New Restaurant Shuttle Service For Niue

April 23, 2014 on 2:32 pm | In Dine Drink, Pacific Islands | Comments Off



A new shuttle service on Niue launches on April 19 making it much easier for guests to visit the island’s many excellent restaurants.

The Niue Restaurant Shuttle Service will run four days a week: Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons and early evening, allowing guests to venture beyond their hotel and experience some the of the island’s great cuisine.

Evening shuttle services start at 6pm, for hotels on the southern end of the island, delivering guests to the island’s central restaurants. Northern island hotel guests will be collected from 6.45pm and delivered to central and southern restaurants. Sunday lunch and evening services will also operate from all hotels to the ‘infamous’ Washaway Cafe.

The shuttle then makes return pick-ups from restaurants at designated times to deliver guests back to their hotels.

Guests wishing to use the shuttle service just need to confirm their restaurant reservation and then confirm a shuttle reservation with Matavai Resort by 1pm Monday to Friday and 11am on Saturday for the Sunday service.

Niue director of Tourism Vanessa Marsh says the new shuttle service will be a huge draw for guests wanting to really experience a range of the island’s restaurants. “This new service will be a simple, convenient and cheap way for visitors to get around the island and taste some of our incredible food.”

Agents can get further information on the shuttle service and Niue in general from Australian representation office, Precise Travel Marketing.


Ibiza hotel to open ‘world’s most expensive restaurant’

April 23, 2014 on 9:04 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Spain | Comments Off



The most expensive restaurant in the world will open in a new hotel on the island of Ibiza next month.

Hard Rock Hotel’s Sublimotion restaurant will charge £1,235 per person for a 20-course meal, said the Daily Mail.

The hotel, which opens in Playa d’en Bossa on May 18, has recruited Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero to front the restaurant.

On its website, Hard Rock says of Sublimotion: “It’s a radically different display of gastronomy that will be limited to only 12 guests per night in a unique space where culinary art and technological innovation come together to create a complete and unprecedented emotional experience.”

Roncero, who is Spain’s most famous chef, will also launch a 3,000-seater tapas restaurant, Estado Puro, at the Hard Rock, which will be the biggest luxury hotel in Ibiza when it opens next month.

Hotelbeds will hold its second annual MarketHub Europe travel trade workshop at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in June.


2014 BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival in the Comox Valley expands with more than 18 events

April 23, 2014 on 8:57 am | In British Columbia, Canada, Dine Drink, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off



The eighth annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival – happening from June 13 to 22, 2014 – is expanding this year with a greater focus on expanding culinary activities, educational events and tours, helping to showcase the importance of the Valley’s role in the shellfish industry in British Columbia.

The festival expansion is driven by Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism (CVEDS) who has taken on a greater role in supporting the development and marketing of the festival for 2014. Previously, the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) was responsible for both coordinating the growers and the creation and management of the event. This year, their partnership with the CVEDS will allow them to focus on engagement with their membership, which has helped to foster new events for the eighth year.

“Having Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism working to manage the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival opens up a lot of opportunities for our growers,” says Roberta Stevenson, executive director of the BCSGA. “Bringing different industry groups together like this demonstrates the collaborative attitude that’s found in the Comox Valley. The new format will allow for an expanded events schedule and more exposure for our local products.”

Along with the partnership between the CVEDS and the BC Shellfish Growers Association, the event is assisted by a number of Comox Valley businesses and operators, ranging from growers and harvesters to wineries, restaurants and hotels.

“By helping with the marketing and promotion of the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism is able to work toward the long-term goal of a series of annual events throughout the Valley,” says Bill Anglin, chair of the Comox Valley Destination Marketing Advisory Committee “By increasing the number of high-quality annual events, such as the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival and WinterBites, which was held this past January, we’re driving investment to the region through the increase in room nights at our area hotels.”

One of the biggest changes for the 2014 BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival is the move of events including the shucking and chowder competitions, tastings and demonstrations from Marina Park to Filberg Lodge & Park on the afternoon of June 21, 2014. The move is designed to allow for more participants, both local and from out-of-town, to attend the growing annual festival.

Tickets for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival are on sale now through www.discovercomoxvalley.com or by calling 250-890-7561.

About the Comox Valley
Located halfway up Vancouver Island’s east coast, the Comox Valley is well known for its culinary bounty from land and sea. Coupled with arts, music and sporting events, and stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, the region is a place of supernatural beauty that offers rich culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. Comprised of three communities: Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland, and surrounding rural areas of the Comox Valley Regional District, the Destination Marketing Advisory Committee identified in its 2014 plans, an increased focus on creating or expanding destination level events and festivals as an important building block essential for increasing awareness, visitation and economic activity in the region. For more information, visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com


BottleRock Napa Valley Offers Exclusive Experiences this May for Platinum & VIP Guests!‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:49 am | In California, Dine Drink, Festivals, San Francisco, Webbandstand | Comments Off



PICTURE PLATINUM ACCESS…

3 DAYS IN NAPA VALLEY, 60+ ARTISTS, CULINARY ROYALTY,

THE REGION’S BEST VINTNERS AND A ROCK N’ ROLL CONCIERGE!

BottleRock Napa Valley Offers Exclusive Experiences this May for Platinum & VIP Guests

Napa, Calif.—BottleRock Napa Valley, May 30 through June 1 in downtown Napa, is the perfect festival experience for the music, wine and food lover. True to Napa Valley’s reputation for top-notch hospitality, BottleRock also offers some incredible Platinum and VIP Passholder perks only found in the heart of wine country. Along with more than 60 artists on four stages, dozens of wineries and a fantastic restaurant garden, VIP and Platinum access provides exclusive lounges, culinary superstars, dedicated Platinum Rock N’ Roll concierges and a bevy of master sommeliers and vintners serving up exclusive wines.

VIP passes offer upgraded stage viewing areas, access to the VIP Lounge with live music, lounge seating, exclusive food and drink options, VIP restrooms, a separate entry and exit gate, in-and-out privileges and parking. VIP packages spotlight Napa Valley’s renowned hospitality with a touch of extravagance and creature comfort to the weekend.

Platinum 3-day or single-day passes offer offers luxurious bliss. Platinum guests will enjoy a sensational round up of festival perks including; red carpet access with on-site parking, exclusive viewing areas at all stages, scheduled artist meet and greets and on-stage viewing access, a weekend membership to The Platinum Lounge, a quiet, cool respite from the excitement of the festival, and daily happy hours with celebrity chefs including Chef Richard Reddington of Yountville’s Redd and Michelin Star Chef Ken Frank of La Toque who will prepare bites to pair with wines. If that’s not enough, picture access to vintners and Master Sommeliers with a menu of rare and hard to find wines, secure gear storage, cell phone charging stations, a massage area, a refresh and renew station, exclusive restrooms and so much more. Did we mention dedicated pre-festival and onsite Platinum Rock N’ Roll concierge services?

Many festivals “import” such amenities, but BottleRock lies at the epicenter of the Napa Valley, providing VIP and Platinum pass holders the opportunity to experience unparalleled creature comforts.

“Being in the heart of the Napa Valley and wine country, we have amazing wine, culinary and hospitality talent ready to roll out the red carpet for all our BottleRock guests,” stated L38 partner Justin Dragoo, President of Gargiulo Vineyards. “We have curated Platinum and VIP experiences with a unique blend of music, wine, food and hospitality that you can only find at BottleRock Napa Valley.”

3-Day VIP Passes with promo code BELIEVER are $549, and a very limited number of 3-Day Platinum Passes are available at $3000, Single-Day Platinum Passes are $1,000 and can be purchased at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com or www.ticketfly.com or charge by phone at 877.4.FLY.TIX (435.9849). General admission 3-Day ($239 with BELIEVER promo) passes and single-day passes ($109 with BELIEVER promo) are also available.

For more on BottleRock Napa Valley, including a full lineup of 60+ artists on four stages over three days, visit the website www.bottlerocknapavalley.com to join the mailing list, join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bottle Rock Napa Valley, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BottleRockNapa, #brnv.

About BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley delivers best in wine and food from many of the finest vintners and chefs in wine country, providing a music, wine and culinary festival experience second to none reflecting the world-class hospitality for which the region is famous. A percentage of food and beverage sales will benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.

About Latitude 38 Entertainment:
Formed in 2013, Latitude 38 Entertainment is owned, operated and managed by Napa Valley based entrepreneurs; David Graham, Justin Dragoo, Jason Scoggins and Joe Fischer. L38’s vision is to blend music, food, wine and community to enhance and elevate Napa Valley’s offerings and reputation as a world-class destination to live, play and work.


Derby Day menu & viewing party at Honey Salt makes for a fun day out to watch the big race‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:45 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Sports Travel | Comments Off



GRAB A MINT JULEP AND ENJOY THE BIG RACE AT HONEY SALT’S

DERBY DAY PARTY

Race Day Menu features derby-inspired specialties at the Honey Salt Bar

LAS VEGAS –April 21, 2014 – Honey Salt invites race fans to saddle up to the bar and enjoy race day specialties during the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Guests are encouraged to sport their favorite derby day hats for the “Best Hat Contest” and lucky revelers who pick the top finishers will also receive prizes including a Honey Salt gift card and other culinary treats.

Saturday, May 5, 2014 – 2 – 4 p.m.

Enjoy all the Kentucky Derby action at the Honey Salt Bar with food and drink specials.

Mint Julep ($10) – woodford reserve Kentucky bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint.

Assorted Passed Honey Salt Bites ($10 per person):

The Hot Brown Pizza – roasted turkey, bacon lardon, roma tomatoes

Derby Pie – chocolate chips, pecans

Farmer’s Toast – crushed English peas with ricotta cheese, grilled wheat bread

French Kiss Oyster Rockefeller – spinach, tarragon, Pernod

ABOUT HONEY SALT

Honey Salt is located at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd in the community of Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (until 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday). A limited menu is available daily from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Brunch is served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations and more information, visit www.honeysalt.com  or call the restaurant at 702-445-6100. “Like” Honey Salt on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HoneySaltLV  and follow Honey Salt on Twitter @HoneySaltLV or @elizabethblau1.

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CHAYO MEXICAN KITCHEN + TEQUILA BAR TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY

April 22, 2014 on 8:41 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas | Comments Off



LUNCH AND MARGARITAS FOR MADRES

Tweet It: Every madre deserves a #margarita! Celebrate Mother’s Day with lunch & a señorita @ChayoLV @thelinq in #Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The LINQ will celebrate Mother’s Day with a four-course lunch and a complimentary Señorita for mom on Sunday, May 11.

Mothers will be treated to a complimentary Señorita to start the celebratory meal. The signature margarita is made with Cazadores silver tequila, fresh lime, fresh strawberry and Moscato d’Asti.

The four-course lunch, priced at $55 per person, will begin with the guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds and served with pork rinds or tortilla chips. For the second course, mom may choose between the cilantro cream soup, made with serrano pepper and toasted pine nuts, or the mango and watercress salad tossed with jicama and honey vinaigrette. The entrée course includes the choice of ahi tuna served with fingerling potatoes and mole verde or the chicken enchiladas topped with cascabel chile sauce and toasted almonds. For a sweet treat, guests may indulge in the flan, which is made with vanilla bean custard and topped with caramel sauce.

About Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, which spans two levels and 14,000-square-foot at The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment’s dynamic new mixed-use development, is open from 11 a.m. to late daily. The high-energy restaurant introduces a new concept in Mexican dining, combining a DJ, mechanical bull, a vast tequila and cocktail selection and a blend of authentic and innovative Mexican fare by Executive Chef Ernesto Zendejas. For more information, guests may call 702-691-3773, visit the website at http://chayolv.com or follow Chayo on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ChayoLV , Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChayoLV  and Instagram @ChayoLV.

About The LINQ

Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more. Topping out at 550 feet, the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences. For more information, visit www.helinq.com


Dine fine in Alpine sunshine in Inssbruck

April 20, 2014 on 11:34 am | In Austria, Dine Drink | Comments Off



In Innsbruck you are spoilt for choice by a vast range of gourmet restaurants offering superb cuisine with regional and international flavours. Each of them is striving to provide the perfect environment for a fine dining experience, be it in traditional style, or in a sophisticated urban setting – or even high up in the mountains.
Lichtblick Restaurant © Innsbruck Tourismus
Lichtblick Restaurant © Innsbruck Tourismus
Innsbruck
Innsbruck on the map
One of the most attractive and exceptional culinary venues in Innsbruck city is Alfred Miller’s Schöneck inn (since 1899), a picturesque restaurant in original Alpine style from the last century, with wooden panels, an enchanting garden and great views over Innsbruck. Featuring 2 toques in the 2014 edition of the Gault Millau restaurant guide, the Schöneck has been one of Innsbruck’s leading restaurants for many years now. Start with an elderflower champagne cocktail then sit back and enjoy the meal and the scenery.

At the Ottoburg restaurant, a Gothic residential tower dating from 1494, beautiful panelling and medieval vaults provide the fitting setting for first-class Austrian and international cuisine. The three-storey tower provides six different wooden panelled “Stuben” (restaurants) with great views on the famous Golden Roof, the historic city centre as well as on the river Inn and the impressive Nordketten Mountain Range.

For views of the mountains, head to Lichtblick with its adjacent 360° wine bar and lounge – a glass cube set on top of the Rathaus Galerien shopping centre and awarded 1 toque from Gault Millau. Much favoured by a hip and happening crowd, the restaurant’s nouvelle cuisine is only outshone by the fine views over the roofs and church towers of Innsbruck.

At the Pavillon, just beside the Tyrolean State Theatre, the ambitious young head chef creates fresh, inspired dishes. Demonstrating a playful attitude towards herbs, spices and unusual aromas, he effortlessly masters the art of blending local flair with international cuisine. The Gault Millau food testers were impressed, and honoured the young chef with 1 toque.

Innsbruck’s brand new lifestyle hotel Adlers ,which is undisputedly the tallest hotel in town, provides spectacular views from the 12th floor restaurant, bar, lounge and spacious sun terrace. There’s nothing like ending a perfect day with cocktails and drinks in a casual lounge atmosphere before enjoying a delicious evening meal that comes with complimentary panoramic views across the glittering city lights.

Innsbruck’s designer cable cars Nordkettenbahnen whisk you up to a trendy meeting place at 2,000 m above sea level, the Alpenlounge Seegrube. Every Friday night the motto at the Seegrube restaurant and Alpenlounge is to ‘Ride & Dine’, with great music and the pleasant ambiance providing a perfect setting for a veritable peak experience.

A tasty example of visionary creativeness coupled with culinary tradition is found at the Café Restaurant Sacher Innsbruck which was awarded 1 toque the 2014 Gault Millau edition. Obviously, the time-honoured Café Sacher has always been famous for its sumptuous Viennese desserts, pastries and cakes as well.


Free Mountain Hiking Program in Austria

April 20, 2014 on 11:33 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Dine Drink | Comments Off



Explore the great outdoors of Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages with our free Mountain Hiking Programme.
Mountain biking Nordketten Mountain Range © Innsbruck Tourismus
Mountain biking Nordketten Mountain Range © Innsbruck Tourismus
Hiking in the outdoors of Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus
Hiking in the outdoors of Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus
Innsbruck
Innsbruck on the map
Innsbruck’s Mountain Hiking Programme is provided free of charge by Innsbruck Tourist Office to anyone who stays at least one night in Innsbruck or its holiday villages. The programme starts at the end of May and includes mountain hikes with certified mountaineering guides from AlpinSchule Innsbruck , free hiking bus, rental hiking boots and backpacks, 40 different itineraries and a total of 1,220 km of mountain hiking trails. You can choose between a rather gentle hike and one of moderate difficulty, tailored to the individual physical shape. Walking in Innsbruck and its holiday villages caters to all tastes!

Famous for its glorious mountain scenery, Innsbruck is the perfect holiday destination to get active and fuel up on fresh country air with summer hikes. Explore high-alpine terrain in the company of a certified hiking guide from the world-renowned AlpinSchule Innsbruck. Hop on a designated hiking bus for an unforgettable nature experience with Innsbruck’s complimentary Mountain Hiking Programme. No other city in the world offers a similarly attractive, free hiking programme in a truly unique setting.

On the seven kilometre long Zirbenweg (stone pine path) above Innsbruck, at 2,000 metres above sea level, you can enjoy a gentle hike taking about two and a half hours along almost flat paths leading through stands of centuries-old stone pines and take in the spectacular panoramic views across the Inn valley.

Or enjoy the spectacular aerial views of one of the most attractive sections of the Adlerweg trail, a hiking track stretching through the entire province of Tyrol, leading from the Hafelekar cable car station along the Goetheweg trail to the remote Pfeishütte. This challenging alpine hike for the more experienced visitors is among the most beautiful hikes in the greater Innsbruck region.

Another option for a leisurely hike with all the family is the Innsbruck Alpine Meadows Walk, meandering across the surrounding foothills and the holiday villages of Natters, Mutters, Götzens, Birgitz, Axams and Grinzens. You can choose whether your path leads you to the alpine pastures of Götzner Alm, Mutterer and Birgitzer Alm or Axamer Lizum.

And last but not least: Don’t miss the lantern hikes with live Tyrolean music at a mountain hut on Tuesday nights.


Celebrity Launches Industry’s First Land-Based Wine and Food Fest

April 20, 2014 on 11:26 am | In Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off



Celebrity Cruises, which introduced the cruise industry’s first gourmet food truck in 2013, and on the heels of 10 of its restaurants receiving Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence,” has made yet another culinary footprint on land with the industry’s first-ever wine and food festival.

The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival takes place May 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit LegalAid of Orange County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to individuals of Southern California who might otherwise be denied access to justice. Since its founding in 1958, LASOC has assisted over 500,000 people.

Early bird tickets are $75 per person if purchased by April 30, 2014, then go up to $100 per person. Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club members are eligible for a 20 percent discount on tickets ($60) if purchased by April 30, 2014. Discounted tickets are also available for government and non-profit workers, as well as sitting judges. Tickets and can be purchased online at Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival.

Key sponsors include Coast Magazine, Fiji Water, Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand featuring the wines of New Zealand as well as the Orange County Restaurant Association/Golden Foodie Awards. The event will feature more than 40 premium wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies, and award-winning restaurants.

A sampling of food and beverage participants slated to delight attendees include the following:

Wineries/Breweries: Cakebread, Jordan, JUSTIN, Grgich Hills, Freemark Abbey, St. Francis, Louis-Jadot, Zaca Mesa, Kendall Jackson, Round Pond, Mazzocco, Wente, Benziger, Malibu Rocky Oaks, Alaskan Brewing Company, Pyramid Brewing, Samuel Adams, BJ’s Brewhouse, and more.

Restaurants: Slapfish, Zimzala, Clay Oven (recipient of the 2013 Golden Foodie Awards for Best Indian Restaurant in Orange County), Maro Wood Grill, Bluewater Grill, Riptide, James Republic (Chef Dean James Max) and more.

Celebrity’s Sommelier Chanelle Duarte and its Executive Chef John Suley will be in attendance at Celebrity Cruises’ booth, where tastes of Celebrity’s cuisine will be presented.

Scott Clifton, director of sales, states, “Celebrity’s love affair with the culinary arts continues to flourish.” said Celebrity director of sales, states Scott Clifton. “We saw this opportunity to introduce food and wine aficionados to culinary experiences they can enjoy while on a Celebrity ship, as well as restaurants and beverages they have yet to try.”


Gourmet Tours Through Pretty Slovenia

April 19, 2014 on 8:48 am | In Dine Drink, Slovenia | Comments Off



All gourmet tours organized by GourmeTravel are top quality events, designed either for individuals or small groups (6 persons at the most).

We offer 4 and 5-star accommodations, from boutique ones (small intimate family run hotels), 4 and 5-star spas, to unusual accommodations (boutique tree houses, sleeping on a haystack…)

Slovenia can boast numerous culinary and wine world awards (Decanter, Wine&Spirits, Daily Meals, The San Pellegrino World 50 Best Restaurant, Relais & Chateau, Gault & Millau …). During a tour guests can taste Slovenian traditional food, enjoy top and innovative culinary offer, accompanied by best Slovenian wines at renowned wine producers.

Our guests can experience an interesting culinary trip into the cheese world on a family-owned farm, producing more than 70 cheese types. We can also pay a visit to a Slovene cheese producer living across the Italian border, who makes a very famous cheese type, which matures 70 m below ground, and has become very popular in Italy. It is also served in most prestigious restaurants in Italy and Slovenia.

The fans of sea food can choose to visit a family run fish farm, where the Piran sea bass is raised in an unpolluted environment (in comparison with wild fish it contains 15 times less mercury). Guests are taken in boats to the Gulf of Piran, to fish basins, where they get familiar with all the details of sustainable fish-farming. In the end top quality fish specialities are served and the tasting of a unique sparkling wine, which matures at the bottom of the Piran Gulf, takes place.

Slovene oil producers have attained top results regarding the quality of extra virgine olive oil. We organize an event where our guests can learn how to distinguish between good and average olive oil. In world championship 2011 olive oil by a Slovene producer won the first place award.

www.gourmetravel.eu
email: info@gourmetravel.eu

Tour operator GourmeTravel:
We are a young firm, organizing boutique tours, with a touch of individuality, through Slovenia. We like good food and wine and have checked all the services we offer by ourselves, observing high standards thereby. High quality of service is of utmost importance to us and we want our guests pamper themselves and relax during their stress free holiday. We are committed to providing the highest quality of all our gourmet tours. Our range of services includes renowned wine growers
with world awards, a cheese dairy, olive oil producers, restaurants with top chefs and inns offering genuine Slovenian food.

The goal of GourmeTravel tourist agency:
Organizing genuine and high-quality gourmet tours through green Slovenia, enabling Slovenian
experience through its nature and authentic food and wine.


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