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The magic of Alberta, Canada, in winter.

David Brown prepares us ahead of time for some Spring Changes.

DIY Network’s Marnie Oursler and DC Designer Annie Elliott share current trends for the new year

In this issue, Charles Tappan creates cocktails using whiskey to keep us toasty through the winter months.




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16 | DETAILS The coziness of a tea kettle – the hottest on the market. 17 | JOHN’S FAVORITES This issue, John concentrates on the Audi Q8, Republic of Tea “Emperor’s White” and wooden cheese boards in the shape of your favorite state. 18 | ARTS The art of Zeki Findikoglu. 26 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Zoe Feldman designs for DC. 27 | CULTURE Celebrating Zilia Sánchez, Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at the Phillips Collection and the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival at NatGeo.


28| DESIGN NEWS “Wake Up Ready” - DC Lash Bar Opens Second Location in Arlington, Virginia. 42 | GETAWAYS Top 5 Islands for a Quick Winter Getaway 47 | OUT & ABOUT Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 48 | KID’S CORNER Celebrating winter holidays with children. 56 | FOODIE Healthy recipes to kickstart 2019, Turkey Tortilla Soup, Chicken Enchilada Verde and Lime-Mango Sorbet. 62 | STYLIST Tie dye, big poofs and fringe vs. tailored, green and bold patterns. 64 | MONEY & FINANCE How do you navigate bonds in a rising interest rate environment? 66 | HEALTH & WELLNESS Making Good Choices 68 | REAL ESTATE John Eric | Trevor Moore and Associates bring you the best in luxury real estate from all across the metropolitan region. 74 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about.



56 75 DIPLOMACY Winter events at the embassies of Tunisia and the Czech Republic along with a guided Embassy Row tour. 76 | BLACK BOOK Celebrating St. Pat’s? Don’t miss the best the world has to offer… IN EVERY ISSUE 8 | CONTRIBUTORS 9 | LETTER FROM JOHN

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CONTRIBUTORS CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for the fountain of youth,


and since then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology community. MARC SCHLIEFER has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996. With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. SHERRY MOELLER co-founder and principal of MoKi Media, was a previous editor in chief of Capitol File magazine/Niche Media covering politicians, celebrities, fashion, travel, hospitality and lifestyle in Washington, DC and around the country. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands. DAVID BROWN became a pioneer of design in some of DC and Virginia’s most up-andcoming neighborhoods. As an executive with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton & Valentino, he has been fortunate to travel extensively across the United States and Europe through his work. David’s eclectic style and appreciation for architecture is reflected in his work thanks to his unique cultural perspective gained through his travels. MAGGIE O’BRIEN Maggie is an eleven year old girl, that lives in Virginia. She is the oldest of five and has two german shepherds. She loves math, playing piano, writing stories, and soccer. HANNAH JENNER is the Founder and Head Coach at Achieving Awesome Performance Coaching and host of the “Achieving Awesome” podcast. A former professional sailor, Hannah became the first female captain of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to circumnavigate the globe in 2007-08. After a 15- year career on the ocean sailing some 280,000 nautical miles, Hannah retired in 2017 to set up her coaching practice. Combing her experience in building successful teams along with a life coaching qualification from Erickson College and a nutrition coaching certification from Precision Nutrition, Achieving Awesome coaches women to unlock their true potential from the inside out. Hannah’s mission in life is to help people become the happiest, healthiest and strongest version of themselves so that they may in turn #betheinspiration. Find out more at



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WELCOME HAPPY 2019 EVERYONE! Hard to believe that the calendar has yet again turned and we are facing a new year. I would like to thank all of our readers for your continued support as we jump into 2019 with you! In this issue of John Eric Home, we celebrate some of the most iconic winter places and events. Travel with us as we discover the best St. Patrick’s Day parades throughout the world and the beauty of Alberta, Canada during winter. We celebrate sun and snow and offer you the best island getaways and ski areas near the Washington region. Of course, all our mainstays are included in this issue. From “Mixology” to “Foodie”, from “Home Trends” to “Money and Finances”, “Stylist”, “Arts”, “Details”… the gang is all here and revving up for 2019. On behalf of the staff at John Eric Home, I would like to wish you a happy new year full of warmth, joy and prosperity.


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Alberta CANADA

In Canada, Winter is king. If you would like to enter its magical kingdom, in this issue’s “Destinations,” we take you to Alberta where fairy dust isn’t essential, but snow powder is.




JASPER IN JANUARY One of the best times to experience Jasper National Park in winter is during the annual twoweek Jasper in January festival when hotels, restaurants and attractions offer reduced rates and there are special programs, celebrations and events to enjoy. Festival goers can choose from a range of activities including sporting competitions, live musical performances, a chili cook-off, wine tastings, dog sledding, ice skating, special workshops, an ice bar and a huge street party with live performers and fireworks. Marmot Basin Ski Area gets in on the fun with discounted lift tickets, live music on weekends and entertaining events including the Dual Slalom Race. New this year: A fat-bike racing series through the snow.



EXPERIENCE MAGIC IN BANFF In Banff National Park, brawn meets beauty at the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival. Over three days in late January, watch professional carvers compete in a test of brute strength, artistry and precision – creating delicate sculptures from 136 kg (300 lb) blocks of ice. Just being in this glittering winter wonderland inspires ice-skating on Lake Louise or taking a horsedrawn sleigh ride along the shore. Afterwards, keep that magic alit with an alpine fondue dinner at the fairy tale Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

SNOW PARTY Celebrate ice, snow and all things frosty at the SnowDays festival in Banff National Park. This tribute to winter sports launches in midJanuary with an alpine bash of epic proportions. The kick-off street party in Banff features ice skating, ice carving, live music and beer gardens, complete with a bar made out of ice. There’s even an ice fire pit. Be sure to check out the coolest playground in town where you can get lost – and found – in the ice maze, fly down an ice slide and glide around the skating rink. All the festivities lead up to The Big Bear ski and rail event. Chill out to cool beats while watching pro boarders destroy the Bear’s custom designed ramps and rails. Hot tunes, cool moves and bragging rights – are you ready to party? 13

ALL THINGS ICY Over two weekends at the end of January and beginning of February, the Ice on Whyte Festival takes over a park in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona district. Somewhere around 68,000 kg (150,000 pounds) of ice is trucked in to make giant ice slides, skating surfaces and great blocks of it get carved up by the pros at the International Ice Carving Competition. Give it a try at a carving workshop. Skate or dance the night away. Don’t miss the fire and ice extravaganza on the last night.

SILVER SKATE TRADITIONS Edmonton has more festivals yearround than you can shake a hockey stick at. The Silver Skate Festival is the city’s oldest winter event, taking place over 10 days each February at Hawrelak Park. Start with a wander through the snow sculpture garden, try your hand at curling, and don’t miss the Kortebaan – a long-blade skating race with Dutch origins. Lots to do when the sun goes down, too. Check out the live entertainment at Night Works. Make sure you catch the ever-popular Fire Sculpture event. Best part? Free admission. 14






One thing that oozes coziness and warmth during the winter is a kettle boiling on the stove. If you are in need of a new kettle during this cold season, check out one of these‌



1. CAPRESSO POUR OVER KETTLE This electric kettle heats water to a precise temperature for pour-over coffee, French press and any type of tea. The gooseneck spout allows close control of the pouring process, and the stay-cool handle with thumb grip is comfortable to hold from any angle. Williams Sonoma. 2. ZEN KETTLE Le Creuset enamel on steel kettles are crafted of high-quality materials and built to last. Made with sturdy carbon steel and finished with a vibrant porcelain enamel finish, each model combines precise craftsmanship with the colorful style and beauty that only Le Creuset can offer. Le Crueset. 3. OXO GOOD GRIPS CLASSIC TEA KETTLE This high-grade stainless-steel construction guards against rust and features a large lid opening for convenient filling and cleaning. The handle rotates out of the way for filling, pouring or storing. Amazon. 4. AURA 2 QUART TEAKETTLE Make two quarts of boiling hot water in style with the Aura 2 Quart Teakettle. The classic teakettle will bring a splash of color to your kitchen, boasting sleek metallic finishes for looks that impress. Also features a traditional whistle that lets you know when the water is at boiling point. Cuisinart. 16



1. AUDI Q8 Offering the functional practicality of an SUV, the dynamic design of an Audi coupe, and exceptional driving dynamics, the 2019 Audi Q8 sets a new standard as the top SUV from the Audi brand. The Q8 seamlessly integrates technology and advanced driver assistance systems to deliver everything customers expect from a luxury performance SUV. 2. REPUBLIC OF TEA “EMPEROR’S WHITE” This China White Tea is revered for its unmatched subtlety, complexity and mellow, sweet notes. Emperors had this tea plucked from their secret gardens to share with visiting dignitaries who reveled in the airy fragrance and pure flavor. Authentic 100% White Tea. 3. WOODEN CHEESE BOARD IN THE SHAPE OF YOUR FAVORITE STATE @ UNCOMMON GOODS Serve your favorite foods with a side of state pride on these bamboo boards! They are both fun and practical and are great for dinner parties or host/hostess gifts. An appetizing way to celebrate your favorite corner of the country.






Zeki Findikoglu was born in 1946 in Iznik, Turkey, and has lived in virtually every region of the Anatolian Peninsula. The rich variety of cultural and artistic traditions he witnessed in Turkey developed into a lifelong interest. Zeki moved to the United States in 1973. A professional artist since 1970 and an art professor since 1977, Zeki has gained international acclaim. His highly stylized paintings and prints incorporate Turkish culture and artistic contentions, extending them with a modern artistic vocabulary to provide a bridge between ancient and contemporary art. Zeki’s works have been exhibited in the US and Turkey, as well as Europe and Asia.








or many of us, spring brings the most exciting adventures outdoors. How many of us experience that same spirit indoor as well? If you haven’t been one to transition the interior of your home seasonally, this is the year to start. Spring is the perfect time to bring the outdoors in and give your oasis a new breath of fresh air. It’s time to put away the heavy fabrics and dark accessories and bring out the lighter and brighter looks for spring. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal in the outdoors. This is a perfect reason to orchestrate the same inside. Pack away the dark colors that felt so cozy in the winter and replace them with fresh, brighter colors. Substitute browns, blacks and deep jewel tones with pastels and bright colors. There are so many ways to add color to a space.

An easy and affordable way to update your home for spring is to add colorful accents such as yellow throw pillows or vases in a floral pattern. Adding plants and flowers to your home is such an easy, but important, way to add color, texture and scent to a room without any effort. Tulips, pussy willow or branches of apple blossom will shout out spring; or make a statement with succulents, banana leaves or palms. What’s particularly great about flowers is that every color and combination work together, so it’s a great way to experiment with colors you wouldn’t normally put together. It’s also a great time to layer with textures to add interest. Cool neutrals with a single pop of color in a home, like light blue artwork or bright yellow accessories, add memory points and give the eye a 21



place to rest. Switch out your decorative pillows and throws for lightweight fabrics, like linen and prints. Linen drapes hung extra long drape the floor, helping the space feel lighter and airier. Plus, new bedding is an easy way to brighten a space. Consider light colors or layered textures of whites. Window treatments can have a big impact. In the spring, replace your heavy draperies with light and colorful curtains and shades. Ready-made curtain panels can be purchased for very little money so it doesn’t have to be a costly change. Of course, if you want something really specific, it’s usually worth it to have custom window treatments made. A fresh coat of paint on the walls is always a great way to

transform a space. A lighter shade can make your interior not only look brighter, but larger and more open. If the trim on the walls is a dark color, consider painting it a light shade like white – something that can help accent the area in a brighter way. There is a deepseated notion that many people inherit from their parents that one should never paint wood. There is a time (and a space) for dark wood, but don’t sacrifice light over keeping natural wood when you won’t be drawn to a dark room. Painted trim, wainscoting, coffered ceilings and staircases can be stunning and really open up an area to make the home your own. Paint your wood furniture. Choose a sunny shade or soft pastel to refresh a wooden coffee


table or a chair, which then adds a new accent to the room. Add a burst of color to a neutral space too. While white and grey can be calming, there is nothing like a shot of color to cheer you up. Spring is also a great time add new interest to your coffee table. We forget that this little table can be one of the focal points of your interior. Editing and introducing new accessories is an easy way to set the tone. Simply adding a vase of flowers, new books/magazines, candles or items of interest in lighter colors adds springtime appeal. Lastly, layer in natural elements to add warmth. There is nothing like a beautifully bound sisal rug to cohesively tie a room together. Sisal and jute rugs are the perfect texture to add depth and dimension to a room, but most importantly, they are low maintenance and therefore the perfect fit for a high traffic room. I use them often in homes with pets and young children because they can pretty much withstand anything. Sisal’s natural color variations allows it to play well with both warm and cool color schemes and allows other important design elements such as furniture or art to take center stage, even in a formal living room. If rugs aren’t an option for you, layer in driftwood, wicker baskets or wooden objects. They will create the same texture and flow as well as provide conversation pieces. 24






oë Feldman is a boutique Washington, DC based interior design firm. Zoe has been decorating homes along the East Coast for over 15 years. An accomplished freelance writer and TV personality, Zoe has been published in several national websites and appeared on multiple television shows. Zoe was an ivillage Home and Garden expert writing pieces on decorating and entertaining and appearing as a guest “ivillage expert” on the accompanying television show, ivillage LIVE. Most notably, she has appeared as a guest decorator on NBC’s Today Show. In 2011, Zoe was presented the “Ones To Watch” award by the DC Design Center. Zoe studied design at Parsons School of Design and worked for four years as a designer for Alexa 26


Hampton at the premiere Manhattan based design firm, Mark Hampton. Her design aesthetic is a modernized classicism influenced by art, fashion, architecture and, of course, each individual client. Drawing inspiration from the traditional style reminiscent of her New York training and education with her early exposure to modern art and design, she works with clients to create a space to suit their personal needs. Her finely tuned knowledge of color, detail and function allows her to work in a range of styles to construct a signature look tailored to reflect the space in which she is working. Currently, Zoe Feldman Design, Inc. is decorating houses in the Washington, DC Metro area, NYC, the Hamptons and South Florida.


ZILIA SÁNCHEZ Soy Isla (I Am an Island) February 16 - May 19, 2019 The Phillips Collection The Phillips Collection presents the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana). This long-overdue exhibition examines the artist’s prolific, yet largely unknown career that spans almost 70 years. The exhibition features approximately 65 works including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases and sculptural pieces, alongside illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera, that trace Sánchez’s artistic journey from her early days in Cuba to her extended visits to Europe and travels to America, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she now lives and works. Many of Sánchez’s works reference protagonists from ancient mythology (such as Trojans, Amazonians and Antigone—all warriors and female heroines). Others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies and tattoo drawings that map physical and psychological spaces and add another dimension to her curvilinear geometry, rich with metaphorical meaning. The exhibition title, Soy Isla (I am an Island), serves as a personal metaphor for Sanchez’s experience as an islander—connected and disconnected from both the mainland and mainstream art currents.

BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL January 23, 2019 - January 26, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM January 30, 2019 - February 2, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM National Geographic Every year, during the first week of November, hundreds of explorers, adventurers and filmmakers gather in the picturesque town of Banff, in the Canadian Rockies, to view some of the world’s top films on the great outdoors and mountain culture. For 20 years the best films from the festival have thrilled enthusiastic audiences at National Geographic. This year, Nat Geo will have four evenings of screenings repeated over two weeks—curated for the public by the tour’s expert hosts. Each evening will include an intermission.




WOMEN ARE BUSY. REALLY BUSY. SO HOW DOES ONE “WAKE UP READY” TO START THE DAY? Just ask Josie Philippe, mom of three, CEO and master trainer at DC Lash Bar—DC’s premier beauty shop specializing in all things lashes and brows. With more than 18 years of industry experience as a licensed cosmetologist and eight-time certified technician in eyelash tinting and lifting, she’s learned a thing or two about attention-getting eyes. After years of managing some of the industry’s top salons and spas, Philippe knew she wanted to open her own shop, but it wasn’t until a recommendation from her sister that she began the certification process for all things “lashes.” She fell in love with the process and decided to open DC Lash Bar in Georgetown in 2016 at 1633 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20007. In December 2018, Philippe opened a second location at the new Ballston Quarter shops located at 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203. “We saw an incredible response to our eyelash and eyebrow services immediately upon opening our flagship store in Georgetown,” says Philippe. “Opening a second shop just made sense.” DC Lash Bar uses custom made faux-mink eyelashes that are weighted according to each 28


individual’s lashes, reducing breakage and discomfort—perfect for the busy mom who doesn’t have time for complicated makeup routines or the politico attending endless networking events with no time to primp. An integral part of DC Lash Bar’s continued success is the staff; all of whom are legally certified in eyelash extensions and licensed cosmetologists and estheticians—a critical distinction separating the brand from its competitors. Philippe even created her own training program—with techniques learned from all over the country—that she uses to train all of her employees in order to perfect the eyelash extension process. “Our services are ideal for women on the go who want to ‘Wake Up Ready’ and avoid a lengthy morning beauty routine. We’re also perfect for brides and bridal parties,” says Philippe, “as both DC Lash Bar locations can be rented for private parties.” Services include eyelash extensions (in natural, classic, volume and hybrid sets), eyelash lifts and tints, and eyebrow shaping, tinting and henna treatments. Airbrush tanning is also available at both locations. For more information or to book an appointment, visit Opposite Page: DC Lash Bar’s CEO and Master Trainer Josie Philippe, Top Left & Center: Hybrid Eyelash Extensions. Right: Eyelash Lift and Tint and Eyebrow Shaping and Tint


DIY Network’s Marnie Oursler and DC Designer Annie Elliott share current trends for the new year WRITTEN BY SHERRY MOELLER

TIMELESS DESIGN While timeless design is always in, two experts Designer and Builder Marnie Oursler, CEO of Marnie Custom Homes,, and host of DIY Network’s Big Beach Builds, and Washington, DC Designer Annie Elliott, owner of Annie Elliott Interiors, – give some insight into what to expect inside and outside home design for 2019.



Wallpaper, design by Annie Elliott, photo by Jenn Verrier


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COLOR & TEXTURE “The word for 2019 is comfort,” says Elliott. “We crave warmth and stability right now, so we’re turning to saturated colors, natural materials and texture.”



GRASSCLOTH Color-drenched walls with grasscloth are popular as well. The texture of grasscloth is warm and comforting, and there are so many rich colors available now. “It also bounces light around, so even dark colors glow a bit,� Elliott adds.

THE COMFORTS OF HOME Annie Elliott,, says comfort is key in interior design, more so today than ever before. Warm and welcoming factors including natural materials and textures, grasscloth, curves, and wallpaper are what she sees as trends for 2019. Left: Natural Elements, design by Annie Elliott, photo by Angie Seckinger Right: Grasscloth, design by Annie Elliott, photo by Michael Wilkinson



PERSONAL SPACES Comfort plus personalized spaces, including meaningful objects, are key for 2019. “Spaces are personalized like never before with one-of-a-kind artwork, objects we’ve picked up on our travels, such as small rugs or pottery, and quirky vintage finds,” Elliott says.



Left Top: Personalized Spaces, design by Annie Elliott, photo by Jenn Verrier Left Bottom: photo by Michael Wilkinson Right: Art Deco Returns, design by Annie Elliott, photo by Angie Seckinger



“Adieu, midcentury modern, and welcome back, Art Deco,” Elliott says. Curves return as well, which are a nice departure from midcentury modern’s crisp lines and angles.



WALLPAPER IS HERE TO STAY Wallpaper is in for 2019… although for Elliott, it was never out.

Wallpaper, design by Annie Elliott, JOHN ERIC HOME photo by Jenn Verrier

LIGHT INTERIORS GO A LONG WAY Oursler, who designs and builds custom homes in Bethany Beach, Rehoboth and Fenwick Island, Delaware as well as neighboring towns, focuses on creating classic homes that are unique for each homeowner, with designs that have a personalized edge. Statement chandeliers, mixed metals, natural elements like stone backsplashes and cement tiles, and wrought iron railings that complement dark window trim are just a few of the trends for 2019. White Exterior with Black Trim, home by Marnie Custom Homes, photo by Dana Hoff


CONTRASTING COLORS “When you pair a white exterior with black window trim, the windows become a focal point, a decorative element,� says Oursler. White exteriors are a perfect complement to a beach setting where homeowners want light and fresh homes, while black window trim continues to be an excellent way to add contrast both inside and out. Incorporate wrought iron railings along interior stairways and the impact is dramatic. 37


MIXED METALS & MATERIALS Whether mixing metals in hardware or lighting, the trend continues, says Oursler. In recent projects, she often blends silver and brass. And for a statement chandelier, Oursler suggests opting for beaded chandeliers or other materials besides wood.



Left: Mixed Metals and Finishes, home by Marnie Custom Homes, photo by Dana Hoff Right: What’s Old is New, home by Marnie Custom homes, photo by Dana Hoff


WHAT’S OLD IS NEW With farmhouse style remaining popular, Oursler repurposes materials whenever possible for added charm and character, as well as a conversation starter for a home. In a recent remodeling project, she took the old hardwood floors, kiln dried them, and made the wood into kitchen shelves, a dining table and a fireplace mantel. “Blending old with new is always on trend,” Oursler says. 39


FLOOR, COUNTER & BACKSPLASH STATEMENTS “Colorful cement tiles are taking center stage as a flooring option in bathrooms,� says Oursler, coupled with dramatic light fixtures. For kitchen backsplashes, she uses cement or decorative tiles as well as large stones accented by non-pendant lighting to show off the natural finishes. Variations in counter finishes and colors provide an interesting contrast to the frequently requested white cabinetry.

Left: Floor, Counter & Backsplash Statements, home by Marnie Oursler, photo by Dana Hoff Right: Open & Clean Lines, home by Marnie Oursler, photo by Dana Hoff 40 JOHN ERIC HOME


OPEN & CLEAN LINES “Open floor plans with clean site lines are the most requested interiors,” Oursler adds, and window treatments are often not needed or wanted. White wood flooring expands the clean line concept.


Top 5 Islands for a QUICK WINTER GETAWAY Have the winter blues? Escape to one of these magical islands…


1 | Curaçao Curaçao has become a Caribbean go-to for Americans thanks to regular flights from major airlines and its friendliness to English speakers. 2 | Galveston Island Its 32 miles of shoreline offer both idyllic nature, including migratory birds, as well as live music and parties on the eastern edge— and in the winter, the temperature is moderate compared to the heat Texas experiences most of the year.


3 | Puerto Plata The Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata is a historic port trading city. Not far from Punta Cana, it offers not just enviable beaches but also colonial architecture and off-thebeaten-path sights.




4 | Key West While the Keys suffered destruction, the popular Key West is eager to lure tourists back and has been rebuilding quickly. Fly into Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami for a significantly cheaper flight, since you’ll likely want to rent a car anyway to get yourself down to the Keys. 5 | Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres Playa del Carmen has a pristine beach and plenty of nice shopping. The strong dollar in Mexico means you’ll enjoy unbeatable tacos and margaritas in white sand for far less than you would pay anywhere in the U.S.






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March 23 RFK Stadium

January 14th – 20th Various Venues

ShamrockFest is America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival, where thousands come to rock their shamrocks off to a wide variety of current and nostalgic rock bands.

Experience Washington, DC’s best restaurants at affordable prices. More than 250 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering deals on 3-course lunches and 3-course dinners for this gourmet event. HOME AND REMODELING SHOW

January 18th – 20th Dulles Expo Center Check out the latest in home décor, accessories and furniture or get your hands dirty with free hands-on workshops presented by Stylish Patina. Learn directly from the experts, test new products and take home your own creation in this interactive feature.


January 21st 10 am The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk is held annually on the federal MLK holiday. The Peace Walk is coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and non-profits dedicated to peace and positivity for the Washington, DC metropolitan communities. Over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ join annually in the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in Southeast DC.

March 25 Capital One Arena Award winning pop star Ariana Grande will give a performance at the Capital One Arena.


February 10 6th Street, from I to H Streets Start the Year of the Pig off right with Chinese lions, dragons, Kung Fu demonstrations, firecrackers, live music, marching bands and more. The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association is hosting the parade for the whole community. WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

February 18, 2019 — All Day Mount Vernon Celebrate the first president of the United States with free admission. Witness a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreath laying at the Washington’s Tomb. Listen to remarks given by esteemed speakers during the Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington’s Birthday.




We all have our holidays that we celebrate. In the winter, we have Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Also, many have birthdays. What is wrong with spicing the holidays up a bit? Everybody can have a fun break by making traditions we all love a little more special! Kids love it when our houses look new and creative. Using decorations is a great way to help with that. You could add a couple of festive pillows to your couch. That way it will be comfortable and make your house look festive. Lights are also another way to bring a bit of pizzazz to your home. instead of electric lights you can use candles which make your house smell nice. Kids love watching the colorful lights, or the fire flicker, and when you’re done with the candle your kid can blow it out! Lights make your house look a little merrier. There are some things that only come out during special times. Decorations, festivities, the special silverware, but what about different

food? You can see a special treat in a grocery store and then it’s gone. It was sold out or they don’t make it for the season anymore. Treating your kids to something special that they never get will make everyone merrier. Maybe special chocolate chip pancakes for Valentine’s Day or soda bread for St. Pat’s. It will surprise them and get your family ready for the holiday. What if you didn’t always have to pay a bunch of money for your decorations? There are a bunch of fun crafts you can do for the holidays, plus it will bring back memories when your kids are older where they remember making it. Holidays are some of the best times of the year, so make it more special and have fun, don’t forget, this is your break too.




“GOOD OLD TIMES” Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Muddle rough cut sugar cube and bitters in a rocks glass. Add rest of ingredients and fill the glass with ice. Stir till chilled and mixed then garnish. Serve and Enjoy! Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Chivas Regal Mizunara .5 oz. St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur 1 Rough Cut Sugar Cube 3 Dashes Fee Brothers Plum Bitters Garnish: Cherry and Sliced Pear Day of the Dead is all about memories and celebrating the “We’ll take a cup of kindness yet for the sake of auld lang syne.” So sayeth the traditional folk song written by Scottish poet Robert Burns. Many would agree that sometimes the perfect cup of kindness is a great Scotch Whisky cocktail. When selecting a great cocktail to revel in the “Good Old Times”, the place to start with is a classic base of Whisky, Bitters, and Sugar. We use the one and only “Chivas Regal Mizunara”, an exclusive edition of the iconic blended whisky finished in specialty barrels of the rare Japanese Mizunara Oak. The fine grain of the oak adds texture and brightness to the specialty blend and a depth to the body and breadth to the taste. Capping off the flavors are pear and plum, which are only heightened by the touch of baking spice indicative of the St. George spice pear liqueur. Bight, spicy, vibrant and strong. Just the way the “Good Old Times” are evoked upon the raising of glasses.




“FOR HONEST” Glassware: Highball Glass Method: Build over ice in a Highball glass. Stir to properly mix and chill. Garnish, serve and enjoy! Ingredients: 2 oz. Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve 2 oz. Grapefruit Soda 2 oz. Ginger Ale 3 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters Garnish: 1/4 Grapefruit Slice and 1/2 Orange Slice One of Robert Burns’ strongest works was “Is There for Honest Poverty” also known as “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”. In this poem, Burns expresses his sentiment of culture and society and his belief that sense of doing good and an independent mind outweigh the idea of titles and materialism. A strong and honest opinion calls for a strong and honest drink! This cocktail starts off with Single Malt Scotch. The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve pays homage to Burns with its everyman feel as a stated, yet approachable and affordable single malt. The stone fruit and earth tones from the whiskey effortlessly transition with the flavors of the bright citrus grapefruit soda and the relaxing refreshment of the ginger ale. The orange bitters add backbone to the cocktail and round out the drink. Refreshing and enjoyable to all men and women, celebrate the new year “For Honest” and always with a raised glass among friends and family.




“AE FOND” Glassware: Chilled Cocktail Glass Method: In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients with ice, then shake vigorously until the shaker fully frosts over. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and briefly let the egg white foam rise to the top of the drink and slightly set. Using a cocktail jigger, lightly float the .5 oz. of red wine onto the drink so that it layers between the liquid of the cocktail and the egg white froth at the top. Garnish with a lemon twist, serve and enjoy. Ingredients: 1 oz. Aberlour A’Bunadh 1 oz. Pere Magloire Calvados .5 oz. Lemon Juice .5 oz. Honey Syrup 1 Dash Vanilla Extract 1 Egg White Garnish: 5 oz. Float of Red Wine and a Lemon Twist While the New Year looks to fond times ahead, sometimes it comes with the memories of a lost love. Such is the sweet sadness of Robert Burns’ famous “Ae Fond Kiss”. To properly toast a bittersweet memory, nothing but the strongest and most robust Scotch whiskies will do. Here the Aberlour A’Bunadh releases its charm. At approximately 60% alcohol by volume, this single malt packs a punch, yet the sweet and floral notes from the 100% sherry cask ageing releases a richness not unlike a true embrace of passion. To lighten the strength yet perfectly pair with the single malt, Calvados (apple brandy) adds seasonal and warming notes to the palate. Citrus and honey fill out the seductive senses of the cocktail, which are only topped by the elevated notes of the vanilla extract. The egg white adds silkiness to texture. However, just as Burns’ works would go down in history, he would find a new love and memories to be “Ae Fond” of.






TURKEY TORTILLA SOUP INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 jalapeño pepper, stem and seeds removed and roughly chopped kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper 1 14-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles 3 cups chicken stock 15 ounces black beans, drained 1 cup frozen corn 2 cups Shredded Turkey (or a 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded) TOPPINGS small wedge of Colby jack cheese, freshly shredded, Limes, Avocado, Cilantro Tortillas, cut into thin strips

DIRECTIONS Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeño and sauté for until the onion is translucent and the jalapeño softens. Season with the salt, pepper, dried oregano, cumin and chipotle pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes until the spices toast. Add the fire roasted tomatoes and the turkey stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Add the black beans, corn and shredded turkey and let them come to temperature before serving. Serve the soup into bowls and top with cheese, avocado, cilantro and crisp tortilla strips. Add extra lime juice if desired. Serve immediately. To make the tortilla strips: In a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add the tortilla strips in a single layer, frying quickly for about 30-45 seconds, flipping them once to ensure both sides get crisp. Remove the tortillas once crisp with a pair of tongs and transfer them to a paper towel lined plate to dry. Season with salt.




CHICKEN ENCHILADAS VERDES INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 onion, quartered 1 poblano chile, halved 2 pounds tomatillos (about 20 medium), husks removed, rinsed 2 serrano chiles, chopped 3 garlic cloves, smashed 1 cup homemade chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Kosher salt FOR THE ENCHILADAS 1/2 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, meat shredded 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes Kosher salt 1 cup vegetable oil 8 6-inch corn or flour tortillas 8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese (thinly shredded) 2 ounces Cotija cheese, finely grated for serving 1/2 cup crème fraîche 1 tablespoon milk or water 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced fresh cilantro to garnish

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Drizzle the olive oil over onion, poblano, and tomatillos on a baking sheet and roast until vegetables are soft and browned, 35–40 minutes. Let cool slightly before peeling the skin off the poblano. Transfer onion mixture and any juices to a blender. Add serrano chiles, garlic, chicken stock, cilantro, and lime juice and purée until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, then season with salt and pepper as needed. Toss the chicken with the ground coriander, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 cup green sauce in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet over mediumhigh. Working one at a time, fry tortilla, turning once, until just starting to brown and crisp, about 10 seconds per side. Transfer tortilla to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Dip both sides of each tortilla in green sauce just to coat, then transfer to a baking sheet. Spread 1 cup green sauce lengthwise down the center of a 13x9" baking dish. Working one at a time, spoon ¼ cup of the chicken mixture into the center of tortilla and fold one side over filling, then continue to roll enchilada up like a burrito. Place seam side down in prepared baking dish as you go, fitting them all in. Top with the remaining green sauce and then pile on the cheese. Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown, 20–25 minutes. While the enchiladas are baking, combine the crème fraîche and milk and season with salt. Serve enchiladas topped with cheese, a drizzle of crema, sliced onion and cilantro.




LIME-MANGO SORBET INGREDIENTS 5 cups chopped ripe mango (about 5 mangoes), fresh or frozen (see Tips) 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon lime zest 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS Puree mango in a food processor until smooth. Combine water, lime zest, lime juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Stir the syrup into the fruit puree. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until cold, about 4 hours. Pour the sorbet mixture into an ice cream maker. (No ice cream maker? See Tips.) Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Tips: If using frozen fruit, measure it frozen and then thaw before pureeing. If you don't have an ice cream maker, freeze the mixture in a shallow metal cake pan or ice cube trays until solid, about 6 hours. Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.





Tie dye is reaching new heights. There’s California cool courtesy of R13 (approved by Kaia Gerber), art school appeal at Eckhaus Latta, and more interpretations of the trend anyone can dabble in. RODEO-O

This is not a trend seen on the fringe, but in making the fringe front and center. The detail reworked classic western style, cut into modern maxis, and fashioned as easy, daytime accessories. POOFS

Go big or go home next time you have a formal event—literally. Designers turned up the volume when it came to evening wear, looking to ruffles galore in taffeta and chiffon. AND FOR THE MEN? ELEGANCE, SAGE AND PARTICULAR PATTERNS… DO YOU SEE GREEN?

There were several color trends going on at the spring fashion shows – fluoro lime being one of them – but sage was easily the most wearable shade doing the rounds. THE CLASH OF TITANS

Bright, bold, clashing patterns injected some welcome vibrancy to the menswear shows, with Versace leading the charge. Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino fought it out for second place. TAILORING

Tailoring is back – and back in a big way. Of course, from Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna, but also from the more avant garde designers.




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HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE BONDS IN A RISING INTEREST RATE ENVIRONMENT? Interest rates have been dropping for the past 37 years and they bottomed in 2016. A good example is the average mortgage rate. In 1981, the average mortgage rate reached 16.64%, by 1985, the rate dropped to 12.43%, then, by 1990 it dropped to 10.13%. By 1995 it was down to 7.93% and by 2001 it was at 6.97%. In 2011, it was down to 4.45%, and in 2016 it bottomed out to an average of 3.65%. Now we see rates starting to rise. The big question is “how does that make investing and home buying different now as compared to the last 37 years?� The first thing happening is bond investments are changing. If you bought a bond in a declining interest rate market, the market values of your bonds were either staying stable or they were going up in value. An example would be if you bought a bond in 1985 when the interest rate was around 12.4%. For each $100,000 invested, you were getting $12,400 of bond interest per year. If you were to purchase that bond in 1990 when the interest rate was 10.13%, you would get $10,130 for each $100,000 invested. If you were to sell the first bond paying $12,400 and the current bonds only paid $10,130, you will be able to get substantially more for your higher interest rate bond. Now we are in the opposite situation. You may have a bond at 2.5% that is getting interest of $2,500 on a $100,000 bond. Today you can purchase a bond that has about 3% interest, that bond would generate $3,000 of interest. If you were to sell the

2.5% bond, you would get less for the bond since you can get 20% more interest per year. Fast forward several years into the future and say that you were able to get 6% on a bond. Your bond at 2.5% generating $2,500 per year would be deeply discounted if you can get the $6,000 for the same investment. The moral of the story is that long-term bonds are usually good to buy in stable or declining interest rate environments like the timeframe of 1981 through last year. The drop in interest rates makes the value increase or remain stable and is good for a bond investment, either in individual bonds or bond funds. The issue with bond funds is that they are constantly buying and selling bonds, so in a declining interest rate market, it can work out fine. In a rising interest rate market, it may not work as well because you are buying bonds at a higher interest rate, but the older lower interest rate bonds are worth less as time goes on. The best strategy in a rising interest rate environment would be to do a bond ladder. A bond ladder is where you buy bonds that mature in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 years. As each bond matures, you purchase a 10-year bond. This way, if you need money, you will have the chance each year to take money out from the bond that matured that year. If you do not need money, you can purchase a 10-year bond and next year the bond that you purchased with a 2-year maturity will come due and then you have the choice of either using the funds from the matured bond or buying a new

10-year bond to add to your bond ladder. The ladder is easier to maneuver than a bond fund; you usually need a substantial amount of money to do the bond ladder, usually no less than $500,000. I hope this helps you understand the way bonds work in a rising interest rate environment. If you have individual questions regarding bond investments, please feel free to email me at Until next time, I hope you have a great winter. The return and principal value of bonds fluctuate with changes in market conditions. If bonds are not held to maturity, they may be worth more or less than their original value. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks and charges, and expenses of the fund(s) carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the funds, and can be obtained directly from the company or from your financial professional. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing or sending money. All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful. Securities offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through CWM, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC is under separate ownership from any other named entity.



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The holiday season has past with an abundance of temptation, rich, delicious food, parties, sweet treats and large family dinners. No doubt it was almost impossible to avoid a little indulgence. Here is the key to not only surviving holidays and special events, but throughout the year without having to buy new stretchy pants – allowing yourself to enjoy a few treats with no guilt. If you set the intention of eating/ drinking just a little, it is entirely possible to not go up a dress size. Start with the philosophy that there are no GOOD or BAD foods/drinks, just ones that support your goals and ones that do not. As soon as we set up that dichotomy, we also set ourselves up for failure. You see, if you tell yourself that something is ‘bad’, ‘off limits’ or ‘forbidden,’ not only does it immediately become way more tempting (think saying no to a small child,) but it also means that, god forbid, you have even one small bite or sip of said treat, you have failed. Once you have failed, well heck, you may as well just continue to bite two, then three and you know where this goes. Set yourself a goal, then you get to decide which food and drink choices support that and which don’t. It goes along the lines of if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. So how does this look in real life? Let’s say you have a work party to attend where there will be snacks and plenty to drink, in this situation try to eat a healthy meal one hour before you go out. Fill up on nonstarchy veggies and lean protein so you will feel satiated for a good while and less inclined to reach for the snacks. If there is a mouthwatering selection of snacks, set yourself a reasonable number you

can enjoy with no guilt and stop when you get there. Drink plenty of water and be sure to have water with you at the party. Chose a glass of wine or vodka soda over a big sugary cocktail or beer and match each drink with a glass of water. If you are going to a party with a friend use him/her as an accountability partner to help keep you on track. Plan to do something active the next day that would be difficult with a hangover to help you avoid temptation. Moving your body burns off that extra energy (calories) you may be putting into your system, so dance the night away and make the most of a fun time. This pre-gaming exercise is a great one for any social situation that takes you out of your usual routine. Load up on the healthy stuff so there is less room for the indulgent treats/drinks. Now that the New Year has begun, make the most of it. Take a look at your calendar over the next few weeks and see where you have time to fit in new activities to keep your body moving, like ice skating for example. Wrap up warm and get outside, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and remember to set the intention of enjoying a little without the guilt. Just imagine how great you will feel when you get to start the new year feeling energized and ready to go without needing to buy new pants! If you read my last article, you will know I am not a fan of the fad dieting cycle, so think long term, healthy lifestyle and apply this approach throughout the new year!


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CLYDE’S Chief Executive Officer of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, John G. Laytham died January 3rd at the age of 74. Clyde’s was the first bar/restaurant in Georgetown to open on a Sunday, the first restaurant in Georgetown to serve brunch, and the first restaurant in Georgetown to hire women as waiters. The 1976 hit song “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band was inspired by the spicy happy hour menu at Clyde’s of Georgetown. The company’s meticulous and deliberate expansion has been largely credited to Laytham’s business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Since its 1970 purchase of Old Ebbitt Grill, the city’s oldest restaurant, CRG has expanded into a nationally recognized local restaurant company consisting of thirteen locations in D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland. None of the restaurants are alike, but all share a commitment to excellent food and service. (The Georgetown Dish)



The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day parade in D.C. has been canceled due to the rising cost of security. The celebration of Irish pride held every March will be postponed so the organizers can continue searching for pots of gold to fund a parade in 2020. The St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, which is run by volunteers, says their biggest expense every year is government-related security and street closure costs. Some costs are offset by a grant from the D.C. government, but the committee says it couldn’t keep up with new security requirements put in place after 86 people were killed in a car attack in Nice, France, during a Bastille Day celebration.

Get ready for more dockless electric bikes and electric scooters in the District in 2019. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently announced that it has provisionally approved permits for eight companies to provide the shared vehicles this year, following a spike in the number of permit applicants. These initial permits will make way for as many as 6,000 dockless vehicles on D.C.’s streets, or more than double the 2,400 dockless vehicles allowed as of the end of 2018. (The city has run a pilot program for the vehicles since 2017.)

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EMBASSY ROW WALKING TOUR January 13 | 12 pm - 2 pm Dupont Circle Metro Stop - North Entrance

Why visit one embassy when you can see a whole bunch of them in two hours? On this tour of Massachusetts Avenue Embassy Row, you will have the chance to see the embassy of South Africa, Brazil, Zambia and many more. A magnificent tour guide will give you information on all the embassies to enhance your experience. Suggested attire is casual and the meeting place will be at the escalator of the Dupont Circle metro stop. Tickets are $20 and there will be a reception at a cash bar in Dupont Circle. This event has seen great success and is something residents of DC rave about every year!



Enjoy a rare opportunity to enjoy a night with the ambassador of Tunisia. The night will begin with an array of Tunisian delicacies, including spring rolls, couscous with lamb, and pastries. After dinner there will be a reception where the ambassador, Fayçal Gouia will greet guests and give a cultural presentation. The night will conclude with a tour of the exquisite art collection of traditional Tunisian pieces. Tickets are $50 and preppy attire is encouraged.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will be hosting the Lobkowicz trio to provide guests with a great musical experience. The Trio is comprised of pianist Lukáš Klánsky, violinist Jan Mráček, and cellist Ivan Vokáč. Together the trio has one the first prize and prize of the audience at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in 2014. There will also be a buffet and wine reception. The event will be held at the Embassy of the Czech Republic and tickets are $95. Cocktail attire is suggested.

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The city hosts the world’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade - and has done so since 1762, 14 years before the United States signed the Declaration of Independence. The first parade was on March 17, 1762, and since then, the world’s oldest and largest celebration has only gotten bigger and better. DUBLIN

Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations may not be as big as New York City’s - but they are much longer. The city celebrates the public holiday with a week of celebrations which include boat races, street and music performances, the Irish Beer & Whisky Festival, and, of course, the parade. And, of course, it is the home of St. Pat himself! MONTSERRAT

Known as the “Emerald Isle” of the Caribbean, Montserrat is the only other place outside of Ireland where St Patrick’s Day is considered a public holiday. Irish descendants make up most of the inhabitants of the island located in the British West Indies. The day is commemorated with a 10-day festival, which includes festivities such as a Kite Festival and a St Patrick’s Day dinner. BUENOS AIRES

Buenos Aires looks more like Dublin than the “Paris of South America” on March 17th. The capital city hosts the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in South America. Not only does it put on a spectacular parade, it hosts an annual street party in the city center with lots of music and dancing, including Irish-flavored rock groups and one of the largest Irish dance schools in South America. TORONTO

Toronto has been putting on one of the biggest and wildest St. Patrick’s Day Parades for more than 150 years. The approximately 90-minute parade kicks off at noon and attracts over a half-million spectators. Afterward, the celebration continues at many of the city’s bars, restaurants and other venues. Some of the best places for a green beer- or Guinness-filled night includes the Watermark Irish Pub & Restaurant, with its prime waterfront spot offering amazing views, as well as McVeigh’s, the quintessential Irish bar that’s been in the same location at Church and Richmond for nearly 50 years.


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