Friday, June 10, 2016

Shangri-La at the Fort: High Street Lounge

A fun evening with the folks over at Shangri-La at the Fort! :)



I am so honored to have been one of the foodies chosen to attend the Zomato Meetup at Shangri-La at the Fort's High Street Lounge recently.
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Shangri-La at the Fort opened its doors to the public last March 1, 2016. Currently, it has two outlets, which are High Street Lounge and High Street Cafe. But in a few weeks, Canton Road, their Chinese restaurant will be opening as well. Following that is their steakhouse, the Raging Bull, and finally, Samba, which will be offering South American/Peruvian dishes.
High Street Lounge
The High Street Lounge is a chic yet relaxing space where one can enjoy a variety of drinks, from afternoon tea to alcoholic beverages, accompanied by the sound of smooth jazz music. During the day, natural light brightens the entire room through its floor-to-ceiling windows. At night, it exudes a cozier, more romantic atmosphere perfect for nights when you just want to lay back and chill.
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The night began with some drinks created personally by the head mixologist, Ulysse Jouanneaud. Here he is doing what he does best:
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He even gave us the background on each gin, like how Monkey 47 uses 47 botanicals, and Brooklyn is made in small batches - about 200 to 300 liters per batch - compared to others which are made 8,000 liters at a time.
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He also educated us on which garnishes go well with the drinks. For Portobello Road No. 171, it's star anise and galangal.  For Botanist, it's basil and strawberry. I personally got to try the latter, and it was really good. I had asked Ulysse pick for me because, to be honest, I wasn't familiar with any of them. The Botanist tasted very light and mellow, and since I'm not a big drinker, it was perfect! It's actually the type of drink I would order when I'm out with friends.
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High Street Lounge
Here's a complete list of drinks available on their Gin & Tonic Trolley:
Filliers | Hendrick's | Botanist | Portobello Road No. 171 | Martin Miller's | Brooklyn | Monkey 47 | Boodles
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And, of course, the available garnish:
Rosemary & Pittaya | Basil & Strawberry | Cucumber & Kiwi | Thyme & Lemon
Star Anis & Galangal | Sage & Grapefruit
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All that's left to do now is run the garnish around the rim of the glass, stir it, and drink up!
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I appreciate how Ulysse took the time to talk about each gin. Most if not all of the gins that High Street Lounge offers aren't readily available in the market. They get it from places like Scotland, London, and Germany, so if you want to get a taste of these, better drop by Shangri-La at the Fort soon!
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The High Street Lounge is not just about the drinks though. They actually offer delectable dishes that can go well with their assortment of beverages, and we got to try some of them!

Croquettas (P425)High Street Lounge
This really set the bar for me. Made from fontina cheese, mushrooms, and foie gras, these Croquettas are easily my favorite dish of the night! I honestly love mushrooms in anything, but the fact that it was actually creamy on the inside made all the difference. Other croquettes come out dry and need to be paired with some kind of dipping sauce, but this one is perfect the way it is. It's also interesting how they decided to add some mangoes in there because it gives the dish a more vibrant look - not to mention mangoes are one of my favorite fruits!

Crispy Duck Spring Rolls (P475)
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These spring rolls reminded me so much of the two-way Peking duck in Chinese restaurants. But here, it's already wrapped and prepared for you, so all you got to do is bite into it. For this, they made use of a rice-based wrapper and stuffed it with generous amounts of crispy roasted duck, plum sauce, cucumber, and spring onions. I'n glad they put in a good balance of each of the ingredients and just the right amount of sauce, so it wasn't too overwhelming.
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High Street Lounge
Prawns Manila Escabeche (P525)
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This combination of roasted prawns, garlic, chili, turmeric, and pickled vegetables on flour tortilla disk was one of the dishes that really stood out for me because of its slightly sour flavor. If you didn't know, escabeche (Spanish word for pickle) is a style of cooking where fish, meat, prawns, or vegetables are marinated in a vinegary/acidic mixture. It can get a bit messy though, so be careful when eating it, and try not to let it get on your clothes!

The Board (P980)
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Now for the most talked about dish of the night! The Board is a mix of Salami Milano, Spanish Iberico ham, smoked duck breast, manchego, St. Nectaire Camembert, and toasted farmer’s bread. Honestly, I don't eat platters like this often, but wow, what a way to start, right?
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So, I, being the naturally curious person that I am, went online to find out what's so special about the items included in The Board. I found out that the Iberico Ham is the finest ham in the world. Just the process of curing the meat takes three years! Imagine that! The Salami Milano, on the other hand, is one of the most well-known Italian salami and is usually seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic. Shangri-La's High Street Lounge serves only the most exquisite items, and The Board is the perfect dish to show that.
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Tataki of Yellow Fin Tuna Loin (P650)
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Tataki is the method of cooking meat or fish briefly over a hot flame or pan. Here, the yellowfin is seared on the outside and left raw in the middle.
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It is then served with sesame seeds crust, beansprouts, cucumber salad, ginger soy vinaigrette, and grissini. This yellowfin is honestly one of, if not, the freshest tuna I have ever eaten. It doesn't have that overwhelming fishy taste either. Everything was on point, up to the grissini (breadsticks).
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Teriyaki Glazed Glacier 51 (P575)
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Glacier 51, also known as Patagonian toothfish, is one of the world's most sought after fish. Apparently, it can only be found in the Australian sub-Antarctic territory around Heard Island (4,109km from mainland Australia). On the southern tip of this spectacular geographical feature, Glacier 51 (Fiftyone Glacier), which pours into the surrounding treacherous icy waters creating the ideal environment for the highly prized toothfish found patrolling the underwater volcanic crevices 2,000 meters below sea level. (source

I know, I know, I could've just said that it's really difficult to acquire, but then you wouldn't have understood just how difficult.
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The Teriyaki-Glazed Glacier 51 is served with grilled Patagonian toothfish topped with green soybeans and orange segments, then glazed in teriyaki sauce. The fish is soft and tender, almost melts in your mouth. The dish itself is a mix of sweet, salty, and sour, so make sure to get everything all in one bite!

Bruschetta (P450)
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I didn't expect to like this so much since it's just bread. Bruschetta isn't as unique as the other dishes that we were served, but even this was exemplary. I'd have to admit though, I only ate the toppings since I was already feeling full, but that small first bite I took packed a whole lot of flavor!
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If you're wondering what's in it, it's buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, crispy prosciutto, and basil oil.
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For dessert, we were served an assortment of pastries!
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I'm not exactly sure what they're called or if you can order it like this, but the chocolate cake and the pastry below are my favorites.
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High Street Lounge
The entire time we were eating, we were drinking as well. We were served various alcoholic beverages - some even off the menu - which we extremely enjoyed with the appetizers. Here are just some of them:
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Probably the most unique ones that we got to try were these two. One is spicy, while the other tasted like ginger ale; Ulysse even coated the glass with cinnamon. Strangely, it turned out to be one of our favorites that night.
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We capped the night with the Singapore Sling. This classic cocktail consists of eight items namely Hendrick's Gin, Peter Heering cherry liqueur, Dom Benedictine, Cointreau, Fresh Lime, Pineapple, Grenadine, and Angostura Bitters.
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Thank you, Shangri-La at the Fort, High Street Lounge, and Zomato, for the wonderful evening!
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High Street Lounge is located at the second level of Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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  1. Wow! Everything looks really looks delicious! I'm wondering what camera are you using? Your pics are drooling!

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    1. Hi, Joy! The food really was delicious! For the camera, I'm using my 8 year old Canon EOS 400D :) Thank you!

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  2. you just made me scroll your page up and down repeatedly haha.. your photos are simply amazing and I just can't help but to admire every single pictures you have posted here... the food looks really appetizing ♥♥♥

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! I appreciate it!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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  3. I don't drink but I can eat and I want to eat every single dish there. The presentation was amazing. All the food looked beautiful and I bet tasted even better. The Bruschetta was my favorite followed by the Board! I think I could gain 10 pounds with the dessert, too! What a great meal!

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    1. Hi Alison, yes it was all sorts of amazing! Haha, yeah, I took it easy on the desserts since I already had a lot of everything else! :P

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  4. What a lush lounge bar! The drinks are making me thirsty, and it's still 2:30pm here :)

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    1. I know! I felt so mature being there at 5pm on a weekday!

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  5. All I can say is wow. Location, elegance, class, and high end food and beverages. All wonderfully housed in a well decorated "you have to dress well to enter" type of ... it's more like a restobar no? And oh yeah, gotta have a credit card too or loads of cash. LOL!

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    1. The great thing about it is that there's no dress code! But yeah, I definitely felt like I needed to step it up haha! Hmm medyo like a restobar, but a billion times fancier? It's a really cool laid-back type of place where you can listen to live music and drink cocktails anytime of the day. Ahem :P

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  6. Your photos made the dishes look very tempting! :) Made me want to head to Shangri-la at The Fort soon. I want to try the crispy duck spring rolls and the pastry. Maybe, when my youngest is weaned, I will try the drinks. ;)

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    1. It helps that the plating was really nice too! But yes, do try to head there soon even just to eat, I'm sure your boys will enjoy the adventure! :)

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  7. Food festival! all my favorites are here. The Prawns Manila Escabeche but oh, I am satisfied with Salami too. Haha

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    1. Woahh, then you should totally visit them soon! It'll be like foodie heaven for you!

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  8. Yummy looking photos! I've tried it there a couple of times. I love their drinks and the overflowing lobster. :)

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    1. Overflowing lobster? is that at the Cafe or the Lounge? I gotta go back soon!!

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  9. The drinks make me want to go to the nearest bar but I think the bar tender there won't be able to give me a glass of the Botanist. The dishes look delicious. What can I expect. It's Shang. Can't wait to bond with my girls at the high street lounge! <3

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    1. Hi Karmela! Yes, that's definitely one of the reasons to go to High Street Lounge. They have the finest selections from all over the world! Let me know how it goes! :)

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  10. Sumptuous food made even heavenly with the beautiful shots. How i wish I could learn how to shoot like that. No kidding. So beautiful.

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  11. All are great! Great location, great food, great photos and great blog post! I seldom use my dslr since it's quite heavy to bring to events like this so I use my phone for capturing photos and I really thought you were using your phone. Haha! Glad you enjoyed the event! :D

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristine! That's true, dslrs are heavy, but I just can't rely on my phone camera for events like this naman! Haha baliktad tayo :P

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    2. Unless it's a smartphone with a great camera. Haha! But sometimes, if I don't bring other stuff, I'd use my dslr. What camera are you using btw? :D

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    3. Are you using iphone? Samsung cameras don't work as well at night. I'm using a Canon EOS 400D na sobrang laspag na! Hahaha! I just can't let it go eh, it's my.first slr :))

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  12. Shangri La never fails to stun me but with your creativity mate it stun me more. BTW I am glad to know your are also active in foodie meet up in Manila. We recently have our own Zomato Cebu and I must say meet ups are is perfect time to mingle with fellow blogger and more importantly to get close to the company or establishment.


    cheers! www.masterryo.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh hey Ram! Thank you so much!! And yes, I agree, I love going to events so I get to meet new people and try new food! Hope they do a whole PH event where they bring all the foodies together haha! :P

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  13. Great food photos :) My co-blogger has already eaten here as he was able to attend an event and he says the food tastes nice. I doubt though if I'll ever step here since it screams luxury all over :)) If I have a lot of dispensable income (as in I already have booked flights and hotels for a trip abroad), I might try. Thanks for sharing :)

    -Me-An Clemente of yogoandcream.com

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    1. Hi Me-An! Oo nga, medyo fancy talaga siya, but maybe you and your partner could go here during your anniversary or something, minsan lang naman! Haha. I wish I had money for flights and trips like you do though :P :P Still saving up!

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  14. Wow your evening looks amazing,food and drinks looks awesome so jealous can't beat some brusetta and this one looks delicious x

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  15. Wow how amazing does that look! The food and drinks look delicious.

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    1. That's Shangri-La for you! Thank you! :)

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  16. The High Street Lounge looks like such a beautiful place, I'll have to take a trip to the Philippines in order to try this place out but looking at the pictures, it might be worth it.

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    1. It is! Email me when you're planning to visit, maybe I can suggest some places worth visiting!

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  17. Hey there, Bettina :) your pics are amazing! Now I want to go eat there! :D Awesome post.

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  18. Wow, this place is astonishing. I have to note it in case we visit Philippines with my boyfriend. He'll sure enjoy having a chat with the head mixologist. Also the meals are so yummi, it really gives the will to taste ! Fancy and relaxing, I'd love to visit, thanks for sharing !

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    1. YES, definitely! Where are you from, Ana? :) Hope you get a chance to visit soon!

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  19. Ok, now I'm a wannabe foodie... everything look so good! I love bite the sized portions!

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    1. Haha bring out the foodie inside you, Shenna! But be prepared to gain weight! :P I love it though!

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  20. Those crispy duck spring rolls look delicious. This is way too luxurious and fancy for me, but I'd love to dream haha. Fantastic photos, made me hungry.

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    1. Same here! I mean, I don't get to eat dishes like these often, so I really enjoyed the event :) Thanks, Lily! xx

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  21. wow, that looks like a very high-end place! I've never been to a fancy place like that before : ) looks like quite an experience!

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    1. It was! A very educational and very delicious one, too! :P

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  22. Everything looks so perfect and the food looks insanely appetizing. It's so cool that you were able to check this out.

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  23. Wow, everything looks absolutely amazing. Definitely my type of place to go, the food looks delicious as do the drinks. Great review!!

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  24. Just stared at your pictures drooling for few moments, everything looks beyond amazing and so luxurious woow.

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    1. Aww, thanks Anna! I'm glad you liked the photos! They were delicious too!

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  25. Wow, the food and drinks here look wonderful! I would have loved to try that yellow fin tuna.

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    1. Maybe there's a restaurant near you that serves it, Bella!

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  26. Oh wow! It looks like an amazing place! and Yum that food looks delectable.

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    1. Hi Carrie! I hope my descriptions gave them justice!

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  27. I immediately got a feeling I want to go there straight away and first have a refreshing drink and then a dinner. Your pics made everything look so good :)

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    1. Haha! Hi Tiina! I'm sorry if it made you hungry! :P

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  28. Those drinks looks really tempting but I think the bar tender there won't be able to give me a glass of the Botanist at my age. The dishes look delicious and superb IG post. What can I expect. It's Shang. I really love to eat at HEAT in Shang Ortigas. <3

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    1. Hi Eunis! Oops, I hope I didn't just encourage underage drinking there. :)) I don't think I've been to HEAT yet. Hopefully, someday!

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  29. Wow! Everything looks absolutely great! Just amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Definitely a-m-a-z-i-n-g experience that you got chance to do. You are really lucky I have to say that. LOL. Everything looks so luxurious and delicious.

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    1. I feel quite lucky that they picked me! It was definitely an awesome experience! :)

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  31. What a beautiful location, it sounds like you had a great time. It is a lot of fun to learn about the different alcohols and how they are made.

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    1. It was! I did! Haha! I'm totally going back soon! Thanks, Bella!

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  32. Those were great photos especially the food! Scrolling through made my mouth water.

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  33. You are making me hungry, everything looks so delicious! That place is so chic, looks like you had a fantastic time. Can I have one of those fancy drinks please ;)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Hi, Kusum! Come to the Philippines and I'd gladly buy you one (just one, okay?) Haha! xx

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  34. OMG. OMG OMG OMG! I've been looking for a place like this! It's a good thing you mentioned that the drinks they serve aren't found locally. I get hyped for drinks a lot, haha. The Botanist sounds delicious! Ahh, I want to head up there right now and take a bite out of everything they're serving. If I may ask, what is the price range for the drinks? Would love to take my friends out here soon when I go to Manila.

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    1. Hi Veeyah! The drinks from the Gin Trolley ranges from P300-P700 pesos. They have a wide bar menu too though! :) Try to visit them soon, you'll surely have a fun time!

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