Friday, April 17, 2009

Top Picks for Mother's Day, News Spring Menus and Other Events

Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen
75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.
(847) 427-4242

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Birch River Grill offers its signature Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10. At just $29.95 per person and $13.95 for children under 12, this brunch offers several different stations. Stop by the Seafood Station, to enjoy oysters and cocktail shrimp. Then move on to the Salad Station, where the Chopped Salad, Caesar Salad and Farfalle Pasta salad await. The Continental Station includes assorted fresh breads, muffins, croissants, bagels, and fresh fruit; Egg & Omelet Station offers eggs and omelets made to order, sausage, bacon, potatoes O’Brien, pancakes and French toast; Carving Station has turkey with cranberry sauce and beef tenderloin with red wine demi glaze; and Hot Buffet Station includes broiled tilapia provencal and lemon chicken oreganato. Then, choose from a variety of vegetables, pastas and desserts.

New Spring Menu Items
Birch River Grill welcomes warm weather with the restaurant’s new spring menu, featuring old favorites like Wild Game Chili, grilled tender bison ranch sirloin, Broadleaf Farms wild boar, andouille sausage, smoky tomato sauce and heirloom beans ($6/$9); Meatloaf Tower, ground beef, veal, pork, crispy haystack onions, Yukon Gold mash and roasted tomato glaze ($15); and the Rushing Waters Wisconsin Rainbow Trout, teardrop tomato relish, sautéed spinach and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes ($18).

Sample new starters, including the BBQ Shrimp & Grits, peppercorn bacon wrapped shrimp, white cheddar cheese grits and a BBQ glaze ($11). Try the new Citrus Spinach Salad, baby spinach leaves, Mandarin orange supreme, avocado, julienne red onion, diced roasted red bell pepper, citrus vinaigrette dressing ($10; with grilled chicken, $12; with rock shrimp, $14).

New sandwiches include the Vegetable Wrap, sun-dried tomato wrap, basil mayo, portobello mushroom, roasted red and green peppers, diced tomato, avocado and baby spinach ($9); Smoked Turkey Wrap, whole wheat wrap, sliced smoked turkey breast, orange cranberry herb mayonnaise, peppercorn bacon, lettuce, tomato and sweet potato fries ($9); and Hot Beef-n-Cheese, shaved roast beef, Havarti cheese, horseradish sauce, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, toasted Bavarian pretzel bun and hand cut fries ($10).

Birch River Grill’s spring menu features wine pairings with each entrée. Try new entrées like Smoky BBQ Ribs, jalapeno corn bread, sweet potato fries and horseradish slaw ($16/24), paired with THE ZIN 2006 Zinfandel, Calif.; and Sun-dried Tomato & Gorgonzola Ravioli, tomato tarragon broth, basil pesto, teardrop tomatoes and crispy basil ($13), paired with Montevina Pinot Grigio, Calif.

For the sweet tooth, try Birch River Grill’s new desserts, including Triple Chocolate Column for Two, moist bittersweet chocolate cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting and hot fudge ($9); Wild Berry Cheesecake, strawberry sauce and fresh berries ($6); and Lavendar Apricot Panna Cotta, lavender scented vanilla custard, apricot glaze and almond biscotti ($6).

Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The lounge stays open one hour later daily. All major credit cards are accepted. Complimentary parking is available. For reservations or more information, please contact Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen at (847) 427-4242 or visit them on the web at

733 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.
(312) 602-2100

Mother’s Day Brunch
Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch at the West Loop’s retro-chic Dine, 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Enjoy the Seafood, Soup & Salad Station, featuring an array of salads, an antipasto display with sliced rustic breads, sweet corn and seafood bisque and a ceviche bar. Meat lovers will enjoy the Carving Station, with roasted beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce and caramelized onions, silver dollar rolls and roasted garlic and creamed spinach. The Entrée Station features many items, including crusted salmon with a shallot butter sauce, Portobello pasta caprese, roasted chicken breast and Dine’s signature meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes. Wake up with Dine’s Breakfast Station, featuring made to order omelets, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, pastries and brioche French toast. Finally, indulge in the pastries, sweets and red velvet cupcakes from the Dessert Table.

On Mother’s Day, every mother receives a complimentary rose. Dine’s brunch is $39 per person, $15 for children 12 and under and no cost for children under five. The restaurant opens for regular dinner at 5 p.m.

New Spring Martinis
Sip Dine’s new spring martinis, each featuring sweet fruits to welcome springtime. Try Spring Fling, Absolut mango, DeKuyper sour apple pucker and cranberry juice ($11); Swellin’ Melon, Stoli vanilla, melon pucker, white cranberry juice and splash of orange juice ($11); and Blueberry Hill, Stoli blueberry, blue curacao, pineapple juice and white cranberry juice ($11).

Dine is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Breakfast is served 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Dinner is served 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Martini Bar and Lounge is open for dining and drinks until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. Dining is available at the bar. Valet parking is complimentary. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Dine at (312) 602-2100 or visit

Glen Prairie Local Flavor Fine Food & Drink
1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, Ill.
(630) 613-1250

Congratulations to Glen Prairie, just named as one of the 2009 “Best New Restaurants” by Chicago Magazine. The publication commends Glen Prairie’s green-minded artisanal foods, talented chef and friendly staff.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Glen Prairie celebrates Mother’s Day with its special Mother’s Day Brunch, offered Sunday, May 10. This extensive buffet includes a Salad Station, with grilled vegetable salad, prairie salad and spinach and berry salad. From the Bakery Station, enjoy assorted house baked breakfast pastries, breads, muffins and artisan rolls. Try Omelets Made to Order, a Farm Fresh Buffet and Chef’s Station. Children will enjoy the Kid’s Corner, with pancakes, Amish chicken nuggets, mac ‘n cheese, French bread pizza and fruit cups. Reservations are required for this Mother’s Day feast, which is $27 for adults, $12 for children ages five through 12 and children four and under are complimentary.

Sip Glen Prairie’s Mother’s Day drink specials, including the Motherly Love, blended honeydew melon, Midor Melon Liqueur, Absolut and ice ($8); Rainbow Sherbet, Stoli Raz Vodka, blue curacao, fresh-squeezed orange juice, lime juice, splash of grenadine and sour, garnished with an orange wheel and Maraschino cherries ($8); Drunk Arnie, sweet tea vodka and lemonade, ($7); and Chocolixir, Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur and Bailey’s Irish Cream, served on the rocks ($9).

New Spring Menus
Glen Prairie launches new spring menus, beginning with new salads from the lunch menu: Confit Tuna Nicoise Salad, baby greens, kalamata olives, farm fresh eggs, red onion, French beans, fingerling potatoes and Champagne-Cider vinaigrette ($12), and Grilled Iowa Farmed Skirt Steak Salad, baby greens, green onions, organic goat cheese, fresh tomatoes, roasted peppers and truffle vinaigrette ($14). New lunch entrees include: Iowa Farmed Skirt Steak Sandwich, smoked provolone, garlic grilled sourdough, herb relish and caramelized onion ($14); Dietzler Farms Prime Patty Melt, organic Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and toasted marble rye ($11); Glen Prairie’s Grilled Cheese, locally farmed goat cheese, thyme marinated tomatoes and toasted challah ($8); and Roasted Vegetable Plate, slow roasted tomatoes, herb relish and balsamic glaze ($10).

For dinner, Glen Prairie introduces new starters, including: Flight of Local Farmers Market Vegetable Crudités, French soy, buttermilk ranch and herb dips ($8); Miller Farms Sage Grilled Chicken Wings, garlic and sweet chili aioli, and organic celery ($7); Grilled Sweet Corn and Tomato Bruschetta, fresh mozzarella and crostini ($8); and Locally Farmed Asparagus, Caw-Caw Creek prosciutto, market mushrooms, peppato cheese and truffle vinaigrette ($8).

Glen Prairie’s new dinner items include Spiced Grilled Missouri Catfish, sweet peas, roasted fingerling potatoes and sauce rémoulade ($18); Pappardelle Carbonara, Caw-Caw Creek prosciutto, slow roasted tomatoes and fresh herbs ($16); Local Farmers Market Roasted Vegetable Plate, slow roasted tomatoes, organic goat cheese, basil oil and balsamic glaze ($14); and Baby Eggplant Involtini, roasted garlic ricotta, organic tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella ($16).

Indulge in Glen Prairie’s array of new desserts, such as Seasonal Cobbler, fruit cobbler with seasonal fruit ($7); Strawberry, Peaches and Cream Trifle, fresh organic strawberries, Cointreau marinated peaches, mascarpone cream and moist pound cake (regular $7; mini $2); Heavenly Brownie Sundae, house made chocolate brownie, vanilla bean gelato, chocolate sauce and cocoa nibs (regular $6; mini $2); and Fruit and Berry Plate, seasonal organic fresh fruit and berries with organic whipped cream ($5).

Glen Prairie Local Flavor Fine Food & Drink is located at 1250 Roosevelt Rd. in Glen Ellyn, Ill. in Chicago’s western suburbs. Glen Prairie is open 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday. The lounge remains open one hour later than the restaurant each day. For more details, contact the restaurant at (630) 613-1250 or visit

Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine
510 E. Route 83, Mundelein, Ill.
(847) 970-6900

Mother’s Day Brunch
Mothers and grandmothers receive a complimentary glass of Champagne during Karma’s Mother’s Day celebration, offered 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10. The brunch buffet features different stations, including the Salad Station; Seafood Station, with citrus poached King Salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp and Creole Bay Seafood salad; Made to Order Omelet Station; Breakfast Station, including ginger French toast, cheese blintzes with fruit compote, pepper cured bacon, country sausage links and breakfast potatoes; Savory Station, with roasted chipotle chicken, Asian BBQ salmon with sautéed vegetables, Dijon mustard and rosemary pork loin over pesto risotto; Carving Station, with herb and garlic crusted prime rib and honey baked ham; and Desserts, including assorted mini French pastries and bakery fresh tortes and pies. Mother’s Day brunch at Karma is $26.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 12 and under and no cost for children under five.

New Menu Items
Karma’s spring menu features new seasonal entrees. Try Shaolin Grilled NY Strip, baby vegetables, shoestring potatoes, drizzled with mustard aioli and spicy tamari demi glace ($28); Shanghai Glazed Rib-eye, 14 oz. bone-in center cut steak served with a Shanghai sauce and garlic chive mashed potatoes ($27); Asian BBQ Salmon, forbidden rice, sweet potato crisps, wok-tossed spinach, Napa cabbage and shiitake mushroom ($19); and Yellow Mango Vegetable Curry, spring vegetables tossed with coconut yellow curry, jasmine rice and kimchee ($15).

Karma also celebrates National Sake Month (April) by offering the Hakutsuru Junmai sake, normally $11, on special for only $7 throughout the month of April.

Reservations are recommended. Karma is open seven days a week 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for breakfast; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for dinner, and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner. The lounge is open 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 5 p.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday. Karma is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Chicago North Shore at 510 E. Route 83, Mundelein, Ill. For reservations or more information, call Karma at (847) 970-6900 or visit

Maxwell’s At the Club
500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, Ill.
(312) 527-5800 Ext. 301

Mother’s Day Brunch
Celebrate Mother’s Day brunch in the family-friendly setting of Maxwell’s at the Club, the recently renovated, open-to-the-public restaurant located in Chicago’s East Bank Club. Browse the brunch buffet 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. The first station includes Shrimp Cocktail; Chilled Poached and Roasted Salmon; Lox with cream cheese; Toasted Bagels; Seasonal Fresh Fruit; and much more.

At the second station, try a variety of salads, including Mesclun Greens, Lemon Scented Quinoa Salad, Kamut Salad, with wild rice and cranberry salad; Roasted Potato Salad; Asian Shrimp and Edamame Salad; and more. The carving station includes Roast Prime Rib of Beef, with au jus and horseradish sauce, and Roast Rack of Lamb, with mint jelly and mint-Dijon sauce.

The final station features breakfast items, including Applewood Smoked Bacon and Sausage; Breakfast Potatoes; Eggs Benedict; French Toasted Cinnamon Brioche with bananas; Santa Fe Chicken and Tortilla Casserole; Waffle and Omelet bar; and more. Enjoy assorted breakfast pastries and desserts. The Mother’s Day brunch menu at Maxwell’s is $45 per person, and $15 for children under 10.

Mother’s Day Dinner

Maxwell’s also hosts a special Mother’s Day dinner buffet, offered 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10. The first station includes Shrimp Cocktail; Chilled Poached and Roasted Salmon; Lox with cream cheese; Toasted Bagels; Seasonal Fresh Fruit; and much more. At the second station, try a variety of salads, including Mesclun Greens; Lemon Scented Quinoa Salad; Kamut Salad; Roasted Potato Salad; Asian Shrimp and Edamame Salad; and more. At the carving station, try Roast Prime Rib of Beef, with au jus and horseradish sauce, and Roast Rack of Lamb, with mint jelly and mint-Dijon sauce.

Finally, enjoy Texas Rub Roast Pork with bourbon BBQ sauce; Roasted Halibut with tomato basil sauce; Herb Roasted Lemon Oregano Chicken; Soy-Ginger Tuna with lo mein noodles and vegetables; Roasted Red and Sweet Potatoes; Chicken Skillet with broccoli, mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes; Sauteed Green Beans with wild mushrooms; and Sauteed Baby Vegetables. Try the Pasta Station, with assorted pasta, vegetables and sauce. For the sweet tooth, stop by the Assorted Desserts. The Mother’s Day dinner menu at Maxwell’s is $45 per person, and $15 for children under 10.

Maxwell’s at the Club is located in Chicago’s East Bank Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800, Ext. 301). Maxwell’s is open weekdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. for dinner. The bar and lounge is open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sunday brunch is served every week, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations for special holiday menus and events are strongly recommended. For more information visit online at

Restaurant Michael
64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, Ill.
(847) 441-3100

Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner
Join Restaurant Michael for the restaurant’s special Mother’s Day brunch, offered Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Brunch is $39 per person, $19 per child 12 and under and complimentary for children three and under. Also on Mother’s Day, join Restaurant Michael for a special dinner, 4:30 until 8:30 p.m. The dinner is $49 per person, $25 for children twelve and under, and no cost for children three and under. Prices listed above do not include tax and gratuity, and reservations are required.

The brunch begins with a choice of Sliced House Cured Smoked Salmon on warm potato cake, with chive and lemongrass crème fraiche; Tian of Roasted Portabella Mushroom, Laura Chenel Goat Cheese and basil, with toasted pine nuts and tangerine vinaigrette; Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin, and Big Eye Tuna “Nicoise” Petite Mache Salade in a Romano cheese cage; Steamed Zucchini Blossoms filled with veal and truffle mousse, with sauce Perigord; or a Classic Salade Lyonnaise, warmed poached eggs, lardons of bacon, croutons and baby frisée, with a Champagne herb vinaigrette.

Then, choose between French Rolled Omelet with a choice of smoked salmon, chive scented mascarpone cheese, confit tomato, or grilled red onion, served with crispy bacon, potato cake and warm toasted brioche; Poached Eggs “Homardine” over toasted brioche croutons topped with lobster raviolis and sautéed spinach, Nantua sauce and thin asparagus spears; Pan Roasted White Fish with crispy Anna potatoes, baby French green beans and caper lemon butter; Grilled Flat Iron Steak served “Marchand de Vin,” with gratin potatoes with a rich Pinot Noir and shallot reduction; or Exotic Mushroom Crepes with rosemary scented morel cream and silky carrot mousse.

For dessert, indulge in either Fresh Seasonal Fruit Tart, with grilled stone fruit sorbet; Bittersweet Valrhona Chocolate Crepe with candied banana and dark rum gelato; or White Chocolate Semifreddo with rosemary kissed berries.

Restaurant Michael is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Restaurant Michael is available for private functions on and off site. Call (847) 441-3100 or visit for more information.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
921 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont, Ill.
(630) 455-9846

Mother’s Day Celebration
Celebrate a family-friendly Mother’s Day at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen’s Westmont location, 10 a.m. until 10.m., open one hour earlier from its regular time. Enjoy favorites from the restaurant’s regular menu, including Hazelnut Crusted Ecuadorian Tilapia Fillet, topped with shrimp and garden ripe tomatoes in a light white wine sauce with fresh green beans ($19.95); New Orleans Jazz Scallops, tender jumbo sea scallops with fresh ginger butter, served with fresh green beans and spaghetti squash ($19.95); and Blackened Catfish Opelousas, with oysters, shrimp and crabmeat in a lemon garlic butter sauce with dirty rice ($22.95). Sample a variety of seafood flavors with the Pappadeaux Platter, fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried Mississippi catfish fillet, fried crawfish, stuffed shrimp and stuffed crab on a bed of seasoned French fries ($26.95). Children can enjoy the balloon artist and clown, while the whole family can dine to the jazz tunes of Dixieland Express, playing all day Mother’s Day.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
798 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.
(847) 228-9551

Mother’s Day Celebration
At Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen’s Arlington Heights location, celebrate Mother’s Day with the $19.95 per person, all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, offered 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the regular menu also available. Following brunch, join Pappadeaux for dinner 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy different stations, including a Carving Station, with ham, prime rib and lamb, as well as the Made to Order Station, with omelets, pancakes and waffles. Dine to the sounds of jazz pianist Timothy Hardin, while children’s fun includes a balloon artist.

Lunch Features at Both Locations
Both the Westmont and Arlington Heights Pappadeaux locations recently launched an all-new lunch menu with unbelievable deals, served daily 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. New soup, salad and sandwich items include: Crispy Grouper Sandwich, fresh Florida grouper battered and fried crisp on a French bread bun with cocktail and tartar sauce, crisp slaw and red onion ($9.95); Pappadeaux Steak Sandwich, grilled rib eye steak served on a French bread bun with horseradish mayonnaise, grilled onions, tomato and arugula ($12.95); and Louisiana Gumbo & Poboy, choice of half blackened catfish, fried shrimp or fried oyster poboy and a cup of gumbo or crawfish bisque ($8.95).

New fresh fish include the Ginger Salmon, grilled salmon fillet topped with ginger butter and served with almond green beans ($10.95); Seared Grouper Scampi Style, blackened Florida grouper with crispy garlic and lemon garlic butter, with sautéed zucchini ribbons ($11.95); and Pan Grilled Tilapia, topped with toasted hazelnuts and brown butter served with green beans and potatoes ($9.95). Try the new pasta dish, Creamy Parmesan Pasta, linguine tossed with zucchini, mushrooms and herbs in a creamy parmesan sauce, topped with grilled chicken breast ($9.95); and sample the new specialty salad, Pappadeaux Salad, signature salad of spinach, romaine and herbs tossed in a chili lime vinaigrette with fresh jicama, cucumber, peanuts and avocado, finished with a choice of sweet and spicy glazed beef filet tips, grilled shrimp or grilled chicken breast ($10.95).

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Both the Westmont and Arlington Heights locations offer private function space and events. For more information, call the Westmont location at (630) 455-9846, or call the Arlington Heights location at (847) 228-9551. Visit online at

Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, Ill.
(847) 777-6575

Mother’s Day Brunch
Join the popular north shore eatery, Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood, on Sunday, May 10 for the restaurant’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet, offered from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the space adjacent to the restaurant. As a special treat, each mother receives a complimentary $25 gift certificate to Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood.

At the Mother’s Day brunch, enjoy a variety of hot breakfast fare, including sausage, bacon, breakfast pastries and pancakes. Get made to order omelets at the Omelet Station, and for the lighter side, enjoy assorted salads, pastas, chicken, fish and shrimp cocktail. Savor roast beef with horseradish cream, and turkey breast with turkey giblet gravy at the Carving Station. Indulge in the treats at the Dessert Station, and sip complimentary cocktails at the Mimosa Bar and the Bloody Mary Bar.

The Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood is $39.95 per person and $13.95 for children 12 and under. Enjoy Tramonto’s regular breakfast buffet, offered from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. After brunch, stay for the restaurant’s regular dinner menu, offered from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood is located adjacent to the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, Ill. (847) 777-6575. Hours: Breakfast: 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited Lunch: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to make reservations, call (847) 777-6575.

A Silver Lining Foundation
134 N. LaSalle, Suite 1218, Chicago
(312) 345-1322

Mother’s Day with Buy A Mom A Mammogram™
Don’t forget to celebrate Mother’s Day with ASLF. One donation can purchase a breast cancer screening mammogram for a woman through ASLF’s Buy A Mom A Mammogram™ program. Buy A Mom A Mammogram™ funds no cost screening mammograms and follow up diagnostic testing when indicated to uninsured and underinsured individuals in a timely, dignified and respectful fashion. ASLF has provided 3,000 individuals with information about and access to no cost mammograms. To donate, call ASLF at (312) 345-1322 or visit

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