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When you wanna be good, go to b.good Greenwich

3 Mar

Sometimes you just need to hit that restart button on your diet. . . especially, oh say, after a deeply gluttonous vacation in Lake Placid and Vermont jam packed with beer, bourbon, bbq, burgers, Bloody Marys and bacon. Luckily, there’s b.good a couple of miles from us, which makes it easy for us to be good after our trip . . . especially when they have delivery. BOOM! Continue reading

Bareburger: Great Apps + Drinks, But How ‘Bout the Burgers?

11 Jan

For the longest time, people wondered if Bareburger Stamford would actually happen as that sad and lonely spot at 21 Harbor Point remained barren while Fortina and other spots nearby opened up and flourished. Well, glimmers of hope arrived as winter neared, and since opening up a few weeks back it has been jam-packed.

When we went to try it out this past Saturday (at around 6:45 pm) we were more than ready to eat and drink our sorrows away after witnessing our beloved Rangers lose in overtime at MSG. The space is pretty small with some seats at the bar, a few high-tops, and a handful of tables, but luckily we only had a 1/2 hour wait for a party of 6, which isn’t too bad. Continue reading

Chopped: Shake Shack Serving Only Fresh Cut Skinny Fries, Ditching Crinkle Cut

2 Apr
Adieu, adieu...

Adieu, adieu…

The debate rages on: what kind of potato cut produces the crispest exterior, yet has the perfect interior and crunch when you rip through it? Is it crinkle cut, French fries, hand cut, steak, waffle, tater, spiral cut, curls, or even those creepy smiley face ones?

While we may never truly know the answer, Shake Shack is onto something…plus they don’t want to use frozen anymore. They are phasing out their use of crinkle cut fries and replacing them with their fresh cut skinny fries. The new fries are already beginning to be served in NYC and will make their way out to surrounding areas soon.  If you have a skinny fry spotting, hit us up on FB, Twitter, or Instagram with the photos.  

Here’s what Shake Shack says about their skinny fries:

– HAND-CUT
– NEVER FROZEN
– TWICE-COOKED
– SKIN-ON
– IDAHO RUSSET
– ALWAYS FRESH

So, what’s your take? Will you miss their crinkle cut fries or do you eagerly await those crispy skinny fries that you can easily shove into your mouth, 20 at a time?

Let your voice be heard, America!

Big up to Chris Grimm for the inside scoop on this.  

 

Drink good beer, eat good food, rescue good doggies at Bull N’ Brew on May 19 in Wilton, CT!

15 Apr

Presenting the 2nd Annual Bull N’ Brew, poster by Eric Fritch

If you’re a doggie lover like us, the stories of Karuna Bully Rescue will have you all teary eyed. But, the good news is, you can do something to help by getting tickets to the awesome Bull N’ Brew event on May 19 in Wilton, CT.

Bugsy Malone, up for adoption. Click through to find out about him and to see more pics.

Why it’s important to help out: 

Annie spent most of her life in a family’s backyard, heavy chain around her neck, weighing her down.  Through rain, through snow, through sleet she stayed there.  Even through Hurricane Irene, she stayed there, chained up with no hope of ever seeing anything except the tiny backyard.  She was left there, to die, when the family moved…well, until Karuna Bully Rescue of New Haven, CT stepped in.  They took her in, got her all fixed up, and was able to adopt cute Annie out to a loving family.  See her rescue story here and check out her growth as a free loving doggy. Stories like these come to Karuna Bully Rescue  every day, and as you can see, being able to take in, foster, care for, and support rescues is no easy feat.

Jake, the Pit-uation, is up for adoption too! Click through to find out about him.

How you can help out:

Lucky for you, helping out is much easier than the job these wonderful people do every day. It’s as simple as stopping by on Saturday, May 19th at 6 pm at Ambler Farm in Wilton.  Tickets are $50 via PayPal to fosterfund@karunabully.org or $60 at the door.  And, all proceeds go towards Karuna Bully Rescue, too, so there’s no middle-man.  Just needy doggies getting what they need to be healthy, happy and 100% adoptable.And, it’s a win-win situation! You can look forward to live music from Tim Palmieri & Friends and Like Violet, wine, food from SUPER DUPER WEENIE, a silent auction, and a raffle.  And, beer.  What kind of event would Bull N’ Brew be without beer?  They will have local craft beer from Thomas Hooker (CT) and Blue Point Brewery (Long Island), as well as a keg of home brewed goodness.  They’ll be tapping “Pit Bull Slobber,” so you best be there to help empty that keg.

Please direct questions to info@karunabully.org and help these wonderful people and doggies out!

The Juicy Deets on the New Station Eats – Stamford, CT

27 Feb

Ladies and gents: Station Eats in Stamford!

We had just driven into Stamford after our trip from Orlando and we knew what we had to do.  Yeah, the flight was super early so we had breakfast at 7, so by 1 we were starving.  A hungry Danny is a grumpy Danny, so we parked on Atlantic Street by the Palace Theater and walked up the Stairway to Heaven past Izet’s, aka the stairway that takes you to Station Eats.  They’ve only been open here for a few days, but you might have had their food at the original New Canaan spot.  We came in and one of the owners, Nick Type, rushed over to thank us for coming in and telling us that he was just about to write us so that we could try out the new food.  Seriously, we’re all synched up when it comes to burgers, fries, dogs, and shakes. Seth Leifer, the other owner, was there too and was beaming with excitement behind the counter.

Gentle reminders on where to go…

Immediately we were struck with how awesome Station Eats in Stamford is.  There is a giant communal table with lots of other tables nearby for you to sit at. If you’ve been to the New Canaan spot, you’ll see the difference.  Also, starting soon, there will be tables and umbrellas set up on their front deck.  Yes, a beer garden in the heart of Stamford.  Beautiful!  Bright orange arrows push you along like booster power ups and take you to the menu.  Let’s recap so you don’t mess up the system:

The Station Eats menu in all its glory

1)  Look at menu and decide what you want.

2) Order your grilled item and fries.

3) Have them pile on your toppings:  free and premium.

4) Order your shakes and drinks.

5) Pay up, now with credit card as an option too!

I ordered a burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, extra pickles, some mayo and ketchup.  To go with that I had a vanilla milkshake with Fruity Pebbles and cheese fries.  Danny had a hot dog with station chili, relish, grilled onions, and jalapeños.  He washed that down with a coffee milkshake with bits of oreo mixed up and station chili fries.  Along with all this goodness, Nick also gave us a try of his chocolate bourbon shake aka the U-Turn.  Here we go:

The Burger

The burger, plain and simple…

The burgers at Station Eats are always cooked to perfection for me:  nice and pink on the inside, a great medium rare.  Ah, the way it should be.  The patties are juicy, full of flavor, and aren’t too big.  The hamburger buns are just right, too, and complement the burgers nicely.  All natural, organically raised local beef makes for a great burger.

The Fries

Station chili and cheese fries, YUM

Fries here are crinkle cut and can be ordered plain, with cheese, with station chili, or with cheese and station chili.  They come out crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.  Really great fries, especially with the chili or cheese.

The Dogs

Spicy and chili wiener

The bun came out grilled nicely with a buttery taste, so good.  The dog was grilled up nicely and the toppings just made it right for Danny.  Overall, a great beef hot dog, though you can also get a veggie or chicken dog.  The station chili added a nice deep flavor, while the jalapeños gave the dog a nice kick.

The Shakes

Danny took down 2 out of 3 of these!

I’m never one to finish a shake, even if I do love it, but my vanilla and Fruity Pebble shake was so damn good I drank it down to the last bits.  The shakes work simple here:  medium or large; order vanilla, chocolate, coffee, or strawberry ice cream;  add in Fruity Pebbles, Oreos, chocolate pearls, or graham crackers.  Danny couldn’t get enough of the coffee and Oreo milkshake and recommends that combo.

Don’t be disappointed because the shake (and burger) of the month is still alive and active here.  Follow Station Eats on FB or sign up for their e-mails to get info on what shake and burger will be featured each month.  Well, onto their new milkshakes, the adult kind:  Hi-Octane Shakes.  The final pen strokes are being signed on the liquor license, so you can expect to have these shakes by the end of February/start of March.  We’ll update you on that, of course.

As I said before, Nick let us try the chocolate bourbon with Oreo shake, the U-Turn.  This was great, had a nice kick from the bourbon, but still managed to be refreshing. It’ll be perfect to have a dog or burger, sit outside in the beer garden, and sip on the adult shakes.  Ahhh.  You’ll also be able to try Red Light with vodka, strawberry, graham crackers, and vanilla ice cream or Freeway with Kahlua, vodka, and vanilla ice cream.  A medium is $7.25 and a large is $8.15, still cheaper than most bars that you’d hit up…score.

The Drinks

Ever feel taken advantage of when you hit up a restaurant and they bleed you dry when you order beer and wine?  Well, drinks won’t be too much here.  You can buy glasses of beer (PBR, Magic Hat #9, Narragansett, and Brooklyn Lager) and even pitchers at drinkworthy prices.  Yup, PBR pitchers at $9 and Magic Hat #9 pitchers at $16.  You can also order red, white, or sparkling wine at very reasonable prices.  A Pinot Noir at $20, a Pinot Grigio at $15, and a half bottle of Proscecco at $14 are just some of the deals here.

The Future

Danny and Nick talking. Look at all that space, too!

Station Eats seems to have a bright future in Downtown Stamford.  There will be a beer garden for those beautiful days when you have to be outside.  They plan to have live music pumping out, making the garden even more fun, too.  And, when things go well in Stamford, they will consider staying open later on Friday and Saturday so that you can get your eats and drink on.  The food is great quality here and it won’t take long to make up the burger or dog of your dreams.  There are lots of vegetarian options and you can even get a Station Salad for those lighter days when a burger might push you over the edge.  The one obstacle that Station Eats faces is their location, but once people begin to see that they are up the stairs, there won’t be a problem anymore.  They’ll be installing some signs and lots of people are getting the word out.  So, remember that you can always head back (at least) once a month to try out their burger and shake of the month.  Or, if you’re one of those lucky people that work in Downtown Stamford, you’ve got the perfect lunch spot to hit up every single day.  Work’s not that bad anymore, is it?

Om nom nom nom…

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo BurgerCaramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing BurgerOriginal Review
 
Noms: 4.5
Cost: $$
Station Eats
Address:  3 Landmark Square (across from Palace Theater and above Izet’s on Atlantic Street)
                  Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Phone:  (203) 588-0960
Parking Info:  Pull into the parking lot below Station Eats (70 Atlantic Street is the entrance) and they’ll validate your parking ticket on weekdays after 5pm and all day on weekends.
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco

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Fairfield County Burger Joints, Watch Out, the Real Deal Is Coming to Westport! Shake Shack- Westport, CT

11 Jun

Update:  Shake Shack is open for business!  Let the noming begin. ;)

We love burgers. Duh! Yep, we love them and their evil step sisters, french fries and milkshakes. So naturally when we heard Shake Shack was coming to Westport sometime in late 2011, we did a little happy dance. The funny part though, was that the happy dance was based solely off my boss, Darryl Ohrt’s, raving of the joint. We actually had never tried it. Yeah, blasphemy, we know.

But fret not. Like the good little bloggers we are we immediately hit the road for a day in the city that started at MoMA (wow, highly recommend) and ended at one of the infamous Shake Shack locations (in the Theater District to be exact). Now, I say infamous only because it’s so damn good you can’t help eating ’til it hurts.

We’ve tried a lot of  “better fast food” burgers in our life and from all over the U.S. – Five Guys Burgers and Fries, In-N-Out Burger, Whattaburger, Fatburger, Cheeburger Cheeburger, and many more.  And while it’s been quite some time since we’ve had some of those, we think it’s safe to say that Shake Shack is one of the best.

Since it’s called SHAKE Shack, let’s start with dessert first. The shakes were rich and creamy, thick, but not so thick you couldn’t get it through the straw. I got the chocolate shake and it was so choc-o-licious. Danny got the peanut butter shake and he swears it was the best he ever had. Peanut butterific if you will. Um yeah. And while we didn’t get to try the custards (‘cuz we’re pigs, but even we have our limits), we have to mention that they have a different custard for every month that you can view on their custard calendar (which I’d love to link you to, but can’t because their website is all flash, tsk tsk).

Continuing to go backwards in the progression of our meal let’s talk fries! The fries were crinkle cut, which actually is my least favorite french fry. They always end up being too soggy and starchy in the center. This wasn’t the case for these fries though. They were nice and crispy all the way though with just the right amount of salt. Oh, and of course I got mine smothered with cheese. Hot, creamy cheese. Mmmm.

What? I couldn't wait to take the picture before I started eating it.

Now, onto the slice of heaven in a toasty bun… the burger. I had my standard, go-to burger so I could gauge the taste against other burgers and, well, because I love my burgers this way. That’s lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, ketchup and the best part, extra pickles. YUM! There are only so many things you can say about a standard burger, and all those things were perfect. Perfectly cooked medium, nice flavor, nice thickness, juicy, the bun seemed fresh, crispy/toasty on the outside and gooey in the middle. Yep, everything you could love in a burger.  Danny had the Shack Burger. That’s American cheese, lettuce, tomato and the secret shack sauce, a delicious mayo and ketchup based sauce. His verdict was the same as mine. A fantastic burger.

And as if this all wasn’t enough, Danny also had the Shack Cago Dog. That’s an all-beef Vienna dog on a hearty potato roll “dragged through the garden,” which means topped with a whole lot of veggies, relish, onions, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, and celery salt, hold the mustard for Danny the mustard hatta. Danny said the dog was awesome, with that nice casing snap you look for in a dog and fresh toppings. And, well, who doesn’t love a nice, thick potato roll to hold it all together?

Needless to say, Danny and I are so psyched for Shake Shack to come to Westport later this year. They’re definitely going to give some of our local faves a run for their money, but for us, well, it’s just one more awesome place to enjoy a bit of burger heaven!

Noms: 4.25

Cost: $$

Shake Shack
Adress: Coming soon to 1849 Post Road East Westport, CT
Site: http://www.shakeshack.com/ 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShakeShackFans 
 

Best Hot Dog in CT? Keep Driving: Glenwood Drive-in–Hamden, CT

3 May

Some bad boys all charred and loaded up!

On the way to New Haven this week, we needed a nice lunch spot.  Ola was closed for lunch, which we’re still dying to go to.  Along the way, though, we did hear about Glenwood Drive-in.  There were many great reviews and on their site they pimped out “Best Hot Dog in CT” award from Connecticut Magazine.  We lived down the road from Super Duper Weenie for a while, so we know what the best hot dogs are all about.  Using Super Duper as the bar, we walked in ready to be surprised.

Your everyday, average, ordinary burger.

The inner decor hasn’t changed much because you still get that drive-in feel.  There were plenty of options on the menu to choose from, but the lovely man behind the counter kept barking impatiently at us, “Ya ready? Ya ready?  Ya ready?”  One thing to be said about service:  you don’t rush people when they are making such important choices as hot dog or hamburger, fries or rings!  Well, we kind of went with a hodgepodge of things and decided that was best to get a sampling of the food here.  Again, though, the man behind the counter barked at us, repeating over and over, “Is that the end of your food order?”  Uhm, we needed drinks.  Is there some kind of crazy order to things here that we don’t know about?  We couldn’t help but think of poor Elaine:  “No hot dog for you, come back one year!”  Seriously, that guy needs some anger management classes.  There wasn’t even a person behind us in line and the guy’s trying to get rid of us.

Anywho, we put toppings on two dogs, got some ketchup for fries, and loaded up a burger with goodies.  We definitely liked their toppings bar:  mustard, golden mustard, relish, mustard with relish, onions, sauerkraut, ketchup, and hot pepper relish.  Kristien didn’t have to put a single thing on the lobster roll–it was perfect the way it was made. Well, the hot dog had nice char marks and looked like it would be great and flavorful.  Disappointingly, we both agreed that the hot dogs were good, but not great, not excellent, and certainly not the best hot dogs in CT.  That was a bit of a bummer.  My hamburger was also good, but not great.  It reminded me of the burger from Flipside Burger in Fairfield:  nice toppings, but the patty needed more umph.

Hot damn! Buttered lobster roll!

Kristien raved about the lobster roll.  They do it different here:  they smother the lobster in butter, rather than clog it up with mayo.  I tried a bite of hers and it was really amazing.  Really, of all things available that we tasted, this was the highlight of the meal.  We’d go back for that lobster roll, but probably not much else. The fries were ok, too, but were warm, not hot.  They could have also been crispier, too.

Finally, we were really excited about the onion rings because we knew the entire process to make them was quite demanding.  From start to finish, those rings were handmade.  Sadly, once again, the rings were dull and flavorless, almost like the chef forgot to add the spices and the salt into the breading mixture.  We threw down tons of salt onto them, but even still they were hard to eat.  We always finish our fries and rings, but we left half of them there, desperate and alone.

Is it me, or do those look bland too?

Sadly, we must say we’ve lost faith in people.  For this place to be voted “Best Hot Dog in CT” just seems like a travesty of justice to us.  So, if you’re thinking about heading here, be warned:  the food is so-so, but who wants so-so?  Keep driving by, not driving in.

Noms:  2.5

Cost:  $

Glenwood Drive-in

Address: 2538 Whitney Avenue

Hamden, CT 06518-3032

Phone: (203) 281-0604

Site: www.glenwooddrivein.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenwood-Drive-In/115774095109476

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This month’s burger and shake rock, for real! Station Eats (The Filling Station)- New Canaan, CT

10 Apr

If you look forward to your next burger, fries, and milkshake indulgences as much as we do, then you’ve probably been keeping with The Filling Station’s burger and milkshake of the month. And, if you read our blog every week like we know you do, then you probably saw us rave about the Cap’n Crunch and Guinness milkshakes, the buffalo wing burger, and their cranberry turkey burger from previous months.

Well, this month’s burger is the absolute best to date made up of the usual delicious, perfectly cooked farm-raised beef patty and topped with insanely good, thick, bacon, crumbly blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, crunch fried onions, and Worcester mayo. It’s the perfect combination of ingredients for a fantastic medley of flavors hitting your mouth. Seriously, I could’ve eaten three of them!  Then, the milkshake, ooooohhh the milkshake. Vanilla ice cream, carmel, and sea salt. OH.MY.GOD. There are few things I love more than the combination of sweet and salty, and this was exactly that. Just the right amount of both to keep your taste buds guessing. Just make sure to constantly swirl it or you’ll get a big sip of salt toward the end.

Every single month The Filling Station impresses us and has never disappointed. And for that, we are upgrading their rating from 4 noms to 4.5 noms. Word!

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo Burger, Caramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,

Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing BurgerOriginal Review

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$

Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco

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Happy Birthday Station Eats (Filling Station)! Free Burgers, T-shirts, Fries, Sloppy Joes, and a Year of Free Lunch to Celebrate! Filling Station–New Canaan, CT

15 Feb

Damn, that’s a lot of frees that you’re slinging around!   Well, it’s not me, it’s all thanks to the awesomeness of Filling Station Company in New Canaan.  They’ve had over 100,000 customers in the first year of business and I can only imagine how many millions more will walk through those lovely doors.  To celebrate how awesome their food is (remember our post on this?) they’ve put together many fun events for the month of March. Check down below to see how you can take part in the fun activities and get your food on.  Aw yeah!!!  If you haven’t had the chance to get to Filling Station Company, you need to go this weekend, naw, today.  Their burgers, dogs, joes, and shakes are killer, are organic, and come from local sources.  But, you should still come down in March for these events because–trust me–you’ll be addicted by then!  If I win one of those shirts and also won the free year of lunches, I’d probably need to bump my “Medium” up to “X-Large.”  Nothing like being hopeful! ;) 

Noms:  4.5
Cost:  $$
Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco

Fast food, redefined – Station Eats (Filling Station), New Canaan

21 Nov

I’m just going to admit it:  I cannot live without hot dogs or burgers and I don’t care if the high-class, oh-so-sophisticated foodies knock me.  Besides, when you’re at Filling Station (now called Station Eats) it’s not your average, weak, thoughtless, passionless, grill-um-up-and-spit-um-out burger and dog shop.  This place has chops, character, and a great philosophy behind it:  eat well, eat organic, eat local.

Let me give you a play-by-play of ordering, so you don’t seem like such a noob (which I ended up seeming like ’cause I forgot.)  Take a look at the delicious menu that’s posted on the wall when you enter, order one (or more) of two sized burgers, sloppy joe, or dog by the burger presses, then step on down by the register.  When your burger or dog’s grilled, they’ll ask what toppings and sauce you’d like to add and help you to customize your own bit of nirvana.  You have an arsenal of toppings to choose from, most free, some premium at a dollar per choice.  Oh, it’s worth it.

Well, we both wanted to try the famed Fall Turkey Burger.  You’ve got free range turkey from Lancaster County, tomato, lettuce, fresh sage, thick cut bacon, smothered in a decadent and tangy cranberry aoili sauce.  FANTASTIC! Crinkle cut fries with this did the trick:  they were crispy on the outside, yet soft right in the middle.  Really good fries, and organic too.  Their burgers are fairly sized–not too big or small, just right.  By now you might realize that I can take down my food nicely, so I definitely had to order a hot dog to go with that.  I had two premium ingredients on top:  chili with beef from local and organic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and apple-braised sauerkraut.  To that I added raw onions and jalapenos. The peppers added a nice kick to the pup, the chili gave a nice meaty contrast, and the sauerkraut finished it off with an amazing bite at the end.

I was already in heaven, but you really do need something to wash all that amazing food down.  Sure, they have water, but one of their specialties here are their nice and thick milkshakes.  It just so happens that this month they have a special one that brought me to my knees upon the first sip:  pumpkin milkshake.  The shake was thick, yet very creamy.  The taste was outstanding and spot on.  Have you ever tasted a really great pumpkin pie?  Yeah, that’s this shake.  Well done, because they didn’t overpower you with too much spice.

We got to talking with Seth, one of the owners and he shared his passion for his shop and for burgers in general.  He’s been all over the country, tasting burgers whenever he can.  He has a real love of the restaurant and that exudes from him. Kristien and I talked about coming here when the shop opened when he asked if we had one of the regular burgers and he said that they’ve really been tweaking the burger recipe.  Seth asked if we’d like to try them on him, the new and improved versions.  Who are we to refuse?  Two highlights to my burger:  the fried curly onions I asked to be put on top and the fact that it was approaching medium in terms of being cooked.  That made the burger juicy, fresh, and flavorful.  Fantastic burger!

Be on the look out because Filling Station has got some great things in the works…you just might see them open up somewhere else nearby soon.  If it’s any closer than New Canaan, I might have problems.  Serious burger problems!

They definitely deserve 4.5 Noms.  This is the kind of place that you can go to time after time and still order new variations of a tried and true favorite.  I haven’t even tried their sloppy joes yet, so there’s even more reason for me to head back.

Very inexpensive, coming in at only $27! Cash or check only, btw.

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo Burger, Caramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,

Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing Burger, Original Review

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$

Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco
 
 

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