#SCBDEvent: .@LiveStockNJ comes to Howell on May 10th!

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Calling all my Howell & Jersey Shore area natives, this event is for you & SCBD is one of the media sponsors so we will be there…

Chris Rockwell and Eric McGrath are proud to present LiveStock, an event for all ages, free to enter, inspired by the local talent and small businesses in the Jersey Shore region. The event will include local bands, vendors, sponsors and artists of all mediums. The whole ranch will be fully functional that day as well, providing the opportunity  to interact with the petting zoo, horse and pony rides, and more. Zebro, a zebra at Legacy Ranch and the LiveStock mascot, will also be available to interact with the public.

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LiveStock was created to give local talent in the area an outlet to be showcased. The goal of  LiveStock is to foster the talent and provide an opportunity for their fan base to grow. “The point of it being free is that in recent years, promoters charged people exorbitant amounts of money to get into festivals and concerts that are clearly only there to generate profits. We care  about the local scene and its growth,” says Rockwell in regards to how the idea of LiveStock came into existence.

Rockwell and McGrath decided to create LiveStock after McGrath attended an open mic in the area and was amazed at the talent. McGrath, Operator at Legacy Ranch, knew these artists needed a bigger venue. “My goal is a simple one,” said McGrath, “to display and celebrate the  exceptional culture in our own backyard.”

Concert sound and lighting is provided by Ugly Door Studio of Toms River.

Featured bands include:

  • Accidental Seabirds
  • Amy Malkoff & The Moonshines
  • The Battery Electric
  • Bog Iron Bloom
  • Chris Rockwell & The Stickball Social Club
  • Deff-Ray
  • Harper’s Fellow
  • Jim Mill
  • Joe Miller & Kuf-Knotz
  • John Gilman
  • The May Darlings
  • Moon Motel
  • Nathan Dickinson
  • Prehistoric Forest
  • Puppy Grease

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For continuous updates on the event please visit www.facebook.com/LiveStockLegacy

#SCBDFavorite: Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings .@ChocoCarousel in Wall!

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So you’re driving to Belmar beach, when all of a sudden you are craving sweets and really could go for a cupcake or a chocolate covered pretzel. Well, good news–  I have a solution. Chocolate Carousel is located in Wall and is on your way to the shore.

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Chocolate Carousel is a family owned and operated bakery and sweet shop that has been around for years serving the community. They also make specialty and wedding cakes for any occasion. I had the opportunity to try some of their sweet treats and I was very impressed. I love nonpareils and their homemade nonpareils hit the spot. If you love chocolate covered pretzels this place is for you. They are delicious and no flavor overpowers another. I loved the cannolli cupcake I had which was big enough to share between two people. They also have a variety of homemade cookies and cake pops. The owner Lisa even told me that some of the cookie recipes have been passed down from the family so it’s not just any bakery!

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If you are not in a rush they also have seating in the store where you can enjoy your sweet treats and coffee. Trust me you won’t regret stopping in! Everything is made on-site and is fresh! So what are you waiting for? Satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

#SCBDEvent: Chef’s Night to celebrate launch of “.@eNJoynjfood: A Taste of New Jersey” restaurant guide

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The students of Monmouth University’s Entrepreneurship class have created, “eNJoy: A Taste of New Jersey,” a restaurant guide featuring only the best restaurants and wineries in New Jersey. 50+ restaurants from throughout the state are receiving a two-page spread that includes a signature recipe, a brief history, and a description of the unique atmosphere of each restaurant.  The book will be available in April and can be purchased
online at www.enjoynjfood.com or at restaurants featured
in the book.

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The students will host a Chef’s Night at Branches Catering in West Long Branch on May 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the book. The event will consist of sampling exclusive dishes from top chefs and their respective restaurants, as well as a tasting of New Jersey wines. Live entertainment will be provided and a turnout of 400 to 500 guests is expected. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $15 for Monmouth University faculty and students and can be purchased online at www.enjoynjfood.com

All profits from the book and the Chef’s Night will be  donated to endowed scholarship funds at Monmouth University in memory of Monmouth alum Joseph Adelhardt and
Christopher Mejia.

The mission of the Monmouth University Center for Entrepreneurship (MUCE) is to nurture entrepreneurial thinking though a community of business partners committed to achieving social and economic progress.  Entrepreneurship students are able to conduct business practices and launch new businesses  from the safety of the classroom in real world situations. Previous projects include pasta sauce, dog treats, and perfumes that are still on the market today.

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For more information and updates on “eNJoy: A Taste of New Jersey,” the Chef’s Night, or the entrepreneurship class please follow them on  twitter at @eNJoynjfood, like us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/enjoyatasteofnewjersey!

Cheers to a great night for a great cause, we will see you there!

#SCBDReview: .@SpuntinoWineBar with Wine Boy

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Wine Boy and I were craving small plates and wine after a long day of working together, so we headed to Clifton, New Jersey. Right by the AMC Theater is an Italian Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant called Spuntino, known for its fabulous selection of Italian wines and small plates. The atmosphere was welcoming and I loved the decoration of wine racks surrounding the entire restaurant. The restaurant was divided into two main parts: the bar area and the rest of the restaurant with tables and booths.

Wine Boy and I had the nicest waitress: her name was Allison, so I highly recommend grabbing a table that is served by Allison. That night, Wine Boy and I shared truffle French fries made with truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Italian herbs. After that, we shared spaghetti alla carbonara with bacon, peas, Pecorina Romano, and egg yolk. Finally, we had speck, which is smoked prosciutto, from the Aldo Adige region in Italy, served on grilled crostini.

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He simply had a soda since he offered to be my designated driver, so I treated myself to a quartino of Moscato. The Moscato was a 2011 fruity, medium bodied white from Trentino, specifically Mezzocorona which is a commune in this northern Italian region. I’m absolutely in love with the wine list at Spuntino. All of the wines are Italian wines. Suffice to say I fell in love with the moscato. It was not super sweet, which I find to be a great thing if it’s only sweet enough. Instead, the moscato was fruity, and I could smell pears, apples, and other light fruits.

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas also takes OpenTable reservation. I highly recommend going to Spuntino either on a date or with a group of friends and/or family so you can all share these small plates. You can also buy the wines by the bottle. There are over 150 Italian wines to try from nearly all of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Saluti, cin cin, e buon appetito!

 

Cheers!

XOXO

Kelly

@bobellerz

 

Main Website                   http://spuntinowinebar.com/

Spuntino’s Twitter          @SpuntinoWineBar

Images courtesy of YELP.

#SCBDEventRecap: The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest

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This is the 2nd event for April’s Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. If you’ve wondered about going, stop wondering and go next season. This is a day of fun and food. Isn’t that what the Jersey Shore is all about?

This is hosted by Bar A in Belmar. For $30 there were many burgers and these cute little tasting mugs for beer. The beer was Jersey Shore’s very own Beach Haus. There was an IPA and a Pilsner. It’s got me hooked on the IPA. Bold, yet satisfying. And did I say great with burgers? A shout out here to Julie the bartender in the main area of the burger competition. She was filling those tiny mugs for hours with a smile. Thanks.photo 1

So my companion and I signed in and got our tasting mugs and were on our way. A little burger, a little beer. What a fine time. People were inside, outside, taking up all spaces Bar A provided.

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Now to the burgers. They were all so different. Cave, an all Paleo restaurant in Avon had a bunless burger that was juicy and tasty with a hint of siracha. Bar A, representing the house, had a Tex mex burger with a ghost pepper sauce, hoo haa, spicy!

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Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park had a burger with caramelized onions that they do so well. Harpoon Willy’s, Wall, had a burger with avocado and roasted tomatoes that made it so juicy. Shipwreck Point from Point Pleasant, known for its gourmet fair, did not let us down. Their burger was pulled brisket in their own BBQ sauce and a special slaw. Jersey Shore BBQ, Belmar, had a burger with pulled pork on it, oh yeah. I’ll be stopping by for one of those again.

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709 in Point Pleasant had a no bread cheeseburger. No bread, but a Haloumi cheese bun. It was a 2 napkin burger but well worth the needed napkins.
The Committed Pig from Manasquan, did the People’s Choice winner burger. It had an onion ring on top and a little siracha, just a little and the bun,like a pillow for that burger. I may be committed to this burger. All in all, a fun time and creative food, too.

Now, enjoy the rest of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week.

#DealAlert: .@JSRWeek returns this Friday, April 4th #JSRWeek

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The 10th Jersey Shore Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, April 4 and goes until April 13, 2014. The week features three course dinners at top Jersey Shore Restaurants for either $20.14 or $30.14. Nearly 70 restaurants have signed up for the Spring event and the timing couldn’t be better after this long winter. The event is sponsored by JVrola Meats, Shore Foodie and Pine Belt Autos.

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Celebrating it’s 5th anniversary JSRW has become a much anticipated event for both consumers and restaurants. A post event survey in November showed the number of people who dined out more than once jumped 134% vs. a non-RW. Consumers also try new restaurants during RW. Over 65% went to a new restaurant during the November Restaurant Week. Restaurants reported dramatic revenue increases with 35% realizing increases of 31% and up.

New restaurants participating for the first time in April include Schneider’s in Avon, Blend on Main, Manasquan, Even Tide Grill, Sea Bright, Farrell’s Stout and Steak, Point Pleasant, Park East, Hazlet, Shore Points Coastal BBQ, Point Pleasant. We also welcome back previous participants Giamano’s Ristorante, Bradley Beach, Tulipano’s, Belmar and Bahr’s Landing, Highlands. Our new favorite, Coastal Chaos Waterfront Restaurant, is also participating!

Special events planned for the week include:

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First Bites: Kick-Off to Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. 6 top Jersey Shore Chefs create an extravagant 6 course small plate tasting menu paired with wines followed by strolling dessert carts featuring cheese, pastries, chocolate and port. Thursday, April 3rd, The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Participating chefs include Michael Bonner of The Mill, Spring Lake Heights, Chris Brandl of Brandl, Belmar, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, Terry Eleftheriou of Shipwreck Grill, Brielle, Mike Jurusz of Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill, Seaside Park and Lou Smith of the New Blend on Main, Manasquan

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“The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest” returns to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on Saturday, April 5th. Top Jersey Shore restaurants compete for the title of “Best Burger at the Shore”. Judging panel and People’s Choice award. Sponsored by BeachHaus Beers.

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Eat, Drink, Indulge: Mastering the Art of Wine Blending. A unique and interactive evening where the guest becomes the winemaker for the night. Guests will taste 4 different wines from Lyeth Estates, learn what differentiates them from one another and based on their own tastes, create their own perfect blend. Monday, April 7th. Squan Tavern, Manasquan. Tickets include wine and the best pizza at the Jersey Shore!

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Burgers, Bloodies and Brews is one of the most popular events on Saturday, April 12th. Harpoon Willy’s. From noon. Something new this time: Beer tasting flights! No advance tickets necessary.

Tickets on sale at at www.jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com. Ticketed events fill up quickly and limited tickets are available at the door.

Don’t miss out on these great events and amazing dining deals! Stay tuned and see where we will be dining by the shore over the next week! Cheers!

#SCBDExclusive – FDU’s Best Kept Secret at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirits

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photo 1Up on a hill across blue parking spots at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) College at Florham campus in Madison, there is a bar known as Vanderbilt’s. In the same way that Ted and the gang love the nonexistent MacLaren’s Pub in the Upper West Side, my friends and I love to go to Vanderbilt’s as our default bar of choice. (As a side note, if you want to see the bar that MacLaren’s is modeled after, it’s at a bar called McGee’s located in Midtown West on 55th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.)

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Vanderbilt’s holds a special place in my heart, especially considering all I have to do is walk more or less the same distance I do to get to class in order to get a change in scenery from the luscious greenery of the former Vanderbilt and Twombly estate to see the classy Wyndham Hotel bar. Vanderbilt’s is an interesting mix of young urban professionals on a Friday and Saturday night and the football fan crowd on a Sunday afternoon when they have 99 cent wings.

photo 2When in doubt, I enjoy my Smuttynose IPA and play a rousing game of pool. When I think of Vanderbilt’s, I think of pool tables, gin, great buffalo wings, and the friendly bartenders who know my drink of choice. They have specials every night of the week, and I have always found the relaxed, low-key vibe of Vanderbilt’s to be a more economical and relaxing alternative to the bar and pseudo-club scene at Morristown.

photo 4More important the simple and welcoming atmosphere at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirit are the memories you will make with your friends that you bring there. Vanderbilt’s is the place I hold near and dear to me where I  will always look back fondly on the heart-to-heart talks I had with my girlfriends there, talking about our college and personal lives, attempting to piece together the road map and journey of life one Samuel Adams® OctoberFest at a time. Here’s looking at the Spinach Artichoke Dip. Cheers!

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OFFICIAL WEBSITES

http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/new-jersey/florham-park/wyndham-hamilton-park/hotel-dining/vanderbilts

http://www.hamiltonparkhotel.com/vanderbilts-sports-bar-nj.html

#SCBDExclusive: Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant debuts this Thursday in Brick, #NJ

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Get your tastebuds ready, Jersey Shore. Josh Barnhard, restaurateur of Taylor’s Dockside Restaurant and  Josh’s Coastal Chaos is back with a new restaurant– Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant.  Coastal Chaos is located ideally along the Metedeconk River on Princeton Avenue in Brick, NJ. Josh is taking up the space where his brother, Ryan Michael formerly  had his restaurant, Ryan Michael’s Waterfront Restaurant. Ryan has now taken up Josh’s old space and has a coastal barbecue concept in the works, stay tuned for details on that within the next few weeks. Now let us give you the details on what Josh has in store for you at  Coastal Chaos

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If you dined at Ryan Michael’s before this, be ready for a completely new concept. This time around, Josh is running operations and has an Executive Chef running the kitchen. Chaos’ Executive Chef, is a fellow Howell native and Howell High School graduate, Matthew Levine. Levine got his classical French training at The Culinary Education Center (an extension of Brookdale Community College)  in Asbury Park, NJ where he apprenticed under Chef John Brendesma. After graduation Levine became Executive Chef of the late Plan B in Asbury Park, Dive in Sea Bright, and last at Toast in Asbury Park. Levine told me, “I am really excited to part of the new restaurant with Josh. We are a great team and are excited to serve up ‘classy casual’, ‘chaotic comfort’ food in the new space.”

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 Coastal Chaos is definitely a foodies heaven. The lunch menu has soups, salads, and handheld items in it. This includes their take on the Caesar salad called,  Ides of March ($8.99) which has fresh romaine lettuce, grilled tomato, homemade croutons, grated asiago cheese, tossed in one of their three homemade dressings: Classic Caesar, Vegan, or Creole. I was also told that the Triple C Soup ($3.99/$5.99) is delicious and has fresh crab, herb roasted chicken, and sweet Jersey corn in it. Levine even included a the Brandesma Burger ($9.99), paying homage to his mentor, Chef John Brandesma. The burger is a seasoned half pound burger, topped with cheddar jack cheese, garlic-herb roasted tomatoes and pickled shallots. Getting hungry already?

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Dinner is just as delectable as lunch and features dishes such as Lucky Town Clams ($9.99) which is roasted clams topped with bacon hash, chorizo, onion leeks, carrot, celery and herb and Speakeasy Shrimp Cocktail ($8.99) three shrimp with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. The pasta selection also isn’t to be missed with dishes like, Lobster Mac N Cheese (19.99) which has Conchigle Giganti pasta tossed in their decadent truffle and cheese sauce with chunks of Fresh Lobster meat and topped with breadcrumbs. They also have something for those who are vegetarian and vegan, Vegan Lasagna ($16.99) which has fresh, local veggies layered with a vegan red sauce and tofu ricotta. If you are looking for seafood Coastal Chao definitely has you covered with dishes like Chaotic Paella ($20.99) Big Kahuna Salmon ($18.99). Last, the Georgia Baby Backs ($19.99) are not to be missed. These ribs are slow-cooked and topped  with the house-made grilled peach BBQ sauce and served with pan roasted corn and garlic smashed potatoes.  Coastal Chaos prides itself for serving fresh, never frozen and locally sourced ingredients in their dishes.

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The restaurant will be open for dinner opening night, this Thursday, March 20th from  4:30pm- close and will be open for lunch and dinner from this Friday. March 21st forward. They will also start serving breakfast beginning the weekend of March 29th. The breakfast menu will be the same menu from Josh’s previous breakfast & lunch concept, Josh’s  Coastal Chaos which will be sure to bring in some of his loyal regulars! Since the restaurant is along the Metedeconk River they also welcome anyone on their boats to dock & dine as they please. Coastal Chaos is currently a BYO restaurant but we hear working with a local winery is in the works.

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 Coastal Chaos is a family owned and operated BYO waterfront restaurant with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s tastefully decorated with a magnificent, scenic view of the Metedeconk River with outstanding cuisines, fair prices, and excellent customer service.” Levine and Barnhard plan to make it to their mission to give you that exactly.  Plan on coming to the  Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant opening this Thursday or Friday? Let us know what you think! We’d love to see you there and know Josh and Matt along with their team are ready to feed you!

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#SCBDExclusive: .@WhiteCastle is coming to East Brunswick, NJ!

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This Sunday, March 16th, White Castle will be opening it’s 30th New Jersey location in East Brunswick! This state-of-the-art White Castle, which includes two flat-screen TVs, a grab-n-go drink cooler and free Wi-Fi, is located at 645 Highway 18.

“We’re excited to add another new restaurant to the White Castle family,” said Lisa Ingram, president of White Castle and fourth generation family member. “We can’t wait for Cravers to join us in East Brunswick to share our famous Sliders, and we hope to initiate some new customers into Craver Nation.”

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East Brunswick’s new White Castle will be open 24/7 serving breakfast from midnight to 10:30 AM daily, along with their traditional lunch and dinner menu. For those Cravers that show up early, White Castle’s team members will be handing out free giveaways to the first 50 customers.

For more information about this and other White Castle locations, visit their website!

#SCBDExclusive: St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Tri-State!

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Whether you’re Irish by blood or Irish in spirit, you can find tons of fun ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey. The top bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend long to help celebrate the Luck of the Irish! Check out these cool events happening in your neighborhood:

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NCAA March Madness at The Village Pourhouse Hoboken | Sunday, March 17th – Monday, April 7th

The only place to watch the NCAA March Madness tournament is with us! With specials on everything from pitchers of beer, to our signature wings and burgers, and enough HDTV’s to watch every minute of every game….how could you say no? Join us for “March Madness” and reserve your space now! For additional information and reservations, visit this site!

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Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” St. Patty’s Weekend at Manhattan’s SideBAR | Saturday, March 15th – Monday, March 17th

iAdventure.com and SideBAR (115 E 15. St, NYC) bring Manhattan their 3rd Annual Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” weekend bash! Join us for a weekend of everything green…Green Beer, Green Eggs, Green Bagels, Green Pancakes & of course, Lucky Charms. Tickets, including our breakfast buffet & open bar options, are available here.

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Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders | Little Town Hoboken

Little Town’s Executive Chef Jordan Andino is whipping up his New “Secret Menu Item!”

Try chef’s Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders, with a scoop of Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry ice cream sandwiched between each warm cookie. For more information & menus please visit their website.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities @ Red Knot @ Galloping Hill Golf Course

From Executive Chef Ralph Romano: a series of delicious Dinner Specials, including Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness-Steamed Mussels as well as (of course!) a traditional Corned Beef Dinner ($18) with potatoes, cabbage
and carrots. Irish Soda Bread, too.

This special menu will be available Friday night, March 14th through Monday night, March 17th. Additionally: From Friday to Monday, Red Knot will be decorated for the holiday and (recorded) Irish music will be playing BUT on Saturday night, a Live band playing Irish music will be featured!

For more information and to register for these events, visit the Galloping Hill Golf Course website.

 

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