Food Media Omnibus #564: On Awesome Pupusas And Alexandra Gill Eats Afghanistan

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The NYTimes makes some damn good Roman Egg soup.

If your planning on driving south for more sunshine, the LATimes article on 50 places to eat for under $5 is for you.

One of my fave foods of all times, falafel, gets an approachable makeover in Design*Sponge

North Shore News talks Alsatian wines.

Edible Vancouver gives pie lessons to the uninitiated.

I have never had caramels half as good as the ones that Denise Acabo sells in her Montmartre shop in Paris. David Leibovitz goes for a tour.

Food52 goes Vegan for a night.

At last, something to do with all the dandelions that you’ve weeded! If you’re so lucky to have a garden, you should definitely make this dandelion wine. (The Guardian)

Alexandra Gill goes to South Surrey and eats proper Afghan food.

I know eggs are super trendy right now and for the most part I’m totally into it. Poached egg on pizza? Yes. Spaghetti Carbonara? It’s always been a favourite. But I’ve never really gotten behind the whole eggs in cocktails thing (see: nog, egg). Food and Wine puts in a good argument.

I live on Commercial Drive for 2 reasons: cheap rent and Rinconcito’s pupusas. The latter gets a rave-ish review in The Westender.

The Kitchn throws a party on a budget.

Yaletown jumps on the sandwich trend in the Georgia Straight.

No one has ever looked more stylish than Tyler Gray of Mikuni Wild Harvest while foraging mushrooms in Montecristo Magazine.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #563: On Eating Instead Of Tweeting And NYC’s Battle Of The Slice

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

For everyone who has ever thought, “eat it don’t tweet it“.

The Guardian also talks about taking pictures at the table.

VanMag ranks the best Chinese restaurants in town.

March Madness has come and gone. Food Republics ranked the final teams in relation to waffle houses.

The pizza wars of NY are intense! Enter the 25 cent pizza (NYTimes).

The Georgia Straight discusses the best new cookbooks.

Southeast Asian sweets get their moment in the sun in the LATimes.

“Larry” the man on the Quaker Oats package, loses a few pounds and gets a haircut.

EnRoute looks at the most beautiful snack shops in the world. Unsurprisingly, #1 is a patisserie in Paris and #2 has Spanish waitstaff in Armani.

Andrew Morrison talks about new restaurants and old ghosts in the Westender.

Carrie Mae Smith paints red meat.

If only the lives of the animals were as beautiful as her paintings. The Atlantic looks into the apalling number of antibiotics used on farms.

Food52 gets ready for passover.

So does Design*Sponge. Chocolate, Kumquat Mazta anyone?

Easter is around the corner, that means white shoes and white wine, The Globe talks trends in vino blanc.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #562: On Frank Bruni Getting Gout And Alex Gill Scarfing Poutine

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

If you’ve heard of Tomatoland, or the actual slave labour involved in Florida tomatoes, you’ll be happy about this man pleading guilty of tomato price fixing.

Apltly titled “Got Propaganda” Alternet story looks into failing milk sales.

Andrew Morrison talks spot prawns and stinging nettles in The Westender.

Adding to the list of why Brooklyn is the place to be these days is indoor farming. NYDaily News reports.

Alexandra Gill eats poutine at the Oakwood.

The Taiwanese are outraged by US beef laced with ractopamine. Perhaps we shouldn’t be sending meat halfway around the world. Eat local, people!

On a similar note, Wendy’s is way more humane because they use gas to knock chickens out instead of electricity. Well, some of the chickens…

The Province discusses the battle of the chocolate bunnies.

The Guardian reminisces about school lunches.

Grass-fed beef is inarguably better then corn-fed beef, but the Canadian billionaire who is planning on killing 300 grass fed cows a day to serve at his racetracks…I just think he might just be missing the point.

I am totally intrigued by the matzo granola recipe on TheKitchn.

Cultured butter at home? Food52 gives us the recipe.

Time dishes on the Consumer Report that details how frozen bagels are as good as those from any New York bagel shop.

Obviously, The New York Post had something to say about that.

The legendary Frank Bruni talks about red meat his recent gout diagnosis.

And last, Mia Stainsby eats comfort food at Siena.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #561: On Pizzeria Barbarella And How Not To Dine In Lebanon

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

Design Sponge makes salted chocolate chip cookies.

It’s salad week at Bon Appetit.

Saveur talks about Iranian bread and Ava Gardner.

Hawaiian food comes to Manhattan in The New York Times.

The James Beard Foundation announces it’s awards in The Huffington Post.

The NSNews chats about the hard times that have fallen on the Wine Festival.

Randy Shore talks beer cocktails in The Sun.

Andrew Morrison eats at Barbarella for the WE.

Pink slime, which was recently removed from McDonalds’ menu, has been added to American school lunches. You win some you lose some? The Globe and Mail reports.

Food and Wine drinks Oregon reds.

Lastly, a note to self: don’t eat with yor left hand in Lebanon. This and other strange food etiquettes atMSN.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #560: On Baking With Guinness & The Coming Of The Sardine Can

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

Design*Sponge makes sweet potato gnocchi.

NYTimes talks about ghostwriting cookbooks, aka my dream job. Racheal Ray denies the implication.

The history of the LA food scene is discussed in the LATimes.

Andrew Morrison talks about the coming of The Sardine Can in the WE.

If your’re beyond the green jello shot stage of your life, perhaps you should bake with Guinness? Bon Appetit gives you recipes.

Umm…Chocolate Stout Pie. Enough said.

But, if you prefer your stout savoury you can pair it with oysters too (The Province).

In other shellfish news, it’s Alaskan crab season and Alexandra Gill is into it.

From sketches in the Fannie Farmer to the coffee table cookbooks of late, Boston.com looks into the foodporn trend.

Mia Stainsby talks about Refuel closing and a Top Chef competitor taking its place.

I don’t know what a gorse flower is, but I think I want to make this wine (c/o The Guardian).

The North Shore News talks pho.

Lastly, if we needed another reason to go to Venice, Saveur gives it to us with cicheti.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #559: On Food Safaris, Diva Reviews & Making Awesome Marmalade

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

Melissa Clarke thinks rainy days call for mushrooms and barley in The New York Times

Disney shuts its controversial fat-fighting heros at Disneyland.

Diva at the Met gets a rave review in The Globe and Mail.

The Smithsonian gives the history of the American Food Truck.

Vancouver Magazine goes to Richmond and eats well.

Thomas Keller gives us a lesson on cooking eggs in the LATimes

The Guardian smokes their own vodka.

Do you read a lot of food blogs? Vote for your favourite in The Homie Awards.

Andrew Morrison gets ready for food safaris in the WE.

Mia Stainsby gets excited about donuts in theVancouver Sun.

One Pot Wonders get facelifts at Saveur.

Bon Appetit talks to the people who are revolutionizing food this year.

En Route talks hot dogs.

Design*sponge makes carrot cake, Brazilian style.

And lastly, at Beta5 we make really good marmalade and so we made a pretty cool video showing how we do it (above).

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #558: On Yorkshires And Getting Tipsy At Tales Of The Cocktail

February 22, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

Albany thinks about banning shark fins while Frank Bruni rounds up the best Mardi Gras recipes in The New York Times.

The Huffington Post reports on Texan middle schoolers boycotting their school lunches. Amen.

“Rich people are addicted to money, power, gambling; middle-class people are addicted to cocaine, amphetamine, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, heroin. The poor, well, all they’ve got is sugar.” The Atlantic looks into sugar addictions.

Maastricht University  in the Netherlands is spending $330,000 a year to grow a hamburger. Alarmingly, Heston Blumenthall is planning to cook it. Good god whatever happened to farming!? Bon Appetit reports.

Saveur checks out the cheap-cuts-big-flavour trend in butchery.

Alexandra Gill rounds up the best Vietnamese restaurants in what will soon be called “Little Saigon”. Bahn Mi anyone?

The North Shore News gets tipsy at the Tales of the Cocktail.

While I pray never to have to adhere to a gluten-free diet, I can appreciate the improved offerings for friends with Celiac. The Georgia Straight looks into it.

Oh, America. Everything is falling apart, which makes it a great time to start a beer delivery service. Beer, from the brewery to your door. Genius. (TheKitchn).

If you’re the sort to make a Sunday roast, then you ought to read these Yorkshire Pudding tips in The Guardian. I am, and so I did.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #557: On Being A Back Of House Woman And Eating Up Bhuddism

February 16, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

I have, on many occasions, been the only girl in the kitchen, so this article in The Guardian on the highs and lows of being a back of house woman intrigued.

The North Shore News talks you out of buying the same old bottle of wine.

The New York Times reports on bringing Buddhism to the table.

Though I have doubts about Rene Redzepi ever cooking at home (the winter issue of Lucky Peach had him going out for dinner with David Chang the night his son was born), Bon Appetit swears that he does.

Gothamist remembers how New York City ate in 1938.

Alexandra Gill checks out the Unsung Heroes Festival at Yaletown’s Bue Water Cafe and falls for anchovies.

Saveur eats a lot of cabbage. Kimchi pancakes anyone?

Andrew Morrison takes us behind the scenes of this past weekend’s Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna.

I can not tell you how much I wish I’d been at the bourbon-southern-food-fiesta at Hawksworth on Monday. Fortunately, I can read about it in the Georgia Straight.

TheKichn breaks down kitchen basics to 15 steps.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #557: On The Music At Black & Blue And Winging It With Alex Gill

February 7, 2012 


by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The New York Times looks into the history of the Boulevardier – the marriage of a Negroni and a Manhattan (I was sold as soon as they said “1920′s Paris”).

The LATimes finds tasty hot house tomatoes, which is all kinds of shocking.

Out of the 500 odd recipes published last year, Saveur rounds up it’s favorites.

I deeply and passionately love fried chicken, and so does Bon Appetit.

Ned Bell gives out his chowder recipe in Van Mag.

Mia Stainsby learns about coffee, which is fantastic except for the slurping (I hate slurping).

Yet another reason to buy locally: 34 states have listeria contaminated eggs. I have trouble imaging that any of those states don’t have chicken farms. The Huffington Post looks into it.

Andrew Morrison falls head over heels with the food, service and look at Black & Blue, but loathes the soundtrack.

The North Shore News waxes poetic about honey.

Korean wings beat the more BBQ varieties in Alexandra Gill’s tastes. She finds them perfect at the Happy Day Metro House.

In Food52′s cookbook-off, the amazing Montreal restaurant, Joe Beef, wins.

Lastly, TheKitchn talks about what Fair Trade means, and asks if it exists any more.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #556: On McDonald’s Gross “Pink Slime” And Navigating Dine Out

January 30, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

To start, the amazing David Tanis talks chicken wings in The New York Times.

The LATimes gets excited about grapefruit.

The golden arches has stopped using “pink slime”, the amonia based beef product that used to be in their burgers. The Huffington Post looks into the controversy.

The UN announced this week that we simply do not have enough food for our growing population, risking 3 billion people living in poverty by 2040. Reuters checks it out.

The Guardian gets into home smoking. If only I had a back yard…

Andrew Morrison tells how to get through Dine Out Vancouver in the Westender.

The Georgia Straight gives a winning review to Ensemble.

Design*Sponge keeps you disciplined and on your New Year’s resolutions with a broccolini and quinoa salad.

TheKitchn makes a beer and cheddar dip for the Superbowl. They also make a chicken wing cupcake (which I am exceedingly skeptical about).

Super Natural Everyday, one of my favourite cookbooks of the year, gets voted out in favour of the Milkbar cookbook on Food52′s cookbook face-off.

The Foodists wax poetic about Dine Out celebrating the diner.

Alexandra Gill falls for Ned Bell’s new menu at The Yew.

(above photo: steelhead salad on the Dine Out menu at L’Abattoir)

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #555: On Chinese New Year Foods And Resolving To Drink Whisky

January 25, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The lovely Design Sponge makes dark, fudgy brownies.

Alexandra Gill gives us the lowdown on Chinese New Year foods in The Globe and Mail.

Ferran Adria gets a home cooked meal in The Financial Times.

Frank Bruni writes a compelling piece on health, Paula Deen, and yoghurt for breakfast.

The gold winner of The Korean BBQ Festival talks about beer braised pork and Joy Division in The LA Times.

Il Buco gives you a day in the life of a charcuterier with full pictures to match in Bon Appetit.

Saveur gets excited about squash in it’s many forms.

Andrew Morrison resolves to indulge more in the Westender.

The kick-off party for the International Playhouse Wine Fest gets a rave review in the North Shore News.

I made mediocre fried rice for dinner tonight. The Guardian corrects that problem, albeit an hour too late for me.

The Vancouver Sun reports on Starbucks starting to sell beer and wine in the States. How much do you want to bet that our liquor licensing policies would never allow that?

How does McDonalds not know better by now? The mega chain lost control of its twitter hashtag this week (#McDStories), and now include stories about stoner dinners and puking on tables. The Huffington Post looks into it so we don’t have to.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #554: On Eating At The End Of The World And No More Twinkies…

January 16, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The New York Times checks in with Hostess Brands bankrupcy protection. I, for one, don’t feel much nostalgia for the Twinkie.

The Humane Society has become a shareholder in Apollo Global Management (a major US fast food chain) in order to talk about animal rights. An interesting tactic? The Hufifngton Post reports.

For those just learning to enjoy Scotch (myself included), TheKitchn shows us four easy drinks to open our palates to.

Andrew Morrison thinks about his last meals before the apocalypse in the Westender.

The North Shore News drinks wine with their veggies.

Alexandra Gill has a lacklustre meal at the new Boneta.

Design*Sponge makes Chinese dumplings. I tried these this week and they were wonderful!

The combination of a French restauranteur and a yoga studio? An unusual pairing, but the Foodists are raving about it. (although I hear the chef just left, so who knows…)

The new reality show on the opening of Save On Meats starts this week. The Georgia Straight is entertained.

Amanda Hesser eats breakfast for dinner. Can we talk about how much I love her site, Food52? So good.

Bon Appetit gives you 25 ways to use Sriracha, from pickles to mayo to marinades.

Saveur rounds up their favourite 100 things.

Now that it’s snowing outside, all you want is hot chocolate, right? Fortunately for you, it’s the Hot Chocolate Festival right now. Get into it!

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #553: On Resolutions & Seeing Japadog Make It In The Big Apple

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

As we reported back in September, Japadog has expanded to NYC. The Georgia Straight checks in with the local food cart sensation’s progress.

TheKitchn talks about boxed wine. I could get into that.

Check out the top food trends according to Alexandra Gill in the Globe & Mail.

Mia Stainsby talks about her favourite cookbooks of 2011 in the Vancouver Sun.

Andrew Morrison vows to eat more innards and drink more whiskey in the Westender. Now those are resolutions I could get behind!

The North Shore News goes to Kamloops and gets tipsy at the Icewine Festival.

The New York Times rounds up the best cheap eats in the Big Apple. Can someone make that list in Vancouver please? Also, Eric Asimov writes a great article about what it was like being the paper’s restaurant critic.

Did you hear that the FDA is trying to limit the use of salt in restaurants? Ridiculous, I know. The Atlantic takes a strong stand against.

Design Sponge gets excited about schnitzel, because…well, who wouldn’t?

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #552: On The Best Meals Of The Year & The Bacon Bloody Mary

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

Pop quiz: which cookbook, when released in 1950, had sales that rivaled the Bible? The Huffington Post checks in on the best selling cookbooks of all time.

Charlie Trotter is closing down his namesake restaurant after 23 years in order to study philosophy? I guess if The New York Times says it’s true, it must be.

While I am generally a Caesar over Bloody Mary sort of a girl,  I think I could do a Bacon Bloody Mary. Find the how-to in the LA Times.

Graffiti grafting? The Georgia Straight looks at the illegal grafting of fruit trees onto ornamental trees on the streets of Frisco. Quirky, but awesome.

Van Mag revisits the best meals of 2011. The Willow’s Inn is at the top the list, and also Mia Stainsby’s, who gives it a rave review in the Vancouver Sun.

The Westender gives its predictions for the food scene in the next year. It’s filled with food carts and pizza, which isn’t so bad in my books.

The North Shore News catches up with a few of the tireless winemakers who made 2011 such a special vintage.

My idol,  David Leibovitz, makes a video about shopping through the outdoor markets of Paris, which makes me as green as a brussel sprout with envy. I am not, however, envious of his accent, so at least I have that.

If you made any New Year’s resolutions, The Kitchn is your ally in keeping them.

Lastly (blush), I wrote an article on baking with root vegetables in Edible Vancouver.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolate and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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