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NikkiJ73VictoriaSince June 1, 200722 Reviews
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Ooh La La Cupcakes1391A Hillside Ave., Victoria
Ooh La La? Mmm, Mmm, Good!
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 12:53am [Dine in]

It seems that cupcakes have become one of the hotest sweets out there these days and Victoria finally has the first shop devoted to these delicious little treats!

I've been there twice now and sampled many of the flavours and haven't found one that I didn't want more of yet! The cakes have all been fresh, made that day and the frosting (I'm VERY fussy about frosting), no matter what flavour you indulge in, has been creamy, whipped, light and flavourful without being sweet, but rich and decadent! They have cute names for all their cupcakes and have standard set flavours, they also have feature flavours that change regularly as well.

I've tried to figure out what flavour is my favourite, but I have enjoyed all of them. The plain chocolate is wonderful, the feature caramel apple was delicious and lighter with the fresh apples in it. The chocolate mint was like having an After Eight cake! The pineapple coconut was superb and the toasted merengue frosting was absolutely delicious!

I never thought I would be one to pay $3 for a cupcake, but these are nice as a treat or they will wrap them up if you need a little gift for someone. On the weekends they have mini-cupcakes for less in all the flavours (or you can special order them for another day). These little cakes are presented beautifully and I would highly recommend stopping by for a peak and a taste.

I do have one complaint...the location. It's on the corner or Cedar Hill and Hillside, so a difficult location to stop at with very little parking and it's certainly not the type of place you'd often walk by to just "pop in"...it is worth the time to stop and take a look for yourself though, so enjoy!

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Mmmm d'em bones!
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I have been dying to head out to Smokin' Bones for about 2 years now, but it's not really in an area that I frequent and basically out of the way. I was with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago, the rain was coming down and we both felt like something yummy and comfort-food-like, so I suggested we head out and try it. This isn't the type of restaurant I would usually frequent for lunch as I know there is going to be a lot of food and it will be heavy. We both opted for the Po' Boy Sandwiches, the pulled pork and the beef brisket, each accompanied with a side of our choice. I was feeling like a purist and went with the bbq beans and she went with fries. We were surprised how quickly our food came, our server was very friendly and attentive and the food was delicious! Both sandwiches were over flowing with meat and the only change I would've made, would be to maybe toast the buns slightly first to better absorb some of the sauce.

We left feeling so full, but with the food being so tasty, I would love to go back again for dinner some night and be able to try more things...and definitely leave room for dessert as they have some great looking offerings there and in the display near the door they have home-made chocolate truffles that look fantastic!

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Red Fish, Blue Fish1006 Wharf Street, Victoria
I Wanted to Love It...
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I really did want to love Red Fish, Blue Fish because of their principles and their menu sounded great! However, with each passing day through life I find that the idea of many things often is better than the reality.

Now I can't say anything I had wasn't good, it's just that I've had better. I found the batter a little bit heavy and while they say they have a tempura batter, I have had lighter ones elsewhere in the city. The fries, oh my god, they were delicious...probably the best fries I've had in a very long time, but in the order, they weren't very plentiful. Here lies my complaint. For the price you pay for fish and chips, there was not much there. I don't mind paying the cost when there is lots and it is outstanding. My Mom and I went she ordered the meal and I ordered a piece of fish and a deep fried dill pickle. It came to $20 for what should've been about $12-15. I realize times have changed and the cost of good food has gone up, but with no real seating anywhere, we're not paying for a huge rent or table service and I think for the cost, we should've had more than about 2 dozen fries with an average size piece of fish.

As I said, the food was tasty, but I have had equal or better at other establishments.

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Bon Bistro and Bar611 Courtney St, Victoria
C'est magnifique!
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 1:43am [Dine in]

I have been to Bon Rouge twice now and both times have been excellent.

The first was in the spring with my "girls night out" group and we indulged in wine, appetizers, salad, entrees and desserts. When we go out we like to order lots and share. My friends love oysters and I have never been a fan...until having them here. I promised to choke one down and when the little royal myagi bites of loveliness arrived, I had to have a second and had there been more, I'm quite certain I would've been all over it. It was delicious and the mignonette sauce that was served with them is light, yet very complimentary. We had the salad of the night, which was a shaved golden beet salad with fried capers, hazelnuts and if memory serves correct, some fresh chevre. This was fantastic! The halibut filet we had with a layer of parsley pesto was divine and both the creme brulee and the lemon tart with the blackberry sorbet were magnificent!

On the last visit, I took my parents for my Mom's 60th birthday and we sat in the lovely courtyard outside near one of the cozy little fireplaces, it was wonderful on a cooler summer evening. We started with the oysters again and unfortunately they were the Effingham type, not nearly as good as the myagi's I'd had before or the wee kushi ones, so while they were good, they were not quite up to my new oyster accommodating palette. Onwards and upwards, we had some great martini's and a delicious wine to compliment our mains, which for me was coq au vin (incredible), the fish of the night with a champagne butter sauce and whatever my Dad had (sorry, they say the mind is the first to go). Then we shared the lemon tart again which as memory served, was the perfect end to a delicious meal.

I will go again and would like to try the boulangerie, as they baguette we had was superb and I want to try their beignets too! Perhaps brunch next time?

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Finally!
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 1:31am [Dine in]

After hearing about Floyd's for years, I finally managed to get it together and go with my partner in crime and eggs benny loving buddy. We've been on a mission the past few months to find the best eggs benny in Victoria and Floyd's is definitley one of the top contenders. They have a choice of various benny's, traditional and otherwise. I actually had a hard time choosing off the menu because while we were previewing the menu, everything that came out of the kitchen looked very good. Alas, I settled on a benny with tomato, brie and bacon. Very delicious! My friend had the traditional, she's such a purist, and said it was tied for first place in her mind. The portions were just the right size, everything was served hot off the grill and the coffee was good and refills were plentiful! We went mid-morning on a Thursday and there was no line-up, we were promptly seated and there was still a few minutes on the meter when we came out nearly an hour later. I can't wait to go back and try something else on the menu, but it may be hard to steer away from the benny's!

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Blue Fox Cafe, The919 Fort St, #101, Victoria
Tasty!
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 1:23am [Dine in]

I've been going to The Blue Fox for years and do think the food quality is pretty good. There is something in the ambiance I don't like, but can't put my finger on what it is. It's very crowded, you wait in line to get a table which doesn't usually bother me, there is something in there that doesn't wow me. I think what it could be is the plastic water glasses. I don't know about you, but when I go to a restaurant I like my water in a glass glass. A plastic tumbler never feels as though it's been properly cleaned and while I can drink out of my own sports bottle, for me there is a yuck factor in having plastic at a restaurant. Ok, there's my gripe out of the way! That aside, I think they have very tasty and flavourful dishes. My friend and I have been going weekly to various restaurants around town on a mission to find the best eggs benny and for me, The Blue Fox has a great benny with one problem, it's on a bagel. Don't get me wrong, I love bagels, but a benny is pretty heavy stuff at the best of times and with the average bagel being equivalent to 6 slices of bread, this makes for a very heavy and filling breakfast (and carb overload). I would go and order it again, but ask first if there is another bread I could have it on. The Hollandaise was delish and my eggs cooked perfectly. They also have a great burger there. I'm always surprised at when you go out, how many variations can be done on your standard burger. What is so yummy about this one is that they have a basil-garlic sauce on it that just makes the flavour so sumptuous, I highly recommend.

Now if you've indulged in any of the delicious entrees and don't have room, get a dessert (pie) to go. Growing up I never liked rhubarb pie, but The Blue Fox developed my love for rhubarb. They have the most incredible Rhubarb Custard pie...of course you have to have whipped cream with it, I mean really. Good butter tarts too, not quite as good as Mom makes, but for a bought out butter tart, pretty good. Enjoy!

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Prairie Inn, The7806 East Saanich, Victoria
Go With a Hearty Appetite!
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

My lunching friend and I were feeling like something pub-like today as it was rainy and overcast and fall was definitely in the air, so we decided not to stray too far from home and avoid downtown, so tried The Prairie Inn. Upon entering the pub around 11am, the bar area was already filled with men drinking beer...most were older and it was kind of a sad thing to see so early in the day, so we decided to sit in the restaurant section instead. They have quite an extensive menu filled with your typical pub fare. After much pondering on the menu, I decided to go with a standard BLT and substitute onion rings for the fries. My friend had the turkey dip and fries and we both sipped our coffees and chatted while we waiting. The service was good, our server came around many times asking if we'd like refills on our coffee's and before long our orders were out. Let me tell you, the portions here are HUGE! Now, I'm not embarassed to say, I have a big mouth, but I couldn't even get it around my BLT, so I removed most of the "T" as it wasn't the best looking tomato I've seen, under-ripe and dry. And usually you get a half dozen onion rings when they're a side, but there were lots of them there and I was only able to eat half the sandwich and about half the rings. My friend enjoyed the turkey dip and we both were shocked to see the turkey alone piled about 2 inches thick on the hoagie roll, with the addition of stuffing and cranberry sauce, she had to eat her way around and into it. We left feeling stuffed to the max and were surprised that for all that food, the bill was less than what we usually will pay for to have breakfast! I wouldn't say this would be a favourite of mine, but the value is good and I will probably return sometime. Oh and on Thursday nights, they have cheese burgers for $2.99!

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Rosie's Diner253 Cook Street, Victoria
Village Noshing
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

A friend and I were on a quest to find the cities best egg's benedict, when I remembered Rosie's Diner. My boyfriend and I had eaten there a few months prior and had had a decent meal, nothing spectacular, but it was good home cooking. So I suggested we try there as they were open for breakfast. When we went, we were surprised to find a couple of different variations to the traditional eggs benny and while my friend had the traditional, I opted for the one with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions. Neither of us were impressed with our meals. In fact, in our quest, this was probably the worst benny's we had found. Hollandaise sauce, while heavy, is supposed to be rich and flavourful, but this was runny and bland. I tried adding a little salt and pepper, but I like to think that when you go out, things should be seasoned enough. The ambiance is quaint and quirky and I would go back again to try a sandwich or burger, but I'd leave the breakfast options alone.

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Lady Marmalade608 Johnson Street, Victoria
Definitely Worth a Visit
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

What can I say about Lady Marmalade? The food is extremely good, fresh and made to order. It's got a unique flare and I've never been disappointed yet! The atmosphere, well, it leaves a little something to be desired, there was a pen drawing of a penis in a frame above my table one day and while it was pretty accurate, not something I wanted to look at over coffee and eggs, but don't let that turn you away from this scrumptous place. It has one of the best eggs benedict's in town and by far, the best french toast I've ever had. They make their french toast in a bread pudding style, layered and baked and the type varies every day. Just strolling by will leave you salivating for apple cinnamon, strawberry cream cheese, mango raspberry...mmm...it truly is delicious and a huge portion, so be prepared to carry a doggy bag! Another guilty pleasure is their breakfast poutine, pan fries slathered in hollandaise sauce and sharp cheddar! Did you hear that? It's the sound of my left ventricle slamming shut, but it is a good treat and would be fabulous to share with a friend.

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Romeo's777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria
It is what it is...
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for westernized pizza and pasta, that's what you'll find here. It's decent food, nothing spectacular or extraordinary. It's a family style restaurant, if that helps at all. It's not fancy, you're not in for a "dining experience" you are there to eat and go basically. Don't get me wrong, I do eat here, it's close to home and their weekly specials are affordable, it's just that if you're looking for authentic italian style that's got a more exotic flare than pizza and spaghetti, go to Zambri's.

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Pig BBQ Joint1325 Blanshard St, Victoria
This Little Piggy Had None!
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 1:08am [Dine in]

Let me start by saying, I was so excited to hear of the opening of this little BBQ joint...a new place downtown, a new food to try and the prices looked good. The mere idea of the menu items made me salivate dreaming about how great they would surely be. I'm sad to say I was very disappointed. Albeit a great idea, the actual products just seemed lacking. I had the pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw and baked beans and got it for take-out. I could hardly stand the trip home knowing what was waiting for me. As I took my first bite into the sandwich I was disappointed to find it rather dry. Oh well, it was only the first bite...but the entire sandwich was like that. The flavours were milder than I thought and the pork not as tender as I'd anticipated. The coleslaw was as coleslaw is...kinda creamy, kinda vinegary, kinda crunchy...no surprises, but it was lacking in a punch too. Finally I thought the beans would be the gem of the meal...let me tell you, I had a hard time finding a bean! It was very soupy and had bits of other things, peppers I guess and tasted alright, but not wonderful. When I think of bbq baked beans, I think of thick and saucy, hearty beans. This was thin sauce and not many beans to be found.

All in all, I was thoroughly let down by my own high expectations. The food isn't bad and it's not expensive, but as I had almost declared it to be my new regular spot, alas I haven't been back and have no immediate plans to return. I hear that Smokin' Bones Cookshack is great, so I'll have to try out there and wait to get fired up until AFTER the meal.

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Cobs Bread2178 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
Cobs...The Chain Has Hit The Rock
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 12:33am [Dine in]

I wouldn't necessarily say there is anything wrong with this bakery and all the staff I've interacted with at the now three locations in Victoria have been great. I really like their cinnamon rolls and since I have a slight obsession with cream cheese frosting, they're always happy to provide me with a little extra to take home.

I guess where my surprise comes from is how popular it has become when we have other bakeries that are far superior in their bread quality, ie. Bond Bond's, Wild Fire, etc. To me Cobs is good and decent, it does offer several types of different breads, good if you have specific dietary needs. Maybe the reason I haven't warmed up to it is that to me, it still feels very commercial. Aside from the cinnamon rolls, I haven't really cared for their breads of buns, they aren't bad, just seem like something you could get at the grocery store bakery for less.

All this to say, I hope they do well here, but I hope they don't hinder the progress of the smaller artisan bakeries that offer a more unique experience and product.

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Blethering Place, The2250 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Yuck!
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

I like to give most places the benefit of the doubt, that's why I've been here twice. The first time for lunch (not my choice of establishments) and I have to say, a lot of english food can be unappealing to the western palette. Why would I want to go out and pay hefty prices for Bangers and Mash (aka. sausages and mashed potatoes)? I stuck with a cup of soup or chowder, which was edible, but tasted like Campbells as that was the only thing on the menu that seemed safe. At this time people were still allowed to smoke in the restaurant so a blue haze hung in the air, not a pleasurable experience.

The next time was years later as I was in the neighborhood in the evening with some friends and it was the only place that was open to get a cup of tea/coffee and a dessert. The reviews they had up made their pies out to be works of art, so I settled upon a deep dish peach pie with vanilla ice cream, how far wrong could they go with that? Let me tell you, they were so far off the mark. The pie did come piping hot (compliments of a nuking in the microwave) with ice cream in a glass ramekin. The only crust was on the top and the rest was this gelatinous mess in the dish. It was like peach pie with some juice it was like peach jelly with the occassional hunk of fruit. It was disgusting. By this time, the smoking ban had also taken effect, yet since they hadn't renovated the place still smelled very stale with smoke and old greasy food. Yuck, never again will I go there and it's rare I have that strong a reaction to any place, but I'd avoid this like the plague or London Fog...if this is what english food is, I'll be avoiding Heathrow!

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Taj Mahal679 Herald St, Victoria
A Good Experience...
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

Wow, I'm surprised to have read the negative reviews posted as I have been many times and have always had good meals here. I'll agree the ambiance was a little lacking, but I'm shocked at the blatent rudeness one of the other reviewers received. Gulshan, one of the owners has always been very kind and warm to me, even at one point giving me her card and saying to call her next time so she could get the best table for me. Their Butter Chicken was the best I've ever eaten thus far and I loved their home made chai, so creamy and spicy. I was sad to hear that they have since closed down after being a Victoria establishment for so many years, but if their service quality depended on your ethnic background, then I am glad it's no longer there.

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Adrienne's Tea Garden5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria
Cordova Bay's Senior Hangout...
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

As I live in the neighborhood, so I admit, I do frequent this establishment mainly because it's handy. I would love to see them sell it so that the restaurant draws a more lively crowd. Yes, it's ideal for the seniors crowd and it's always full at lunchtime, but I think there are a lot of younger people and families in the area that they are missing in their target group. There are a couple of things that I find are ok and tend to stick to when ordering. They're traditional Eggs Benedict is good, if it's fresh. There have been many more occassions then not lately, where when I've received it, the yolks are hard, the hollandaise is cold and the english muffin soggy. The service is fast and the food is rarely hot, so it makes me think that a lot of things are pre-made and then microwaved, not the way to a person's heart when they like good food. The seafood chowder is good, but usually only warm, not hot. The raisin scones with devonshire cream and blackberry jam are tasty, but at times on the dry side, and while I find the curried chicken crepes tasty, last time I had them there was so much oil in the bottom of the dish, the food was mushy, I felt ill an hour or so later.

On the whole, I find since they have redone Mattick's Farm, this restaurant is old, tired and has a shabby feeling to it. With the area being more high end with the golf courses and new developments, it would be nice to have a classier bistro/cafe for a quick bite and then a funkier, more upbeat restaurant...we can only hope that the future will hold a more culinary experience at Mattick's!

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Sabri Indian Cuisine3480 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Sorry Sabri...
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

A friend took me to the Sabri once for their buffet dinner. Now I should start by saying, I'm not super familiar with a lot of Indian food, but what I have had, I have always enjoyed the complex flavours, the spices, the textures, etc. so when we decided to go, I was quite excited to find that it was a buffet and I could try many things as well as it was reasonable.

I have to say I was very disappointed. There was nothing essentially wrong with the food, but compared to what I had had at other restaurants, it was very bland. While I was excited to see this as a buffet so that I could try various things, on the whole, I hate buffet's. I think they cause people to eat excessively, I don't like the idea that the food has just been sitting out, people can pick things up and put them back if they don't like what they see, breathe and cough on the food and there's something about having sneeze guards up that I find very unappetizing. That being said, I did try a little bit of everything, Butter Chicken is a love of mine and I found this so bland. I suppose when you have a buffet and you're trying to cater to something that is going to appeal to all, you can't add much spice, so I found that a lot of the dishes tasted similar.

My other issue with this establishment is the restaurant itself. It was a summer day here in Victoria and a warm evening when we went and although they had ceiling fans going, the heat to me was unbearable. I felt like maybe I was in Calcutta during the hot season, this thought did not add ambiance and by the time we left, I was soaking wet with perspiration and it wasn't from spicy food.

I would go back and try this restaurant again because maybe I hit an off night, or I was having an off night, and may people sing it's praises, but I can honestly say there are better places in town for Indian cuisine.

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Ogden Point Cafe199 Dallas Road, Victoria
Got the growlies on Dallas Road?
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

Fancy? No. Gourmet? No. However, the food is good, the service is friendly and let's face it, the windows look out onto one of the best views in Victoria. While this little joint is pretty tiny, there is a good selection to choose from. Hot and cold entrees, soups and chili, salads, sandwiches and a sinfully good looking dessert section, plus ice cream to boot! Very reminiscent of a Bread Garden style cafe.

I've enjoyed their salads and pastas when I've been there a couple of times and after a nice summer evening walk along Dallas Road, it's a great place to grab a tea/coffee and a treat.

The patio is closed in so that waterfront winds don't freeze you, yet you still get the full being by the water experience.

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Willie's Bakery & Cafe537 Johnson St, Victoria
Great fresh offerings...
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

I have only eaten here once as it's not in a part of town that I have frequented in the past, but with the new shops and feeling this part of town has to offer, I plan on going again.

The ambiance is very quaint if you go on a sunny day and can sit outside in their little bricked in courtyard, complete with a fountain, climbing plants and a lot of little song birds. The inside is nice with exposed brick as well, which in the winter makes for a cozy feel.

While I have only eaten there once, I have been in a couple of times, usually finding the service to order anything so ridiculously slow, that I've left in the end. The one time I did decide to stick it out, the wait time was painfully slow, there was a mix up and in the end I just took what they presented (the mix up) because I was so hungry after the wait. The food was very good though, fresh and tasty, so I will go back, but try to go either earlier or later than the lunch crowd.

As for the reviewer that said Victoria is a culinary wasteland, I take great offence to that. We have some excellent restaurants in town and I would be happy to recommend some if you like. We, as any other city, have our fair share of flops, but there are some hidden gems too.

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Sam's Deli805 Government St, Victoria
Shrimp sandwiches, anyone?
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

Yes, Sam's Deli is a good place to go for lunch if you are near the waterfront. The food is good, made-to-order and portions are substantial, with reasonable prices. They are renowned for their shrimp (with or without avocado) sandwiches that are delicious and the soups are hearty and filling, especially good to cut the chill of the inner harbour breeze. Would I rate this as exceptional? No, while the fare is good and it's an interesting place to people watch, I am not taken with the cafeteria style of the restaurant and having at times, a lengthy wait. If you've got some time to kill and aren't part of the lunch rush, you don't have to worry as much, but still, there's something to be said about table service.

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Paradiso Di Stelle10 Bastion Square, Victoria
Mmmm, mmm, good!
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

I haven't been that many times to this little establishment, but I must say the gelato is good, the coffee is great (Illy) and the couple of times I've been for lunch, I've had the pasta specials and they've always been delicious. Fresh, hot and homemade tasting. My only beef is the stairs for getting in and out, doesn't make for an accessible trip, even tho the staff is helpful and that the only way for a local to enjoy this little gem is to immerse yourself right in tourist central. Not usually my idea of a good time, but it's sometimes worth it for here.

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