, it was just filling up. The ambiance inside this heritage home is warm, cozy and you don't feel like you're squished in with the other patrons like other popular sushi places. By the time we left 1.5 hours later the place was busy and buzzing!

All of our food came quickly and had good presentation on the plate. The sushi was nicely wrapped, yummy & fresh. Service ranges anywhere from non-existent to kind of friendly. On this particular night, I think they were a bit short-staffed so the head waitress was a bit short with everyone, otherwise it was a smooth service.

Prices are very reasonable and a good bang for your buck. The portions are great and generous. We were pretty stuffed from the the food we had. Between the 3 of us, we ordered the Tako Yaki, a miso soup, the Salmon Gama, the Mangodise and Awesome Rolls, a Maki Combo B and a piece of Saba Nigiri sushi and the total only came to $38! Great value for great sushi!

Worth every bite, totally recommended. =)

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Yasas Restaurant2120 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Not the Fastest, only ok
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

Been wanting to try this place since we moved nearby. It's a very tiny family run joint, but it's cozy. Food is not bad, but not great. Good portions on the roasted lamb and tasty potatoes, but unfortunately the rice was a bit mushy. We also tried the Appetizer Platter for 1 that consisted a collection of their popular dishes in bite size. Appetizer was okay and thought the Greek salad was not bad- freshest one we've had so far. The owners are super friendly and you do feel right at home, but the waitress totally messed up and gave our order to the table that arrived after us, so we ended waiting a bit longer than normal for dinner. Lots of patrons on a Friday night for Greek food, but we've had better elsewhere.

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Empire Chinese Cuisine8251 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Good Chinese
Submitted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 9:32am [Dine in]

I've been here on two separate occasions - once for dim sum and once for an early Mother's Day dinner. Dim Sum is solid - good selections, good taste and good value. It's not super crazy packed if you go earlier in the morning, otherwise you're sure to have a wait for both parking and getting a table. For the dinner, we tried the 4 person meal for $118 that includes a lobster, soup, chicken, fish, green beans, fried rice, & red bean dessert. All nicely done - not super big, not super small. Taste-wise is pretty good and we all left full. Service is attentive and speedy. The main captains that take care of all the ins and outs of the restaurants are pretty friendly and helpful. Overall, a place with good Chinese food. =)

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La Petite France2655 Arbutus, Vancouver
Cozy but doesn't quite make the cut
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 8:50am [Dine in]

We came here on a Saturday for lunch and tried the Eggs Benedict Sandwich, Ham & Cheese, and French Onion Soup. The soup was yummy and velvety. The pastry portion of the sandwiches was crispy and yummy, but the ham in each sandwich seemed overcooked and bland. The salads that came with the sandwiches were nice and fresh. It was a nice cozy lunch here - the ambiance is very open, clean and bright. A lot of tables to accommodate dining in. The only downside was the service. Only one server for all 10 of us that day and while she was very nice, she didn't seem very experienced. The food took some time to come out and when I went to settle the bill, she nearly overcharged me! I think the main owners are in the back cooking up a storm, but they should really work harder on the front lines making sure service is friendly and consistent. Overall a cute little bakery with a lot of potential, but didn't quite make it in my books. =(

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Fresh & Fabulous
Submitted Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

One of the most gorgeous breathtaking views of the city, especially on a clear Spring evening. Made for a fabulous, romantic dinner for two. Service was great from beginning to end. From the front door, to the table, and back. Genuinely friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We started off with a Wild Mushroom Toast and the soup of the day, a tomato gnocchi soup. The mushroom was deliciously done and a generous portion for an appetizer. The soup was a bit smaller but had a nice fresh taste to it. For our entrees we tried the Guinness Steak and Elk Strip Loin - both very well presented and very fresh flavours. Attention to detail in plating was greatly appreciated. Everything was cooked nicely and good portions. I really enjoyed the unique coffee crusted elk strip loin - a kind of lingering coffee taste that builds as you eat the meat. Quite nice. We ended the meal with Iced Passion Fruit Parfait - a refreshing dessert with a layer of passionfruit sorbet like cake, coconut emulsion and chili lime pineapple. Overall, fantastic food, location, service and ambiance. Based on this, we were happy with the higher price points. The view by the window was definitely worth it. =)

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Almost just like Japan
Submitted Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Finally got to try this little Ramen place and we were quite pleased.The soup base was delicious and the ramen portion to price ratio was not bad. We went on a Friday afternoon around 2pm, so no crazy line up or crowds, which was nice. My hubby tried their Kara Miso Ramen and I had the Shoyu Cha Su (Pork) Ramen. I loved how the toppings were generous without being too tiny. Pork was yummy and I liked the crunchy bamboo shoots (tasted something like that). My hubby thought the Kara Miso was pretty good. Overall a great ramen addition to Robson Street. Almost like Japan, but a slightly better portion size. =)

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
C'est magnifique
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:22am [Dine in]

A very nice cozy homey feel as soon as you enter this little bistro. Service is attentive, but lagging later in the meal, when it got busy and packed around 8pm. It did take some time for them to bring us the bill and even ring it out. Other than that tiny glitch I'll have to give them a thumbs up for the food and ambiance. I really loved the quaint romantic feel of this place and hope next time I'll be able to enjoy some yummy french wine here. The food was quite yummy, with the exception of my FIL's lambshank which he thought was a tad bit too salty. Our other dishes included the Duck Confit, Sablefish, Cassoulet, and the Pork Cheeks. The duck confit was cooked perfectly & pretty good according to my MIL, my SIL also really enjoyed her sablefish and my hubby liked his cassoulet. My Pork Cheeks that was in a red wine stew, braised daikon radish, olives, root vegetables, and green beans with fried chick peas cake was quite filling and delicious. It's too bad we were too full from the meal - didn't get a chance to try their desserts. Oh well, next time. =)

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Shota Sushi & Grill5688 Yew Street, Vancouver
Really good rolls
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Came to this restaurant in the heart of Kerrisdale on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. When we arrived I half expected a typical small Japanese restaurant, but this place was spacious and cozy. My husband and I really enjoyed the comfortable couch-like chairs. We ordered a scallop magma roll, a red roll and a tobiko fried rice.
The scallop magma roll was spicy tuna topped with chopped scallop, masago and shota's original black sesame sauce. I'm not usually a big fan of spicy tuna, but this version was nice and not really spicy. What made this roll delicious was its unique taste and the black sesame sauce. The red roll was salmon katsu, cucumber and avocado topped with crab meat, smoked salmon and tobiko. Also very tasty and fresh. The salmon katsu was crunchy so that added a nice texture to the entire roll. The tobiko fried rice was a nice combination of tobiko, rice, shrimp and some kind of sweet radish topping. It was really good. Service was pretty good - our teacups were filled quite often. Overall it was a nice experience, but I imagine I would have to spend way more money if I wanted to try the more exotic items on their menu. Hope to come back soon! =)

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Charcoal Sushi and BBQ Restaurant7997 Westminster Hwy, Unit 250, Richmond
Underwhelming
Submitted Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

So I submitted a review before but now it's been deleted, not sure why, but all I did was give an honest account
of my experience there. Went on a Saturday night with my hubby and Dad and was seated at quite a large table meant for 6, which was quite cool, but we were told that there was a reservation there for 7:30pm. Steady flow of customers in and out and it was around 6pm when we arrived. Decor is dark and the restaurant itself quite small. Service is friendly enough but on this particular night I felt a bit rushed, especially when they came to our table many times to clear empty dishes and refill the tea. We ordered a combination of sushi rolls and BBQ items. I enjoyed the BBQ items more than the chef special sushi rolls. We had lotus roll, crunchy roll and supreme roll, which were slightly on the mushy and "fishy" side so I was quite unimpressed. I really hope that the regular rolls are better. The BBQ items included the beef slices, the ribs and the spicy lamb. They were fun to cook and I liked eating it, but the taste was a bit too sweet for my Dad's liking. Overall, food was meh and a bit on the pricey side - $80 for what we definite too much. I don't really understand the rave reviews for this place - I didn't think it was that great at all.

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Kulinarya Filipino Eatery2922 Glen Dr, Unit 114, Coquitlam
A hidden gem
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Don't let the unassuming strip mall storefront fool you. This place is delicious. A nice modern looking cafe inside that hosts about 20 people max and boasts many unique Filipino dishes. Portions are great and so is the taste. We tried the Kare Kare - beef & tripe in peanut sauce served with shrimp paste, the Crispy Pata - deep fried pork leg w/ special sauce, the Pancit Malabon - rice noodles with pork, vegetables and shrimp and we also ordered a bowl of the Garlic Rice. Best rice I've ever had. Really good even on its own. All the dishes were cooked nicely and piping hot. We were quite full and even had leftovers to take home. The peanut sauce beef wasn't too heavy and just right. The pork leg was our favorite. Crispy skin with a mouthwatering juicy meat. The rice noodle dish was yummy, and boy did it smell good! The food came in a reasonable time and the service was very friendly and attentive. We can't wait to be back to try their combination specials only available before 5pm on weekdays. Definitely worth trying! =)

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Chili Pepper House3003 Kingsway, #1, Vancouver
Too Saucy & Oily
Submitted Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Came here on a not really busy Friday night. Service was friendly, and food came quickly; perhaps too quickly. The ambiance is what you would expect of a typical Indian-Chinese restaurant - drab and slightly dingy. It was clean enough. Between the 6 of us, we ordered 6 different dishes: the Mongolian Beef, the Spicy Ginger & Garlic Prawns, the Haaji Chicken, Spicy green beans, Spicy Paneer, and the Prawn Chow Mein. The Beef was very saucy and flavorful but I went home super thirsty. The Spicy prawns were a bit of a disappointment, because it was heavily battered and drenched in the sauce. It was neither crispy nor crunchy as I had expected. A bit of a mushy mess. The prawn chow mein was overly oily and didn't offer much in terms of flavor and texture. Their only saving grace were the Haaji Chicken, Spicy green beans and Paneer (a kind of Indian cottage cheese with a tofu- like texture). All three of these dishes were cooked slightly better with crunchy spices and chillies. I wouldn't say their prices were cheap, as it was still around $100 for all of us, but we didn't even order alcohol! And for 6 people, having that many saucy & oily dishes, they should have offered more rice. At least that could have soaked up more of the over-sauced food. Overall, a bit of disappointment, so we won't be back. =(

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Please more pie!
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 11:15am [Dine in]

A cute homey cafe with yummy pies. We decided to pass on the main course recommendations on the fresh sheet because they weren't that interesting and kind of expensive. Service was attentive and welcoming. We opted for the BLT, the Turkey Pot pie and to finish the meal off, an apple pie. The BLT sandwich consisted of Organic artisan bacon, with organic Cheddar, oven dried organic roma tomatoes, garlic aioli and baby arugula. A good portion, with thick hefty fresh bread and melted cheese. My hubby enjoyed this but thought it could be enhanced with another meat patty. The pot pie was made of local organic turkey, and a blend of organic vegetables in their famous pie crust, served with organic greens. I really enjoyed this dish, but wished the pie portion wasn't so small and actually filled the size of the dish it came in. The pie crust was really good. Finally, of course, we had to try one of their apple pies. Really good. We ended up getting ice cream on the side and that was delicious with the apple pie and yummy pie crust. I wanted more after that. Next time I'm having my own portion and not sharing with anyone! =)
Price-wise it's a bit on the higher side, so I really hope everything in those dishes were indeed all organic; $15 for the BLT, $12 for the Pot pie and $7.25 for the pie plus $2 extra for ice cream. I'd probably go back for the pies but that's all. And if I ever had a large enough party, I'd even think about getting the entire pie for $26. I liked it because it had just the right amount of sweetness that it didn't overpower the pie.

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Mega Sushi2662 Austin Ave, Unit 12, Coquitlam
Mega Solid
Submitted Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

Finally got around to trying this place since it changed from a Sushi $1.99 joint. Not sure if they simply changed hands or just names, but eating in was a definite surprise. The place is pretty tiny and mostly caters to take out, but it will fit around 10-12 people tops. A good selection of regular sushi fare and some special rolls. Between 3 people on on Wednesday night, we ordered a Salmon & Tuna Sashimi, a Dynamite combo, a Chopped Scallop Roll and the Crazy Boy roll, which is deep fried tempura based California roll. Everything was brought all at once and came in good time. Luckily it had because right after that there was a mad rush of customers that steadily came in for the next 30 minutes. The sashimi portions were generous and fresh. The sushi were rolled nicely and pretty good. My only complaint would be the dynamite roll being a tad bit salty. Tea was refilled often and they even gave us each a complimentary bowl of miso soup. Solid service, food, value, and ambiance. Even though I had to trek through the kitchen to get to their one washroom, it was surprisingly super clean and tidy. A good local neighborhood joint for good sushi to ease that sudden sushi craving for sure. =)

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill4075 Main Street, Vancouver
Kawaii = Cute, and also Cozy
Submitted Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Went on a Friday night with my hubby. Love it that it's open until 12am.

Drove by twice before we finally found it though. The front of the restaurant is pretty nondescript and the signage is poor. It wasn't until we walked closer that we saw the tiny Zakkushi sign. It's in the strip mall before King Edward (before the RBC bank) in the corner next door to Mr. Sub and Beefy Beef Noodle.
The ambiance is very warm and welcoming and we really liked the little cozy booths. Everyone that works there is Japanese, so it gave us a feeling of being in Japan, especially with its decor and tiny space. They also have larger communal tables for larger groups. It also took me awhile to locate the washrooms - very kitschy Japanese with some kind of waterfall spout water tap. Definitely interesting.

There were a lot of food options and the host was very friendly and helpful in offering a few recommendations. We started with the Zakkushi Set - a combination of a few of their grilled meat skewers.(Chicken, Pork, Beef, Garlic stubs wrap with sliced pork) All delicious, but small. We also went with their Tsukune - chicken meat balls, nothing really wowing about it, the meat was nice, but didn't have a lot of flavouring. For more filling dishes, we tried the Unatama Fried Rice - Unagi fried rice and the Ochazuke w/takowasabi - little crunchy bits of octopus w/ with in soup. Both were yummy and unique, The rice came in this bamboo tube container and was pretty good. I had wished the Ochazuke was bigger and heated up more, it was lukewarm by the time it got to our table. We both enjoyed the taste of the soup and the itty little bits of octopus. After this, we were still hungry, so we went with the Pirikara Nikomi - traditional beef stew in hot pot - came in this cute little metal pot kept warm over a candle lit holder. Loved the tender meat and the soup base was quite delicious. Also very small, but good. I would imagine in a large group it would be quite difficult to share these tapas and you would have to order a lot to be full.

Another reviewer was totally right, we spent $40 between the 2 of us and only left sort of full. Also we had to ask them several times for tea. They should know to refill the tea rather than us chasing them for it. A cute place to come with a few people for a lot of really unique authentic Japanese dishes, but not all the time. We liked it, but not sure if we'd be back.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Charming, but cramped
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I’ve been eying Chada Thai ever since the chef was featured on Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. My husband and I love Thai food so we were really excited to use a Groupon Deal here. I made a reservation a few days in advance for a Sunday seating at 5:30pm and the restaurant manager, Janewit was very friendly, reminding me to bring the voucher when I arrived. Located in Pinetree Village across from Coquitlam Centre, it’s very easy to get to, has tons of parking, but it’s a very tiny restaurant.

Great decor, cozy, warm and a cute little Thai place. Because of the Groupon (I think) the restaurant was packed (on a Sunday!) when we arrived with 2 or 3 tables empty. Being able to hear and almost touch the surrounding tables at times felt a bit too cozy and cramped, but nothing new to us, having eaten at tighter quarters in restaurants in New York. The place could probably seat around 25 people or so, but anymore than that would feel like a fire hazard. The kitchen is basically in the centre corner of the room (covered by walls,phew!), but it’s lovely to be able to smell all the Thai aromas as soon as you enter the restaurant.

We ordered a few dishes to share: the Pad Thai - Pan-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce, with chicken and prawns, egg, tofu, green onions, and bean sprouts, topped with ground peanuts, the Beef Mus-sa-Mun Curry - Pan-seared with potatoes, onions, carrots and peanuts, served with sautéed vegetables, and the Pork Garlic Pepper Sauce - sautéed with cauliflower, carrots, onions, and steamed broccoli with black sweet sauce. Everything was brought out quite fast, so that was a bit of a surprise, but thankfully it was “smoking” hot. I think we would be safe to order medium spice next time because the mild was too mild for our tastes and the dishes we tried needed more of a spice kick.

The Pad Thai was really good, very saucy and had large prawns, which I really enjoyed. The Pork Garlic Pepper Sauce was quite yummy and smelled really good. Great flavours. The only downside was the pork was slightly overcooked and dry. The Beef Curry was quite delicious and was an okay sized portion. My hubby also tried their Chada Thai Tea - A special blend of flavourful cinnamon, clove, star anise, fresh lemon, with a touch of honey. It was a tad bit bitter for my tastes, but he enjoyed it.

Overall a yummy Thai place, BUT I think a bit too pricey for Coquitlam. I understand the exotic flavours and quality of really good Thai food, but I can’t really justify $22 for a beef curry entree. And the tables for 2 are pretty small, so the waitress really should have better technique of “plopping” down the plates before walking away. One of our long rectangular dishes barely fit on the table; when she first set it down, it nearly fell off the edge. My husband and I had to rearrange the other dishes on the table so everything would fit. Crazy. But I really liked it that rice wasn’t an extra charge and came standard with their curry dishes.
Service was pretty nonexistent on this particular Sunday night, but Janewit was quick to apologize and was only able to refill our water glasses at the end of the meal. =(

I think we’d come back to try the lunch special, but a regular dinner might be a bit too much for our wallets. =(

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Papaya Hut2435 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Stirfry Chinese Food Anyone?
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Been here twice on weeknights just because we happened to be in the area and they are in the ebook.
All yummy dishes, but definitely not authentic Thai food. More like Chinese Stirfry. I wouldn't call it terrible, but it's not great. I imagine this place is good for a quick bite if you're not expecting much or just a quick takeout if you live nearby. The people there are friendly enough, but it's not stellar in all categories. Unfortunately, I will not be returning. =(

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