Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pasta at Midnight: The Italian way


Mamma Anna at the midnight pasta fest

        Our friend and best guest poster, Yle from Puglia was able to send this great story before she launches her next week long event in Lecce:    a culinary tour with chef Kathy Ayer and another amazing tour for 12 lucky participants http://foodloversodyssey.typepad.com/my_weblog/food-wine-lovers-culinary-tour-puglia.html

Yltour hosted another amazing event with Melissa Maldoon learning Italian, visiting towns and villages through Puglia and enjoying many activities at this elegant country location.   Yle tells us about an impromptu event late one night....

- spaghetti, spah-geh-tee – fare una spaghettata - to eat spaghetti with friends

   .Our Italian/US group (Italian language Immersion: Diario di una Studentessa Mattahttp://www.studentessamatta.com/tour-puglia-with-melissa-yltour/) was gathering around a table after the presentation of a book under an inspiring summer starred sky, sipping some negroamaro wine when suddenly my friend Sarah (a highly talented opera singer) declared: spaghetti?

In less than 1 minute we (a group of ten) all agreed on abandoning the beautiful buffet we were attending and went into the most inspiring Salento rustic kitchen to prepare our midnight snack.
In a few seconds the kitchen set was ready and Mamma Anna, assisted by our charming Italian man Michele, were ready to cook.

So lucky to have sweet Mamma Anna at the table with us! As soon as we pronounced the magic word “spaghetti” she immediately continued by saying “Aglio, Olio and Peperoncino”. The perfect Italian Mum.

After 10 minutes from the declaration spaghetti, we were in the kitchen preparing the ingredients and boiling some salted water.      In the meantime some local friends joined us in the kitchen attracted by what an authentic Italian can never resist.

Our group of US friends were simply happy at inventing this gorgeous dish with Mamma Anna: although it was late – and she usually sleeps at that time – she was energetic, ironic and had hugs and kisses for everybody.

In Italian we say “detto fatto”..which means said done!|

While Mamma Anna was showing our friends how to make the most popular Italian midnight snack, somebody else brought some good local wine to pair with.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rome: 120 days in Rome


120 Days project

Thanks to a post by Browsing  Rome http://www.browsingrome.com/  I started to follow American artist Kelly Medford as she features  parts of Rome I have never seen....in her 120 pictures series

I was also curious about the daily project since my blog a day for my next
100 days in Italy was on the drawing board.
Take a look at some of her wonderfull paintings, dream of the places she shows us about her Rome  and think of joining her on a painting event in 2013.


Kelly Medford

About the Artist

The act of painting is catching a fleeting moment in time, never to be repeated.

Kelly Medford - Biography
I’m a young painter, and until recently only painted landscapes. Last year I completed a 100 day project to challenge and grow myself and my work, to explore what it is I have to say in paint. I also traveled to Alaska, Florida, South Carolina and several other places painting before moving to Rome, Italy this fall.
The warm light of Rome and it's vast layers of history compel me to carry my easel with me everywhere I go. I stop to paint the light hitting a building, a square or the remnants of a Roman aqueduct running through busy traffic. The possibilities are endless and I'm not only excited, but honored to have the opportunity to paint the streets and life of Rome.
Thank you for your interest in my work and for taking the time to visit the site.
Sign-up to recieve my email newsletter and learn about places off the beaten path in and around Rome
You can always contact me directly at paintings@kellymedford.com
Read more of about my travels and paintings in Rome on my Adventures In Painting Blog

Friday, August 24, 2012

Eating in Italy, like an Italian NOT a tourist


The Walks of Italy web site (www.walksofitaly.com) had a wonderful review of possible problems when eating out in Italy...... 

  If you are planning a trip you should read the entire article.    After years of traveling to Italy I am still intimidated by the restaurants, what to choose, how to order but it is usually a delicious result even if the combination of dishes I order do not always complement each other.....


I try to post articles that cover topics that an Italian American can not always do justice to.   I look forward to taking some of the Walks of Italy Tours and will be creating a series of their walks for my next trip to Italy, solo......stay tuned.



How Not to Get Ripped Off Eating in Italy

We’ve heard story upon story of tourists being ripped off at cafes or restaurants in Italy. We’ve even experienced it ourselves. And let us tell you: Unfortunately, nothing makes you leave even a great meal with a sour taste in your mouth like knowing you paid way too much for that tiny little coffee (8 euros? You must be kidding!)… or wondering if you did (when the waiter pointedly said “Service is not included,” were you really supposed to leave that 20% tip?).
These kinds of experiences can bring your whole trip to Italy down. And many tourists think that they’re just part of the deal when it comes to traveling in another country.
But let us tell you: They’re not. And, armed with just a little bit of knowledge, you can avoid being ripped off in Italy’s restaurants and cafes. Yes, even in the touristy areas.
From where to eat to avoid a fiasco to begin with, to the magic three words that will get any Italian to fix an overinflated bill, we’re going to let you in on some secrets that not even the locals want you to know. Take notes.

The farther away from a tourist site you eat, the less likely you are to be ripped off

Avoid eating at major sites like this one in Rome
This view of Rome's Piazza Navona is lovely -- but eating at a restaurant while appreciating it will cost your wallet. And possibly your dignity.
It’s a sad truth that some Italians see Americans, Brits, Australians and others as easy prey. And so that’s why restaurants and cafes right near the big tourist sites are the most likely to try to take advantage of you. No, not all of them will. But trust us. It’s much more likely. After all, they’re used to busloads of tourists. They’re not as used to Italians or locals who know what a restaurant or cafe should and shouldn’t do… and call them on it.
For the record, yes, high-risk establishments include those on popular piazzas, like Rome’s Piazza Navona or Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. A rule of thumb: In general, whenever you see as many non-Italians as Italians, be on your guard.

Lots of restaurants in Italy have hosts standing outside the door, trying to get you to come in.
Other tip-offs that you’re in a touristy establishment: There’s a “host” outside the door asking you to come in (any Italian restaurant catering to locals, not tourists, won’t have this, since they’ll be jam-packed with diners no matter what), there’s a menu with pictures, or there’s a big sign that says “Tourist Menu” or even “No service!” or “No cover charge!”. (More on that later).
That said? If you really want to avoid getting ripped off, the sad truth is that you have to have your wits about you no matter where you’re eating.

Don’t sit down in an Italian cafe. No, really. Don’t

Unless your feet are just killing you, avoid sitting down in the kind of place that Italians call a “bar” and we call a “cafe.” Why? Because as soon as you sit down, the price of whatever you’re eating doubles, triples… or worse. That’s why you see Italians usually taking their coffee and cornetti standing up. Often, tourists will walk into a cafe and someone will immediately say, “Here, why don’t you sit?” It sounds like a suggestion, and a nice idea. And maybe it is.
But make no mistake: Even if it was their idea and you didn’t know there was a price difference, you’ll still be paying the sit-down price.

How not to get ripped off if you really have to sit down at a cafe

What to look for so you don't get ripped off eating in Italy
Here's the list of "Banco" versus "Tavolo" prices to look for. As you can see, they're fairly different!
If you do decide to sit down, before you order anything or make yourself comfortable at the table, always walk in and look at the prices above the counter. (These prices are almost always inside, above the bar, not outside… where more people would see them). Usually there is one column for “Banco” and one for “Tavolo.” “Banco” is the price if you stand at the bar; “Tavolo” is if you’re sitting. If it’s still worth it to you, then by all means, sit — but keep in mind roughly what those prices were.
When you ask for the bill, ask for it to be itemized. (You can say “il conto dettagliato” ["eel cone-toe deh-tahl-yah-toe] or ““il conto lungo” ["eel cone-toe loon-go"). This minimizes the chance that someone will simply come up with a random price to charge you. If any of the items on the bill aren't what you ordered, or if the prices are different than what you saw on the price list inside, ask why. You know what the prices for the various items were supposed to be al tavolo, because they've been posted and, legally, that's what they have to be. Don't let the waiter talk you into anything different.

At restaurants, know what you do and don't have to pay for

Yes, you do have to pay for water. (You can ask for "acqua dal rubinetto," tap water, but it's often seen as a bit rude. Plus, those glasses of tap water will take ages to get refilled by your waiter, if they're refilled at all!). At moderately-priced places, a large bottle of mineral water for the table should cost no more than 2 euros, maybe 3 in more-expensive cities like Venice.
Is that digestivo free or not?
Will that after-dinner limoncello cost you? It depends
Yes, you do also have to pay for bread. This is the “pane e coperto” charge — more on what that is in a moment.
Yes, you do have to pay for that antipasto or foccacia. Even if the way the waiter asked you if you wanted it made it sound like it would be free. (“Would you like just a little bit of foccacia while you decide?”).
And yes, you have to pay for that digestivo of limoncello or amaro or grappa. Sometimes. Here’s how to tell: If the waiter asks you if you want an after-dinner drink after you’ve eaten but before he’s brought the bill, you’ll probably be charged. If he asks you if you want one after he’s brought the bill and/or you’ve paid, it’s probably a little “thank you” on the house. Needless to say, unless you’re a regular at a restaurant, the latter is the rarer situation.

Avoid giving the waiter the power over what, or how much, to bring

Sometimes, waiters will ask if you would like an antipasto for the table. Most of the time, this is fine. Occasionally, though, the antipasto winds up costing an arm and a leg — and you don’t realize it until you get the bill.

Be specific when you order an antipasto, or that bruschetta and other food might just keep coming and coming... at a cost
So instead of telling the waiter to just bring you something, order specifically from the menu, with the quantity you’d like, and be clear. “Vorrei un’antipasto per due,” you could say (an antipasto for two), even if there are four of you. That’s fine.
The other item to watch is fish. Since fish is usually charged by weight at restaurants, this can get a little confusing. You say you want the fish of the day that’s around a certain weight, the waiter brings out a lovely, fresh-caught one to show you that’s “around” that weight, and then miraculously, when the bill comes, it turns out that fish was a little heavier than you expected. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do about this, other than to double-check the weight a few times with the waiter before you agree to have them cook it.

Getting the bill at a restaurant

When your waiter brings you a bill (remember, you have to ask for it!), make sure that it’s itemized. (Again, ask for “il conto dettagliato” or ““il conto lungo“). Sometimes, restaurants will just write a total number down, or even just say it. In that case, ask for the itemized bill. It’s the only way to know if you’re being charged what you should be. Plus, if you wind up being ripped off despite all your best efforts, it puts the power in your hands. We’ll tell you why in a little bit.

What’s that “pane e coperto” charge on my bill?

Even if you don't touch that bread, you might still be charged "pane e coperto"
When an Italian restaurant charges you for bread, it’s generally not per basket. Instead, the price is usually per head. It’s typically about 1.50 euros per head, perhaps 2 or 2.50 in pricier, more-touristy places like Venice or Sorrento. That said, some regions have apparently passed laws, including Rome’s Lazio region, saying that this “pane e coperto” charge is against the law. That doesn’t mean that most restaurants are paying attention. And yes, most Italians are paying for pane e coperto as well — not just tourists. So in general, we let it go and pay.
But there’s a caveat. This charge should be written on the menu. Maybe it’s in small letters, maybe it’s on the back page, but it should be there. If it’s not? We make a fuss. And the charge gets taken off.

What about a charge for “servizio”?

If an item has been added, probably 10 but up to 20 percent, called “servizio,” that’s “service.” You see this often in Venice, the Cinque Terre, and Amalfi coast, and at more-touristy establishments in Florence and Rome. Something to know about servizio: Although it seems to be legal, it should be written on the menu, as should pane e coperto. (It’s often, of course, in small print and/or on a back page). Few Italians actually have to pay this servizio, and sometimes, it’s only written on the English version of the menu.
If the servizio hasn’t been written anywhere, ask for it to be taken off if you see it on your bill. If everything about the servizio seems to be as straightforward as possible — you knew, from the menu, it’d be 10% extra, and sure enough, it was — then pay it. But do not add a tip on top. That is the tip! Countless Americans wind up being double-charged on tips because they don’t realize this. And that’s exactly what these restaurants count on.
Note: Some restaurants try to attract tourists by saying, “No service charge!”. That’s fine… but it means the place is pretty touristy. (A place that catered to Italians probably wouldn’t have servizio, and wouldn’t make a big deal about not having it — especially not in English). And so, in general, since you have the least chance of being taken advantage of at non-touristy places, a sign proclaiming no servizio isn’t necessarily a good thing, either.

To tip your waiter… or not to tip your waiter?

First, one thing to keep in mind: Waiting tables in Italy is much different than waiting tables in the States. Many Italian waiters are paid off the books, meaning they’re not paying taxes. If they are on the books, then they get paid vacations (some six weeks per year or more) and paid sick leave. And they have national health.
Second: That tip probably doesn’t make it into your waiter’s pocket anyway. Often, it goes to the owner.

To tip... or not to tip?
Furthermore, if servizio has been added to your bill (see above), then leave nothing on top. Rest assured knowing that, since most Italians won’t even have this servizio on their bill and won’t tip, you’re still tipping quite a lot in comparison.
So if all that’s been added to your bill is pane e coperto, or nothing at all, and your service has been good, then maybe leave something. But not 20 percent. Not 15 percent. Not necessarily even 10 percent. A few coins, or rounding up, is sufficient.
While that makes many Americans grimace, remember: Italy is a different culture. And it’s a different tipping culture, too. Adjusting to it is not only part of the experience, but shows respect for the locals.
Note: Often, a waiter might make the point of dropping a bill off to a table of tourists and, if servizio isn’t on the bill, saying, “Service is not included.” No, this is not his helpful way of clueing you into a local tradition. He would never, ever say anything like that to a table of Italians. Instead, he’s learned that those magic words get English speakers, especially Americans, to take out their wallets and leave an extra 20 percent… without realizing they don’t have to (and possibly shouldn’t).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Free wishes from Italy tonight! Get out there.....

The Italians seem to have festivals for every event,  food, saints, seasons, weather, but I really like this one: 

La Notte di San Lorrenzo  or the night of san Lorrenzo      

 Several posts this week alerted me to this event, so I hope I give credit to all the bloggers and FB posts I read about this event.   Has anyone outside of Italy ever heard of this?????


Yle tells me:
During this special occasion, family and friends stay together and watch the starred sky until somebody see a shooting star.    It is at that point that a wish comes true.   

It is the night during which everybody is with their faces looking up.   Many people love meeting on beaches at night, waiting for the stars to fall,  playing guitar, singing and dancing pizzica.   It is a special occasion to celebrate with good food, wine and music. 

The President of Ciancia (an Italian Language group in Atlanta, Ga)  wrote a great description on their news letter:


In Italy, Ferragosto is the traditional night of the falling stars, dense with memories of summer infatuations and hearttrobs – definitively a sensuous and romantic holiday. 
Back in the old days, memorable soccer games were played on our streets, with hardly a car or a bus passing by, the goal made by shut-down storefront on opposite sides, and suddenly, the sidewalk would turn into a stadium.  Under 100 degrees plus, even police officers would step in the shade and watch the game.  Bystanders would turn into children, neatly dressed businessmen would get in the game in their blue suit. 
 At night, with our cities virtually empty, we would lay down on the pavement of the busiest intersection downtown, just for the extraordinary circumstance.  For a moment, the city was ours.  Then we would drive to the beach and sit on the sand with our friends until daybreak.

On the Northern hemisphere, August 15 coincides with a peak activity of the Perseid meteor shower, leaving Italians at a particular advantage to view this astrological event – best seen at pre-dawn hours.  In the U.S. you may have to wait until dawn to see them – face up, on a cloudless sky, it’s a stunning spectacle!
"Traditionally, on August 10th there is a night of falling stars – really a meteor shower – that is interpreted as San Lorenzo’s tears". (author unknown)

The author of Bleeding Espresso, Michelle Fabio, had a great story on her blog about this event:
Also called La Notte dei Desideri (the Night of Wishes), August 10 is a special, magical day for Italians, and it can be for you too.

Each year on this night, Italians turn their eyes skyward in the hopes of seeing a shooting star, one of the many that will fall during the Perseid Meteor Shower.    Seen near the constellation of Perseus, the numerous stelle cadenti (falling stars) are actually remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered in 1862.

The falling stars are believed to represent tears shed for San Lorenzo during his August 10 burial after he died a martyr’s death in 258 A.D. As deacon of Pope Sixtus II, San Lorenzo had been ordered by one of tyrant Valerian’s judges to offer up the church’s treasures; San Lorenzo presented the poorest of his congregation, and the judge ordered San Lorenzo to be burned alive on a gridiron.

And so, on this night, Italians believe that wishes will come true for those who stop to remember the pain suffered by San Lorenzo and with every falling star they say, “Stella, mia bella Stella, desidero che…”

“Star, my beautiful star, I wish that…”

I have to run outside and look for stars.....I have my wish all ready, how about you?

My Italian wish did come true but that is another story

Mamma Mia ! An Italian Flower

Meet Belfiore or as we will know her in our future cooking series, Mamma Anna!

Our friend Yle with Yltours in Lecce, Puglia will do the interview for me today.   And although I have not met Signore Sambati yet, I already feel as if we are friends.

Anna in the kitchen with her sister

Mamma Anna has a lovely surname: BELFIORE

I think that when she was born, a star was on top of her head since she is always shining and smiling. Everybody loves talking to Anna and spending time with her. She’s just awesome. 

Well, her surname is BELFIORE (beautiful flower) which tells a lot about her.
 A mother of 4,  Yle included – the Puglia Travel expert – Mamma Anna embodies the sweetest image of the Italian Mamma.      We know she loves textiles, perfumed body creams and peasant cooking from Puglia.
Let’s get to know Mamma Anna better and her beautiful mind….

Mamma Anna how are you?
Bene grazie..e tu? (Very well thank you and you)    
She has a magnetic smile, I have to say.....that is so very much contagious  

How is life in Puglia?
Very nice and sweet.        We live well in this part of Italy.      
No traffic, no smog, sunshine almost every day of the year, warm (friendly) locals and awesome food and wine

A mum of 4!
Yes:       Giorgio, Barbara, Ylenia (who we call Yle), Azzurra.      I have always loved being a full time mom and taking care of my children.     I have paid a lot of attention to teaching them to eat properly, the Mediteranean way.    A few cakes.   Rather legumes, vegetables, hand made pasta.      My Mum used to live with us and very often made hand made pasta.

I remember Yle in particular watching  her doing this job for hours.     That was crazy.     The two things she (Yle)  did most were making as if she spoke in English (and she didn’t of course) and spending a lot of time with her nonna (my mum) while making pasta.

How do you make your food shopping Mamma Anna (what in Italy they call “spesa”)?
The freshest seasonal products.   No doubt.    Food markets are my favourite, especially on Sunday.
I always go to a Sunday food market by the ocean and know all the vendors and ask them to sell me the very best of the day!
I personally do not like eating produce that has been  'on the shelf' for too long. We in Puglia have the habit of eating the combination of a few, yet delicious ingredients.    Simple recipes.
When it is about making the “spesa” I personally select all the food that will be prepared and focus on recipes that are easy to make, healthy and mostly coming from “cucina povera”.     I’m happy to realize that my children have adopted this food habit,  and do the same.
For a mother it is very important to teach children how important it is to eat well and be aware about ingredients.

You run cooking classes helping Yle with her friends coming from all around the world.
Yes, that is so much fun.       I love when Yle tells me we have some friends visiting and we have to cook together.      It’s like sharing part of my family traditions and making people feel happy and comfortable all the time.       These are very social cooking classes during which we prepare, have some laughs, drink a good glass of wine and taste what we prepare.
I have met some amazing friends during these cooking classes and have had a lot of fun.

What's your favorite ingredient?
Hard to say, have more than one actually….I think cherry tomatoes.   I love the pane e pomodorini (bread and cherry tomatoes) with a pinch of salt and extra virgin olive oil.      Vegetables for sure – a lot of delicious recipes with zucchini always keeping the genuine flavour of ingredients.
What’s you favourite Italian cinema celebrity of forever?
Sofia Loren of course.      She embodies a lot of nice values. Beauty, Italianism, simplicity, energy, intensity.   (I) Have always loved her and (have) seen her films so many times.

Enjoy good food, good company, good wine!

Do you ever cook to music?
Sure I do.     Do you know how amazing it is to sing and cook?
Depending on the day it can be classic opera or famous Italian songs.  (I) Love Pavarotti, Who doesn’t?      But also “La traviata” and many more.
When my children were little, I used to be a nice blondie mum cooking all the time and singing too while doing that and I remember them asking me “Ancora mamma” – keep on singing Mamma. How many wonderful memories.

The point is that for us Italians, most of the time the food is related to families, beautiful memories and simple ingredients

Do you have any questions for Mamma?  

 Let's ask her to cook with

us next time!

How can people book a cooking class with you?
Via Yle!!  - she smiles
She’s my manager.    I cook, I am the Mamma.    
 Contact Yle at     info@yltourcongressi.com
to plan your next adventure!  
Read some of her other stories on this blog:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Italy: Renting an Apartment

If you have dreamed of living in Italy, a professional Immobiliare (Real Estate Agent) can simplify the process

Any real estate transaction has endless rules, regulations and paperwork.   Add to this that you will be working in a language that may not be your primary one and skilled help will be essential.

I try to visit Isabell Salesny when I am Rome each year and enjoy her extensive knowledge of the city where she and her partner Alfredo Di Francesco market properties for rent or sale.    They work with international clients and understand their needs.

Isabell has shared a check list of what to expect when renting a property in Italy.
So begin to dream of that perfect apartment where you can begin to live as an Italian........

Checklist for renting (out) an apartment/office space in Italy
3 steps:

Signing the contract (3 copies), payment of the deposit (2 or 3 months rent) + 1 month rent in advance by the lessee  (a codice fiscale (tax code )from the tax office is requested, non EU members need a permit to stay)
Registration of the rental contract at the tax office within 30 days by the landlord (see registration fees below)
Notification of the tenant by registered letter with return receipt (raccomandata andata ritorno) in questura within 48 hours by the landlord
Types of contracts:
-       Contratto a canone libero: 4 + 4 years, 2 or 3 months rent deposit, registration at the tax office (to be repeated every year): 2% of the annual rent

-       Contratto di locazione abitativa agevolata: 3 + 2 years, rent is calculated by certain parameters and must not exceed the maximum rent of the category (every district has its own rent category), 2 months rent deposit, registration fee at the tax office (to be repeated every year): 30% less, so it is 1,4% of the annual rent

-       Contratto di locazione ad uso Transitorio: 1 to 18 months,  rent is regulated as in the “contratto di locazione abitativa agevolata”, this contract can only be applied for  temporary use of the apartment (a letter of the temporary work/study period has to be attached to the contract),  2 months rent deposit, registration fee at the tax office is a 2% of the entire rental period

-       Contratto di locazione ad uso professionale: 6 + 6 years: applied for office space, can be an apartment of category A10, office space, or a residential category, 2 or 3 months rent deposit, registration at the tax office (to be repeated every year): 1% of the annual rent, if tenant and landlord are companies, 2% if the landlord is not a company

References are normally requested (work contract or letter of employment)
Sometimes landlords request a “fideiussione bancaria (bank guarantee) for 6 months or 1 year which will be automatically renewed every year
For the registration of the contract (within 30 days) the cadastral data (to be found in the cadastral survey) of the apartment is needed (it will be written in the contract) as well as revenue stamps (bolli): 1 stamp: 14,62 euros every 4 pages or 100 lines. The cost of the registration fee is divided by 50% between tenant and landlord, the tax stamps are  paid the tenant.
When you rent out an apartment a copy of the tenant’s passport (plus the permit to stay for non EU members) needs to be send together with a standard form to the questura within 48 hours
The tenant’s notice of termination of lease can be 6 months, but  also be negotiated to 3 months or 1 month for residential use. It needs to be given by registered letter with return receipt (raccomandata andata ritorno)
Utilities are normally transferred to the tenants name.
Hand over lists are added, if the apartment is furnished
Office space (category A10) is not suitable for a b&b (only apartments of residential categories)

A glimpse of our listings:
Centro storico, splendid penthouse apartment with terrace, 1.900 euros/month http://casaitalyimmobiliare.immobiliarewebagency.it/annuncio/?idAnnuncio=29252278

EUR area, bright apartment on 2 levels with private garden, 3.200 euros/month http://casaitalyimmobiliare.immobiliarewebagency.it/annuncio/?idAnnuncio=35525630

Città Giardino, elegant apartment with terrace on the raised ground floor, 690.000 euros  http://casaitalyimmobiliare.immobiliarewebagency.it/annuncio/?idAnnuncio=31348770   

Haven’t found what you are looking for? Please check  www.casaitaly.it – Your Real Estate Service in Rome
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