Dining at ONE Restaurant Summerlicious 2018 (+ $100 Gift Card Giveaway)

By Heather Koroluk 

Summer is an ideal time for dining outdoors on one of the many leafy patios tucked throughout Toronto’s fascinating neighbourhoods. To make it even more irresistible to get out and explore Toronto’s food scene, July also happens to be the month of  Summerlicious  and this year the dates are July 6–22, 2018. 

If you’re not familiar with this popular food festival, it’s a 17-day event promoted by the City of Toronto featuring more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus at one of three price categories: Lunch: $23 | $28 | $33 or Dinner: $33 | $43 | $53

Summerlicious 2018 Booking with Aeroplan

Beef shortrib at Summerlicious 2018 ONE restaurant

Aeroplan members get special benefits during Summerlicious and Winterlicious – mark your calendar!

Aeroplan is a premiere sponsor of Summerlicious and Aeroplan members enjoy the perk of making advance reservations at participating restaurants a day before the general public during these promotions.  

But there’s another little-known benefit Aeroplan members get. In addition to advance reservations, Aeroplan members also get special privileges (such as a complimentary glass of champagne, bubbly wine or amuse bouche) at participating restaurants when they show the server their Aeroplan card or an Aeroplan-affiliated credit card upon arrival.

Check out the list of these bonus extras on the Aeroplan Moments to Savour website.

Not yet a member of the Aeroplan Loyalty Program? It’s easy and free to enroll here.

When Aeroplan invited us to check out the advance reservation system with dinner at ONE Restaurant, we quickly made space on our summer calendar, donned our summer fashion apparel  ( while ONE restaurant doesn’t have an official dress code it’s a chic, fancy restaurant so you don’t want to show up wearing flip flops and spandex cycling shorts) and headed to Yorkville to enjoy dinner at a prime-time slot of  Sunday night at 7:30 pm.   

The Aeroplan advantage is super handy for scoring prime-time reservations at a top restaurants (like ONE Restaurant) during Summerlicious.

Dining at ONE Restaurant Hazelton Hotel

Terrace of ONE Restaurant at Hazleton Hotel

Terrace of ONE Restaurant at Hazleton Hotel

Dining at ONE Restaurant is a real treat. It’s one of Toronto’s top restaurants and Summerlicious 2018  is an opportunity to to sample its fine cuisine at a very appealing rate. ONE Restaurant is helmed by acclaimed chef and restauranteur Mark McEwan and Executive Chef Andrew Ellerby. Chef McEwan  has a stellar reputation built through a vast repertoire of culinary projects that includes top upscale restaurants such as Bymark, Diwan (within the stunning Aga Khan Museum), North 44 and ONE Restaurant as well as a cookware line by Fresco and role as head judge on “Top Chef Canada “.  

It’s also a prime spot on Toronto’s patio scene. ONE Restaurant is located within the Hazelton Hotel, a boutique luxury hideaway situated in the heart of fashionable Yorkville and close to the Royal Ontario Museum, one of the top places to visit in Toronto. Best known for its celebrity clientele during the Toronto International Film Festival each September, it’s also a summer dining favourite due to ONE’s expertly prepared contemporary cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients and inviting outdoor patio.

With our Aeroplan advance reservations in place, we arrived at ONE Restaurant  and were greeted by the hostess and seated on their bustling wraparound patio. Situated in a perfectly shaded spot our table offered a great view of the people-watching on Yorkville while Ferraris and exotic vehicles glided by.

2018 Summerlicious Menu at One Restaurant Toronto

Appetizer Summerlicious 2018

A beautiful appetizer at ONE Restaurant during Summerlicious 2018

Once at our table, we were greeted by our server and provided with our complimentary chilled glass of champagne (exclusive to Aeroplan members – see above!).

We began our meal with a choice of appetizer – Spicy Salmon Tartare, Shrimp Tostada, or Heirloom Tomato Salad. We opted for the tomato salad which featured watermelon, fresh ricotta, focaccia and balsamic reduction, which was absolutely bursting with fresh summery flavours.

The balsamic reduction added the perfect pop of acidity to the fluffy, fresh ricotta. My date opted for the Spicy Salmon Tartare featuring crispy rice, cucumber-ginger salad, nori,and tare sauce (a thicker and sweeter soy sauce), the medley of Asian flavours really came together in a clever synergy of crispy and soft textures with just the right about of kick thanks to the ginger.

Beef shortrib at Summerlicious 2018 ONE restaurant

Tender beef shortrib at Summerlicious 2018 ONE Restaurant

For mains – we were given a choice of Scallop & Pork Belly, Gnocchi Carbonara or Beef Shortrib. I really enjoyed the freshly made gnocchi which featured parmesan fondue, truffle shavings and a perfectly cooked soft poached egg. My date chose the Beef Shortrib (horseradish pomme puree, heirloom carrot, and pearl onions on a bed of creamed spinach. Elegantly plated, the dish was tender, filling and exploded with rich savory flavor.

Dessert Trifle ONE Restaurant at Summerlicious 2018

Dessert Trifle ONE Restaurant at Summerlicious 2018

Our dessert choices were Strawberry Trifle, Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, or Fruit & Sorbet.  We have a long standing family trifle recipe in my family – I was curious to see how ONE’s stacked up. Comprised of layers of lemon chiffon cake, vanilla Chantilly and locally grown Ontario strawberries topped with a crisp meringue this was the perfect high note to my meal.

My date chose the Chocolate Brownie which featured artisanal Valrhona chocolate (from the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France they have been making chocolate since 1922).  He loved how the rich chocolate melded with the whipped coffee ganache and Maldon salt.

We capped off our meal by ordering one of the Summerlicious cocktails (mocktails are also available). The Apricot Margarita (tequila, Apricot Liqueur, and lime juice was a delightfully unexpected twist to a summer classic.

We loved our Summerlicious experience – it made a perfect and balmy date night out on the town where we got to experience a top Toronto culinary destination at a prime time slot thanks to Aeroplan. 

How to Enter the Aeroplan Giveaway

Craving a chance to sample ONE Restaurant’s cuisine for yourself? Aeroplan has generously offered to give one lucky A Taste for Travel reader a $100 CAD gift card towards dining at any one of the McEwan Group of Restaurants.  You can get an opportunity to win this giveaway by entering below.

Just leave a comment letting us know which restaurant of the McEwan Group of Restaurants you would like to try — such as Bymark, Diwan, One or Fabbrica at the TD Centre– and then complete the Rafflecopter entry form to record your entry. You can earn extra entries by sharing through social media. Rafflecopter will choose the lucky winner by random draw.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to read the fine print on the Rafflecopter entry to see the rules of eligibility. Aeroplan will contact the winner directly to arrange delivery of the gift card. We value your privacy and your information will not be shared unless of course you’re the winner in which case your email will be given for the purposes of receiving the gift card. Please view our complete Privacy policy.

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Food-lovers Travel Guide to Toronto

Aeroplan: There are many benefits to being a member of the Aeroplan Loyalty Program. For example, in addition to the special perks for food events such as Summerlicious, there’s the Aeroplan Member Donation Program which allows members to donate reward miles to Canadian-based charities.

Aeroplan members can also redeem  Reward Miles to shop for Activities and Merchandise from luggage to sporting events. Plus, there are many more benefits waiting to be explored. It’s free to join the Aeroplan program.

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If you're looking for a fancy restaurant for date night or special occasion in Toronto, You'll love ONE Restaurant located within the Hazelton Hotel in the upscale Yorkville neighbourhood. With dishes created by one of Canada's top chefs and a luxury atmosphere it offers memorable fine-dining that really special

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Heather and Arnie are a Toronto-based writer and photographer team who enjoy exploring and showcasing the world of luxury travel, gastronomy, outdoor adventure, wellness and high-end fashion.
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  • Tierra Gordon
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    New to Toronto and have tried this spot yet but would love to.

  • Marlene J
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    I have never been to any of the McEwan Group Restaurant(s), so this would be a real treat.

  • Irene S. Levine
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    Dining at ONE sure looks summerlicious! The Toronto Festival sounds like the kissing cousin of restaurant week in NYC!

  • Rosi
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    I’d love to dine at any great restaurant with my fiance! we are constantly looking for new ones! thanks!

  • Heidi c.
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    I would love to visit any of his restaurants. Maybe Bymark since the prize would help pay the likely large bill if i was to xine there.

  • nicoleroannef
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    I would love to try that freshly made gnocchi at One. Sounds amazing!

  • linda
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    I am foodie fan so dining at ONE Restaurant would be amazing. Would save it for a special occasion. TY for the chance.

  • Nicole Jubleew
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    I’ve never eaten at One but have heard so many great things about their menu so I would love the chance to try it myself.

  • Shamarra Gray
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    I have never eaten at ONE, but would love to soon! Thanks so much for the chance!

  • Shamarra Gray
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    I just checked out the menu and it looks wonderful! I love trying new food spots, so this would be a dream!

  • Sandra Latcham
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    ONE sounds like the place to be in Yorkville…. Yes please!

  • Christina D
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    I love discovering new restaurants that we’ve never been to with my boyfriend, a place that is able to offer great food and service. It would be very fun to check out One for the first time.

  • Jane
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    Thank you for reminding me about Summerlicious 2018!! Luckily there’s still time to take advantage of restaurant deals like the One you had at One!

  • Jennifer Decan
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    All of amark’s restaurants are delicious! Plus, the patio at One is ahhhhhhmazing!

  • Jen
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    I really want to dine at Diwan!! Though I do love One!

  • Erika
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    It’s an amazing spot in Yorkville! Would love to sit by the patio on a summer evening!

  • Rianna
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    One sounds amazing, I would love to try it!

  • Eita
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    It would be great to win since I haven’t been to ONE and I like to try new places !

  • Anu Chopra
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    I would love to eat at ONE Restaurant because it is helmed by acclaimed chef and restauranteur Mark McEwan and have never eaten here before and would be a great opportunity to try the food!

  • Meekyung
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    I’ve never heard of ONE and I would love to eat at ONE

  • kim
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    I’ve never been to this restaurant but would love to try it because the menu sounds amazing.

  • Bethany Grubb
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    I would love to try Bymark, the patio looks amazing. I love Summerlicous!

  • Vanessa L.
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    My husband and I had a great meal years ago at Bymark. We’d love to do it again at ONE. We don’t get out for dinner as much with our new little one.

  • lisa penney
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    would love to try out One as I’ve never been and great food is my jam!

  • Zvi Vaxman
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    my wife is a great cook, so I would love to take her to a great restaurant

  • Heather Swanson
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    I would love to treat my daughter & son-in-law who work so hard.

  • Orna Soref
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    I did not have a chance to try his restrunt & ihope to have chance to try his high quality restrunt

  • Mike D
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    I’ve never eaten at One but McEwan’s places never disappoint. If Id love to try the food there.

  • Nate
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    I want to dine at Diwan

  • Manuel Vizcaya
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    I like to try different foods.

  • Linda Svarovsky
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    I love to try new restaurants

  • Surinder gurm
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    It’s my bday on Saturday

  • Sarah N.
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    I’ve eaten at one of McEwan’s restaurants years ago and loved it. I would like to try some new ones.

  • Eliz T
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    All the McEwan locations look very welcoming! I love that they’ve included trifle as part of their Summerlicious menu, I LOVE trifle!!

  • Jolie
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    Would love to discover new places to feast 🙂

  • Patsy
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    My son lives in the city and treats me to lunch when I’m in town,it would be fun to reverse things :).ONE looks FANTASTIC!

  • lorna
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    I would love to eat at One!

  • Davindra
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    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Diwan si I’d love to try the food there.

  • Michelle
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    The McEwan restaurants have the best plating of their food. I love food that looks good as well as tastes good. All of his restaurants have a great reputation for excellence. I would love win this amazing giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

    • Heather Koroluk
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      Yes so true Michelle, they have stunning plating at their restaurants. The food (almost) looked too beautiful to eat!

  • Laurence Price
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    Try new restaurants is great. It would be very nice to try something new.

  • Sophia
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    What can I say? I LOVE to eat and while I’ve been to Bymark a few times, I have yet to make a visit to ONE. This would be such a treat! Thanks for the chance!

  • Marcela
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    I’d love to dine at ONE or Bymark.. thank u for the opportunity.

  • Chris MacDonald
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    I would love to eat at ONE because I enjoy great cuisine ….it would be such a treat! And I admire Chef Mark McEwan so much!

  • Sandy Trojansek
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    I’ve never been to One, but would absolutely love to check it out!!

  • Brooke Saunders
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    Would love to dine at One or Fabricca!

  • Kim M
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    McEwan is known for fine food. I’ve never been to One but would love to try it. It’s fun to discover new restaurants.

  • Christina
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    I would love to try out One because I’ve never been there

  • Meg
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    I cook at home from recipes that are written both by home and professional chefs. The details behind each recipe gives me a broader perspective of what I am eating as often, the culture is reflected. Dining is both a gastronomic and cultural experience. I love to experience the culture of the world through dining and McEwan restaurants like One, is a destination I would love to visit, if given the chance.

  • Athena
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    The Menu looks incredible!

  • Marc-Andre Taillefer
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    I would love to try that freshly made gnocchi at One. Sounds amazing!

  • Reena
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    Would love to visit Diwan and wander through Aga Khan Museum. Would make a great outing. Thanks for the chance.

  • Tracey
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    I have dinned at One but not in the summer so I would love to enjoy the food again and patio scene on a future visit.

  • KellyPC
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    We’ve been to a few events where we have tried his amazing dishes but we haven’t had the chance to dine at One yet!

  • NATALIE
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    I love everything he makes, one of my favs!

  • Marilyn Jones
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    This event looks like the perfect way to get to know new restaurants and enjoy the city!!

  • Orna Soref
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    I like to try any one of his resturunt

  • Arielle
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    I want to try ONE

  • Joanne C
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    I’m a huge fan of Top Chef of Top Chef Canada and I love Chef McEwan. Would love to go to any of his restaurants.

  • Marcello C
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    Going to eat at any McEwan restaurant would be amazing!

  • Sarah Smart
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    I’ve actually never been to one before! Would love to dine at one because the quality and precise preparation that goes into making the dish must be top notch! Would love to fine dine on a date night !

  • Brenda
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    This would be the perfect date night for our upcoming anniversary!

  • Liz Howard
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    I would love to win this as I have never been to any of these restaurants!!!

  • Lynn g
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    I’ve only hea d amazing thing about his restaurant and would love the chance to eating delicious food!

  • Jessica
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    I love the patio at One! I’m a fan of Bymark and would love to try One!

  • Sally Y
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    I would love to visit any of his restaurants. In particular One Restaurant!

  • Sally Y
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    Follow up with my previous comments: I love discovering new restaurants, and all the McEwan Group of Restaurants seems to offer different culinary experiences and have great menu options plus amazing ambiance.

  • Adrienne De La Rosa
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    Bymark is the OG and would love to dine there but One is on my list as well!

  • Sandi L
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    I really liked the food at Bymark and would love to try One as well. The McEwan brand is known for good food, and consistently.,

  • Ash C.
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    I’d love to dine at Bymark Restaurant by @ Chef_MarkMcEwan @LiciousTO #Toronto @Aeroplan @ATasteForTravel #giveaway

  • M
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    I would love to visit Diwan, and visit the Aga Khan Museum at the same time

  • Anne
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    Would love to dine at One! Food looks delicious and always wanted to try it!

  • Maria
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    I have never eaten there – looks awesome

  • Stephanie M
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    I’ve always passed by but never had the chance to try One and would love to

  • Marg Consitt
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    I have never tried Bymark- but have heard friends rave about it!

  • Julie-Lynne McCann
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    We love a place called Charlotte Anne’s … super fabulous!!!

  • Brady lagace
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    I would love to Dine at One! It looks AMAZING!

  • Ian
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    I am always looking for great new places to eat and sounds like this could be the ONE!!

  • Clare O'Brien
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    My family just loves trying out new restaurants downtown. This would be a great opportunity!

  • Betty Spry
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    I would love to have lunch at Bymark.

  • Robyn Bellefleur
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    The menus sound so yummy!

  • Cassandra D
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    The menu looks really good.

  • Sayana
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    I would love to eat at One because it is an upscale restaurant known for a great food and service by top chief and I’ve heard some great reviews from my friends about it!

  • Andy F
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    I would love to try out some great food at One and enjoy the atmosphere!

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