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Wednesday Why Not?: America's Regional Hot Dog Styles (warning: maga-yummy pictures)
Serious Eats.com ^ | July 2, 2008

Posted on 07/09/2008 10:36:33 AM PDT by yankeedame

America's Regional Hot Dog Styles

Posted by Jenn Sit, July 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM

As we head into the 4th of July weekend, hot dogs are everywhere. They're on our grill and on our plates.

They're on our TVs (the annual hot dog eating contest on ESPN). And this being Serious Eats, they're on our mind. Let's discuss. We bring you Serious Eats' definitive guide to America's regional hot dog styles.

Sonorans (Tuscon and Phoenix, Arizona)

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are grilled, then nestled in steamed bolillo rolls and topped with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, onions, mustard, mayo, and jalapeños. Other variations could include any of the following: shredded cheddar, queso fresco, cotija cheese, salsa verde, and guacamole.

Michigan Red Hots (Upstate New York)

A favorite that hails from New York's North Country, Michigan red hots are steamed beef franks with a natural casing, served in a steamed split-top bun, and topped with a minced meat chili (no tomatoes or beans), chopped raw onions, and mustard. Some places, like Clare and Carl's in Plattburgh, NY, serve theirs in a New England roll, which has closed ends and is cut down the top.

Clare and Carl's
4729 NY-9, Plattsburgh NY
518-561-1163

New York System (Rhode Island)

Similar to Michigans and Coneys, the New York System wiener joints can be found all over Rhode Island. Griddled natural casing all-beef hot dogs are served in steamed side-cut rolls with meat sauce, mustard, chopped onion, and a dash of celery salt. Olneyville's in Providence uses hot dogs that come in a long rope that's cut on the premises and a special spice mix for the meat sauce that can be purchased from its website. At most places, the chef will line up the "gaggahs" on his bare arms to load up the toppings.

Olneyville New York System Hot Weiners
20 Plainfield Street, Providence RI 02909
401-621-9500
OlneyvilleNYSystem.com

Slaw Dogs (The South)

Hot dogs slathered with a sweeter, finely chopped, mayo-based slaw are popular in the South, where variations can include the chili-slaw (cole slaw, mustard, raw onion, minced all-meat chili) and BBQ slaw. Some places, like Nu-Way in Macon, Georgia, use red hots, while others may go for the all-beef with natural casings.

Nu-Way
Several locations throughout Georgia
Nu-WayWeiners.com

Red and White Hots (Rochester, New York)

In Rochester New York, hot dogs are known as "hots" and come in either red or white. Most hots are found on another Rochester classic, the garbage plate—an amalgam of hots (or burgers, sausage, whatever you please), potato salad, home fries, meat sauce, among others. White hots are normally made of a mixture of uncured pork, veal, and beef, while red hots can be made with pork, beef, or both. Zweigle's is best known in Rochester as the first to introduce the white hots in 1925 and makes both natural casing and skinless varieties.

Red Dogs (Maine)

Also known as "red snappers," this dog gets its name from its neon colored casing, which has no effect on the taste. Some joints serve theirs grilled or griddled for the best snap in a toasted, buttered roll, while others, like Simone's Hot Dog Stand, go steamed in a steamed top-split bun.

Simone's Hot Dog Stand
99 Chestnut Street, Lewiston ME
207-782-8431

Flo's Hot Dogs (Cape Neddick, Maine)

Go to Flo's red shack on Rt. 1 for a steamed hot dog (pork and beef mix) smeared with mayo, a dash of celery salt, and Flo's legendary secret relish (a dark, spicy, sweet and sour onion concoction that can be purchased online by the jarful), all in a soft steamed bun.

Flo's Hot Dogs
Route 1, Cape Neddick ME 03902
Floshotdogs.com

Kosher and Kosher-style (New York City and New Jersey)

Kosher dogs are all-beef and come either skinless or in collagen casing, while kosher-style dogs are stuffed into natural casing, which gives it that snap when bitten. According to Ed, you'll find the best kosher franks in the city at the Second Avenue Deli and at Ben's Best in Rego Park. Queens. As for the classic kosher-style, you can't go wrong at Katz's Deli, Gray's Papaya, or Papaya King, especially when griddled and topped with sauerkraut and a smear of mustard.

Second Avenue Deli
162 E. 33rd Street, New York NY 10016
212-677-0606

Ben's Best
96-40 Queen Boulevard, Rego Park NY
718-897-1700
bensbestkosherdeli.com

Katz's Deli
205 E. Houston Street, New York NY 10002
212-254-2246
Katzdeli.com

Gray's Papaya
Locations throughout New York City
Grayspapaya.com

Papaya King
Locations throughout New York City
Papayaking.com

Italian-style (New Jersey)

Places in and around Newark, like Dickie Dee's and Tommy's, like to serve their dogs Italian-style (a.k.a. Newark-dogs): skinny all-beef hot dogs are deep fried and stuffed into a half- round of Italian bread (or sometimes "pizza bread"), along with fried onion, peppers, and potato rounds.

Dickie Dee's
380 Bloomfield Avenue, Newark NJ
973-483-9396

Tommy's Italian Sausages and Hot Dogs
900 Second Avenue, Elizabeth NJ
908-351-9831

Deep-Fried (New Jersey)

Get your deep-fried dog in three ways at places like Rutt's Hutt: the "in and outer" (barely fried), the "ripper" (crinkly burst skin), or the "cremator" (well-done with crunchy crust). It's an ugly pork and beef frank in a steamed bun, but at Rutt's, you can cover it up with some of its sweet and spicy yellow relish.

Rutt's Hutt
417 River Road, Clifton NJ
973-779-8615

Chicago Dog (Chicago)

All beef dogs in a steamed poppy seed bun and dragged through the garden: minced raw onion, neon sweet relish, sport peppers, pickle spear, halved tomato slices, yellow mustard, celery salt—and of course, no ketchup.

Coneys (Midwest)

From Detroit to Tulsa, Coneys are a favorite: small-sized, all-beef natural casing dogs served in steamed buns and topped with minced meat chili, mustard, and chopped onions (order the "loaded" and you'll get shredded cheddar, too). Depending on where you are in the Midwest though, they can come big or small, grilled or steamed, with "coney sauce" that ranges from the drier side to the wet.

Half Smokes (D.C. Area)

Arguably Washington D.C.'s signature dish, a half-smoke is like an over-sized spicy sausage and can be filled with a pork/beef mix or all-beef. Some places steam them, but the legendary Ben's Chili Bowl serves its chili half-smokes by grilling the snappy links, putting them in steamed buns, and topping with chili, mustard, and chopped raw onions.

Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009
202-667-0909
Benschilibowl.com

Pink's Chili Dogs (Los Angeles)

Pink's chili dogs are legendary: all-beef, natural casing, and topped with onions, mustard, and a slather of meaty chili in a steamed bun. Variations include: the foot-long jalapeno dog; the Ozzy Spice Dog with a spicy Polish sausage, Nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and chopped tomatoes; and the bacon chili cheese dog.

Pink's
709 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90038
323-302-4779
Pinkshollywood.com

Dodger Dog (Los Angeles)

One of the most eaten stadium dogs out there, Dodger dogs are skinless foot-long hot dogs made of pork and set in a steamed bun. Dodger fans can get theirs steamed or grilled and if they can't make it to the park, the official Farmer John Dodger Dogs can be found in some supermarkets in the area.

Puka Dog (Honolulu and Koloa, HI)

Native to the Island, but seemingly more gimmicky than an authentic representation of Hawaiian cuisine, the puka dog is a grilled Polish sausage (or veggie dog, if you prefer) served in a large bun that's had a hole (or "puka") pushed into it by a contraption that also toasts the inside. You can choose from a variety of "garlic lemon secret sauces" that ranges from "mild original" to "habenero hot hot," tropical relishes, and lilikoi or guava mustards. Traditional toppings like ketchup and Dijon are also available. When I was there this spring, I got the Polish sausage with hot sauce, mango relish, and lilikoi mustard. It was great, but I wasn't sold on the price ($6.25 for one puka).

Puka Dog
2650 Kiahuna Plantation Drive, Koloa HI 96756
808-742-6044

and
2301 Kuhio Avenue # 2, Honolulu HI 96815
808 924-7887
Pukadog.com

And The State That Has It All: Connecticut

Who knew that Connecticut was the mecca of hot dog variations? There's the split and grilled frank topped with homemade condiments at Super Duper Weenie's in Fairfield; the chili and Orleans dogs from the Top Dog truck in Portland; Rawley's "works" dog in Fairfield that's a natural casing deep-fried, griddled, then topped with mustard, relish, sauerkraut and crunchy bacon chunks, all in a toasted bun; and the list of beloved franks goes on. It's a state that deserves a hot dog tour in itself.

Super Duper Weenie
306 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield CT
203-334-DOGS

SuperDuperWeenie.com

Top Dog's
Route 66, Portland CT (nr. High Street)

Rawley's
1886 Post Road, Fairfield CT
203-259-9023


TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: foodsupply

1 posted on 07/09/2008 10:36:33 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame

I always liked sausage dogs better. Brats, to be precise - real brats, not that Johnsonville garbage.


2 posted on 07/09/2008 10:42:57 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: yankeedame

I always liked sausage dogs better. Brats, to be precise - real brats, not that Johnsonville garbage.


3 posted on 07/09/2008 10:43:00 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: yankeedame

Rutts Hut in NJ RULES!


4 posted on 07/09/2008 10:44:26 AM PDT by Joiseydude
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To: yankeedame

Those are some yummy pictures! I wouldn’t mind trying that Arizona one in the bowl looking bun and that Hawiaan puka dog!


5 posted on 07/09/2008 10:46:13 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: yankeedame

Damn ... I’m gonna have to call the wife and see what she thinks about hot dogs for dinner tonight.

My vote — bacon-wrapped cheese dogs, maybe Ketchup/Mustard or Heinz 57 Sauce. Its a thing of beauty.

H


6 posted on 07/09/2008 10:53:35 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor (Jack Bauer for President '08 -- All the world's terrorists hate him. Sounds like a fair fight.)
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To: yankeedame
Goodness, I can feel the cholesterol coursing through my veins just looking at the photos!
7 posted on 07/09/2008 10:54:23 AM PDT by SF Republican
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To: yankeedame

I have my own variation.

A cooked (grilled, boiled, nuked, etc.) hot dog wrapped in a corn tortilla that has been slightly “cooked” over the electric stove burner.

Wrap it up with shredded cheddar, minced green onions, and mustard.

YUM!


8 posted on 07/09/2008 10:57:39 AM PDT by EggsAckley (If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer?)
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To: yankeedame
Sweet and Sour Dog (my favorite):
Put a layer of crushed pineapple (drained) at the bottom of the bun; next, add a layer of onions; top the pineapple and onions with a grilled all-beef hot dog; then pour your favorite BBQ sauce atop the dog.
9 posted on 07/09/2008 11:04:58 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: yankeedame
Good lookin' Chicago dog...

Tennesee slaw dog...

Bite-size slaw dog...


10 posted on 07/09/2008 11:06:24 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: arderkrag

Great post!


11 posted on 07/09/2008 11:06:47 AM PDT by Devilinbaggypants (Stop the madness...spread the word...drill now and increase refining capacity!)
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To: yankeedame

Connecticut also invented the hampburger, has the best apizza (Sally’s on Wooster St. in New Haven) and has one of the more credible claims for inventing the grinder/submarine sandwich.

Jimmy’s of Savin Rock (now closed) had famous hot dogs. The style included a toasted clam-roll style bun (similar to one of the Maine rolls shown above) grilled-toasted with extra butter, foot-long all beef hot dog (Hummels or Roesslers), grilled onions and your choice of reasonable condiments (ketchup ok, no stupid things like celery salt, etc.)


12 posted on 07/09/2008 11:08:41 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Dr. Sivana

hampburger shuld be hamburger. No one has invented the hampburger yet.


13 posted on 07/09/2008 11:09:58 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Dr. Sivana

And “shuld” should be should. I hate my keyboard. I need my ‘80’s vintage clicky IBM back.


14 posted on 07/09/2008 11:10:53 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: yankeedame
Arguably Washington D.C.'s signature dish, a half-smoke is like an over-sized spicy sausage and can be filled with a pork/beef mix or all-beef. Some places steam them, but the legendary Ben's Chili Bowl serves its chili half-smokes by grilling the snappy links, putting them in steamed buns, and topping with chili, mustard, and chopped raw onions.

They have a stand at National's Stadium. The line is always long.

Dodger fans can get theirs steamed or grilled and if they can't make it to the park, the official Farmer John Dodger Dogs can be found in some supermarkets in the area.

I can here Vin Scully advertising Farmer John's now.

15 posted on 07/09/2008 11:11:55 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (If given a choice between a POW and a POS, I'll take the POW.)
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To: yankeedame

Yum!


16 posted on 07/09/2008 11:17:38 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: yankeedame

I don’t understand the difference between the “Michigan Red Hot” and a coney. Except that it’s from upstate New York. It sounds like someone went to southeast Michigan, discovered the coneys in Flint and Detroit, and then took the concept back to NY and popularized it there.


17 posted on 07/09/2008 11:21:29 AM PDT by NonZeroSum
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To: yankeedame

My favourite is an all beef, natural casing dog on a steamed bun with stadium mustard, sliced tomato, and shredded cheddar cheese. Mmmmmmm....


18 posted on 07/09/2008 11:23:52 AM PDT by Eepsy (12-30-2008 +1)
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To: yankeedame
I had a few slaw dogs myself over the 4th. I added some home-made bbq sauce. I've always called ‘em “Elvis dogs” just because I'm sure the King would have approved.
19 posted on 07/09/2008 11:27:27 AM PDT by mojito
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To: yankeedame

I can remember as a child having hot dogs at Howard Johnson’s. One of the things I loved about them was the bun. Think it’s called a New England style bun (like the one in picture #6). They’d brush melted butter on them and then grill them-—boy were they great. Unfortunately we don’t have that style bun in California, at least in our area, and I sure miss them.


20 posted on 07/09/2008 11:33:43 AM PDT by mupcat
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To: yankeedame

Lafayette Coney Island hot dogs in Detroit.

21 posted on 07/09/2008 11:39:40 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: yankeedame
I guess the 4th of July weekend brought out a bunch of stories about Hot Dogs. Just this weekend there was a big story in our local liberal rag about Jimmy's Hot Dogs. Jimmy is 89 years young.
22 posted on 07/09/2008 11:40:49 AM PDT by OBXWanderer (Now is the time for all good men [and women] to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: All

glutton bump


23 posted on 07/09/2008 11:44:10 AM PDT by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: EggsAckley

One of Dad’s creations was similiar...pre-grilled hot dog, cheese and a small portion of chili, onion...wrap in tortilla, skewer with toothpick and deep fry until golden brown. Top with more chili, onions, hot peppers and cheese with a portion of sour cream on top.


24 posted on 07/09/2008 11:54:11 AM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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To: yankeedame
Elgin's Southside BBQ sausage and brisket.


25 posted on 07/09/2008 12:13:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (A vote for any Democrat from BO on down the ticket is a vote for $10 a gallon gas.)
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To: arderkrag

Is there a specific brand of Brat you can recommend? I tried Johnsonville Brats and found them a major improvement over ordinary hot dogs like Armour/Oscar Meyer/et al;and if there’s something even better than a Johnsonville Brat I’d love to try it.


26 posted on 07/09/2008 12:35:46 PM PDT by Verloona Ti (And please don't call them "sausage dogs" -that bothers my dachshund. :-D)
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To: yankeedame

How fitting. Today is “coney day” at the local watering hole I frequent and I get a craving every wednesday for 2 coney dogs and chili cheese fries!


27 posted on 07/09/2008 12:38:31 PM PDT by CSM (Hey if a small tax increase didn't work, a bigger tax increase should not work even BETTER!)
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To: Alouette

I prefer national’s chili, but a coney is always good!


28 posted on 07/09/2008 12:41:47 PM PDT by CSM (Hey if a small tax increase didn't work, a bigger tax increase should not work even BETTER!)
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To: yankeedame

29 posted on 07/09/2008 1:36:41 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Verloona Ti
Hmm...it seems that Johnsonville was not the brand I was thinking. Odd. I usually get brands of food right. Never mind. Anyway, I usually just go with deli brats. Johnsonville are ok. There's another brand that does cheddarwurst and such that are just horrendous. Wish I could remember it.

Ah. After a quick search, I found it. I was thinking of Hillshire farms. After a visit to their website, I remembered Johnsonville being pretty good, so you can disregard that earlier. I've had a long day.
30 posted on 07/09/2008 1:37:48 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: yankeedame
Costco Dogs (Everywhere)


31 posted on 07/09/2008 1:38:59 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: arderkrag

I remember Armour or Oscar Meyer had a hot dog with cheddar bites inserted in it that I used to like (I was very young). Maybe that’s it? The Beddar Cheddars are pretty decent-and back when I still ate just plain hot dogs, Hebrew nationals were OK.


32 posted on 07/09/2008 2:08:08 PM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: arderkrag

I remember Armour or Oscar Meyer had a hot dog with cheddar bites inserted in it that I used to like (I was very young). Maybe that’s it? The Beddar Cheddars are pretty decent-and back when I still ate just plain hot dogs, Hebrew nationals were OK.


33 posted on 07/09/2008 2:08:32 PM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: yankeedame

I like my michigans buried, and white hots!


34 posted on 07/09/2008 2:40:07 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Dr. Sivana

The best ‘dogs were from the Strand Lunch on Main in New Britain ... the chili sauce was to die for ... alas only a wonderful memory, as it is closed. ;-P

[best ‘dogs still are Grote & Weigel naturals]


35 posted on 07/09/2008 4:44:19 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: yankeedame
Great article ... thanks for posting it! ;-D


36 posted on 07/09/2008 4:46:19 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: mupcat

We always loved the grilled buns at HJ’s , just a memory
now.

I love dogs.
Debrisina, brats, you name it as long as the skin has pop.
Chili dogs, Slaw dogs, I’d like to try those bacon wrapped
dogs from LA.
Mmmmmmmm.

Hi Ma, Hi Sis, Hi Cuz, mmmmmm dogs!


37 posted on 07/09/2008 5:04:08 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Verloona Ti
And Hebrew National used to make "Bagel Dogs" (kosher "cows in blankets" with bagels as the wrapping)... They've been discontinued for years, but for a very long time, we used to buy a bag of them for the football games every week.

Mark

38 posted on 07/09/2008 5:32:28 PM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
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To: arderkrag; Verloona Ti

Usingers in Milwaukee still make some of the best hot dogs and brats around.


39 posted on 07/10/2008 4:49:56 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: onedoug; stylecouncilor

I think I want hot dogs for dinner tonight.


40 posted on 07/10/2008 2:34:22 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Yuck!


41 posted on 07/10/2008 3:11:56 PM PDT by onedoug
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