Award Winning Mixologist Julia Momose Shares How A Drizzle Of Honey Elevates Her Favorite Beverages

Drink and Be Merry with These Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Cocktails

The holiday season is known as the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes entertaining can lead to more stress and mess than fun and festivities. A little organization and planning, such as having a well-stocked home bar and a few simple beverage recipes on hand, will help to take the pressure out of the season and keep gatherings merry and bright.

Master mixologist Julia Momose, owner and Bar Director of the celebrated Chicago bar Kumiko, knows a thing or two about creating crowd-pleasing cocktails and spirit-free beverages that are sure to delight family and friends during the holiday season. Momose believes that cocktail making should be fun, rather than intimidating, and that being prepared for holidays with a few basic bar ingredients, like honey, can set the stage for effortless holiday entertaining.

Momose favors the ease of honey to achieve well-balanced holiday beverages and has partnered with the National Honey Board to share how she incorporates it while entertaining at home and at Kumiko.

Julia Momose has been in the service industry for close to 15 years, starting her career as a student in Japan. When she moved to America for university, she continued to work in the service industry, training in all facets of hospitality. Currently she resides in Chicago, where she worked as the head bartender at GreenRiver Restaurant and Bar in Chicago. During her time there, GreenRiver was awarded its first Michelin star. In 2017, Momose partnered with the team at Oriole in Chicago to open a bar based on the philosophy of a thoughtful experience filled with deep appreciation and understanding of craftmanship. Momose’s newest venture is Kumiko, based on her Japanese heritage and a meticulous appreciation for details, located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. It offers a unique perspective on the notion of a bar, through a remarkable experience of dining and drinking. Time Magazine named Kumiko on its 2019 list of World’s Greatest Places and Bon Appetit included it as a nominee on its 2019 America’s Best New Restaurants List.

Momose favors the ease of honey to achieve well-balanced holiday beverages and has partnered with the National Honey Board to share how she incorporates it while entertaining at home and at Kumiko. Because the flavor of honey is affected by the floral source that the bees have foraged, there are more than 300 varietals of honey in the US alone. The nuanced flavors of different honey varietals not only add to its versatility, but also pair well with different spirits and are the secret to many of Momose’s favorite cocktail and spirit-free recipes.

From the lightness of a clover varietal to the richness of buckwheat, honey brings a wide range of flavors that complete any beverage,” said Momose. “Honey is in constant use at Kumiko, and at home too. This holiday season, I’ll be experimenting with honey varietals to create special drinks that will be sure to be crowd-pleasers at gatherings.”

To inspire stress-free cheer this holiday season, Momose is sharing some of her favorite honey-based beverages:

  • Mixing orange blossom honey with cold brew coffee and gin, Momose creates a Honey’d Coffee G&T. For a festive brunch bar, she recommends setting up several honey varietals with an assortment of single-origin cold brew coffees, gin, and tonic, and allowing guests to pick and choose their coffee and honey for a customized experience.
  • To create her own spin on a holiday season favorite, a hot toddy, Momose combines honey, chamomile and spices in a soothin Spiced Honey Toddy that is not only easy to make, but is also warm and soothing on a chilly Chicago night.
  • A hit with Momose’s family and friends during the festive season, The Berries and Bees combines honey, blackberries and whisky for a warming, uplifting cocktail that can be quickly made day or night.
  • The spirit-free Bright One with honey, yuzu juice and ginger beer creates a refreshing beverage that will ensure that you wake up feeling refreshed.

In addition to her recipes, Momose offers tips to easily create crowd-pleasing beverages during the holiday season and beyond:

  • Preparing the perfect cocktail is about balancing three critical elements: sweetness, fullness and flavor. While balancing sweet with bitter or sweet with acid is a critical element to drink making, so is finding ingredients that provide a pleasant texture and roundness.
  • Preparation is key, because you never know who may happen to drop by during the holidays. Having a well-stocked bar at home will ensure that you have the ingredients you need to create a well-balanced beverage. The must-haves for any bar include:
  1. Several varietals of honey – including wildflower, clover and blueberry – help to offset the intensity of the spirit and add flavor to the cocktail.
  2. Extra-credit liquor, like vermouth and orange liqueur, can be combined with mixers like sodas, tonic water and bitters to create a beverage that feels special.
  3. Fresh citrus, berries and herbs are easy to keep on hand and make great garnishes to put the finishing touch on a cocktail.
  • When making a spirit-free, it is all about layering flavors. Instead of using a traditional simple syrup made with granulated sugar, experiment with honey, which is naturally sweeter than sugar, and provides flavor and richness.

For more information about how Momose uses just a drizzle of honey in her favorite beverages, visit www.honey.com.

(PRNewsfoto/National Honey Board)

The National Honey Board (NHB) is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. The Board’s work, funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, is designed to increase the awareness and usage of honey by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. The ten-member-Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, represents producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing cooperative. For more information, visit www.honey.com.

Experience An Award-Winning Chef’s Table Experience With The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Spring Moon’s Newest Culinary Star, Lam Yuk Ming

Spring Moon Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour by Chef Lam Yuk Ming

Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong (1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) is one of that city’s most beloved Chinese restaurants. Since opening its doors in 1986, the Michelin-starred destination has delighted diners with exquisite cuisines served in a stunning art deco-inspired setting. Joining Spring Moon as the new Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef is Lam Yuk Ming. An admired culinary maestro, Chef Lam’s two-decade long career has seen him helm the kitchens at iconic Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing. Most recently, Lam’s imaginative cooking philosophy earned a Michelin star at Macau’s top Cantonese restaurant.

At Spring Moon, Lam promises diners a delicate balance of tradition and innovation by placing the spotlight on authenticity and seasonality. An uncompromising stance on only using the freshest ingredients underpins Lam’s winning combination of classic Cantonese cooking styles and contemporary presentations to highlight their inherent flavors. Each carefully crafted dish is elevated to an art form, marrying striking aesthetics with a nuanced layering of tastes and textures.

This season, guests are invited to experience Lam’s world-class culinary expertise with the Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour. Designed to offer an interactive, behind-the-scenes perspective, the Chef’s Table offers over 30 choices of Cantonese creations for guests to choose 6 or 8 courses from it. Then the discovery begins, as diners accompany Lam to one of Hong Kong’s famed wet markets in Kowloon City; where the chef will guide guests through the art of spotting and selecting the very best ingredients. With its engaging experiences and delectable cuisines by Chef Lam Yuk Ming, the Spring Moon Chef’s Table promises a truly unforgettable dinner date. Based on the day’s market visit, Lam will create an entirely bespoke menu for each Chef’s Table, taking into account each individual guest’s own preferences.

Beginning with an artistic tea ceremony by Spring Moon’s resident tea master, also a certificated National Tea Artist, a series of table-side presentations offers thrilling performances for Chef’s Table guests. Flaming drunken Kuruma prawn creates a fiery, tantalising spectacle pairing the natural sweetness of prawns with rose liquor and Chinese herbs. A tricky choice follows between two exquisite creations – Poached sea conch in Cordyceps soup or poached spotted garoupa in chicken soup – with the seafood simmered at the table for ultimate tenderness. The thrills continue with a hands-on dim sum making class in the Spring Moon kitchen.

With a dedicated tea counter featuring over 25 selected Chinese teas, Spring Moon’s selection adds to its traditional Cantonese culinary experience with expert tea pairing by the restaurants highly trained tea masters. The tea counter also features The Peninsula’s collection of over 200 miniature Chinese clay teapots, including designs based on Chinese legends and inspired by elements of nature.

In the opulent setting of Spring Moon, Chef Lam will prepare a selection of signature dishes. Highlights such as Pan-fried bird nest with crab meat and egg white (HK$380*), Fried Australia lamb fillet with Sichuan pepper (HK$360*) and Pan-fried chicken fillet stuffed with minced shrimp and crab roe sauce (HK$660*) marry Chef Lam’s expert Cantonese cooking skills with a passionate culinary imagination.

The large collection of porcelain on display throughout the restaurant consists of reproductions of Chinese items (Ming and Qing Dynasties) and 18th Century French Royal Family and Portuguese armorial pieces, together with Chinese export porcelain from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Spring Moon’s Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour is priced at HK$ 3,388* (6 courses) and HK$ 4,388* (8 courses) per person, including Chinese tea pairing. The wet market tour supplement is priced at HK$ 2,680* per person. Chef Table seats a minimum of four guests and maximum of six guests. Only one Chef’s Table Experience is available daily from Monday to Sunday, with a required advanced reservation of at least three days.

For enquiries, please contact Spring Moon on +852 2696 6760 or email springmoonphk@peninsula.com.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The Holidays

Centered in the city’s prime shopping district, popular parade routes and seasonal celebrations, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is the perfect place for guests to wrap themselves in holiday spirit. Let the expert concierge team help plan a festive winter getaway or staycation to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The 2019 Holidays. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Festive Feasts and Seasonal Surprises at YEW

With Restaurant Chef Evan Morgan and Executive Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar at the helm, YEW seafood + bar is serving up special holiday menus with no shortage of decadent dishes and special events this season. The YEW team is excited to begin prepping pristine holiday meals so guests can focus on enjoying the company of loved ones. With seasonal cocktails, culinary surprises and effortless group dining packages, YEW is the perfect gathering place this holiday season.

Skyview of Vancouver. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Lobby. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Upscale Christmas Menus

YEW’s three-course Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24, 2019 will be one to remember with butter-poached lobster, roasted duck breast and short rib pappardelle mains to choose from, priced at CAD 110 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

The epic Christmas Day Brunch Buffet returns on December 25, 2019, and guests can dive into a decadent spread of pastries, seafood raw bar, carvery station, seasonal sweets and more savoury surprises for CAD 105 for adults (CAD 50 for kids). Later on, diners can savour in holiday classics such as chestnut stuffed turkey or a bounty of seafood options for a three-course Christmas Day Dinner, priced at CAD 115 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Call 604 692 4939 or click here to make a Christmas reservation.

Unforgettable New Year’s Celebrations

Whether it’s a family affair or a date night with dancing, YEW has several New Year’s options for guests to enjoy on December 31, 2019.

Diners at the Early New Year’s Eve Dinner can begin their four-course meal with a glass of sparkling wine before moving on to decadent dishes such as sea urchin risotto with scallops for CAD 100 per adult. Children can dine for CAD 50, which includes a special hot chocolate, poured tableside. Groups of 12 or more adult guests for this early seating may also be eligible to receive complimentary dinner for children under five and valet for two cars. For full details on group bookings, call 604 609 5480.

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

For those heading out later, celebrate New Year’s at YEW with a lavish dinner, dancing and a fabulous array of champagne offerings. The Late New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration is CAD 160, with limited space available.

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New Year’s reservations are filling up quickly, so call 604 692 4939 or click here to save a seat at the table.

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Score Incredible Deals With Macy’s 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Week Specials

Get a head start on select savings with Macy’s Black Friday Preview beginning in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21

Doorbusters begin on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with Black Friday deals continuing through Saturday, Nov. 30 in-store and on macys.com

Plus, find the best Cyber Monday savings in-store and online from Sunday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 2 with Daily Deals continuing through Saturday, Dec. 7

Win the holidays this year with Macy’s and the best Black Friday and Cyber Week specials on the hottest items of the season. From buzz-worthy gifts for everyone on the list to amazing deals on fashion for the whole family, fine jewelry, tech, beauty and home, the ultimate one-stop shop for holiday gifting has everyone covered.

With a broad assortment of offers across favorite brands, these limited-time deals will begin in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21 with a special Black Friday preview and carry through Cyber Week (Sunday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 7). Be sure not to miss the unbelievable selection of doorbuster items, with major savings or free after mail-in rebate.*

Black Friday and Cyber Week mark the true start of holiday shopping for many of our customers,” said John Harper, Macy’s chief stores officer. “Macy’s is pleased to offer the very best gifts and holiday entertaining must-haves at unbelievable prices with multiple days to save. Our curated assortment of deals, both in-store and online, are sure to help shoppers find the perfect gift at the best price this season.”

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Charter Club Cashmere Sweaters For Her, $39.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Friday Preview

For shoppers looking to get a head start on saving, Macy’s Black Friday preview will offer a selection of Black Friday Doorbusters from Thursday, Nov. 21 through Tuesday, Nov. 26 including:

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Sealy Posturpedic Lawson Queen Mattress, $747.00. (Photo: Business Wire)
  • 50 to 60 percent off outerwear for the family
  • 65 percent off Effy jewelry
  • 60 to 65 percent off select Damask and Hotel Collection for the home
  • $39.99 women’s Charter Club cashmere sweaters
  • $19.99 women’s boots
  • 60 percent off Carter’s and First Impressions
Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Diesel Little Daddy Watches For Him, $199.00. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Friday Specials

Begin the savings with doorbusters on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and kick off Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day with most stores open at 5 p.m. through 2 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 a.m. through 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. Store hours vary by location. Go to macys.com and click on stores to find local information. Customers can shop online all day from the comfort of their couch at macys.com and on Macy’s mobile app. For more information on Black Friday and Cyber Week deals, store hours and shipping, visit www.macys.com/blackfriday.

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor Vacuum, $229.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the great deals available on Black Friday, while supplies last:

For Him, Her and Home

  • $29.99 diamond earrings with any purchase of $50 or more
  • 30 percent off select dresses
  • 50 percent off select designer brands
  • $19.99 and under Family Pajamas
  • $7.99 small kitchen appliances after $12 mail-in rebate
  • $99.99 select suits, sport coats and overcoats for him
  • $39.99 Charter Club cashmere sweaters
  • 60 percent off select women’s designer coats
  • 40 percent off select boots and shoes for her
  • 50 percent off select men’s loungewear
  • 50 percent off select designer handbags
  • 60 percent off select kids’ styles
  • $15.99 select kids’ puffer jackets
  • 60 percent off select diamond studs and earrings
  • $15 select MAC lipsticks
  • Extra $100-$200 off select Dyson vacuums
  • $15 men’s or women’s five-piece fragrance box
  • $10 beauty products from brands like Clinique, Too Faced, Benefit, Urban Decay, and more
  • $124.99 Nespresso bundle machines
  • 65 percent off select barware and dinnerware
  • $29.99 select Created for Macy’s 1200-thread count sheet sets in queen or king size
  • 60 to 65 percent off select luggage
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The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Award-Winning Felix Restaurant Goes Wild For The Flavors Of The Forest

Peak wild mushroom season reaches a crescendo during autumn and early winter, with a glorious abundance anticipated by chefs and gourmands around the world. From November 12 to December 16, guests are invited to discover the wondrous versatility of mushrooms with a visit to the acclaimed (and award-winning fine dining restaurant) Felix at the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, where sweeping views of Victoria Harbour set the scene for an exquisite tasting menu crafted by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez. By highlighting the delicious scope of foraged mushrooms with inspired dishes and cocktails, Gomez proves these seasonal treasures are more than just a garnish.

Interior of the Felix Restaurant at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Patrons of the Wild Mushroom Felix Experience can look forward to a five-course indulgence with the spotlight firmly placed on the best in-season mushrooms available. Inspired by Chef Gomez’s culinary imagination, this seasonal epicurean experience promises to tantalise the taste buds with whimsical presentations and inventive flavours inspired by the forager’s bounty.

Ceps with Australian black market beef steak, orzo pasta, roast pumpkin and charred onions

The experience begins with a Wild mushroom soup with foie gras toast and green apple relish before moving on to a masterful course of Matsutake mushroom with butter poached king crab and oyster leaf – a flawless pairing of this rare, aromatic mushroom with king crab’s sweet appeal. Black trumpet with octopus terrine, espelette parmentier and garlic chips is a spellbinding taste sensation, while a choice between Yellow chanterelles with John Dory loin or Ceps with Australian black market beef steak, orzo pasta, roast pumpkin and charred onions offers the very best of land and sea. A dessert of Black fig flambé reveals a satisfying conclusion to a meal that balances Gomez’s nuanced understanding of mushrooms with Felix’s unimpeachable flair.

From Barcelona to London and Bangkok to Sydney, my culinary adventures have changed the way I approach food. Different cultures and their shared appreciation for ingredients never cease to inspire me.” – Chef Juan Gomes, Felix at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Felix Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez

A Spanish native with over 28 years of experience in the kitchen, Chef Juan Gomez boasts a career loaded with international experience and Michelin-stars. Before taking up residence as Felix’s new executive chef, Gomez managed the gastronomic development for one of Bahrain’s leading restaurant groups and his path has seen him through some of the world’s food capitals – London, Sydney, Barcelona, and more – to refine his cooking ethos and flair for crafting memorable Mediterranean cuisine.

Available for a limited time, the delectable Five-course Wild Mushroom Felix Experience Menu is priced at HK$ 1,288* per person. Three and six glasses of wine pairing with the menu are also available for HK$ 1,788* and HK$ 1,988* per person respectively. For reservations and enquiries, please call Felix at +852 2696 6778 or email diningphk@peninsula.com.

Building on its 90 years as a global beacon of hospitality, The Peninsula Hong Kong, the legendary “Grande Dame of the Far East” continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. This year, The Peninsula Hotels has become the first and the only luxury hotel brand in the world to achieve a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating for every hotel its portfolio. Widely recognized as an international icon of hospitality, the Peninsula Hong Kong is the flagship property of the group. A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artifacts on display around the hotel of Hong Kong itself.

* Subject to a 10% service charge

Winter Wonderland: The Peninsula New York Debuts Chalet De Ning On Salon De Ning’s West Terrace

This winter, the West Terrace of Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace at The Peninsula New York has been transformed into Chalet de Ning. This glamorous winter wonderland features two chalet-inspired domes where guests can warm up as the temperature drops. Perfect for large groups, private gatherings, or those seeking to experience the magic of New York from above, Chalet de Ning transports guests to the intimate snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps right in the heart of Manhattan.

Outside View of The “Chalet de Ning” Rooftop Bar at the Peninsula Hotel New York

Available now through April 2020, Chalet de Ning welcomes guests into two heated domes furnished with plush sofas, Nordic-inspired lounge chairs, ottomans and end tables complemented by faux-fur throws, cozy plaid blankets and Turkish-style rugs. A freestanding chimenea in the center of the dome ensures guests stay warm all night long. Outside, a winter wonderland encapsulates the chalet domes, with Viridis Japanese Maple, winterberry, whitespire birch, spruce and juniper trees creating a naturally festive ambience.

A Night View of The Chalet de Ning Rooftop Bar at the Peninsula Hotel New York

A seasonal cuisine and cocktail menu at Chalet de Ning plays on the cozy après-ski vibe. Highlights include a Chalet charcuterie plate, spiced French onion dip with sourdough alpine crisp, shrimp cocktail, gingerbread-spiced chocolate fondue and more. A hand-crafted menu of specialty, seasonal cocktails will also be available to enjoy. Customized group menus are available for private events.

Inside View of the Chalet de Ning Rooftop Bar at the Peninsula Hotel New York
Inside View of the Chalet de Ning Rooftop Bar at the Peninsula Hotel New York

Chalet de Ning is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 pm until 1:00 am. Bookable for private events seven days of the week, the two domes can accommodate a full buyout of up to 50 people, with a complete buyout of Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace accommodating up to 125 people. Chalet de Ning can accommodate up to 30 people for a private seated dinner experience.

Guests seeking a more intimate experience can host a semi-private event in the small dome for 10 to 12 people or take advantage of two smaller igloos available on the East Terrace to enjoy a variety of cocktails or high-end bottle service.

For additional information or for bookings, kindly reach out to diningpny@peninsula.com or call 212-903-3051.

Nordstrom Kicks Off The Season Of Giving

The Very Best Gifts Along With Convenient Services To Make Gifting Easy, Nordstrom Is A One-Stop Holiday Destination For Customers

‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks and gift-giving, and Nordstrom is excited to offer customers the very best gifts for everyone on their list, along with services to make gifting easy and fun. With curated product in-store and on Nordstrom.com, Nordstrom has thousands of gifts for everyone at every price point, making the season of giving a little more convenient and a lot more joyful.

Nordstrom Corporate logo

We’re thrilled to welcome the holiday season and provide customers with a single destination to find gifts for their friends and family,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores. “We know this can be a busy and stressful time of the year, and we hope to provide great gifts at a range of price points coupled with convenient services to take the guessing out of gifting so our customers can spend more time doing the things they love.

Nordstrom Kicks Off The Season Of Giving

THIS IS GIVING


  • Gift Guides:
    This holiday season, Nordstrom.com has gifts for everyone with a curated selection of exclusive, unique and tried-and-true items from brands customers know and love. From festive candles, to the perfect winter jackets, Nordstrom makes it easy and stress-free to shop the best gifts by recipient, price or category.
  • The Gift Shop: More than 70 Nordstrom stores will feature “The Gift Shop” – an all-in-one shop for the perfect gifts at accessible prices, including $22 cozy hats, $16 candles and $12 tote bags. The Gift Shop will also include new-to-Nordstrom brands like DECIEM, Compartés Chocolatier and Joya Studio.
  • Nordstrom Rack Gift Shops: Nordstrom Rack will offer in-store gift shops to make it easy for customers to shop its top giftable items by recipient and price point during the holiday season. Nordstrom Rack will also launch ‘Holideals‘ beginning December 8, which will feature a series of specially priced items available for a limited time.
  • Pop-In@Nordstrom: Celebrate the holidays with the latest iteration of Pop-In@Nordstrom featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang along with hundreds of uncommon gifts. Featuring 1,000+ items, the shop will also feature a wide range of gifts at every price, such as home décor, health and wellness, travel, tech, beauty, accessories and much more.
Nordstrom Kicks Off The Season Of Giving
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