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A Mansion’s Restaurant Is Twisting Up The Cubano Sandwich With SPAM®️


One of Phoenix’s most ornate landmarks has to be the Wrigley Mansion. It was built by the Wrigley Chewing Gum family back in 1929. In 1992, the mansion was bought by Geordie Hormel, the late heir to the Hormel meatpacking company. To commemorate Geordie, his namesake restaurant at the Wrigley Mansion will be serving up a twist on the classic Cubano Sandwich that utilizes a long-standing Hormel product: SPAM®️.

Called the Hormel SPAM®️ Cubano, this sandwich was created by the mansion’s kitchen team in conjunction with Jamie Hormel, current owner of the mansion and Geordie’s wife. The item is a sharp contrast to the high-end French fare normally sold at Geordie’s at the Wrigley Mansion, but still one that gets a ton of attention to detail.

The restaurant’s take on the Cubano has classic ingredients like housemade pulled pork, whole grain mustard, pickles, and bolillo bread. A couple of twists are then introduced, with white cheddar subbing out the usual Swiss cheese and griddled slices of SPAM®️ Classic taking over for what would usually be ham. Everything is packed into the bread, pressed, and fried, creating a hot, crispy, gooey, and meaty sandwich to salivate over. It’s then served up alongside a cleaned-out SPAM®️ tin that’s been crammed with housemade potato chips.

Geordie’s doesn’t typically sell these types of sandwiches, as the restaurant is known for high-end French cuisine. However, their tribute to Geordie Hormel is one that is still full of flavor and shows the versatility of one of Hormel’s signature products.

You can try the Hormel SPAM®️ Cubano on Geordie’s menu for the entirety of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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This Tiki Bar’s Tribute To ‘The Sandlot’ Features A SPAM And Shrimp Hot Dog


This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of film’s most iconic classics: The Sandlot. To celebrate the baseball-centric movie’s birthday, a Hollywood tiki bar is offering up a unique twist on the game’s quintessential food: the hot dog.

Called the “SPAMlot,” LONO Hollywood’s unique twist on the frankfurter bridges together ballpark eats, Hawaiian-inspired tiki bar food, and the culinary fusion that Los Angeles has become so well known for.

The hot dog inside is made from SPAM®️ Classic and shrimp, both of which lend well to the tropical flavors the “SPAMlot” is topped with. These include banana ketchup, a sweet Maui onion kimchi relish, Japanese Kewpie mayo, and nori.

Together, these create a mouthwatering combination of flavors that is an absolute home run. The Sultan of Swat himself would definitely be impressed if he tried one of these hot dogs.

LONO Hollywood’s SPAM®️-filled tribute to The Sandlot will be available for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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Grilled Cheese Meets Burrito In This Filipino Fusion Flavor Bomb


Flip Sigi has become one of the hallmark names for both Filipino food and fusion street eats in New York City. Their latest creation joins together grilled cheese sandwiches and the Filipino fusion burritos they’re known for.

Flip Sigi’s Filipino Grilled Cheese Burrito contains a massive deluge of gooey cheese that makes for some insane cheese pulls. That’s because there’s four different types that get melted inside of the burrito: Jack, cheddar, mozzarella, AND queso.

It’s not all just cheese inside, though. Flip Sigi finds a balance with a bit of crunch and snap. This comes in the form of crispy pieces of SPAM®️ Classic and longanisa, a garlicky sweet Filipino sausage, that are also inside the wrap. For a hit of freshness, there’s also tomato, jalapeno, scallions, and cilantro.

This burrito is sure to score you some insane cheese pull shots to inundate your Instagram feed with. But unlike those that just go for the visual appeal, the combination of SPAM®️ Classic, longanisa, and garnishes inside also makes Flip Sigi’s new item an absolute flavor bomb.

You can find the Filipino Grilled Cheese Burrito at Flip Sigi’s locations for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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A BBQ Joint Is Putting Tons Of Creative Twists On The Meatball Sub


To call this sandwich just a “meatball sub” would be an understatement. There’s so much different going on inside, from the meatballs to the sauce, that it takes your brain through more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan movie.

You can find this unique Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich at Meat Up BBQ, a joint dedicated to smoked meats in Placentia, CA. It contains all of the components of your standard meatball sub: meatballs, tomato, sauce, and mozzarella. However, each ingredient gets an insane spin on its head to make the sandwich a whole new eating experience.

For starters, the meatballs aren’t made with ground beef, but instead contain both smoked brisket and SPAM®️ Classic for a combined smoky, savory flavor. Crispy mozzarella sticks top the sandwich in lieu of melting cheese over it. The “marinara” sauce uses tomatillos as a base, adding an acidic tang to the sandwich. And for those looking for a hit of tomato, it gets tossed with cilantro and served up as a garnish to the meaty marvel.

Each tweak of the sandwich’s ingredients creates an overall flavor that’s a far cry from the standard meatball sub. Meat Up’s version is a unique balance of freshness, smokiness, and heartiness that you have to taste to fully comprehend.

You can order the Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich at Meat Up BBQ for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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SPAM® Restaurant Month Is Here, And We’ve Found The Wildest Dishes Across the Country

SPAM®️ is an incredibly versatile product. From musubi to pairing it with eggs and rice, there’s a whole lot that can be done with it.

For the entire month of August, several restaurants are stepping out of the box with the meat product to create some wild dishes. Foodbeast and SPAM®️ teamed up for this SPAM®️ Restaurant Month to showcase just how innovative you can get with this iconic brand.

Here’s a look at every single dining spot participating and the wizardry they’ve brought to the table.

SPAM®️ Mai Tai

Duck Inn, Chicago, IL

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This takes bacon-infused liquors to the next level by substituting out the crispy strips of pork belly for SPAM®️. Two different types of rum get the flavor added in to make the Duck Inn’s special SPAM®️ Mai Tai.

Pineapple SPAM®️ Fried Rice

Fat Rice, Chicago, IL

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A James Beard-level take on SPAM®️, award-winning chef Abraham Conlon is refining a standard SPAM®️ fried rice with Kewpie mayo, nori, pineapple, and puffed rice. There’s a plethora of flavors and textures going on in this dish.

Musubi Tacos

PhoWheels, Washington, D.C.

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These “tacos” forgo the traditional tortilla for a toasted Malaysian flatbread. Warm and crispy, it makes for a tasty base that keeps all of the taco’s ingredients together. Components on the inside include SPAM®️, Chinese sausage, rice, roasted nori, wasabi sesame seeds, Kewpie mayo, and a soy glaze.

The OG

Lei Musubi, Washington, D.C.

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Onigiri meets musubi in this eye-catching take on the classic Japanese rice ball. The rice on the inside comes with sautéed country style kimchi, furikake, and green tea salted nori, and is sandwiched by two pieces of caramelized Hawaiian SPAM®️.

Hawaii Five O

HashTAG Restaurant, Denver, CO

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This HashTAG Restaurant special named after the iconic TV show is their take on a SPAM®️ omelet. In addition to the meat, the “Hawaii Five-O” is filled with Swiss cheese, kimchi, mushrooms, and scallions.

SPAM®️ And Crispy Rice Tots

Poke House, Denver, CO

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Denver’s Poke House actually has two items featured for SPAM®️ Restaurant month, one of which takes crispy pieces of the meat and serves it alongside tots made from RICE. It comes with skewers to stab a couple of pieces and make sure they get coated with all the condiments, like a runny egg, furikake, unagi sauce, and an avocado cilantro crema.

Flaming Hot Crispy Musubi

Poke House, Denver, CO

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Poke House’s second item is an “open-faced musubi” that fuses spicy cheese puffs into the mix. Crispy rice coated in the fiery chips acts as base to the SPAM®️, furikake, unagi sauce, avocado cilantro crema, and a runny quail egg.

SPAM®️ Kalua Burger

Epik Burger, Jacksonville, FL

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You’re gonna get double the meat on this monstrosity of a sandwich. Crispy SPAM®️ and a smoked pork burger serve as the protein, backed up by the flavors of pineapple relish, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mahalo sauce.

SPAM®️ Crusted Chipotle Mac N Cheese Balls

Belly Bombz, Artesia, CA

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A heap of chipotle mac n cheese gets crusted in SPAM®️ and deep fried to a perfect golden brown. These balls of cheesy goodness are served alongside an oven dried tomato relish.

Pineapple Teriyaki SPAM®️ Slider

Phoking Awesome, Paramount, CA

A variety of unique flavors are paired with a more traditional combo of pineapple and teriyaki SPAM®️. This sandwich also comes with provolone, grilled jalapenos, a parmigiana basil aioli, and a fried egg.

The Spamlot

LONO Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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It sounds like the name of a Monty Python musical, but this hot dog’s moniker was actually inspired by The Sandlot. The “Spamlot” contains a sausage made from both SPAM®️ and shrimp, and is garnished with banana ketchup, sweet Maui onion kimchi relish, Kewpie, and nori.

SPAM®️ Sotarito

SotaRol, Minneapolis, MN

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A “Sotarito” is Sotarol’s take on the sushi burrito, which takes a bunch of ingredients and wraps them in rice and soy paper. This version contains deep fried SPAM®️, purple cabbage, carrots, jalapeno, tempura flakes, and spicy mayo.

Filipino Grilled Cheese Burrito

Flip Sigi, New York, NY

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A cheesy Filipino fusion flavor bomb, Flip Sigi pairs together SPAM®️ and longanisa sausage as the meats for their Grilled Cheese Burrito. Four cheeses, including mozz, Jack, cheddar, and queso, are melted inside with tomato, scallions, jalapenos, and cilantro.

SPAM®️ Scotch Egg

Char Sue, New York, NY

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A twist on a British afternoon classic, this dish takes a soft-boiled egg, wraps it in ground SPAM®️, and deep-fries it to a perfect golden brown. The key is cooking the egg so that the yolk is still runny inside.

SPAM®️ & Egg Yakisoba

Ten Asian Bistro, Newport Beach, CA

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Ten Asian Bistro is elevating traditional yakisoba in a couple of ways. The ramen noodles, yakisoba sauce, Chinese broccoli, and green cabbage get stir-fried with crispy pieces of SPAM®️ and served with a duck fat fried egg for an extra layer of richness.

Loco-SPAM®️ Dumplings With Sprouted SPAM®️ Fried Rice

Mad Dumplings Truck, Irvine, CA

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You’re getting a 2-for-1 with Mad Dumpling’s special item, as they’re putting SPAM®️ both into the Loco Moco-inspired dumplings and the fried rice they’re served with. It’s all tied together with a spicy pineapple reduction.

Pineapple Teriyaki SPAM®️ Pizza

Jinny’s Pizzeria, Santa Ana, CA

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Pineapple-on-pizza naysayers, don’t hate on this pizza before you try it. The balance of crispy SPAM®️, cheese, jalapenos, red onion, and teriyaki glaze may convince you that the two can go together.

Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich

Meat Up BBQ, Placentia, CA

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A creative twist on the standard meatball sub, this sandwich comes with meatballs made from smoked brisket and SPAM®️, mozzarella sticks, tomatoes marinated with cilantro, and a tomatillo marinara sauce.

Black Garlic SPAM®️ Jam Fries

Graze Handcrafted Burgers, Placentia, CA

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Graze is a spot known for their black garlic fries already. They’re getting a level-up with a homemade SPAM®️ jam. Similar to a bacon jam, the meat is cooked with bacon, red wine, and honey to create a sweet, sticky, and savory sauce that coats the fries. Parmesan cheese garnishes the entire creation.

Al Pastor SPAM®️ Papas Fritas

Dos Chinos, Santa Ana & Irvine, CA

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Dos Chinos is treating SPAM®️ like a traditional Mexican pork. They marinate it in Al Pastor sauce and grill it up before serving it on fries with onions, cilantro, sour cream, and pineapple.

Filipino SPAM®️ Sisig

Modern Filipino Kitchen by Aysee, Anaheim, CA

Sizzling pork sisig is one of the most mouthwatering Filipino dishes out there. MFK by Aysee’s version incorporates SPAM®️ and pork and sautés it with Thai chili, red onion, and lemon aioli. It’s topped with scallions, garlic frito, furikake, and a fresh cracked egg and served with a side of steamed rice.

SPAM®️ Croquette

Cubed Poke, Tustin, CA

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Croquettes consist of mashed potato stuffed with different accoutrements, deep-fried, and served with a sauce. Cubed Poke’s version is all that, and the inside is stuffed with SPAM®️.

SPAM®️ Sushi

The Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach, CA

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The Royal Hawaiian’s SPAM®️ Sushi looks like a standard nigiri or musubi, but comes with a little surprise. That sauce on top is actually a balsamic reduction, which is exciting because the combination of soy sauce and balsamic is known to be fire.

SPAM®️ and Grits

Red Envelope, Santa Ana, CA

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A Southern twist on a classic Vietnamese fish sauce recipe, a bed of grits and salad greens sets the foundation for slices of caramelized SPAM®️.

El Spamale

Tamale Co., Orlando, FL

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These grilled SPAM®️-stuffed tamales are cooked in banana leaves and smothered in a house piloncillo glaze. They come with a signature pina pastor aioli cream and a tropical pico de gallo as a garnish.

Hawaiian Egg Sandwich

Artisan’s Table, Orlando, FL

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This is a “ham egg and cheese” with a whole lot more going on than just that. Fried SPAM®️ is served with perfectly cooked eggs, a hoisin mayo, and scallions, all inside of a sweet King’s Hawaiian roll.

Hormel SPAM®️ Cubano

Geordie’s At The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, AZ

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This Cubano was created by the Wrigley Mansion team in honor of Geordie Hormel, who owned the Phoenix landmark prior to his passing. Geordie’s wife, Jamie, currently owns the mansion, and helped develop this sandwich. It’s based on a traditional Cubano, with housemade pulled pork, mustard, pickles, white cheddar cheese, and SPAM®️ in place of the regular ham. The sandwich is made using bollilo bread and served with a SPAM®️ tin of homemade potato chips.

Red Curry SPAM®️ Ahogada

Hot Joy, San Antonio, TX

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These are Thai red curry-inspired SPAM®️ buns, but served “ahogada” style, with the spicy sauce drowning the sandwiches to add even more flavor. The steamed buns are also made with Kewpie to add a little more richness to the dish.

Spaffle

Pokeatery, San Mateo, CA

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The name here is pretty self-explanatory, as this is a waffle made almost entirely out of SPAM®️. There’s also shredded potato, kimchi, and furikake inside, and it’s topped with green onions and a spicy mayo drizzle.

SPAM®️ Balls

San Diego Poke Company, San Diego, CA

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Available as regular or hot, these croquette-like bites consist of ground SPAM®️ and potato rolled in garlic panko breadcrumbs and deep fried.

SPAM®️ Kimchi Fried Rice

Aria Korean Tapas, San Francisco, CA

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This is actually a double-meat fried rice, as it comes with both crispy pieces of SPAM®️ and Aria’s signature Korean fried chicken. The rice is stir-fried in sesame oil and kimchi to give it its reddish hue, and a fried egg ties everything together with its smooth flavor.

SPAM®️ Yakimeshi Waffle Cone

Kagawa-ya Udon, San Francisco, CA

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Yakimeshi is a Japanese fried rice, so this version of a SPAM®️ waffle incorporates both the meat and the traditional Japanese dish. The waffle cone is filled with chicken karaage, yuzu citrus slaw, shishito pepper crema, and nori.

$100 Gold SPAM®️ Musubi

808 Poke Shack, San Francisco, CA

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If you wanna feel a little bougie, head to 808 Poke Shack in San Francisco. They’ve wrapped a classic SPAM®️ musubi in edible gold leaf for an upscale twist.

Shrimp and Pineapple SPAM®️ Fried Rice

Dragon Gate, Oakland, CA

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A simple but flavorful dish, shrimp, pineapple, and black pepper serve as the backdrop to SPAM®️ in this fried rice.

SPAM®️ Omelet

Dragon Gate, Oakland, CA

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Dragon Gate is also serving up a SPAM®️ omelet with oyster, topped with a sweet miso sauce. It would go pretty well with the fried rice, I would imagine.

SPAM®️ ‘n’ Cheese Sandwich

Alamar Oakland, Oakland, CA

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Not a typical “sandwich” by any means, the bread here is actually tostones, or fried smashed plantains. They hold together a thick slice of fried SPAM®️ and queso frito, and are served with a zesty sofrito sauce.

Hurricane Fried SPAM®️ Musubi

Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge, San Francisco, CA

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Pa’ina is adding a whole bunch of crunch to their SPAM®️ musubi. The inside also contains kimchi fried rice, teriyaki, nori, furikake, and uses a panko and tempura coating.

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All of the above items will be available at their respective restaurants as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month. For a complete map that shows off all of the locations, plus more information, you can also take a look at the official SPAM®️ Restaurant Month website on Foodbeast.


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Pineapple-On-Pizza Naysayers Might Be Swayed By This Creative Pizza


When it comes to the pineapple on pizza debate, I stand more in the middle on whether it belongs or not. To me, mixing the fruit with tomato sauce is a definite no, since the overall pie becomes way too sweet. When it’s balanced in flavor, though, I think pineapple and pizza can make for a pretty interesting combination.

Case in point, Orange County-based Jinny’s Pizzeria has a new Pineapple Teriyaki SPAM®️ Pizza that surprised me with its balance of flavor. It forgoes the traditional marinara for a plain base covered in mozzarella. That then gets covered in red onion, jalapenos, crispy bits of SPAM®️ Classic, pineapple, and a sweet teriyaki glaze for a mix of spicy, sweet, and tasty all at once.

Jinny’s knows what they’re doing when it comes to flavor, and their accolades from Orange County’s media outlets are concrete evidence of that. They’ve definitely stretched the envelope for me by putting pineapple on pizza. However, it’s flavorsome balance with the salty SPAM®️ Classic makes me willing to join the pro-pineapple camp when it comes to this particular pie. And who knows? Maybe it could convince some staunch naysayers to give pineapple on pizza a chance.

If you’re interested in trying out this unique combo for yourself, Jinny’s will have it on the menu for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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This Chicago Bar Is Serving SPAM Mai Tais Straight Out Of The Can

When you think “Mai Tai,” it’s typically a refreshing, tropical cocktail that screams “Summer” upon the first sip. At The Duck Inn in Chicago, you can get one offered up with an interesting twist: SPAM®.

For SPAM® Restaurant Month, The Duck Inn will be serving up this unique spin on a traditional cocktail. The SPAM® Mai Tai doesn’t have any actual meat in it, but instead uses a cool process to infuse its flavor into the drink.

In this case, lard and SPAM® are rendered together and mixed with liquor overnight. Afterwards, the spirits are drained, leaving behind its flavor to add a new level of aroma to the Mai Tai.

Along with fresh pineapple juice, lime and bitters, the Duck Inn’s SPAM® Mai Tai is served in a SPAM® can on ice.

SPAM® may not be the most conventional cocktail ingredient, but as mixologists clamor to concoct inventive cocktails, in this form, SPAM® adds a depth of flavor to a tropical cocktail making it a must-try.

The Duck Inn will have the SPAM® Mai Tai around for all of August as part of SPAM® Restaurant Month.


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You Can Now Get Bougie SPAM Musubis Wrapped In Edible Gold


Gold-topped desserts have been pretty popular this past year, with gold-covered ice cream, apples, and chocolate all going viral. One SF food truck is getting in on the golden food trend with their own take: A $100 Gold SPAM® Musubi.

Created by the 808 Poke Shack for SPAM Restaurant Month, this fancy SPAM musubi has flecks of gold on both the inside and outside. The sushi rice is mixed with honey, rice vinegar, and gold furikake flakes, joining a caramelized slab of SPAM that’s marinated in a miso teriyaki sauce for 24 hours.

The two are then wrapped together with both nori sheets and edible gold leaf to give the musubi a unique sheen.

This is a more pricey musubi than ones you can normally buy, as one of these gold-wrapped eats will set you back $100. But hey, when else can you say that you’ve eaten a golden SPAM® musubi?

808 Poke Truck will have the $100 musubi available for the entire month of August as part of SPAM® Restaurant Month, where several other unique SPAM®-centric items will be debuting at restaurants across the nation.


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