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The One Sushi (AYCE)

Oysters from The One Sushi

Oysters from The One Sushi

Unfortunately I don’t have much in the way for new posts for you right now, but in the meantime, here are two photos from The One Sushi, one of my new favourite AYCE sushi places in Calgary – largely because along with sushi they also have a wide variety of other dishes too – really excellent for when going out with folks who don’t love sushi.

Roll and garnish from The One Sushi

Roll and garnish from The One Sushi

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in South-East Calgary, Sushi, Uncategorized

 

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The One Sushi – not just sushi

Mongolian Beef & Spring rolls

Mongolian Beef & Spring rolls

In my last post I shared some of the sushi my dining companions and I shared when we visited The One Sushi only 3 weeks after it opened it’s doors.  In this post I’ll let you know about some of the other food items.

The One Sushi offers Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Korean foods, including soups, rice dishes, deep fried items, and salads.

One of my companions ordered the Mongolian Beef, pictured above. He said that this was probably his favourite dish of the whole night, and would definitely order more of it. We also ordered one order of spring rolls, but accidently got 3 orders! Ouch!

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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The One Sushi

Sushi order at The One Sushi - with the iPad menu in the background

Sushi order at The One Sushi – with the iPad menu in the background

I have a bunch of other posts to share with you from delicious meals and treats in Iceland, but I’m going to interrupt just for a moment to introduce one of Calgary’s newest AYCE (All You Can Eat) sushi places.

I visited The One Sushi during the August long weekend, and the server let me and my dining companions know that the restaurant had only been open for three weeks. They’ve given a minor facelift to the previous Home Food Inn (a Chinese food buffet) on Macleod Trail, but have kept the all-you-can-eat premise. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Standing in the way of sushi (blogging)

Rainbow Roll

Rainbow Roll from Co-op…. from a previous visit

Today’s Daily Post Prompt is “barriers”, though I can’t say that there’s a lot that will stand in the way of getting some tasty sushi!

However, the last three times I went out for sushi, I didn’t end up photographing the meal or sharing a post about the experience… the first was a take-out sushi meal from Co-op, which I’ve blogged about a half-dozen (or so) times before I’m sure, the second was out for AYCE (All You Can Eat) sushi at Sushi Ichiban on Macleod Trail in Calgary – which I’ve also blogged about before, and the third and most recent was just last night out for a AYCE sushi with big group of friends to celebrate my birthday at Miki in Banff.

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban (from a previous visit)

So, why no new photos? The barrier with the last two places was just feeling a little like “that gal” – the one always pulling out her cell phone in the middle of a meal. Sure I was only going to take a photo of the food to blog about, but I really started to feel like pulling out my phone would intrude on the visit, the conversation, and just generally ‘fitting in’ with the flow of the evening.

Here’s a question to other bloggers – do you ever find yourself thinking “ooh, I could blog about this” but stopping yourself just because it’s not really the time or the place – or do you take every opportunity, and not let those “barriers” stop you?

Other bloggers

There are a bunch of other bloggers chiming in on this topic (72 so far!). So far, check out the following blogs for more on “barriers”.

  1. Harry Potter, Famous Dads and Stoke Newington | AS I PLEASE
  2. Emotional baggage | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Motivation Needed | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Neanderthals | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. I want to be a dreamer when I grow up | From One Crazy Life To Another
  6. Barriers | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Scenes From A Barrier Island | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  8. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course -as a Medical Student | Journeyman
  9. Some weeks I just wish I could hibernate | Kate Murray
  10. Why women put up barriers to sex! ADULT CONTENT -Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  11. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | The Wandering Poet
  12. DP Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Sabethville
  13. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  14. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. Obstacles | Sue’s Trifles
  16. blossoming individual | peacefulblessedstar
  17. Getting Things Done « One Crazy Mom
  18. Adventures in baby cereal | Life Love Lily
  19. So much to do | Angel Frouk
  20. Getting Out of My Way | The Silver Leaf Journal
  21. A Day With Chef Rene | The Jittery Goat
  22. caught | yi-ching lin photography
  23. there are | y
  24. Obstacles to Peace and/or Prosperity/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  25. Purpose | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  26. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course (to UK) | Memory Bank of the Nocturnal
  27. An obstacle for everyone | LauGraEva
  28. The “Motif” Obstacle Course! | Home’s Cool!
  29. Daily Prompt: Obstacles « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  30. The Silent Treatment. | Hope* the happy hugger
  31. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Awl and Scribe
  32. of nothingness « Anawnimiss
  33. Why Did I Tackle This Obstacle Course? | Sued51’s Blog
  34. Time and Time Again . . . But, There Never Seems to be Enough | meanderedwanderings
  35. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | sixty, single and surviving
  36. Inspirational quotes by Steve Jobs | Processing the life
  37. Life Can Be A Obstacle Course | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  38. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Self Motivation | A mom’s blog
  40. Smoke Screen | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  41. Busy, Busy, Busy Bee… | An Upturned Soul
  42. Time and Tide | Flowers and Breezes
  43. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Kauniiksi katsottu – Seen as Beautiful
  44. WP Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | 101 Challenges in 1001 Days
  45. Bottled Gumption | A.C. Melody
  46. You Can’t Tie Your Shoes | Sam Wight
  47. Daily Prompt: Obstacles / unlocking my doors… | Louie Behogan
  48. Overcoming barriers | Mishe en Place
  49. DP: Obstacle Course |Metaphor is a pushy jerk. | thejimmieG
  50. Obstacle racing | Unknown File
  51. Lost for Words | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  52. Barriers | The Land Slide Photography
  53. I did it! | Life is great
  54. Early roses | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  55. Obstacles and barriers | Willow’s Corner
  56. How Can We Overcome Barriers to Creativity? | Pairings: Art + What Goes With It
  57. Musings of a First Time Buyer | L5GN
  58. Thanks Allah! | Dreams to Reality !
  59. Obstacle Course | The Nameless One
  60. YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE | Serendipity
  61. My weekly obstacle course | uddza
  62. Life is an Obstacle Course… | The Christian Gazette
  63. Living With Barrier – Passionately Bored
  64. It’s a thirsty man who writes for any reason. [Mama #2] | Rob’s Surf Report
  65. A Helping Hand | LenzExperiments
  66. Obstacles | Step Into My Head
  67. Barriers | dreaming of melville
  68. Daily Prompt: These Are the Breaks | One Starving Activist
  69. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | To Breathe is to Write
  70. P E R S P E C T I V E | the bippity boppity beautiful blog
  71. Daily Prompt – Barriers | imexcited
  72. Daily Prompt: Barriers | Occasional Stuff
 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Sushi

 

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Macleod Sushi & BBQ

On the search for great All You Can Eat (AYCE) sushi in Calgary I took notice of Macleod Sushi & BBQ when I drove by – and their AYCE sign. A few weeks later I stopped by for dinner.

First off, I tried the sushi & bbq place up near SAIT a number of years ago, and really wasn’t impressed. The service was terrible and the food wasn’t good, and the smell of the bbq pits was kind of gross. Still, I was up for trying something new and didn’t want one experience to influence another – so I went in with an open and hopeful mind.

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

First impressions

The first thing that struck me when heading to the Macleod Trail restaurant, was how full the parking lot was! It was 6:00 p.m. and the commercial area is also home to a computer shop and pub amongst other things, but entering the restaurant it was clear that it was a popular place!

Next, the smell. Unfortunately the smell of the little table-top Korean-style barbeque pits was quite strong, but we followed the hostess to our table. While we were seated immediately, as we were leaving (about an hour and a half later) there were three groups of people patiently waiting for a table. Despite that, I never felt as though we were being rushed to empty the seats.

So that brings me to the service – there were many, many servers – one who seemed to rotate constantly through with tea and water refills, and at least three others in our section delivering food and pop, and taking the slips for new orders. Although the servers were busy, I thought that they were quite efficient, and generally very friendly. We were also impressed at how quickly the food arrived at our table after ordering.

Atmosphere

The interior – ok, now this is where things started to get worse… the decor is very dated, and probably could use a good cleaning and a new coat of paint.  There was a good deal of dust on exhaust vents on the ceiling, and as my dinner companion noted the paint colours seemed disjointed and like something “out of the 1950’s”.  The decorating also seems to be a bit chaotic, with all sorts of nick-nacks all over – it feels a little like a diner-meets-swap-meet inside.  Worse still was the state of the washrooms…

The floors are sticky, there are no paper towels (just one of those blowers), feminine product waste containers were overflowing, and the toilets and walls of the stalls have visible dirt/soiling.  Gross.

Onto the food…

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

We ordered the regular gyoza dumplings, and the spicy gyoza dumplings (not the deep fried ones) and found that the texture was nearly perfect, but the flavour and temperature was lacking.  There wasn’t much flavour to either the regular nor the spicy gyoza, and they really could have been warmer. The spicy ones were served with a bit of spicy sauce on top, but no dipping sauce, and the regular ones were served with dipping sauce as expected.

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

We also had two different rolls each.  Although the menu didn’t indicate that the rolls were deep fried – two of them were.  I had the spicy tuna roll – and this was deep fried.  The tuna inside was also cooked, which I didn’t anticipate at all.  The spicy sauce wasn’t very spicy, the fried rice wasn’t to my taste, and I didn’t care for the tuna – so it all -in-all was a bit of a failure.

I also had a rainbow roll (pictured on the far left above) – it was alright, nothing special unfortunately.  The rice wasn’t great – a bit gummy – but it wasn’t any worse than most fast-food sushi.  (Well, ok, Co-Op sushi take out is better….) The menu was also challenging – while it had a wide variety of rolls, few had descriptions of what we could expect. Having never heard of a “yellow dragon roll” for instance, we didn’t know if we would like it or not.

Following our gyoza and rolls, we also had Agadashi Tofu, which suffered from the same problem as the gyoza – it lacked flavour, and could have been warmer.

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

The serving size is perfect though – small serving sizes makes it easy to try lots of different things – it just would have been nicer if the food had been better….

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Next up –

  • chopped scallop roll – more gummy rice
  • tuna sashimi – alright – the peices were small, but that’s ok.
  • salmon sashimi – I thought I had ordered tuna, but got salmon instead.  Good flavour, but I didn’t like the fish scales…
  • yam tempura – actually pretty good!

    Macleod Sushi & BBQ

    Macleod Sushi & BBQ

Finally we finished the meal with dessert. While my companion had the mango tapioca milk, I had the crispy banana, which I think was 1/6th of a banana, frozen, then wrapped in a spring roll wrapper and fried.  It was interesting, but too greasy, and the banana was still frozen.

Macleod Sushi & BBQ - Frozen banana

Macleod Sushi & BBQ – Frozen banana

Conclusion

As you can guess, we weren’t very impressed with Macleod Sushi & BBQ.  The food ranged between not good and mediocre, and although we thought the service was good, the atmosphere wasn’t.  However, the place was really busy, so we might just not have been their target market.  It also seemed that most of the satisfied diners were enjoying the Korean BBQ and not so much sushi, so perhaps that’s the trick to having a  good meal here. Other than that, I might suggest this for large families with growing and large appetites for sushi to fill, but really there are far better other AYCE sushi places in Calgary with far better value for the money.
Macleod Sushi & BBQ
Suite 100-5211 Macleod Trail SW
(403) 252-2999
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Sushi: Kuni Sushi Ya Toronto

While in Toronto in February, our hotel front desk clerk suggested “Sushi Hiro” and described the location on Baldwin Street now occupied by Kuni Sushi Ya, which I can only imagine was confusion his part. Still, we were pretty happy with Kuni Sushi Ya, and I took a few photos to share with other sushi lovers!

(Yes, this is another scheduled post… I have so many things to write about and so many great places and things to share!)

Interior of Kuni Sushi Ya (iPhone photo)

Interior of Kuni Sushi Ya (iPhone photo)

The outside is fairly easy to miss, but the interior is spacious and well-decorated, with discreet lighting that changes colour (which is kind of interesting, and kind of funny.. it means each of my photos might have a certain different light cast upon them. While we were there the roads were still very bad due to snow, so the restaurant was largely empty, though a few other customers came in while we were there. There was very little staff as well, but they were prompt and attentive.

gyoza (iPhone Photo)

gyoza (iPhone Photo)

We went for the All You Can Eat (AYCE) sushi, and decided to split a few rolls so we could try a little more. We started out with an order of gyoza that came with sauce already drizzled over it.  They were a little over cooked, but alright.  I wouldn’t order them again – not that I imagine I’ll be in Toronto looking for sushi anytime soon again!

A selection of choices (iPhone Photo)

A selection of choices (iPhone Photo)

We shared a mushroom roll – we had tried this ages ago at a place in Calgary and really liked it – but I found this a little tough and chewy. I think that I like the flavour more than the texture – though the mushroom might be really nice with something else (if a little more tender).

We also shared a Fuji Mountain roll – this is a spicy tuna and tempura bits roll with white tuna on top. The spicy tuna was fantastic, but I really didn’t like the white tuna at all.

Also pictured above is the sashimi we ordered – one piece each of tuna and salmon, and Connie ordered two pieces of mackerel as well. The salmon was good, but we both agreed that we really didn’t like the white tuna at all. I had this earlier at Gallery Sushi (see previous post) and didn’t actually know what it was – but it was strange and we weren’t too fond of it.

Pretty roll (iPhone Photo)

Pretty roll (iPhone Photo)

Finally, from our AYCE sushi roll selections, we had a Shichimi Maki roll – this was spicy tuna, avocado, tempura bits, wasabi tobiko, and spicy sauce. I don’t really love the tempura bits, and thought this could have had much more tobiko in it, but it was certainly pretty and tasty!

Ice cream for dessert (iPhone Photo)

Ice cream for dessert (iPhone Photo)

Our AYCE meal also came with ice cream – I chose ginger while Connie had mango and green tea. It was lovely, with little chunks of real ginger, but I really like an AYCE menu that includes dessert!

Kuni Sushi Ya menu (iPhone photo)

Kuni Sushi Ya menu (iPhone photo)

I also took a few photos of the menu. The regular menu is above showing the regular (not the AYCE) prices.

Kuni Sushi Ya menu (iPhone photo)

Kuni Sushi Ya menu (iPhone photo)

Many selections on the All You Can Eat menu above and below. (Aka the Buffet Menu)

My experience here was wonderful, apart from one small issue – the washrooms are in the basement (accessible only through a narrow stairwell – not suitable for anyone with issues with stairs) and it was FREEZING. I couldn’t believe how cold it was down there!

Kuni Sushi Ya menu (iPhone photo)

Kuni Sushi Ya menu (iPhone photo)

Kuni Sushi Ya
(416) 260-3188
20 Baldwin St
Toronto, ON
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Out of town - Ontario, Sushi

 

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Sushi: Gallery Sushi in Toronto

In February, I headed to Toronto (for a concert by Battle Metal band Turisas from Finland!) and after getting off my airport shuttle and heading to the hotel, I popped into a little sushi place for a late lunch.

Gallery Sushi was empty when I went in, and although that might otherwise discourage me, it was during a crazy snow day, and the streets were far less busy than normal, so an empty resturaunt wasn’t a worry.

Although the sign outside said that the All You Can Eat (for 18$) started at 4pm, I wasn’t offered an AYCE menu – but decided rather than asking about it, I really wanted a bento box instead.

Bento Box from Gallery Sushi in Toronto (iPhone photo)

Bento Box from Gallery Sushi in Toronto (iPhone photo)

I really loved the sushi and sashimi bento box that I ordered.  Along with tea, the bento came to just over $15.00, and included a salad, miso soup, fantastic noodles, rice, a california roll, four pieces of nigiri sushi and eight pieces of sashimi. I didn’t like the white tuna much, but the rest was quite good, and the noodles were excellent – I’d really like to try them again!  (A glassy kind of noodle with slivers of green and red pepper.)

If only I knew what those noodles were called!  If you know, let me know in the comments below, so I can order them again!

Gallery Sushi
275 Dundas W, Toronto, ON
Phone:(416) 597-2580
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Out of town - Ontario, Sushi

 

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Sushi: Ichiban

So here’s a case of the scheduled posts!  I had a number of posts queued up, and didn’t want to inundate the readers of Happy Sushi Belly with too many posts at once (let alone my poor Twitter followers!) so I actually wrote this long before it was posted… still, it seems like it was ages ago that Connie and I went to Sushi Ichiban on MacLeod Trail for sushi…  For those of you who read Happy Sushi Belly for the Sushi – I hope you haven’t minded all of my tea posts!  Here’s some sushi for you!

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

We had wanted a sushi fix, but were in the mood for something other than our long-standing favourite places, and didn’t want to drive TOO far to get to some of the places we’ve been meaning to try (or rare visits we’d like to return to).  So, we headed to Sushi Ichiban on MacLeod Trail. Unlike their Westbrook location, the MacLeod Trail location offers All You Can Eat (AYCE) which was great because we were hungry! 

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

We started off with an order of Agadashi Tofu, and Connie had a shrimp tempura while I had a yam.  The tempura was fine – and I really appreciated that they brought us each our own dipping bowl instead of making us share one.  It makes double-dipping more friendly that way. I found the tempura a bit oily – but I usually do, which is why I usually only have a few pieces these days.  The Agadashi Toful seemed to be lacking a bit of flavour though – I think because the first place I tried it was MomoYama, I’ve just come to expect it to taste a certain way…

 Sushi Ichiban

Sushi Ichiban

The decor in Sushi Ichiban is pretty nice – there are a LOT of small ‘rooms’ for groups of people, and then regular booths in the middle.  I’ve been here once before with a group, and it really does make for a fantastic group experience, being in the private booth. Near the end of our meal, a very noisy group of people were seated behind us – and although I don’t deny them their joyful conversations, I got to learn a LOT more about one of the members of the group than I would want to know about a stranger… so this was a bit of a downside to how busy and active the restaurant is. 

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

 While I ordered my favorites; Ikura and chopped scallop, Connie ordered an assortment.  I really liked the Ikura, however they mix their chopped scallop with chopped crab meat as well, and I didn’t like it nearly as much. 

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

Connie had a cone, while we also shared a roll.

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

Of course.. since it was All You Can Eat, we also had a second order of sushi – Tuna for both of us, more of my favorites for me, and Connie’s favorites for her to end off the night.

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

The bill – since we didn’t have anything other than water to drink, it was just over $50.00 for the two of us.

Sushi Ichiban
4014 Macleod Trail S
Calgary, AB
(403) 243-1000

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi: Japanese Restaurant Miki

Back to Banff and the one all-you-can-eat sushi place in town!

A friend and I were in Banff in December, and it was sushi-mania! We stopped in at my favorite Sushi House Banff for lunch, then Miki for dinner, and on the way home the next day we were at Marra’s Way in Canmore too!

We weren’t really hungry at dinnertime after having gone to the Hot Springs, so instead of having the all-you-can-eat, we chose to select off the menu instead.  We split an order of Agadashi tofu, and then each had the assorted sashimi.

Agadashi tofu from Miki in Banff

Agadashi tofu from Miki in Banff

The tofu was quite good, although I did find it a bit drier than I like it from Momoyama.  Mind you, other than when I’ve made it myself, I’ve only ever had it at Momoyama, so maybe I’m biased! It makes me think I should pick up some tofu soon to make my own again though!

We were actually quite disappointed with the sashimi assortment – the pieces were very small and there was not a lot of selection.

Sashimi assortment from Miki in Banff

Sashimi assortment from Miki in Banff

There were two small pieces of each of 6 different types, and we basically just felt that it was pretty limited. We would have had far better value getting the all-you-can-eat probably. The presentation was also pretty boring. Boo. With that being said, the salmon and tuna were both really good, and I think that the selection at the bottom was bonito, which isn’t normally on most of these assortment plates, so that was interesting.

Japanese Restaurant Miki
at the Inns of Banff Hotel
600 Banff Avenue
PO Box 1077
Banff, AB T1L 1H8
Phone: (403) 762-0600
Fax: (403) 762-4482

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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Out of town - Alberta, Sushi

 

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Sushi Tokyo downtown

A few Sundays back I headed downtown for Voices in the Village – a free outdoor opera concert from the Calgary Opera.  Afterwards I headed to the Latin Festival, and then out for sushi for dinner. Yep, it was an entire day of music in languages I don’t understand…

It’s been a while since I went to Sushi Tokyo in the Dragon City Mall so I popped in again.  This time I didn’t have the all-you-can-eat, but instead had an order of tuna sashimi, and my two favorites – chopped scallops and ikura.

Disappointing scallops and lovely ikura

The ikura was practically perfect (perfect would have been if they were a bit bigger instead of stingy all-you-can-eat size..) but the scallops were disappointing – I’m pretty sure the scallops were cooked because they were chewy and firm instead of smooth. I should remember that they do them this way for next time – and not bother ordering them.

Tuna sashimi

The tuna sashimi was awesome though!

Sushi Tokyo
328 Centre St S
Calgary, Alberta
(403) 232-8868
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