American Visionary Arts Museum Dazzles Baltimore

American Visionary Arts Museum Dazzles Baltimore

The weekend before Valentine’s Day found us in Baltimore, Maryland, my wife Therese’s native city, celebrating the holiday a little early and spending time with our friend Faith, who lives just outside of Baltimore.  It all began with a visit to the American Visionary Art Museum, a haven for so-called “outsider art,” art created by artists either untrained or trained outside of academia.

Upon entering the round main museum building, you encounter a ramp, whose inner wall is covered with some art related to one of the museum’s current special exhibits, Yummm! The History, Fantasy and Future of Food.  On this rounded wall where collections of two different groupings of art, metal lunch boxes held by plastic hands, and displays of some of Frank Warren‘s PostSecret collection.  The latter are postcards that are anonymously sent to Mr. Warren that contain very personal information, which are first posted on the PostSecret website and then periodically published in book form.  Here, the postcards selected all have food-related messages, like the postcard of Vincent Van Gogh’s Potato Eaters painting to which the sender has attached the message “I wish I had appreciated our family dinners.” These postcards evoke a number of emotional responses, expressing humor, irony and sarcasm – and occasionally, they cut very deep.

OK, a little tmi.  As in, before we moved on to the rest of the museum’s collection, I needed to pay a visit to the rest room.  But even this became an opportunity to encounter an unexpected part of the museum’s offerings, as I saw, directly opposite the downstairs rest rooms, Robert Benson’s Flatulence Post.  Visitors are encouraged to press the button on the post, releasing a nice juicy disgusting fart noise.  There is also copious amounts of pieces surrounding the post, riffing on the theme.  I found it a lot of fun, but what can I say, I am a boy!

Before exploring the first floor of the museum, my eyes were pulled upward.  Hanging from the ceiling in the museum’s central atrium is Andrew Logan’s Black Icarus, ever spinning.

Andrew Logan’s Black Icarus

Once we entered the first gallery of art on the first floor, probably the initial selection to catch my attention was a bunch of paintings by Turkish-American artist Sermet Aslan.  I was excited to learn that Mr. Aslan is also a restaurateur with restaurants in the Charleston, South Carolina area – next time we are in Charleston, we will have to check out one of his eateries.

On the second floor, one side of the floor (one half of a large circle, perhaps) is devoted to the museum’s permanent collection (or at least slightly less temporary?), including the works of Ted Gordon.  His faces covered with swirling lines remind me of the Spirograph game that we enjoyed when we were kids.

On the other side of the floor was a lot more of the museum’s special exhibit Yummm!  There was a series of short films being shown in a loop, one of which was about Gil Batle, an artist who discovered his talents while serving a prison sentence for drug possession.  His main material, ostrich eggs which he carves, is quite incredible, and the scenes on his eggs, evoking the horrors of prison existence, are at the same time quite beautiful and rather disturbing.

On the third floor, in a corner near the windows, I encountered a piece that I really found fascinating.  Leo Sewell’s Stegosaurus is made out of found objects, including license plates, typewriter cases and many other things which have all been stitched together.  The delight for me was in seeing the dinosaur that Sewell has created, but also looking closer to see the individual things that the artist has used.

Leo Sewell’s Stegosaurus

In the main gallery on the third floor is another of the museum’s special exhibits, the art of Matt Sesow entitled Shock and Awe.  Mr. Sesow had a devastating accident as a child, where part of his arm was severed when he unsuspectingly ran onto a runway and a small airplane ran into him and dragged him for a great distance.  His art (he humorously began painting to impress a young lady) confronts that early transformative experience and uses many symbols to make sense of history – his own history and that of the greater world.

The style Mr. Sesow has adopted in his art – rough, colorful, with perhaps primitive child-like images – has been described as “art brut,” the term that artist Jean Dubuffet coined to describe the kind of “low art” or outsider art that the museum champions.  As with all the artists whose works fill the museum, Mr. Sesow displays a commitment to finding his own particular way of expressing himself, in a cohesive style and using images that are repeated and adapted to meet the subjects of his various paintings.

The other side of the third floor contains the museum’s restaurant, Encantada.  As usual, as I looked at the menu, contemplating what to eat for lunch, I pondered the dairy free options.  Seeing that there were several vegan options, I decided to go that way.  I started with poached turnips that have been arranged to imitate deviled eggs, and then for my main course I had a sandwich using seitan to imitate chicken.  Both were enjoyable, although the sandwich was a bit dry.

As we finished our main courses and entertained the idea of dessert, our server mentioned that they had a vegan chocolate cake, so of course I had to try that.  Dense, rich, chocolatey goodness – a wonderful way to finish off the meal.

We had used most of the day at the AVAM, but we thought we would finish up the afternoon with a short visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art (which I had never visited).  Since we literally only had an hour to spare there (a website I had consulted said it was open until 6pm on Saturdays, when in reality it closes at 5pm), we focused on a couple of areas of the museum.  First, I wanted to see the exhibit of Guerrilla Girl art, pieces that are political statements on the sorry state of inclusion of women artists in the art marketplace and museums.

After checking that out, we explored the museum’s contemporary wing, which included some Matisse paintings I had never seen before.  The rich colors in, for example, his painting “the Purple Robe and Anemones” are quite fascinating.

We had a wonderful day with Faith.  I was so thrilled to introduce her, as a Baltimore area resident, to the AVAM, which she had never been to before, and in turn to visit a new museum for me, furthering my experience of the city where my darling Therese grew up.

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Mini Coconut Layer Cake Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Mini Coconut Layer Cake Vegan Buttercream Frosting

When Therese’s birthday came around last October, she started talking about how she wanted me to make her a coconut cake.  It took me a while to find the time (and ingredients) to do so, but what I came up with was pretty successful.  I used a recipe from Tyler Florence on the Food Network website, with a little bit of adjustment.

First of all, since I was making a smaller cake, using my Wilton 5-Layer Cake Pan Set, I cut the recipe pretty much in half.  And I didn’t do the whole soaking in rum bit.  For the frosting, I used my favorite vegan ingredient, Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured VeganButter, which you have heard me talk about before.  I have used it to great effect for making pastry crust for pies and tarts, and I was curious to see what sort of buttercream frosting it would make.

Well, the thing to keep in mind is that Miyoko’s VeganButter is very sensitive to heat.  That is, it softens very very quickly.  So leaving it out to come to room temperature meant that when I was ready to make the frosting, the butter was almost liquid.  Which made frosting the cake difficult – but I did my best.  When I make this recipe again, or another cake recipe with buttercream frosting, I will just take out the VeganButter just before I need it (10 minutes at the most), knowing now that the heat of the mixer will probably be enough to get it creamy and smooth.

Coconut Cake with Frosting Just Added

While it did not look terribly attractive, it tasted wonderful.  One other thing I changed was regarding the coconut.  In the recipe, they have you toast the coconut and only press it into the sides of the cake.  I did not toast my coconut (toasting coconut is tricky, like toasting pine nuts – if you wait until you see some color, by the time you take it out of the pan, it has burned), and I mixed some into the frosting, as well as pressing some into the surface of the cake all around.

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Boston Freedom Trail Exploring Framed by MFA and Gardner Museum

Boston Freedom Trail Exploring Framed by MFA and Gardner Museum

When Therese had to go to Boston for work recently, she invited me to come along.  She explained that for part of the time I would be on my own, but we would also have time to visit a museum or two together.  So I put together a rough and ready itinerary where we could visit the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday afternoon when we arrived in Boston, then I would have dinner on my own. On Thursday morning I would explore the Freedom Trail, and at lunchtime we would re-connect and go to the Gardner Museum before heading home on a late afternoon train.


Our Wednesday morning Amtrak train got us to Boston mid-day (we ate lunch on the train), and we immediately taxied over to the museum (which has a coat check room where we were able to leave our luggage as well as our coats).  I did not have a very ambitious agenda for the museum – I thought we would make our way through the galleries of the second floor, eventually arriving at the gallery 252, reputed to be one of the best collections of the paintings of Impressionist artist Claude Monet (my favorite from this visit was definitely his portrait of his wife in Japanese dress, called “La Japonaise“).  Along the way, we saw lots of other wonderful things – lots of American art and furniture, ceramics (some very whimsical), and paintings we didn’t know existed.

In this last category I would definitely place “The Triumph of the Winter Queen” by Gerrit van Honthorst.  The Winter Queen was the title given to Elizabeth Stuart, who was only Queen of Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic) for one winter (the details are complicated, so I encourage you, if you want to know more, to click on the hyperlink of her name).  The painting includes her whole family – all her children, as well as her deceased husband and his brother.  We spent a good deal of time sorting out who was whom and taking in the whole spectacle.

We concluded our time at the museum with beverages at the Taste Cafe.  From there, we Ubered to the Ames Hotel to check in.  It was at this point that Therese and I went our separate ways – she to her dinner with her clients/work colleagues, me to my bachelor evening.  Don’t get too excited – I just walked over to my dinner restaurant, Crudo, had some food, and walked back to the hotel.

Crudo is an Asian fusion sort of restaurant, apparently very popular with the younger crowd in Boston (I was easily the oldest person in the restaurant, I believe).  I had some sushi and some appealing grilled appetizers – octopus with a citrus glaze and grilled pork belly.

The next morning, Therese was off early to attend morning meetings, so I had breakfast solo in the hotel’s executive lounge (part of the perks of being Hilton Diamond members).  From there, I headed out for my morning on the Freedom Trail.

My first stop was decidedly un-freedom-ish.  I had read that Equal Exchange Cafe sells some vegan baked goods, so I thought I would pick up some for snacks for the ride home later in the day.  They didn’t have much, but I bought what they did have: a cranberry muffin and cranberry nut rolls.  I was surprised to discover that the home of the Boston Celtics, TD Garden, was just across the way from the cafe.

Stocked up on snacks, I pulled out my phone and got Google maps going to tell me how to get to the famous Old North Church.  Little did I realize that along the way, I would pass one of Boston’s oldest cemeteries, Copp’s Hill Burial Ground.  I spent about a quarter of an hour exploring the many 18th century (and some 17th century) gravestones.

Down the block from the burial ground is Old North Church, which features so prominently in the legend of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.  The details of what really happened on the night of April 18, 1775 are a little different than the legend, but the important thing for me was seeing this beautiful historic church with its many pews and the nameplates of the people who owned them, some of which are very colorful (it’s hard to beat “William Increase Rideout Gatchett”, don’t you think?).

The gift shop adjoining the church is also an interesting building, with its stone lions framing the entrance.

Circling around the church and heading southeast, I passed by the church’s Memorial Garden, which pays tribute to American service-people who have died in the recent Middle East wars.

From there, stretching out in front of you is the Paul Revere Mall, with the famous statue of Paul Revere riding his horse at the far end of it.  I had to pause and take the iconic photo of the statue with Old North Church in the background.

Classic Photo of Paul Revere Statue and Old North Church

But looking in the other direction is very appealing as well, since beyond the Revere statue is beautiful St. Stephens Church.  This church is the last remaining Boston church designed by architect Charles Bulfinch, and it definitely has a style all its own.

It was back to Google maps for me again, but my next destination was not far – the Paul Revere House.  Yes, my friends, I was doing the total touristy thing that morning.

I am glad I visited the Revere house.  Seeing the furnishings inside, all of which are of the period that Revere and his large family lived there (that is, the late 18th and early 19th century) and many of which actually belonged to the family, is very cool.

Having completed my tour of this house and getting a glimpse of the nearby Pierce Hichborn House (an early Georgian house on the same property which unfortunately can only be visited by afternoon tours), I saw that my time for exploring was running out.  But luckily, my walk back to the hotel to meet Therese would take me past two more Boston monuments, Faneuil Hall and the Sam Adams Statue.

Faneuil Hall

There was a huge line of people outside the former – I never did find out what the event was that they were all waiting to get in for.  I know that Faneuil Hall has a museum as well as numerous shops inside it.  One of these days when we are in Boston for more than a couple days, maybe we will do some shopping and exploring here.

Sam Adams Statue

Most people nowadays when they hear Sam Adams name think of the beer, but I still think of the Sam Adams we heard about in history class, the second cousin to President John Adams who was one of our Founding Fathers.

In another few minutes, I was back at the Ames Hotel to meet Therese.  While a lovely building, this hotel didn’t strike us as being exceptional.  Other Hilton properties in their “curio collection” have definitely impressed us much more, like the Providence Biltmore we stayed in last November.

Anyway, once Therese arrived, we jumped in a cab and headed to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Once again, we checked our luggage (again), and headed to their restaurant, Cafe G, for lunch.

Cafe G’s menu changes seasonally, and I found a number of options that sounded really good to me.  I went with a lamb chop for my appetizer, maybe the best lamb chop I have ever eaten, and then a salmon entree.  Very good lunch.

The good news at the Gardner Museum is that they have changed their policy on photography.  Previously, you were only allowed to take photographs in the museum of their center atrium; but now, you can take photographs everywhere (without flash, of course)!  So I had to capture some of my favorite piece to share with you, like the ceiling by Paolo Veronese and the Lamentation of Christ by Giovanni della Robbia.

We spent a couple wonderful afternoon hours at the Gardner Museum, and then it was time to think about heading train station-ward.  But along the way, we made a stop at Jacob Wirth to pick up some German sausages to serve as our supper on the train.  Sitting on our somewhat comfortable Amtrak seats, munching on weisswurst with brown mustard, I had to say that, while short, this not quite two day visit to Boston had been a lot of fun.

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Schnippers Supplies Post AMC Empire Twenty Five Movie Lunch

Schnippers Supplies Post AMC Empire Twenty Five Movie Lunch

There are those days when most of us would love to play hooky, to take a break from our regular hum-drum lives and have a little fun.  Therese and I recently got into the habit of doing just this – of taking off Monday afternoon, right at the beginning of the work week, to go to an early movie and then have a late lunch.  With the AMC Empire 25 movie complex not far from where we live, it is the natural place for us to see a good movie, and with Schnippers just a block south of the movie theater on Eighth Avenue, we thought that might be a good spot for lunch.

In the base of the new NY Times Building, Schnippers has a large brightly-lit dining room and a rather appealing menu of sandwiches and accessories.  I had a fish sandwich with fries that was very tasty.  The prices, we thought, are a bit high there for what they are selling.  But it is a very touristy area, so perhaps things are priced high accordingly.  As for the service, considering there were not many customers in the restaurant for lunch, and there seemed to be a bunch of people working there, it seemed strangely hard to get help (as I recall, I was trying to get some mayo for my fries, and it took quite a while to get it).  Luckily, there was one woman working there that day who seemed to be the one person who was attentive to the customers and eager to help.  Probably the most original and therefore slightly interesting thing in the joint was the napkins which have a connect the dot which, when connected, turns out to be the ubiquitous At Symbol.

Next time we decide to play hooky, we will probably pick somewhere else for our post-movie lunch.  There are certainly lots of restaurants in the area to pick from – the base of the Times building itself has several.

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Peaceful Provisions Headlines Pine Box Rock Shop Vegan Shopup

Peaceful Provisions Headlines Pine Box Rock Shop Vegan Shop-up

I am always ecstatic to learn about new sources of good quality scrumptious vegan baked goods.  So when my brother Chris told me about Peaceful Provisions, a floating bakery that shows up at various events in Brooklyn, I was very excited.  The regular event and venue where he had encountered them was not to be repeated for a while, but in the meantime, I found out that Peaceful Provisions would be showing up at the Vegan Shop-up event at Pine Box Rock Shop.  Being not far from where my daughter lived at the time, in Bushwick Brooklyn, the two of us decided to meet up there and check out the vegan sweets.

Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick Brooklyn

That day was one of the few we have had this year that actually acted like winter – there was snow on the ground and it was quite cold.  I was interested to see the painting on a nearby building decorating Swallow Cafe – the area is pretty gritty looking with lots of old brick buildings, but is definitely enlivened by the businesses that have moved in like Pine Box Rock Shop.

Swallow Cafe in Bushwick

And did I mention that Pine Box is a tavern that has live music and also sells vegan snacks to go with their artisanal microbrew beers?  Yes, that’s right – rock music, beer, vegan snacks.

When we walked in, Peaceful Provisions was setting up just inside the door.  So while we waited for them to unfurl their chocolates and brownies, we explored deeper into the pub.  They have a large room in the rear where I would imagine their musical acts set up, and on this day there were several vendors who had set up tables back there.  Included was Riverdel Cheese Shop, who had a table with a panini press on it, offering samples of their excellent vegan cheeses on one end of the table, and selling hot sandwiches at the other end made with vegan cheese.  It was great to catch up with Michaela, Riverdel’s owner, and my daughter bought a sandwich for her lunch.

Further in the back, I met Sarah Feoli, the owner and maker of Rescue Chocolates.  I have bought a couple of the varieties of this brand at Riverdel in the past, but it was great, on the one hand to meet Sarah, and on the other hand to have the chance to sample every one of the varieties of chocolates they sell.

Of the ten different chocolate bars Rescue offers, I bought three: the Cookies n’ Cream (which I have had before) and two new ones for me, Fakin’ Bacon and Peanut Butter Pit Bull.  As may be pretty obvious, Sarah is passionately committed not only to the mission of creating excellent vegan chocolates but also to rescuing unfortunate animals (her business supports various animal rescue organizations).  She is delightful, and her products are first-rate – as a chocolate-lover who does not care for bitter dark chocolate, I am thrilled by her chocolate bars which balance the strength of the chocolate with other classic candy ingredients like peanut butter (other bars I didn’t buy that day have great ingredients like mint and figs).

After speaking with Sarah, I noticed that Peaceful Provisions was ready to go.  I bought a mixed selection of their offerings – I would guess I took home maybe a third of what they were selling that day, a mix of brownies and pie and chocolates.  I was so thrilled to be taking these home, and enjoyed them over the course of the following week.  Next time I find them, I will do a more in-depth write up of the individual offerings.  Rest assured there wasn’t a dud in the bunch, and I have to thank my brother once again for turning me on to the existence of this incredible purveyor of vegan sweets!

Peaceful Provisions Takeaway

By the way, if you are wondering how to find Peaceful Provisions, if you sign up with them on their website, they will email you notices to let you know when and where they will be selling their awesome desserts.  Or you can check the Vegan Shop-up site to see when they will next be showing up at Pine Box Rock Shop (upcoming dates include this Saturday, March 11th, as well as April 15, May 13 and June 10).

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Dairy Free Viennese Apple Strudel Brings Many Smiles

Dairy Free Viennese Apple Strudel Brings Many Smiles

I love baking, and so I am always looking for new things to try my baking hand at.  Recently, it became clear to us that I had yet to try any recipes from the cookbook I bought when we were in Vienna, Austria, two summers ago.  I was already thinking of making some dairy free apple strudel, and was happy to find a recipe for this iconic Austrian pastry.

Viennese Cuisine by Renate Wagner-Wittula

We had bought Viennese Cuisine at the curiously titled Babette’s Cookbook and Spice Store, not far from Vienna’s Simply Raw Bakery (an awesome bakery of mostly vegan pastries).  If you look close below you can make out the entire recipe, with my notes converting metric measurements to our system of ounces and Fahrenheit degrees.

Apple Strudel Recipe

It does not take much to make this recipe dairy free.  First of all, there is no butter in the pastry – just a bit of oil.  Second, you are meant to brush the completed strudel with butter before baking it, but you could use egg wash or oil – or like me you could use some vegan butter (I love Miyoko’s VeganButter, so I melted that in the microwave and brushed it over my strudel).  That is all designed to crisp up the pastry on the top, but if you like your pastry softer, you could just leave off brushing the dough with anything.

Now as with many cookbooks, I felt like there was something missing from this recipe.  So I looked up strudel recipes on the Internet – I especially watched Youtube videos on making strudel dough.  And what I saw there was a little intimidating – how you have to stretch out the dough until it is like four times its original size, and so thin you can practically see through it!  Well, I didn’t go that nuts on the whole thing – for one thing, I don’t have a counter large enough to do that, and neither do I have a tea towel big enough to lay out such a huge dough on.  Instead, I stretched it out as far as my counter would allow, maybe double the original size, added the apples (only maybe half of what the recipe called for, by the way), folded it over, and brushed the entire top with egg wash.

Apple Strudel Dough Brushed with VeganButter and Ready for Baking

This recipe calls for 180 to 200 degrees C. which is 350 to 400 Fahrenheit.  That seems like a huge difference in temperature.  I went with a setting of 400 on my convection oven (which the oven immediately knocks down to 375), and I set the timer for 30 minutes (the recipe says 35 to 45), knowing that the convection setting often (but not always) bakes things faster than the recipe indicates.

Of course at around the 20 minute mark, Therese smelled the strudel and it seemed done to her already.  I checked it and it was not browning on top yet, so I thought it needed the full thirty minutes.  I took it out after that thirty, and it looked pretty good to me.

I wanted to let it cool completely, but Therese (the family expert on Germanic food due to her time living there in the 1980s) said better to eat it warm.  I did let my piece cool substantially so I could ladle a couple dollops of So Delicious Cocowhip over it and not have that melt and run off the strudel.

Dairy Free Apple Strudel with So Delicious Cocowhip

I have to say, I think this was a pretty good effort for my first strudel.  Believe me, it did not last long – dessert one night, breakfast the next morning, more dessert that next night and it was history!

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Jury Duty Shanghai Cuisine Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumplings

Jury Duty Shanghai Cuisine Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumplings

After watching Emeril’s show “Eat the World” – specifically, the episode with Mario Batali where they eat soup dumplings in Shanghai, China – I was keen on having some of those soup dumplings myself.  Traditionally called Xiao Long Bao, they are dumplings, usually pork, that have a bit of gelatin in the meat mixture which, when steamed, turns into broth.  So when you bite into the dumpling, you get some soup, which you can sip, or just pop the whole dumpling in your mouth, bite into it, and get a nice mouthful of hot rich broth and meat.  For my Xiao Long Bao experience, I chose Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant on Bayard Street in New York City’s Chinatown.

Why that particular restaurant?  It just happens to be a couple short blocks from the back exit from NY County’s Supreme Court, Criminal Division, which is where I went to serve jury duty.  I only had to serve for one day (yay!) and since it was the coldest day of the year so far, I didn’t want to walk too far on my lunch break.  So when I googled and found out that soup dumplings could be had so close to the courthouse, I was thrilled.

Hot and Sour Soup at Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant

I confess that I probably ordered more food than I needed.  But it felt like a special lunch, so I figured, no big deal.  You see, I got a lunch special PLUS soup dumplings.  Shanghai Cuisine (yes, that’s the name of the restaurant) offers soup dumplings with shrimp or crab, but I went with the old classic, just pork.  But before the dumplings, there was hot and sour soup – along with some cups of hot Chinese green tea, that helped to thaw me very nicely from the winter chill.

Then came the dumplings.  And they were just as good as I hoped they would be.  I tried to exercise the technique I had seen Emeril and Mario practice on the tv show – a little bite of the outer shell to access the broth, then slurp from the hole until I have gotten all the broth, then pop the rest of the dumpling in my mouth and munch.  I found that there was still broth left in the dumpling after slurping, but that may have been due to flaws in my technique.  In any case, they tasted awesome.

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce at Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant

To finish my lunch, I ordered one of my Chinese food favorites, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce.  And sure, after soup and dumplings and cups of tea, I was already pretty full, but I made an attempt.  I mixed the corn starch-thickened sauce with rice and laid some shrimps and peas over the top and had some bites.  A pretty good version of the classic dish, with fresh-tasting shrimp and slightly crunchy, sweat peas.

When the weather warms up in a few weeks, I will have to go back to Shanghai Cuisine and maybe try their crab and shrimp soup dumplings.  Perhaps I will use them as a launching point for an exploration of the soup dumplings in the neighborhood.  While our egg roll hunt of Chinatown from a couple years ago didn’t turn out so well, I have a feeling that it will not be hard to find lots of restaurants that offer this little noodle and soup ball of delight!

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