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Gourmet | 美食

Hennessy Prestige Dinner – A Night of Tasting

The world-famous Cognac producer Hennessy has a history dating back to 1765 when the company was established by Irishman Richard Hennessy. Initially an eaux-de-vie trading business, Hennessy has gone on to become the most successful Cognac exporter in the world. Today as part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group, the company remains one of the most innovative Cognac companies around. The Fairmont Pacific Rim played host to the Hennessy Prestige Dinner which delivered on its promise of offering unique and rare expressions from the portfolio. The private dinner and tasting were hosted by special guest Jean-Baptiste Rivail, Vice-President, Business Development Americas, from Paris. The intimate event was attended by VIPs, select media, and collectors who were flown in from across Canada for the evening. Guests were welcomed by Martine Levy to The Lobby Lounge and ushered to the Prime Minister’s Suite terrace where a string trio played.
Fresh seafood appetizers were followed by a three-course meal which began with a warm welcome by Rivail, followed by a tasting of the Hennessy X.O. The first sip revealed a rare tastescape containing layered flavours such as sweet notes, rising heat, spicy edge, flowing flames, chocolate lull and wood crunches.
The first course of Anna’s Burrata and an heirloom salad was paired with the Hennessy Paradis. Created in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux and taking its name from the Paradis cellar in the Hennessy Maison, this rare cognac is buoyantly expressed in silky richness, restrained finesse, subtle nuances, vibrant intensity and elegantly aromatic opulence. The newly streamlined decanter and its tulip glass were designed by Ferruccio Laviani.
The second course of grilled courgette roulade with delicate chanterelle and morel accents was accompanied by Hennessy Imperial and a Dom Pérignon Blanc. Although Dom Pérignon and Hennessy are part of LVMH, never have they partnered for a tasting, and guests were privileged to experience this unexpected pairing surprise. On the nose, the Dom Pérignon delighted with aromas of almond and powdered cocoa that swelled into white fruit with hints of dried flowers. Classic toasted notes give a rounded finish. On the palate, it instantly traced an astoundingly fine line between density and weightlessness. Its precision is extreme, tactile, dark, and chiseled. The full taste lingered with the utmost elegance on a sappy, spicy note. The third course of delectable ricotta and baby spinach tortellini was accompanied with a rare Dom Pérignon Rose. The intensely flavoured Champagne displayed lush tropical fruit, berry and citrus aromas and a wondrous selection to finish the meal.
After the meal, guests mingled and reconvened in the salon, where Jean Baptiste Rivail engaged everyone in a Fusil ritual of the highest price cognac ($4,680) presented that evening, the Hennessy Richard. The Hennessy Richard is truly a unique cognac embodying 250 years of history, talent, knowledge, and expertise. It has a beautiful amber colour, deep and warm, and the aroma fills the nose with delicate nuances of flowers, mixed spices, nutmeg, and blanched fennel. The power and depth of the aroma are echoed in the mouth, where spices, notably pepper, play a key supporting role. Then the structure takes shape as leather notes gather, alongside nuts and candied fruits. As the mignardises made its rounds, guests relaxed and reflected on the special event they had experienced, and discussed the breathtaking cognac’s they had enjoyed over the course of the evening. Source: HLM Magazine Photography by Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group
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Gourmet | 美食
Kiriri Kaseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese cuisine. It refers to the collections of skills & techniques. 懷石料理,一種傳統的日本複合式料理,是技術與技巧的美麗邂逅。 First glance of this wonderful course. It is really amazing with its value and presentation. The bowl on the upper left corner is a three layer container, shaped as gourd. 當餐品端上面前的那一刻,實在很難不被眼前的呈現感到震撼。尤其左上角那個是三層堆疊起如葫蘆班形狀的承具。 Kaseki definitely is a great lunch choice. The course includes Sashimi, Clear Soup (sake clam soup*), Appetizer, Sunomono, Kobachi, Grilled Fish, Deep Fried or Simmered Dish, Sushi, Pickles, Sweets.  It is really hard to decide on what goes for my first bite. Everything really opens up my appetizer and stimulate my palate like I am in heaven. 這套懷石料理是非常超值的午餐首選。料理本身包含了刺身、清酒蛤蠣清湯、前菜、醃漬菜、烤魚、油炸或煨的小點、壽司,醬菜和甜品 A yummy small taro with vegetable and light meat sauce. 美味綿密的小芋頭與少了醬色清淡版的台式肉燥。 A BBQ light miso marinated fish with white radish mud and lemon to naturalize the fish oily and add a little fresh aroma. 味增鹽烤魚,搭配去油膩增加芬香的白蘿蔔泥與檸檬。 Sashimi offered by Kiriri is one of neatest piece I ever had. The edge of every sashimi piece were trimmed by chef’s excellent knife skill during the preparation. 值得一提,Kiriri的每片刺身都經過廚師高超的刀工處理。尤其原本四方的刺身,每個角街是圓潤的圓弧形。 Specialty sushi designed by chef of Kiriri Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar. Kiriri的廚師巧思與創意壽司。 Lucky to have a chance to taste this art piece. Delegate course with fish rod, mango, tuna fish, avocado and fish rice. Side with seaweed and Japanese ginger. This dish will be modified depending on the season and chef choice. 很幸運我嚐到了這份如法式料理的主菜。這倒是結合鮪魚、魚子、牛油果、芒果與刺身飯的圓舞曲。旁邊還有生薑與海帶絲一起品用。這道主餐會因為季節與廚師的決定而有所變動。 Sesame Crème Brûlée topping with mix fresh fruits. Certainly is a best finish for completed this spectacular Kiriri Kaiseki set. 甜品是黑芝麻焦糖布丁,上面鋪滿了新鮮的水果。為這懷石料理畫下一個劃下一個暫時的休止符。 This unbelievable meal course only cost me $23 CAD during the lunch time. It is definitely is a treasure for VanCity who is interested to taste out true Japanese fine dining. 這套難以置信的午餐供應美味只要$23加幣。絕對是溫哥華一大福音。對正宗日餐有興趣的朋友值得一探究竟。 Kiriri is a simple Japanese Restaurant hided in Richmond, located at Blundell Rd + Garden City (Westside); right next to the post office. There isn’t any extra, including pictures on the menu, fancy interior or decor, They only focus on quality, devoted their time on the food and service. Kiriri是一家隱藏在Richmond的一家日料餐廳。位於Blundell + Garden City (Westside),郵局的旁邊。沒有任何的多餘,菜單上沒有圖片、店內沒有任何複雜的裝潢或設計。有的是廚師的匠人堅持與付出。一心一意只為了做出最美味的料理。 Not only fine delicious cuisine can be enjoyed here, experiencing the true Japanese profession is a magnificent joy. I love this restaurant so much because I always feel this unexplainable happiness after dining there. They made me understanding a abstract meaning of chef’s love and effort; an exaggerated description only exist in manga and TV drama. This restaurant truly in no1 place inside my heart. 除了美味外,這是一家可以在海外溫哥華真切體驗到日本料理的精隨與心意。每次將食材送進口中,咀嚼與品味的同時,心中總是油然升起一種滿滿的幸福感。那種總是在電視劇中,所謂的抽象又誇大的廚師用心,又或者漫畫中那種閃光乍現亮瞎眼、龍騰飛舞地形容,我真真實實的可以在這家餐廳內感受得到。我心中第一餐廳的位置,非Kiriri莫屬。   Photography: Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Writing: Kuna Lu
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Fashion | 時尚

SHINE! 2016 | The Essential Designer List

On September 10th,  2016 An all-star cast of 200+ volunteer models, dancers, actors and musicians — sponsored by volunteer local fashion designers, top hair stylists and make-up artists — created an avant garde themed extravaganza on the runway, all in support of mental illness & those living with addictions. Over 900 guests came out to support and enjoy an unforgettable evening of fashion, fun and entertainment for the inaugural year of SHINE! 

SHINE! 2016 was a huge success!!  I was so proud and honored to be on the team this year as the Official Fashion & Lifestyle Correspondent.  I had so much fun conducting interviews leading up to the event, and building the social media buzz! Thank you so much to Dean Thullner for creating such an imaginative event which was a fabulous way to give back, with communities helping communities. I also want to tip my hat off to the whole team & participants for their hard work and organization! I sat down post-SHINE with the Lead Stylist, the incomparable Miss Dani Barnes | House Of Barnes, who gave me a few of her Lead Stylist notes on each of the 14 Fashion Designers who showcased their talents at SHINE! 2016. I can’t wait until next year, and I am still feeling the afterglow!

Still gagging over the eleganza that was SHINE! 2016? Want to look up some of the amazing designers? Here’s our Essential List! – Justin Voitic 

Take it away Dani ‘House of Barnes’! 

Tracy Cole // Volume Studio

It was an honor to see Tracy’s extreme imagination come forth in this collection. I love when designers produce lines that have a little bit of everything in them. From a full length tassel onesie to suiting for dapper ladies. My eye is on that black vest with the glitter smiley face…Loved it!!

Doris Granados // Salon Origins

A Blanche Macdonald grad with some seriously unique style! Who knew quilted pants were a thing…now we know. Doris is a genius, starting with a color pallet that strikes me as unusual (red and lime green) then somehow pulling the whole concept together like it was a classic pan-tone set. Delicious.

House Gallery Boutique // Brush

The black and white striped lady boss jacket saves my life just by existing. April Peters is a woman who has inspired me for years! Her designs are other worldly, absolute top quality and wearing anything of hers makes one not only feel like, but become royalty.

Carolyn Bruce Designs – Steampunk Jewelry // Stratosphere

Layer upon layer upon layer of goth godliness and glamour. I LOVE wearing anything by Carolyn. She has an eye for ‘more is more’ that only a decadent exhibitionist can truly appreciate. A vial of blood here, a giant bat face on a 12 foot cape there, a casual light-up 8-piece elephant jewelry set over there….Yes. Please.

Oculto Masks // Volume Studio

“Just make sure not to touch the razor mask. It is truly beautiful but they are real razors and you will totally cut yourself” says one of the models at rehearsal about one of Shay’s masks. I think this nicely sums up the collection- beauty with a bite that you’ll have to touch to verify you’re not dreaming!

Faye Tality // High Fidelity

Charlene has more talent then we know what to do with! I’m OBSESSED with the cream brocade coat with 3 foot long tail trains. I’ve never seen anything like it?! It’s a royal wedding for Tim Burton friends and I can’t decide whether I would want to be the bride or the groom. Keep your eyes on this one!

Lindsey Kapitzke // Sugar Skull

The rainbow sequin, red silk lined jacket was one of the first pieces I saw after being brought onto team Shine in May. She’s a Calgary designer and I knew we had to get those garments shipped in!! Well yes it was even more exquisite in person- our second Blanche Graduate designer who is going to make a big name for herself in this industry!

Beauty By Impairment // Queens

Karin is an absolute DOLL with devotion to glitter and opulent fabrics. Fashions fit for a queen? Had to say it. :p But really, stunning custom creations that make you want to dance and strut and show off and celebrate….how much better does it get? I need one of the tie waist, could be turned into a cape in a minute, skirts right now.

Sunny’s Bridal // Sukis

Head to toe couture. I was living my Indian princess fairy tale dream in their showroom but seeing the gowns live on their gorgeous models was the real spectacle. Some of their capes had to be lifted with both hands thanks to the meticulously hand-beaded fabrics. How do you pick a favorite color from a glitter covered rainbow?

Shiverz // Head Space

DISCO MERMAID, FACE MIRROR CLAW, FLORAL MESH BUTTERFLY SHOULDER, LIGHT UP ROSE BUM. A runway collection does not get more elaborate then this. I knew I could count on Shiverz to serve us ‘never been seen before’ realness and inspire me to get farther outside the box with my own designs.

Nikki Rose // Craft

I want to ask Nikki Rose for an estimate of how many jewels she used to cover her entire collection and if she would turn me into the glittery ecstasy animal of my dreams for a show sometime. This one has a fiery passion for her creations, explosive perfection and haute couture combine to produce a line that continues to top itself!

Lace Embrace // The Lounge

A guru in her industry and a world famous collector- Melanie’s creations for Lace Embrace make people’s dreams come true on the daily. It is fascinating to watch someone turn a classic corset into thousands of different designs, always something new, making sure you think ‘what is she going to do next?’ Movie star goddess magic was delivered this time!

Boo La La // IN Salon

Boo La La continues to command FUN everywhere they show up. It was a pleasure to style 10 gorgeous men from sexy to outrageous to technically perfect ballet dancers. Mantra at the Boo is ‘Life’s More Fun In Costume’ and I think each model embodied this perfectly on the Shine runway!

Kappler // IS Salon

Jennifer is a perfectionist and you can see the culmination of her efforts in gowns worthy of Marie Antoinette and her companions. How did we manage with an 8 foot cage skirt back stage you will never know, but it’s seriously a blessing to watch someone with that level of dedication bringing forth a pastel rainbow of her soul in fabric form. And you gotta love a quick change! Off with the skirts, on with the shorty shorts, what a perfect grande finale to the SHINE fashion show. Lead Stylist Notes / Commentary by Dani ‘House of Barnes’ Intro by Justin Voitic Photography by Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Source: HUSH Magazine
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Event | 紀實, Fashion | 時尚

Diner en Blanc – Vancouver | 5th Anniversary

On Thursday August 18th 2016, those invited to join Vancouver’s Diner en Blanc celebrated it’s 5th anniversary in such a glamorous way. The largest one yet, totalling over 6000 people with 2000 more than previous years. One third of the stylish attendees were Le Diner en Blanc first time participants, joining the veterans as we all enjoyed a magical evening together! I (Justin Voitic) attended with my fave photographer Kuna Photography Group and were impressed as always not only by the effort those had put into their elegant all white looks, but by the extravagance of the table displays created but attendees who set up their own tables, linens and decorations as they dine al fresco. The Vancouver Circus School is always a stand out with their talented contortionists who showed off their gymnastic strength in these photos, sprayed in beautiful white and silver body paint and shimmery makeup artistry to suit the event. Crystal Carson the Style Director was a whimsical vision in white with a lace bustle, LED lights which took the dress day to night, an amazing fascinator and jewelry by the iconic Carolyn Bruce who creates incredible Steam-Punk jewelry. Our friends at Moet & Chandon hooked me up with a limited edition fan, which I had fun flapping as I felt it went well with my white feather plumed top hat and pearls which Dani Barnes had picked out for me. Thanks to Craig and the team inside the Media lounge for making our experience to entertaining, inside the Concord Pacific building which was air-conditioned and a nice breather to regroup as we sipped on delicious Rose before heading out again to continue our coverage. The climax was the memorable tradition of lighting the night aglow with sparklers, as everyone soaked up the experience and celebrated with new and old friends while Juno nominated band The Lost Fingers serenaded us to cap off the 5th year of Le Diner en Blanc- Vancouver We then head over to the after party to continue to dance the night away, as always we couldn’t shake off the afterglow of a blissful and unforgettable evening. Shoutout to The Social Concierge & Camber Communications for inviting us and rocking the event increasingly every year! See you next time, All images by Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Article by Justin Voitic Source: HUSH Magazine
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Event | 紀實, Fashion | 時尚

The 8th Annual Deighton Cup 2016 | Off to the Races!

photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography On Saturday, July 16th 2016 Kuna Photography & Justin Voitic covered the 8th annual Deighton Cup 2016 for HUSH Magazine. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography We had a rousing time as all the hottest Vancouver fashionistas gathered at the Hastings Racetrack for a good old fashioned day at the races. The sweet smell of cigar smoke was in the air, you could hear the sound of champagne bottles popping amidst laughter and great conversations. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography This event was filled with stylish and sexy individuals! The men were fine in their best dapper derby inspired looks. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography The women were also dressed to the nines, and I think I saw some of the largest and most ornate fascinators to date this year as everyone went all out on their looks! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography We saw excited bidders waving their tickets and shouting for the horse they had placed their bets on as the horses raced around the tracks with impressive speed. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography It’s always a pleasure to see the owner of The Optical Boutique (who recently fitted Kuna with some stylish new frames which I was coveting that day) Sue Randhawa – this woman is not only a dear friend and a sweet soul but she is a style icon who we are fortunate to have with us here in Vancouver. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Sue was one of the judges of the Deighton Cup Style Stakes Awards, which we enjoyed watching this year. Stephanie Zen who attended with us and myself also self-nominated ourselves which was a new feature this year. Stephanie was rocking a baby blue number with a matching Hermes Kelly bag which gave me life! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Kudos to Crystal Carson, the Style Director of the Deighton Cup who really did a fab job teaching everyone the fashion etiquette and history of the event with her fun posts and news appearances leading up to this year’s cup. It looks like everyone took note as the crowd was looking extra chic this year! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography To make things fair, Crystal Carson pulled self nominated fashionistas up on stage at random by drawing ballots. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography One of our lovely friends Dominique Hanke was called up on stage, and I was obsessing over her hat which she crafted beautifully. The legendary Liz Bell did the final judging and the best dressed man and woman were awarded each $500 for the Style Stakes Awards. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography I pulled my outfit together last minute out of my closet using clothes I had purchased with my personal shopper who you should all go visit at Topman, Mr. Nano Clow. I was rocking accessories pulled from the company I work for, LXR&CO also located in Hudson’s Bay. Specializing in vintage luxury we just moved our location upstairs to the Main Floor in handbags. From LXR&CO at this event I was wearing Tom Ford glasses, a damier ebene Louis Vuitton briefcase, and a Balenciaga clutch wallet. You can purchase all three for under $2000 which is an excellent value. I always love to rock eco-fashion looks so I paired my pre-loved LXR&CO luxury swag with a vintage fox fur that I had thrifted. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography After the winners were announced, the music kicked back in and the party really started to pick up as the sun came out and we made our way to enjoy the complimentary meals, which were delicious! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Extra thanks to our friends at Veuve Clicquot for having us in your private booth and popping some of your delicious bubbles with us! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography With over 4000 attendees this year, The Deighton Cup is just getting bigger and more amazing each year, also more fierce as everyone really does go all out which is nice to see in Vancouver! Props to Camber Communications for doing a fabulous job, and it was so great to see everyone. See you all next at Diner en Blanc, Vancouver!!! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Article by Justin Voitic Photos by Kuna Photography Source: HUSH Magazine
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Fashion | 時尚

RED – A Celebration of Colour, Couture, Community and Caring

On Friday night, I donned a red skirt and attended RED – A Celebration of Colour, Couture, Community and Caring at the Commodore Ballroom. RED was presented by The Positive Living Society of British Columbia, and was a fabulous & fun event in support of people living with HIV.
Dani Barnes of House of Barnes & Boo La La Costumes was looking FLAWLESS! As Western Canada’s largest AIDS service organization, Positive Living BC provides peer-based wellness programs to over 5,700 people living with HIV in British Columbia. With such a great turnout and a sold out crowd, monies raised at RED will sustain programs that help foster health and well being. April Peter’s designs were beautifully romantic and a definite highlight of the evening! Over 100 artists in the Vancouver arts community collaborated to bring us the shows we enjoyed Friday night at the event. There was a truly positive vibe in the air, and we all had a lot of fun as we showed our support. It was wonderful to see so many talented and familiar faces come out and show solidarity towards the Positive Living Society of BC. I was dressed by the creative Dani Barnes of House of Barnes and Boo La La Costumes, who put me in a gender-bending RED number that fit perfectly with the event. She paired my look with an extreme Carolyn Bruce steampunk statement necklace which we lovingly nicknamed “Don’t Touch The Boobs” My makeup was done by the Dior team at Hudson’s Bay downtown. I was feeling myself like the emoji of the spanish lady rocking the red dress. I was getting hit on by some handsome lesbians in dapper suits while having the time of my life! After the VIP Reception which included complimentary bubbles and delicious donut bites passed around by the beautiful Ron Wear and Alexia Fairbrother, we mingled with some of Vancouver’s hottest fashionistas. Kuna & I made the rounds and stopped by a raffle game which was presented by the always wonderful “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” including two of their newest “Postulants” who hope to be inducted into the sisterhood, which always gives back to the LGBT community. Dean Thullner, the Event Producer did a fantastic job of the evening, which went off without a hitch. The host of the evening was Steven Schelling, and we were moved by Valerie Nicholson’s speech, the Chair of The Positive Living Society of BC who was met with a standing ovation. After the Live Auction put on by David C. Jones, it was time to enjoy the theatrical fashion shows of the evening! The RED Runway show was underway, with a theme which shows us the experience of two people living with HIV interpreted through fashion, music and live performance. The standout Fashion Shows that gave me life were “Male Trade & Female Trade” by Dani Barnes & Boo La La Costumes, which was a super fun romp through different styles of uniform and had the crowd clapping, laughing and smiling. “CEOS” was local eco fashion favourite Nicole Bridger‘s all business collection. “Corporate Ho’s” was also different styles of business attire beautifully tailored by local fashion designer Connally McDougall. “Chicks” was S&M and bondage inspired and was an edgy collection of the different seasons of designer Evan Clayton’s work. Carlotta Gurl and Brent Ray Fraser made quite an impression on the crowd as they rocked every inch of the stage during the shows giving us the performance value. After the show which was musically produced by one of my faves DJ Skylar Love, we rocked out to a set by the hunky DJ Adam Dreaddy who also never disappoints! All in all, fun was had and money was raised for an excellent cause. From the looks on everyone’s faces, we all had a wonderful evening. Thanks again for having us! Until next time, writer/ Justin Voitic and Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group here  – signing out. Source: HUSH Magazine
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