Spring Gar­den

Ja­panese, Chi­nese, Turk­ish and Ital­ian cui­sine, gourmet gro­ceries and wa­ter­ing holes where every body knows your name.

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ALEX OH SUSHI & ROLLS

Dish­ing out tra­di­tional Ja­panese fare, with Euro­pean-style plating— Alex Oh made sushi in Korea, Ja­pan, Thai­land and Toronto be­fore open­ing his own res­tau­rant. With a menu fo­cussed on sushi, sashimi and rolls, house­made sauces, fresh seafood and artis­tic pre­sen­ta­tion, Alex Oh isn’t just another sushi joint. 1589 Dres­den Row, 902-292-4026

AN­NIE’S PLACE CAFE

An­nie’s Place of­fers a quiet respite from the busy down­town shop­ping dis­trict. Ideal for a quick bite, sweet­tooth fix or light lunch, choose from in­ex­pen­sive daily spe­cials or the all-day break­fast. 1592b Queen Street, 902-420-0098

BRENTON RES­TAU­RANT

Baklava meets New York cheese­cake at the aptly named Brenton Res­tau­rant: A plethora of Per­sian and North Amer­i­can dishes are plated side by side along with a kid’s carte du jour, buf­fet menu and cater­ing com­pany to boot. Sure as shisha you’ll have a have a good time in the sec­ond floor hookah lounge af­ter an all-em­brac­ing (and coma-in­duc­ing) meal of fish cakes, br­uschetta and ke­babs. 5677 Brenton Place, 902-406-0506

OBOF’14 BUBBA RAY’S SPORTS BAR

Here’s what you need to know: rea­son­ably priced pitch­ers of Coors Light and Cana­dian and on Thurs­day Wing Night, chicken wings are 49 cents each. There are six dif­fer­ent kinds of wings and 60-plus sauces, in­clud­ing ap­ple but­ter and mango chipo­tle, with hot­ness at its most ex­treme: ar­maged­don. If you are a sports fan, pre­pare for dozens of screens. 5650 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-405-4344

BUD THE SPUD

A food-truck celebrity, Bud fills the down­town chip truck re­quire- ments with the very best French-fried good­ness. Open sea­son­ally. Spring Gar­den Road at Brunswick Street

CAFE ISTANBUL

If you’re into fresh, qual­ity Mediter­ranean food (and who isn’t, re­ally?), then take note. This lit­tle res­tau­rant is tucked away but packs a punch. Come for the fes­tive cul­tural decor, stay for the mas­sive por­tions or be­cause you’ll be too stuffed to move any­where fast. What more could you pos­si­bly want? It’s a Turk­ish de­light! 5986 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-405-4028

OBOF’14 CHA BAA THAI RES­TAU­RANT

We just want to make peo­ple say ‘wow!’” re­ports Wen Prathumma, co-owner, res­tau­rant dec­o­ra­tor and head chef of pop­u­lar Thai res­tau­rant Cha Baa. And since they opened in the sum­mer of 2007, that’s what we have been say­ing: Wow, wow, wowt. 1546 Queen Street, 902-406-3008

COBURG COF­FEE HOUSE

This Dal­housie hang­out should be con­sid­ered for an hon­ourary cam­pus des­ig­na­tion. Fair trade cof­fees, sand­wiches, soups and the Coburg Break­fast sand­wich sus­tain you while you put the fi­nal touches on that nag­ging Ni­et­zsche term pa­per, or re­lax and thank the aca­demic stars that you’re fi­nally fin­ished. 6085 Coburg Road, 902-429-2326

CORA

The beloved Cana­dian break­fast and lunch place shines in this down­town lo­ca­tion, as in the oth­ers around town. It’s the piles of fresh fruit, the large, de­lec­ta­ble por­tions and the se­lec­tion of healthy, rea­son­ably priced dishes that keep them com­ing back. 1535 Dres­den Row, 902-490-2672

CURRY VIL­LAGE

Curry Vil­lage, a re­laxed In­dian res­tau­rant boasts an ex­ten­sive menu of cur­ries, birya­nis, breads, rice and Tan­door-baked meat. There are sev­eral chef-sug­gested com­bos that al­le­vi­ate the pres­sure of choos­ing (food is made-to-or­der), and veg­e­tar­i­ans will be sat­is­fied too. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-429-5010

DAILY GRIND CAFE

This break­fast and brunch spot fea­tures veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan treats. Of­fer­ing a place to un­wind or have some quiet study time, it’s an ideal lo­cale to re­lax af­ter do­ing some shop­ping on Spring Gar­den. 1479 Birm­ing­ham Street, 902-429-6397

DAVIDSTEA, SPRING GAR­DEN

Started by David Se­gal in Mon­treal in 2008, DAVIDSTEA now has lo­ca­tions all over Canada, sell­ing scads of loose teas in clev­erly named flavours, as well as pretty mugs and ac­ces­sories. 5486 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-422-7617

EFENDY TURK­ISH & MEDITER­RANEAN GRILL

With an aim of of­fer­ing af­ford­able, healthy eat­ing, own­ers Altin Be­golli and Ali Sim­sek (former chef at Cafe Istanbul) teamed up to open Efendy. It’s all char­coal grill all the time here, where the food is fresh (never frozen or fried) and the ke­babs are king. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-444-8064

FI­ASCO RES­TAU­RANT

Lo­cal seafood, a weekly-chang­ing Sus­tain­able Lo­cal Sig­na­tures se­lec­tion (fea­tur­ing sig­na­ture burg­ers and prime cuts) and rich en­trees dec­o­rate the menu here. Draw out your din­ner in this mod­ernly el­e­gant, bright space, drink­ing up the wine menu and try­ing to save room for dessert. Or, stop in for a spe­cial lunch—fi­asco serves it from 11am-2pm. 1463 Brenton Street, 902-429-3499

THE FICKLE FROG PUB

An up-ca­sual pub fea­tur­ing fresh sal­ads, pas­tas, burg­ers and an ex­ten­sive pizza menu as well as great beers, cock­tails, mar­ti­nis and wine. With gluten-free pasta and pizza avail­able as well as veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, this re­ally is a hang­out ev­ery­one can en­joy. 5675 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-429-9999

THE FIRE­SIDE BAR/RES­TAU­RANT

Mon­days be­long to the Fire­side, with its crowd-pleas­ing mar­tini spe­cials and cre­ative twists on pub favourites, plus shar­ing plates, more up­scale en­trees and tempt­ing desserts. Try to snag a seat by the fire­places or watch the ac­tion from the bar. Up­stairs in the atrium the large sun­roof and sur­round­ing win­dows are a per­fect place to watch a sum­mer sun­set or first snow­fall. 1500 Brunswick Street, 902-423-5995

GLUTEN-FREE EATERY & COFFEEBAR

Just a short trip up the es­ca­la­tors to­wards from Pete’s is a 100 per­cent gluten-free cafe, with food all pre­pared in a gluten-free kitchen. The res­tau­rant uses lo­cal favourites School­house Gluten-free Gourmet and Odell’s Gluten Free prod­ucts to of­fer three types of sand­wiches, as well as sal­ads, soups and pas­tries. City Cen­tre At­lantic, 1535 Dres­den Row

GOJI’S FROZEN YO­GURT

Give this Monc­ton-based froyo bar a swirl. Serve up a healthy help­ing of the cold stuff, and then bury it in all of your favourite sweet top­pings. 5486 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-429-9897

HABANEROS MOD­ERN TACO BAR, HAL­I­FAX

The third lo­ca­tion of Bill Pratt’s Mex­i­can-in­spired, feel-good resto, where tacos, na­chos, que­sadil­las and fu­sion dishes show­case lo­cal food and cre­ative kitchen think­ing. Unit 2, 1551 South Park Street

HAPPY GAR­DEN CHI­NESE RES­TAU­RANT

It might look a lot like Mr. Chang’s, but it’s not. Happy Gar­den of­fers the same the eat-in or take-out at­ti­tude though, of­fer­ing up fresh and flavour­ful Chi­nese eats and some Szechuan heat too. It’s a huge menu, loaded with noo­dles and sueys and com­bos ga­lore. 1304 Birm­ing­ham Street, 902-423-8882

HAPPY VEAL HOT POT

Nestled into the first floor of the tow­er­ing Park Vic build­ing, Happy Veal spe­cial­izes in the hot pot—an amaz­ing build-your-own-soup op­tion, per­fect for large groups—but also nail dishes like dumplings, steam buns and Chi­nese burg­ers. 1333 South Park Street, 902-423-2777

HIGH LIFE SO­CIAL CLUB

Not your or­di­nary source for tea and cook­ies, High Life serves up hot drinks with a side of vapour lounge. This cannabis-friendly space is a mem­bers-only hang­out that serves up caffien­ate bev­er­ages, rents and sells vapour bags and glass­ware and of­fers a chilled out at­mos­phere in which to en­joy it all. 5982 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-420-0055

HUMANI-T CAFE

An up­dated, sleek ver­sion of the north end favourite brings some se­ri­ous sweet­ness to the Trillium

build­ing. Humani-t has Per­sian tea, cof­fee and desserts—like, so much ge­lato—to en­joy while co­zied up on a comfy couch, at the bar or on the side­walk pa­tio (or back­yard ter­race if the sea­son per­mits). The Trillium, 1441 South Park Street, 902-425-9535

INDOCHINE BANH MI

Liz Smith loved the Viet­namese banh mi so much she de­cided she’d open her own sand­wich shop. Known for its flavour fu­sion Korean tacos, its bub­ble tea smooth­ies, its bang on pho, its sal­ads ga­lore and the mighty banh mi—voted Hal­i­fax’s Best Sand­wich in our Best of Food read­ers’ poll—his spot is veg­e­tar­ian, gluten-free and lunch time-friendly. The Para­mount, 1551 South Park Street, 902-407-1222

JACKY’S CAFE

A very tiny, very ca­sual Chi­nese cafe in the pro­fes­sional cen­tre at Spring Gar­den and Ro­bie. A per­fect spot to pop in for lunch while you’re wait­ing to fill a pre­scrip­tion. 5991 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-446-4060

JEAN’S CHI­NESE RES­TAU­RANT

In to­tal, the Jean broth­ers have over 50 years ex­pe­ri­ence in Chi­nese restau­rants (in­clud­ing pre­par­ing food for the Ja­panese prime min­is­ter in 1988), and now they’ve brought their Can­tonese and Szechuan cook­ing prow­ess to Hal­i­fax. The din­ing room is sim­ple, but don’t let that fool you—the food is flavour­ful, with a deft touch of spicy heat; try the ginger beef and the sweet and sour chicken. 5972 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-444-7776

JINCHENG CHI­NESE CUI­SINE

The panda is the mas­cot at this au­then­tic Sichuan Chi­nese res­tau­rant, but the real story here is the food. How can you not be tempted by a beef and broc­coli dish called Red Bull Climbs Up Green Moun­tain? How does it all end? Spi­cily, we pre­dict. 1569 Dres­den Row, 902-431-8588

JUST SPRING ROLL

It’s al­ways ser­vice with a smile at Just Spring Roll, a teensy res­tau­rant counter that we know, love and crave on the reg­u­lar. Serv­ing up a va­ri­ety of Viet­namese and Thai dishes, there’s much more than just spring rolls here. Hot flavours and gen­uinely sweet ser­vice make it a win­ner. But if you are a first-timer, or­der two and a plate of pad Thai—it’s a recipe for lunch/din­ner/movie-go­ing suc­cess. Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-446-3536

JUST US! COF­FEE­HOUSE, SPRING GAR­DEN

The down­town lo­ca­tion of the thor­oughly green, thor­oughly fair trade Nova Sco­tia cof­fee peo­ple. Stop by its warm and wel­com­ing spot in a ren­o­vated Vic­to­rian house and en­joy the reg­u­lar live mu­sic that goes on in the evenings. All events at Just Us! are all ages and they ac­cept do­na­tions. 5896 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-423-0856

KRAVE BURGER

Gourmet burg­ers and dogs, dressed up mac and cheese, lo­cal beer and milk­shakes—krave seem­ingly has it all, no? The fo­cus is qual­ity. The at­mos­phere is comfy. And the onion rings are ad­dic­tive. 1580 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-407-5728

LA FRASCA CIBI & VINI

In­spired by the tra­di­tional pop-up bars of Italy, Maurizio and Stephanie Ber­tossi present their new­est cre­ation the former home of il Mercato. La Frasca keeps it ca­sual while still stun­ning with a mas­sive bar, a busy col­lage-wall of Ital­ian past and present, and of course, damn good food, La Frasca fills the shoes of il Mercato and then some. 5650 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-422-2866

LE BISTRO BY LIZ

Liz In­gram-cham­bers brings us a bit of old world French charm, serv­ing quick lunches, great brunches and din­ners you’ll want to drag out all night. Keep­ing with a re­laxed bistro­like at­mos­phere, Le Bistro’s menu of­fers Parisian-in­spired favourites like savoury crepes as well as an An­gus Beef burger, pan seared had­dock and of course, desserts. Grab a free drink with brunch on week­ends from 11am-3pm. 1333 South Park Street, 902-423-8428

LOCAS BIL­LIARDS

There’s a dis­tinc­tive Span­ish vibe at Locas, and its there you’ll find bil­liards—with co-ed leagues—and the bar set up for board games, chess, backgam­mon and darts. 5430 Doyle Street, 902-423-2522

MARY’S PLACE CAFE II

A sec­ond lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar Ro­bie Street cafe, of­fers north end fa­mil­iar­ity down­town. This Mary’s car­ries ex­actly the same ve­gan- and veg­e­tar­ian-friendly eats, mid­dle east­ern del­i­ca­cies, Cana­dian fare and all-day break­fasts as the orig­i­nal so that nothing but your neigh­bour­hood has to change. 5982 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-404-7171

MASHAWEE MEDITER­RANEAN GRILL

Take a trip to the Mediter­ranean Sea with­out leav­ing down­town Hal­i­fax. Mashawee of­fers up af­ford­able com­bos as well as un­de­ni­able favourites like falafel and shawarma. 1526 Dres­den Row, 902-423-9742

MEXICALI ROSA’S

Spring Gar­den’s stal­wart Mex­i­can res­tau­rant of­fer­ing Mex­i­can stan­dards, like bur­ri­tos, tamales, tacos and fa­ji­tas, and pours an ar­ray of icy-cool mar­gar­i­tas—drink ’em back for cheap on Mon­days. Mexi’s also boats one of the city’s best roof top pa­tios that packs with sun-hun­gry din­ers. 5472 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-422-7672

MINATO SUSHI JA­PANESE RES­TAU­RANT

The char­ac­ter-filled Minato is cozy but there’s enough space to put down your shop­ping bags and en­joy some good sushi. Maki, sashimi and other Ja­panese treats are well rep­re­sented (these dragon rolls are a thing of beauty) but leave room for spicy Korean dishes, in­clud­ing bibim­bap and noo­dles. 1520 Queen Street, 902-420-0331

NAT­U­RAL KARAOKE

With six pri­vate rooms off Spring Gar­den Road, this could be the place to fi­nally un­leash your in­ner pop star. While you may not get the rush of per- form­ing for a room full of strangers, guar­an­teed your iffy ver­sion of “To­tal Eclipse of the Heart” won’t get you gonged. And while you’re scour­ing that song­book, have a look at the menu too, Chi­nese food ga­lore. 5680 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-446-7464

OA­SIS PUB & EATERY

If rea­son­able chicken wings and pitch­ers of beer are your idea of par­adise, try Oa­sis. A down-inthe-base­ment sports bar with big screen tele­vi­sions, pool ta­bles and shuf­fle­boards, and if you’re lucky you’ll be en­ter­tained by live mu­sic or karaoke. 5661 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-422-2227

PAVIA GALLERY, HAL­I­FAX CEN­TRAL LI­BRARY

Gone are the days of trekking out to Her­ring Cove to en­joy a taste of Pavia (just kid­ding, you should still take the time to do that too, it’s a lovely drive)—the Ital­ian-qual­ity cof­fee and fresh-baked good­ies are avail­able in the almighty Hal­i­fax Cen­tral Li­brary, too. 5440 Spring Gar­den Road, first and fifth floors

PETE’S, HAL­I­FAX

Pete’s has long been the go-to des­ti­na­tion for fresh pro­duce and its in­ter­na­tional, some­thing-for-ev­ery­one gro­cery se­lec­tion. What keeps many cus­tomers com­ing back is the store’s English mar­ket am­biance as well as colour­ful pro­pri­etor Pete Luck­ett him­self. Cus­tomers who fre­quent Pete’s mar­ket lo­ca­tions in Bed­ford and Hal­i­fax are often on a first-name ba­sis with long-time em­ploy­ees. 1515 Dres­den Row, 902-425-5700

PIZZA DE­LIGHT

A ca­sual din­ing res­tau­rant and bar open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with all-you-can eat lunch and break­fast buf­fets, a grill-your-own­bread bar, $4 drinks and lunch and din­ner spe­cials. 5680 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-455-0990

PORT OF WINES

Of­fer­ing the finest fruits of the vine, this NSLC spe­cialty bou­tique has an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of wines— whether you’re look­ing for a de­cent ta­ble red to ac­com­pany a meal or an ex­cep­tional bot­tle for that spe­cial oc­ca­sion. Though the grape is the star here, there’s a range of im­ported and lo­cal hard-to-find beers and spir­its shar­ing the lime­light. 5431-39 Doyle Street, 902-422-0580

ROCK­BOT­TOM BREW­PUB

An in­ti­mate and nicely ap­pointed bar with mul­ti­ple booths be­neath the al­ways-busy Your Fa­ther’s Mous­tache, Rock­bot­tom of­fers a small but up­scale menu of qual­ity food and great ser­vice to top it off, along with their in-house mi­cro­brew. 5686 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-423-2938

ROGUES ROOST

Rogues Roost makes is known for not only pro­vid­ing one of down­towns most re­li­able pubs (per­fect for peo­ple watch­ing), but brew­ing some of Haligo­ni­ans’ favourite beers as well. Great suds like the IPA, brown or rasp­berry wheat will help to wash down a menu of pub food faves, or toast the vic­tory of your trivia team on Wednesday nights at 9pm. 5435 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-492-2337

SMIL­ING GOAT OR­GANIC ESPRESSO BAR

One of Hal­i­fax’s most stylish cof­fee bars brings you pre­mium, lo­cally roasted fair trade cof­fee (made fresh one cup at a time), loose teas, fresh­squeezed fruit juices and del­ish bak­ery items. Look for the weekly spe­cials of the finest java kind. 1551 South Park Street, 902-446-3366

SPRING GAR­DEN PLACE FOOD COURT

The fra­grance of fresh-baked treats sets this mall food court apart from its fast-food com­peti­tors. Choose from Ko Doraku, Ran­jee­sha’s Hot n’ Spicy Eat­ing, Euro­pean-style cof­fee joint The Bon Cafe or Bonne Cui­sine. Spring Gar­den Place, 5657 Spring Gar­den Road

STEVE-O-RENO’S CAP­PUC­CINO CAFE

The break­fast of cham­pi­ons: Steve’s cof­fee and an egg-o-reno bagel sand­wich. The quin­tes­sen­tial lo­cal cof­fee hang and flag­ship Steve’s draws in the morn­ing crowd, but come back any­time dur­ing the day and you’ll find latte lovers lin­ger­ing in­side or out on the side­walk bench. 1536 Brunswick Street, 902-429-3034

SUSHI JET

A sec­ond Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tion (and sec­ond down­town lo­ca­tion, for that mat­ter) of Sushi Jet brings the same model to Spring Gar­den—100-plus all you can eat, au­then­tic Ja­panese and Thai op­tions. 5518 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-479-7888

SUSHI NAMI ROYALE, HAL­I­FAX

With a unique and ex­ten­sive menu cre­ated by owner Dae C. Jon and head chef John Sam, this res­tau­rant

aims to please the dis­cern­ing sushi fa­natic in a sty­ish, classy en­vi­ron­ment just off Spring Gar­den. 1535 Dres­den Row, 902-422-9020

SUZUKI RES­TAU­RANT

Suzuki serves to Haligo­ni­ans an au­then­tic taste of Ja­panese din­ing in a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting. Choose from the pop­u­lar sushi bar, or try the teriyaki and noo­dle soups or the sweet po­tato roll. For an in­ti­mate meal, grab a pri­vate booth, or re­move your shoes and sit in the tra­di­tional room. For­merly Doraku Ja­panese Cui­sine. 1579 Dres­den Row, 902-425-8888

TACO DEL MAR

The first Taco del Mar fran­chise east of On­tario brings quick Baja-in­spired Mex­i­can eats to down­town. Started in Seat­tle, this cousin of Sub­way is known for its bur­ri­tos, guac, na­chos and more (fish tacos, ev­ery­one!). 1526 Dres­den Row, 902-446-2252

THE ARMS PUB­LIC HOUSE

The brunch op­tions are ex­ten­sive— with the wel­comed ad­di­tion of a lit­tle clot­ted cream, duck fat cooked pota­toes, an In­dian om­lette and some other Bri­tish del­i­ca­cies—and lunch and sup­per will ap­peal both com­fort food and cre­ative cui­sine crav­ings. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents abound! Lord Nel­son Ho­tel, 1515 South Park Street, 902-420-9781

OTOM’S LIT­TLE HA­VANA

This nar­row pub, tucked away off Spring Gar­den, is steeped in south­ern cool with wing­back chairs and se­cluded booths. Dur­ing the day, it’s a quiet place to en­joy a light meal, and at night, the per­fect place to meet good friends, some of whom you might find through the shared hall­way with Rogues Roost. Look for the charm (of both Tom’s and Rogues) to travel to a new lo­ca­tion, TBD in the fall. 5428 Doyle Street, 902-423-8667

TURK­ISH DE­LIGHT RES­TAU­RANT

The scent of grilled lamb floats out to the side­walk through the open win­dow in the front of this cozy res­tau­rant, lur­ing din­ers in for an au­then­tic meal of ke­baps, pi­laf and other fresh de­lights. Ei­ther sit down in the din­ing room, dressed in oceanic colours and richly pat­terned table­cloths, or grab mezes to go at the counter. Just don’t for­get the baklava. 5680 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-446-4366

UN­COM­MON GROUNDS

You can find your next cof­fee fix nestled in­side the Hal­i­fax Pub­lic Gar­dens from April to Oc­to­ber. Get some pip­ing hot joe (or maybe an iced ver­sion of it) and sit in­side the build­ing or out­side on the ter­race. Ei­ther way, this is a great spot to re­lax and take in the beauty of the gar­dens. Hor­ti­cul­tural Hall, The Hal­i­fax Pub­lic Gar­dens, Spring Gar­den Road, 902-420-1562

XTREME PIZZA

These pizza and pou­tine ex­perts aren’t afraid to get a lit­tle cre­ative, or ex­treme, if you will. The self­pro­claimed “Home of the stuffed pou­tine” also of­fers up some out­ra­geous pizza top­ping com­bos. Onion ring burger pizza? Spaghetti and meat­ball pizza? At Xtreme, it’s go big or go home empty-handed. 5970 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-404-1600

YOUR FA­THER’S MOUS­TACHE

The Mous­tache’s fa­mous rooftop deck over­looks the town, a per­fect place to peo­ple-watch while sip­ping drinks un­der a large um­brella. Voted by Coast read­ers as the best deck in the city. In­side the pub, the Best of Food poll-win­ning club sand­wich draws them in, as does the ’Stache’s ros­ter of live en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing one of the city’s long­est-run­ning live gigs, the Joe Mur­phy and the Wa­ter Street Blues Band. 5686 Spring Gar­den Road, 902-423-6766

Efendy Turk­ish & Mediter­ranean Grill. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

Your Fa­ther’s Mous­tache. RI­LEY SMITH

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