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February 13, 2014

WIN: 'The Almost Nearly Perfect People' - by Michael Booth

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Did you read the article that got everybody talking a few weeks back? (if not, read it HERE) Are we Nordics not all we're cracked up to be? Who decided to put us on a pedestal in the first place and how do we get down from there without ruining everything? Are we really obsessed with Midsomer Murders? (Ed: Yes).

Michael Booth, writer and journalist, currently living in Denmark (and, we can vouch, speak Danish pretty well) is not sure all is as it is cracked up to be. Well, actually, that is if you only read the article (so don't be offended just yet). In the book, you see, Booth goes deeper into the psyche of what makes us Scandinavians special and finds that, in fact, we might just be almost perfect...

Confused? Don't be. It's a good book and it is worth a read. You can buy it here

We've got a copy of the book to give away - fancy being in with a chance of winning it?

Just answer this easy question:

The statue of the Little Mermaid is in which Nordic town:

a) Stockholm

b) Copenhagen

c) Skagen

Answers by e-mail, please, to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Monday at noon (17/2). Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries. No cheating, no cash alternative, no non-sense and all usual terms apply. 

November 28, 2013

Last Christmas...

Last christmas, we made a Christmas card and it made us laugh. We just found it again. We're going to make another one this year - and probably laugh a lot again.

 

September 26, 2012

Sebastian's pilgrimage to innocent drinks

Way back when, before we opened, a lovely young chap with rosy cheeks popped by the cafe and asked for a job.  He got one.  

This was the start of a long love story with our Sebastian.  During the past five and a bit years he's bought an innocent smoothie every single day on his way to work.  Our Bronte used to work for innocent - and Sebastian always wondered: "When is she going to take me to Fruit Towers?  She knows I love the smoothies...'.  Bronte never did.

This week, Seb finally went on his pilgrimage to the land of squashed fruit.  The lovely Sara showed him around the grassy castle in West London and he even found a photo of Bronte from 2004 when she spent her days walking barefoot and listen to the gentle sounds of Richard Reed tapping his keyboard.

We're relieved he still chose to come back home after his visit. 

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His name tag says "Sexy Sebastian". Because that is what he is.

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Bronte on a bean bag


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Guess who wrote the original pattern for the hats? And knitted the very first one in the world? Yes, Bronte. We know it was you. Stop mentioning it already.


 

 

March 16, 2012

When Mari went to the Ambassador's house

Ever been to a real Amabassador's house?  There are gilded egdes on everything and they eat Ferrero Rochers for breakfast, noon and dinner.  People dance all night long and some ladies leave just before midnight in a horse drawn carriage made out of an old pumpkin.  Or something.

Last night, our Mari went to the Norwegian Amabassador's house at the exclusive "no, you can't drive a car down here because will.i.am and Ka.tie lives here" Kensington Palace Gardens.  Mari and Jonas were there to drink Norwegian ales with the Ambassador.  As you do.

All that remains of the event is this grainy photo.  The dude on the picture behind the Ambassador and Mari is Harald.  As in the King.  You know.

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what it was really like...

March 08, 2012

Welcome to Gustav from Gothenburg

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We have a new lovely person join us down at Millwall where our warehouse is situated.  His name is Gustav and he is super nice.

He's also pretty good at football.    Actually, really good at footie - and he's just having a bit of a break and he's going to enjoy some time with us till he gets fixed.  Well, why not?

Here's a bit about Gustav:

- Ex-professional footballer for Udinese Serie A in Italy.  He is currently recovering from a broken leg and looking for a new club. Until then, he’s ours – and he’s going to teach Andy how to play football because Andy says football doesn’t exist in New Zealand.

- Makes good pannbiffar (burgers to you and me)

- Lives in MillWall but supports Liverpool – don’t tell the people of Millwall, please.  But free free to tell Liverpool, in case they are looking...

- He speaks pretty good Italian.  

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Gustav:  now with an easter egg on his head.


February 22, 2012

It's nice when friends do really, really well...

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Our good friends at KIDSEN in Kensal Rise London just won the super title of the UK's Best Children's Store in the annual Telegraph Awards.  

The owners, Corina and Franco, even had to go meet Mary Portas, which in itself can be rather scary because she knows a lot of stuff about a lot of things.

If you have not been to Kidsen yet, you are overdue a click onto their amazing website www.kidsen.co.uk, full of goodies for Children: toys, clothes and other useful stuff in abundance.

We first met the team behind KIDSEN when they walked into Scandi Kitchen on a lazy sunny Sunday a few years ago and asked Bronte questions about what it is like to own and run a small independent shop.  Since then, we've been firm buddies and we are so super-duper proud of KIDSEN and their achivement at tonight's awards.  

It just goes to prove that things do come to those who really deserve it - and we know of nobody else who deserves this more than KIDSEN

Well done from all of us at Scandi Kidsen.  Eh, Scandi Kitchen x

Now, go click and support a great independent shop 

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October 21, 2011

Hej Mari

We have a new girl here at Scandi Kitchen.  Her name is Mari and she is from Trondheim in Norway (population 173486).  Trondheim is about half way up in Norway.  It's cold quite often, although today it's 3 degrees so it's time for barbeque.

You might not see Mari much as we keep her in the kitchen most of the time.  Mari 's favourite drink is Norwegian tap water and she's obsessed with musicals.   Be nice to her if you see her around. 

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Thor, where art thou?

We are looking for a tough person.  Someone who likes the cold a lot (or who owns a good, thick Nordic strength jacket).  You see, we need a hand at the Warehouse down in Millwall from now until Christmas (maybe longer).

Didn't know we have a fancy warehouse?  Yeps.  It's located in South East London, near South Bermondsey station.  There, every day, our Andy and Jonas tirelessly unpack deliveries from Scandinavia, re-pack goods to send to customers for the webshop - and also deal with lots of our wholesale queries.

As we approach the festive seasons, Scandi ex-pats across the land will realise they are missing pinnekjot/prinskorv/medister and they'll start to stock up.  Therefore, we are looking for a strong person to come join them in Millwall starting asap - for about 30 hours a week (increasing to full time as we get busier). 

A bit about what you’ll be doing

  • Completing and packing daily orders from the web shop, ensuring they are correct and nobody gets fiskebuller when they have ordered loksill.
  • Developing an almost OCD like behaviour when it comes to stock control and dates on goods
  • Liaise with the couriers, chase packages, books packages, liaise with the driver when he picks up parcels to ensure extra checks are made
  • Take deliveries in from Scandinavia and ensure the invoices reflect the delivery
  • Ensure logic shelving and storage is implemented and adhered to at all times
  • Update stock levels on the web shop (onto the web shop site)
  • Make some local deliveries to customers and delivery to our cafe using our fancy new white chiller van
  • Ride a chariot across the heavens and throw hammers at intruders (maybe)

Who are you?

  • Strong and able to carry and lift a load of stuff
  • Eye for details  and understand importance of date checking and stock control
  • Logic and systemised approach to daily responsibilities
  • Good on the phone and e-mail, dealing with customers the Scandi Kitchen way
  • Able to deal with people on all levels, good interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate
  • In possession of a driving licence (your own, please) (essential)
  • Able to read/write a Scandinavian language (essential)

There’s scope to take on more responsibility as we grow and get more involved with the business – although for the first months, this is most definitely a physically demanding job - and it will be working in a cold environment as the winter starts.   The role is base at our warehouse space in MillWall, South Bermondsey and it is Mon-Fri hours (hours vary – some starts are really early, some late mornings).

Interested?  Ping over your CV along with a cover note about why you’d be perfect for this role, to: bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk

Job starts as soon as possible.

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October 13, 2011

Bjorn and Thor TAKE #1

Get used to it:  You'll be seeing a lot more of Frida, Bjorn and Thor soon...

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Thanks to the amazing people at ICO design.


October 06, 2011

Handsome Sebastian

Last week, we finally shot the photos for our new smancy pancy ad campaign, designed and devised by the amazing people at Ico Design

It was a LOT of fun.

While we're not quite ready to show you the final result, we do feel like it would be fitting to show you a photo of Sebastian wearing ultra tight tennis shorts.

Thanks to ALL of you who sent in your photo to be in the ad.  We know we have not gotten back to all of you but we were simply inundated with suggestions and photos.  We'll get back to you all eventually - but for now, thanks for wanting to be part of this and we will bear you guys in mind for the next ads as well.

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May 31, 2011

Hello Camilla and Maria (and bye bye Vicky)

Vicky left to go back to Sweden last week.  Rebekka gave him a Mr Potato head to bring along his travels before he returns to London in September to start university.

When someone leaves, we get to meet someone new and we've said hello to not just one but two lovely girls in the past few weeks.

Maria is from Finland.  She has an immense fear of spiders.  And no, before you ask her, she is not from Helsinki, she is from Ajajarvi.  Which is where the amazing designer Alvar Aalto used to spend his summers. 

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The lovely Camilla is from Sweden - in fact, she is from a small town called Ludvika, which is up further North, near the ski resort of Salen.  Camilla only has 9 toes and used to be obsessed with Nick Carter from NKOTB. 

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Be nice to the new girls if you see them around. 

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...and bye bye Swedish Vicky:   you've left Seb all alone...

 

May 03, 2011

Barista & Kitchen Angel (Scandinavian Kitchen seeks amazing Cafe & Kitchen person)

We’re Scandinavian Kitchen and we’re a deli/grocery shop/café for anyone who likes Scandinavian food.  We’ve been open since 2007 and have gone from strength to strength.  Our shop in Great Titchfield Street W1 is a hub for ex pats and Scandophiles alike.

Our cafe is full of great people: from our customers to the people who work here.  We pride ourselves in being not just about the food but also about surrounding ourselves with super duper people.

We’re looking for a barista/kitchen hand to join the kitchen team mid May, full time.  On a day to day basis, the kitchen team preps all the open sandwiches for our café, prepare the salads, bake an array of super cakes and sometimes also make food for out of house orders (anything from buffets to canapés).  Front of house, it is all about making amazing coffee and serving customers and being super nice to all our customers.  The role offers great scope to get involved in both areas of the cafe.

Responsibilities include:

  • Making open sandwiches, salads, rolls and other lunch prep needed daily
  • Heaps of baking of Scandinavian cakes and pastries
  • Keeping the kitchen/store clean to a very high standard
  • Help out with catering orders when needed, both in and out of house
  • Serving customers in the cafe – making amazing coffee, serving lunches, making everyone feel loved

The person we’re looking for has the following skills and qualities:

  • Experience of working in a kitchen and/or experience of working in a cafe/restaurant (we can teach you the finer details, but want to see evidence of previous work)
  • Good knowledge of Scandinavian food
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Has good comprehension of least one Scandinavian language and is fluent in English (read/write)
  • Good numeracy and logic skills
  • Can think on your feet and work under pressure and stress
  • Loves ABBA

A lot of our Scandinavian customers miss home and any applicant who has been away from ‘home’ (meaning country) for a while gets bonus points as it brings an understanding of what it is like to live abroad. We welcome in particular applications from people who have already been customers of ours so you know what we’re all about (although this is not essential). 

Please note that this role requires weekend work most weekends because we’re open 7 days a week.  If you are not committed to weekend work, this job is not for you.  This job is a full time permanent role.  This means that if you’re only planning to stick around in London for a few months, then this is not the job for you.  We’re not asking for your soul, but we’ll need you to commit till the end of the year at least. 

To apply, please send your current CV and a little note about you and why you want to work at Scandi Kitchen to: bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk. Deadline is 7th May 2011

We’re sorry, but if you have not heard back from us a week after the deadline, the job wasn’t quite right for you this time around.

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April 19, 2011

Allo allo David from Sweden

We're saying hello to the lovely David from Sweden this week who has joined us on the on-line shop side of things.  You may not see David around the cafe much because he'll be busy in our big fancy warehouse with Jonas, but if you are ordering from us online, you may well be chatting to him at some point or another.

Some facts about David:

1. David dreams about being a goat farmer and will do anything for goat's cheese

2. Despite being extremely tall, he has developed a fear of heights

3. His favourite past time is to nick fruit from the homes of historical characters in the English countryside.

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April 08, 2011

Welcome to Olivia from Stockholm

We love welcoming new people, especially when it is someone as nice as Olivia.

This week, Olivia entered the realms of the Scandinavian Kitchen as our new Kitchen Angel – and she’s cooking up a storm already.

Olivia is from Stockholm and she has just moved to London to start her new life.   A self-confessed foodie, she has a lovely blog and she is into everything food, especially baking.  Which we have assured her she will be doing lots of in her time at Scandi Kitchen. 

She’s also obsessed with shoes, although we have to say, so far, she’s only been wearing one pair at the time which is not too bad.

Be nice to the lovely Olivia if you see her around. 

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March 10, 2011

Kitchen Angel (Scandinavian Kitchen seeks amazing kitchen person)

We’re Scandinavian Kitchen and we’re a deli/grocery shop/café for anyone who likes Scandinavian food.  We’ve been open since 2007 and have gone from strength to strength.  Our shop in Great Titchfield Street W1 is a hub for ex pats and Scandophiles alike.

Our cafe is full of great people: from our customers to the people who work here.  We pride ourselves in being not just about the food, but also about surrounding ourselves with super duper people.

We’re looking for a Kitchen Angel to join the kitchen team towards end March.  On a day to day basis, the team preps all the open sandwiches for our café, prepare the salads, bake an array of super cakes and sometimes also make food for out of house orders (anything from buffets to canapés).  The role offers great scope to get involved and not only make great food and cakes - but also use your initiative and help make the Kitchen Team even stronger. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Making open sandwiches, salads, rolls and other lunch prep needed daily
  • Heaps of baking of Scandinavian cakes and pastries
  • Keeping the kitchen clean to a very high standard
  • Champion stock rotation and stock control
  • Help out with catering orders when needed, both in and out of house

The person we’re looking for has the following skills and qualities:

  • Experience of working in a kitchen
  • Experience of retail and/or food service
  • Good knowledge of Scandinavian food
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Has some comprehension of least one Scandinavian language and is fluent in English (read/write)
  • Good numeracy and logic skills
  • Can think on your feet and work under pressure and stress
  • Knows all the lyrics to Roxette’s "She's got the look" - backwards. Na na na naaa na.

A lot of our Scandinavian customers miss home and any applicant who has been away from ‘home’ (meaning country) for a while gets bonus points as it brings an understanding of what it is like to live abroad. We welcome in particular applications from people who have already been customers of ours so you know what we’re all about (although this is not essential).

Please note that this role requires weekend work most weekends because we’re now open 7 days a week.  If you are not committed to weekend work, this job is not for you.

Hours of work are Wednesday through till Sunday either 6:30-15:00 or 8:00-16:00 (shifts depending).  As this is a full time permanent role we are unable to accept applications from people wishing to do summer jobs or similar: we are looking for someone who is going to stick around ideally for a year.  The longer, the better, really.

To apply, please send your current CV and a little note about you and why you want to work at Scandi Kitchen to: bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk. Deadline is 17 March 2011

We’re sorry, but if you have not heard back from us a week after the deadline, the job wasn’t quite right for you this time around.

March 08, 2011

Exciting new photos

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We had Chris Windsor  the photographer in here today do take some new exciting photographs for us.  We got all very excited and played food stylists and models the whole morning.

Emmeline, our PR Gal, helped out and we are sure there are some ace photos in the can.  So, watch this space for exciting new updates to the websites - especially the one for the Scandinavian Food Online shop www.scandikitchen.co.uk/shop (yes, to those of you who did not know, you can now buy all your Scandinavian groceries without leaving the comfort of your own sofa.  Hoo haa).

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October 28, 2010

Tell the girl to keep singing...

Dead Pixels are apparently no longer, which is a bit of a shame.  Maybe someone needs to tell them?  The girl singing is Bronte's sister, by the way.  Bronte is tone deaf:  Lone got all the talent in that department.  it would be nice if she's sing more often.  Shame.

October 13, 2010

Who's who? Guess - and maybe even win stuff.

We were so darn cute.

Can you match up the baby picture to the person? Okay, so it is not easy - even we had trouble doing it and we see each other every day.  This week is the first of a three-part baby competition we're running.

If you get them all right you are entered into the competition for lunch for tw at Scandi Kitchen

Answers to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk by MONDAY 18th Oct at midday.

NEXT WEEK:  the next four babies....

Note:  usual competition rules apply.

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BABY A, B and furthest down baby C and D

    Caroline Jonas

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Grown ups: Caroline, Jonas then Anna, Bronte

So, who is baby A?  And the others?  Let us know.

 

 

 

Welcome Anette - and old, old Moooooooooa

Ahhh, those Norwegians.  We just love them.  So much so that we've now welcomed in yet another fenalaar-loving gal to the team.  Lovely Anette from Oslo, the girl who prides herself on winning an ice cream eating competition at the age of 5, who swam across Oslo Fjord when she was 12 and who absolutely adores Morten Harket.

Did we mention she adores Morten Harket?  Really, she does.  To the point of obsession.  Morten, if you're reading this, she really really wants to go to your concert in November, but nobody wants to go with her.  She's so jalous that Berit got to make a basket of treats for you guys last week and she has posters of you in her bedroom (maybe).  She plans a pilgrimage to Mosjoen to the Morten Harket statue (also a bit of a maybe - one should never let the truth get in the way of a good story, you know).

In short, Morten, please send her a signed pair of your underpants (or something) so she'll stop trying to steal our A-ha autographed flag that is our pride and joy,

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Lovely Anette

We also kinda by chance welcome back good old Moa from Sweden.  She's just decided to move back to London and we had a beer or two yesterday and decided it would be wonderfully lovely if she came back a few times a week to help us out.  So, welcome back to the lovely Moa too. 

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From right to left:  Moa, Aussie Samara and a man who looks like he's the leaning tower of Pisa.

 

September 08, 2010

Introducing the wonderful Victor...

He came, he saw, he conquered.  Victor has arrived. 

Fresh off the boat from Stockholm (well, plane, anyway), Victor charmed us all and landed the job.    His first few weeks in London have proven adventerous, including hanging with Prince William.   Here's a bit about Victor to get you to know him:

- He's got an bizarre fear of feet

- He's got an intense dislike of bananas

- He is good at everything he does (so says he himself, we'll report back on that one once we know him better).

So, Berit and Rebekka in the kitchen have promised not to go barefot and eat bananas while Victor is around.  

While Victor is going to be primarily in the kitchen for a while, you may catch a glimpse of him around Scandi kitchen.  Be nice to him if you do - because he's a super nice dude.

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...den man tugter....

 

 

 

September 01, 2010

David Bray - our favourite illustrator dude, like, ever

We have amazing customers.  Some, over the year, pop round so often we wonder if they want to move in. 

One of such lovelies is Dave.  Dave "can I have a laaaaartey" Bray is an illustrator and he did some drawings for us a while back - they hang our walls in the cafe and we love them. 

You can see more of Dave's work here

In response to many, many enquiries, yes it IS possible to buy prints of these - the prints are numbered from 1-100 and cost £50 for one and £85 for two.  Nobody has ever asked what 3 cost, but I'm sure there is a deal to be made if you want both Odin, Thor and Freya on your bedroom wall.

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August 24, 2010

They both said yes. Phew.

Phew, indeed.  Not because there was any doubt, but because it was 43 degrees celcius and even Elvis was a sweating wreck.

Bronte said yes to Jonas and now she is officially his wife.  And he is her husband.  Elvis didn't get a look-in.  It happened in Las Vegas on the 10th August in the presence of very few people in a place called The Little Church of the West. 

Thanks to all of you for all your lovely well-wishes, cards and hugs. 

Bronte has requested everyone addresses her as Mrs Aurell for at least two weeks. 

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Bronte was very upset when she found out there are NO places in Vegas that serves herring.

July 22, 2010

Two best things in the world: Elvis and Smorgasbord

It's almost too good to be true:  Elvis singing about smorgasbord.  Bronte got very excited: she loves Elvis - and never knew about this song until today.  She actually loves Elvis so much that in two weeks, she's dragging Jonas to Las Vegas and they're even getting married by The King in one of those little chapels.  Yeps, really.

Enjoy the King and his smorgasbord dance.  We wonder if Mr and Mrs Aurell to be will choose this one as their song at the Chapel? 

June 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, ol' boy

It's a very, very special day today.  Not only is it Mike Tyson and Chryl Cole's birthdays, it is also our Sebastians special birthday.

Ahh, Sebastian...  He doesn't like it when we make a fuss of him so he's gone all the way back to Sweden to celebrate his coming of age with him Mum.

Did he really think that just because he's not here we'd not celebrate him? Well, well...

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Our tribute to the birthday boys of 30th June:  our Seb and 'our' Gordon (one of our most lovely customers who visits us several times a week).  Happy Birthday, boys!

Here's the cake we are serving in the shop today in honour of Sebastian.  It's green, its pink, it's called a Princess Cake and although you can't tell from the picture, it has loads of pink glitter on it too.  Manly.

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Our Helena wishes Sebbie a Sebbie Birthday.  No sign of Baby Cinderella yet, by the way...

All-singing, all dancing person wanted...

Hello

Our cafe is full of great people: from our customers to the people who work here, we pride ourselves in being not just about the food, but also about surrounding ourselves with super people.

At the moment we’re looking for a special someone to join us full time, starting end of July/August time – this is because our Micha is leaving us for pastures new. The job on offer is one that covers both front of house and also the kitchen, so there’s scope to get to know both sides of the business and really get stuck in.

Responsibilities include:

• Making open sandwiches, salads, rolls and other lunch prep needed daily, such as pastries and cakes

• Keeping the kitchen clean to a very high standard

• Champion stock rotation and stock control

• Help out with catering orders when needed

• Make excellent coffee to a super high standard (high level training provided)

• Serve and be ultra nice to our customers

• Keep Front of House looking lovely and very clean

• Handle cash and help cash up and close the shop

• Help stock up our goods both for cafe and grocery

• Advise customers on Scandinavian food

 

The person we’re looking for has the following skills and qualities:

• Experience of retail and/or food customer service

• Ideally some experience of working in a kitchen

• Good knowledge of Scandinavian food

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Speaks/reads at least one Scandinavian language and is fluent in English

• Good numeracy and logic skills

• Can think on your feet and work under pressure and stress

• Knows all the lyrics to "she's got the look" - backwards. Na na na naaa na.

A lot of our Scandinavian customers miss home and any applicant who has been away from ‘home’ (meaning country) for a while gets bonus points as it brings an understanding of what it is like to live abroad. We welcome in particular applications from people who have already been customers of ours so you know what we’re all about (although this is not essential, but a nice to have).

Hours of work are between Monday to Saturday (5 days/week) and the shifts are between the hours of 7:00-20:00 and are anything from 7 to 10 hours long. The pay is £6.88 an hour.

As this is a full time permanent role we are unable to accept applications from people wishing to do summer jobs or similar: we are looking for someone to stick around till Christmas, ideally longer.

To apply, please send your current CV and a little note about you and why you want to work at Scandi Kitchen to: bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk. Deadline is 3rd July.

We’re sorry, but if you have not heard back from us a week after the deadline, the job wasn’t quite right for you this time around.

June 16, 2010

Grillfest - the Norwegian way

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Berit says that to blend in during the Norwegian Grill Season, you must wear this type of clothes.  We didn't have a cap, so you'll have to imagine one.

It may surprise people to find that we Scandinavian love barbeques.  However, none love BBQ more than our Norwegian friends: their grill-season starts on Janaury 1st and doesn't finish until New Year.

In fact, in Norway, if you put the word "grill" in front of any product, sales double and people get excited.  Our Berit has told us that they even have a word for the sausage you eat before your steak is ready, it is called "vente-polse" which literally means "waiting sausage".

When you have a "Grill Party" in Norway, it is essential that you wear the right gear.  This is usually a shiny style track suit and a cap.  Stretchy pants are a  must for when you grill stuff on the BBQ in Norway.

This week at Scandi Kitchen, we have special offers on stuff you can have grill fun with:

Red sausages (Danish brand) - 2 packs for £7

Frozen Norwegian sliced ribbe - great when marinaded and grilled - £12 for 2 kg

Matjes herring 2 tins for £5 - don't grill this, but it's nice for Midsummer

10% off all cheeses from the deli fridge

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Berit's cousins (maybe)

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June 01, 2010

Saint or sinner?

Our Mathilda was stopped by the police on Saturday early evening and searched because she looked suspicious.  Now, we agree that people would be stopped and searched (especially if they look like they are about to do something dodgy such as blow up buildings or queue jump in ASDA on a Saturday afternoon), but Mathilda?

Not wanting to disagree with the arm of the law we sat Mathilda down, put a spot light on her and questioned her about all she has ever done that could be considered illegal and suspicious:

  • Mathilda did not return her library books after finishing high school.  She owes around £80 in fines.  (Sorry, Mamma).
  • One time, she was stopped by the police for not wearing a helmet whilst on a moped.  She wasn't driving, but that is not the issue here:  when on moped, wear helmet.  Bad Mathilda.
  • Mathilda is banned from Blockbuster in Stockholm because she did not return some films on time.  Apparently, this is a serious offense back in Sweden and it might be the reason why she is now living in London (more video stores, less ID cards).

If you do see our Mathilda out and about and she looks suspicious again, do let us know.  

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May 25, 2010

Full time all-singing, all dancing Nice Person wanted


Hello

At the moment we’re looking for a special someone to join us full time, starting in the next few weeks or so.  The job on offer is one that covers both front of house and also the kitchen, so there’s scope to get to know both sides of the business and really get stuck in.

Responsibilities include:

·   Making open sandwiches, salads, rolls and other lunch prep needed daily, such as pastries and cakes

·   Keeping the kitchen clean to a very high standard

·   Champion stock rotation and stock control

·   Help out with catering orders when needed

·   Make excellent coffee to a super high standard (high level training provided)

·   Serve and be ultra nice to our customers

·   Keep Front of House looking lovely and very clean

·   Handle cash and help cash up and close the shop

·   Help stock up our goods both for cafe and grocery

·   Advise customers on Scandinavian food

The person we’re looking for has the following skills and qualities:

·   Experience of retail and/or food customer service

·   Experience of working in a kitchen

·   Excellent knowledge of Scandinavian food

·   Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

·   Speaks/reads at least one Scandinavian language and is fluent in English

·   Good numeracy and logic skills

·   Can think on your feet and work under pressure and stress

·   Does not crack up after listening to ‘Best of Carola’ six times in a row

A lot of our Scandinavian customers miss home and any applicant who has been away from ‘home’ (meaning country) for a while gets bonus points as it brings an understanding of what it is like to live abroad.  We welcome in particular applications from people who have already been customers of ours so you know what we’re all about (although this is not essential, but a nice to have).

Hours of work are between Monday to Saturday and the shifts are between the hours of 7:00-20:00 and are anything from 7 to 10 hours long.  The pay is £6.88 an hour (inc h/p).  If you are really nice, Seb hugs you on a daily basi (Apart from on his day off when he only hugs his girlfriend).

As this is a full time permanent role we are unable to accept applications from people wishing to do summer jobs or similar: we are looking for someone to stick around for at least 6 months, ideally longer.  If you are after a shorter term role, please say so in your application and we’ll consider it when the summer vacancies come up instead.

To apply, please send your current CV and a little note about you and why you want to work at Scandi Kitchen to: bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk.  Deadline is 3rd June.

May 24, 2010

Where's Henrik?

Guess what?  He's back soon.  The man himself.  It feel like years since he left on his travels, but finally, he's back end of this week.  Hopefully ready for some good old Smorgasboarding.

We're going to miss sending him cryptic messages in our newsletters on our our blog.  So, by popular demand, before Henrik is back, here's a final little competition.

WIN WIN WIN - lunch for two at Scandi Kitchen.
 

How do you get your mits on a free lunch?  Easy.  Find Henrik.  Click on the image here to make it bigger - then look for Henrik. 

The first person to press print, circle all the Henriks and pop into the shop and hand in the completed Where's Waldo/Henrik gets a free lunch. 

What to look for:

Henrik on his knees with a knife and fork, Henrik on a rocking horse, Henrik with a case of beer, Henrik & Seb, Sultry Henrik, Henrik's ladyboy and a big hotdog.

 

 

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Rules and stuff:  only one winner and prize, no cash alternative, lunch for two means 2 x 5 pieces, drinks, coffee and a cake for desert.  No points are awared for any Waldos, Wallies or Walters.

May 11, 2010

Baby talk...

As you know, we love babies here at SK, so we were really excited to find that our lovely Helena is expecting a little nipper in the autumn.  

Seeing as Helena and her husband Brynir are from Iceland, we're been trying to be helpful suggesting relevant babynames.  So far, our shortlist is:

Boy:

Eyjafjallajökull Brynirsson

Ash / Aske

Girl:

Cinderella Brynirsdottir

Your lesson of today:  on Iceland, surnames change depending on the sex of the baby and the first name of the father.  So, if our Sebastian had a son named Thor, his name would be Thor Sebastiansson.  If Seb had a daughter called Britney, it would be Britney Sebastiansdottir.  Clever, eh?  Obviously, this would only apply if Seb was Icelandic and not Karlskronian.

Any other good suggestions, do let us know and we'll pass them on to the Icelanders.

Helena

May 05, 2010

Henrik and his furry friend

We do love a good snoop on Facebook, you know.  Adn there he was, in all his Aussie glory:  our Henrik and his new furry friend.

If you study the picture closer you will be able to tell from the look in Henrik's eyes that he's thinking of us all the time, is dreaming of open sandwiches on rye bread and wonders how he'll manage another 3 weeks without his daily Sebastian hugs.

In fact, we don't think he's enjoying the constant sun, the heat, the BBQs, the sandy white beaches of the gold coast... Nah, not at all....

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Henrik and Koala (it's the Koala to the right).  We're not quite sure who the man is hiding behind Henrik. It looks like he's trying to steal Henrik's wallet.  Or worse. 

March 11, 2010

Welcome, lovely Mathilda

She's blonde, she's Swedish and her name is Mathilda from Stockholm (Actually, her name is just Mathilda, but she IS from Stockholm).  Oh, and she makes a mean cup of coffee.

We welcome our newest family member to the fold - be nice to her if you see her around Scandi Kitchen.

Mathilda

January 27, 2010

Welcome to our Berit from Norway

We love Norway and Norwegians.  When they are not busy producing amazing things like Smash chocolate, Morten Haketts and fjords, they wander into our lives being all lovely and stuff.  Just like Berit did:  she started out as a customer, then she made the transition to one of us and now she is forced to listen to Jonas' bad jokes on a daily basis.

Some facts about Berit:
- She only has one pair of jeans, but 29 dresses.
- She is allergic to pears.
- She dreams of driving through the states, but has no licence

Do say hei if you see her around.

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do not feed this lady pears

January 12, 2010

Michaela is going home. Are you our new Michaela?

Kitchen Angel/Superman FULL TIME

The kitchen is the heart of Scandi Kitchen and we’re looking for that special someone to join the team and help them continue to make the most lush of lovely open sandwiches, bake the bestest cakes and prep the yummiest of salads.

The job is 5 days a week, either the 7-15 shift or the 9:30-16:30 shift (we chop and change so everyone gets to do a bit of everything).  To apply for this you must be able to commit to a minimum of 8 months (ideally one year).

Responsibilities include:

Kitchen area

·   Preparation of open sandwiches, salads and cakes in time for lunch rush

·   Keeping the kitchen exceptionally clean and to high hygienic standard

·   Administer ordering and daily prep, ensure stock takes are done

·   Action catering orders and take charge of this area when needed

·   Take an active role in managing the kitchen area of the business

What we’re looking for:

·   Experience of commercial kitchen work – training will be given, but we need you to know about working in a commercial busy prep kitchen.  This is absolutely essential as your role will be taking charge of the day to day running.  We want someone who loves food, can cook and who understands the commercial aspect of kitchen life. 

·   Buckets of initiative and lots of common sense and logic thinking.  Passionate about what you do and use to giving every task your full attention.

·   Can-do positive attitude and ability to keep a clear head under pressure – we get super busy sometimes.

·   Presentable with excellent interpersonal skills

·   Ability to speak/read one Scandinavian language fluently as well as fluent written/spoken English

·   Know all the lyrics to “She’s got the look”. 

This job can starts latest 1st Feb as our beloved Michaela is moving back to Sweden after her year with us, so we need you up and running before she flies off. 

Please send your CV and a note about why you want to work for Scandi Kitchen and why this job is perfect for you to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk.  Interviews will be held towards end of next week and successful 1st rounders will be invited in for a trial day where we’ll as you do join the team for a few hours and also show us your own favourite open sandwiches. 

We’re sorry, but if you have not heard back from us in two weeks, your application was unsuccessful this time round.

How are you? How are we?

Every January, we like to ask you a few questions.  Nothing too deep, mind you:  we keep it light, simple and it will be over and done in just a few minutes.

If you are a customer of ours, please click on the link and pop your thoughts in our little survey.  We greatly appreciate your time and effort to do this and remember, while we all love a bit of smooth talking, we also find that constructive words of wisdom helps us to be better at what we do.  

Click this link to be teleported to our planet: 'How are we doing?' 

December 01, 2009

Welcome to Nete and Helena

Our busy Christmas times have certainly begun already - and we've got two lovely newbies who have joined our team at the cafe to help out.  Be nice to them if you see them around.  Nete is Danish - from the deepest, darkest Jutland - and Helena is from Iceland, which is also quite dark in the winter time.  Did you know that beer was illigal in Iceland until 1989?  Or that they have 13 different Santas?  Or that they grow bananas on Iceland? 

Which one of our Iceland facts are not quite true?  Send us your answer for your chance to win a free lunch.  Witty replies also accepted iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk

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L to r: Helena and Nete

November 17, 2009

Humble beginnings...

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We found out each other's secret first jobs this week and we were not short of surprises...

Henrik used to drive a van that looked like a cow.  Jonas used to sell Bjorn Borg underpants on the streets of Sydney.  As if that wasn't enough to take in, Moa revealed she used to work as a post man.  Bronte used to flip burgers and Sam used to work dressed as a Koala bear.  But the best one of all:  Sebastian has now got the new nick name of sh*t stirrer:  he worked for a while for the Karlskrona Sewage Fascility.  Oh dear. 

It matters not that you have grown up in a duck's yard when you've been laying in a Swan's egg.

Koala

The reason why the gals love popping by...

Here they are.  Your favourite boys.  Posing, as per usual.  Enjoy it.

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Super Seb and Henrik RockStar, local lotharios.

November 13, 2009

Two jobs going at Scandi Kitchen - woo hoo

Kitchen Angel or Superman  Full time   /   Christmas  Elf 25-30 hours/week from now till 23rd Dec inc

Hello

Christmas time is always busy – and we’re looking to fill two spots at the moment and we were wondering if one of these might be you-shaped?  One of the roles is a full time role in our lovely Kitchen and the other one is a part-time Christmas helper role. 

Kitchen Angel/Superman FULL TIME

The kitchen is the heart of Scandi Kitchen and we’re looking for that special someone to join the team and help them continue to make the most lush of lovely open sandwiches, bake the bestest cakes and prep the yummiest salads.

The job is 5 days a week, either the 7-15 shift or the 9:30-16:30 shift (we chop and change so everyone gets to do a bit of everything). 

Responsibilities include:

Kitchen area

·   Preparation of open sandwiches and salads in time for lunch rush

·   Keeping the kitchen exceptionally clean and to high hygienic standard

·   Help with ordering and daily prep, ensure stock takes are done

·   Train in catering and take charge of this area when needed

What we’re looking for:

·   Some experience in kitchen work – training will be given, but we need you to know a bit about working in a commercial busy prep kitchen.  This is essential.  We’re not looking for a five star chef, but we want someone who loves food, can cook and who understands the commercial aspect of kitchen life.

·   Buckets of initiative and lots of common sense and logic thinking. 

·   Can-do positive attitude and ability to keep a clear head under pressure – we get super busy sometimes.

·   Presentable with excellent interpersonal skills

·   Ability to speak/read one Scandinavian language fluently as well as fluent written/spoken English

·   Know all the lyrics to “The Final Countdown”.  Backwards.

This job starts around about now and as one of our lovely current Angels is moving back to Sweden after Christmas  –so we need you trained up before she flies off on her new adventure.

Christmas Elf

We're looking for some part time help during the Christmas period as we tend to get really, really busy.  In fact, it has already started.

The job will be in all areas of Scandi Kitchen - from helping out behind the counter, making great coffee, serving lunch and helping people with their shopping.  You will also be helping in the kitchen, stock room and with all our incoming orders from Scandinavia (and helping pack up our overnight orders that we send out to all over the UK).  It is also likely that you will help on some catering assignments out-of-house.

This role is likely to be around 20-30 hours a week, likely to start now and go all the way through till 23rd December (when the role will end).  It is very important that you can commit to working right up until and including 23rd December (we will close in the afternoon on the 23rd) as well as being available to work on Saturdays and some Sundays.    More hours may be available the busier we get and the more flexible you can be.   

We're looking for a lovely, presentable, nice, friendly Elf who has experience of Scandinavia/Scandinavian food.  You will have some experience of working in a food related business - ideally in a cafe/deli environment. 

Sounds like you?  Then let us know.  Interviews will starting for both roles already on Monday 16th, so get your skates on, dude.  To apply, please pop us over your CV and a note stating why your chosen role is perfect for you to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk.  If you have not heard back from us within a week, we’re really sorry, but this means your skills and experience were not quite the right fit this time around.  

October 14, 2009

Part Time opportunity at Scandi Kitchen (Christmas Elf Wanted)

We're looking for some part time help during the Christmas period as we tend to get really, really busy.

The job will be in all areas of Scandi Kitchen - from helping out behind the counter, making great coffee, serving lunch and helping people with their shopping.  You will also be helping in the kitchen, stock room and with all our incoming orders from Scandinavia (and helping pack up our overnight orders that we send out to all over the UK).  It is also likely that you will help on some catering assignments out-of-house.

This role is likely to be around 15-20 hours a week, likely to start in early to mid November and go all the way through till 23rd December (when the role will end).  It is very important that you can commit to working right up until and including 23rd December (we will close in the afternoon on the 23rd) as well as being available to work on Saturdays and some Sundays.    More hours may be available the busier we get and the more flexible you can be.   

We're looking for a lovely, presentable, nice, friendly Elf who has experience of Scandinavia/Scandinavian food.  You will have some expereince of working in a food related business - ideally in a cafe/deli environment. 

The pay is £6.88 an hour.  Interviews will be held next week and week after.  To apply, please pop us over your CV and a note stating why this assignment is perfect for you to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk.

October 07, 2009

Bye bye lovely Sara

Our Sara has left us, seeking new exciting horizons.  We'll miss her and had a lovely little leaving do with her last week.  Pictures are all from Sara's blog.

We wish you all the best Sara xxx

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Sara1

Sara3
 

September 29, 2009

Lene and Seb's pretty baby...

Seeing as we're all a bit baby mad at Scandi Kitchen this week what witht he arrival of little Elsa, we thought it fun to try and see what some other pairings might look like. 

Seb and Lene from Aqua's baby - both as a baby and an adult:

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Lene-seb     Seb-lene

Hmmm... very pretty baby, slightly odd looking as an adult...

Henrik and Seb

6a00e5521f4a6888340115709aa8eb970cHenke =

Babyhenkeseb     Seb-henkeadult

Surprisingly pretty result. 

Make your own baby images on Morph.

 

 

 

Welcome to the new boss

Well, sort of.  Probably.  Our Bronte finally went pop and out came Elsa.  Thanks for all your well wishes: Mum, Dad, Big Sister Astrid and Elsa all doing very well.  Both Mum and Dad have taken a few days off to be with the kids and get to know the new one.

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Elsa Gudrun Aurell 23/9/09

July 27, 2009

When Sara met Peter Andre

We quite like our little celeb filled mornings - mostly, we don't recognise anyone because our lives are all about herring and not so much about Heat Magazine, but once in a while, we do get a bit star struck.  Like last week, when Peter Andre popped past Scandi Kitchen and our Sara had a bit of a chit chat with him. 

They discussed quantum physics and world peace.  Well, the future's bright, the future's orange, as they say.

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What's it gonna be?

Bronte and Jonas are preparing for the arrival of another nipper and the guys in the shop have started to take bets if it will be a boy or girl, a Swede or a Dane or maybe a true Scandinavian?

Most importantly, though, is the naming of the little squid:  Bronte favours the old Scandinavian name of Elvis for a boy and Jonas is still trying to find any excuse not to agree to that.

Any good suggestions for both boys and girls names are appreciated - must be Scandinavian in origin, easy to pronounce in most languages and ideally something that works with the surname "Aurell"  (any votes for Marcus Aurell(ius) will be ignored by Bronte).   The old Swedish names  "Odd" and "Jerk" and "Bent" are also blacklisted by the wife.

ETA is about 8 weeks.  If you don't see Bronte around for a while, it is probably okay to ask.




July 20, 2009

Sebastian's 2 second beard

The gentlemen, Dave and Bertie, have done it again.  Here's Watermill's "2 second beard" for Sebastian.

More about Bertie and Dave here http://www.watermill-london.com/

July 06, 2009

We are two years old this week

This time around two years ago we knew a lot less about herring than we do now.  We had also never encountered the Seb/Henrik double act, nor had we realised just how many people love open sandwiches in the UK.

It's been a real blast so far and we love getting up every morning to come to the Scandinavian Kitchen, whether its to make the Monmouth coffee we serve or if it's to help people get introduced to the wonders of Kalles Kaviar from Sweden.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 7th July, we'll be dishing out the cake and maybe wearing silly party hats too.  We'll certainly be feeling happy and cheerful and ready for a lot of birthday hugs.

We'd love to see you, so pop by and have a chit chat, a little piece of cake and maybe a hug or two.

Thanks for making Scandi Kitchen happen every day - we would not be here without you guys.

Lots of love

The Birthday Crowd

x

June 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sebastian

Seb

We love Sebastian, that is no secret.  Ever since he walked into our lives over two years ago, he's been part of the family.  Lately, his hair has grown quite a bit, so for his birthday today we bought him an assortment of pretty hair clips.  We also gave him a voucher for a haircut.

Should Sebastian cut his hair?  Or keep it long and put it in a pony tail a la bon jovi?  Get a perm? Are you popping by to wish him Happy Birthday and give him a hug?  So many questions, so little time.  But feel free to send your greetings to him via the blog.  He'll love it.

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with hair and with not much hair


June 23, 2009

And what a lovely afternoon it was...

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We had fun in Hyde Park on Saturday for the Swedish/Finnish Midsummer celebrations - and judging by the turn out, about 992 of you guys seemed to as well - wowsa, there was a lot of people.

One thing, though - the pole was a bit small this year, let's all remember next year that we need to bring a bigger pole along.

Guys


Guys2


Guys3

 all photos taken by our Sara

June 08, 2009

Fancy a nice job at Scandi Kitchen?

Kitchen Angel / Barista (Full Time from August 09)

We’ve got a great job here at Scandi Kitchen for someone who is looking to get a good year’s all round experience at being an integral part of running a growing cafe/deli business.

Responsibilities include:

Kitchen area

·          Preparation of open sandwiches and salads in time for lunch rush

·          Keeping the kitchen exceptionally clean and to high hygienic standard

·          Help with ordering and daily prep

·          Help with catering when needed

Front of House

·          Serving our wonderful customers

·          Consistently making excellent coffee

·          Cash management

·          General store maintenance and stock control

·          Make sure the shop is always clean, presentable and organised at all times during shift

What we’re looking for:

·          Some experience in both areas of work – training will be given, but we need you to know a bit about both working front of house and in a kitchen.  This is essential.

·          Buckets of initiative and lots of common sense

·          Can-do positive attitude and ability to keep a clear head under pressure

·          Presentable with excellent interpersonal skills

·          Ability to speak/read one Scandinavian language fluently as well as fluent written/spoken English

·          Know all the lyrics to “The Final Countdown”.  Backwards.

This job is a one year contract, starting August 2009.  We are unable to accept shorter placements as this is also a maternity cover – so please do be realistic about your timings when you apply.  Please note we are not able to offer this job as two part-time jobs as hours vary from week to week in the different areas (some weeks may be mainly kitchen cover, some weeks mainly front of house).  Note there will definitely be weekend work involved.

To apply, send your CV and a cover note to bronte@scandikitchen.co.uk before 21st June 2009.  We’ll then invite selected people in for a chit-chat and a cup of coffee.  If you have not heard back from us within a week of the closing date, we’re really sorry, but this means your skills and experience were not quite the right fit this time around. 

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