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      26.07.2012 15:31

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      Pay more or make your own

      * Packaging *

      The packaging is typical of asda smart price, white with green information, but I noticed that asda have now upgraded their smart price packaging and it is a little more attractive to the eye.

      The garlic bread is 170g and comes in a plastic wrapper. It is very basic and you get one baguette.

      * Price *

      The price for this was £0.34 which compared to other similar branded breads Is around £0.20 cheaper.

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      I had never purchased this product before, I was cooking a lasagna for my family and asda had sold out of the garlic bread I chose and they sent me two of these as an alternative. I didn't have time to find something else so I accepted them and hoped for the best.
      To be honest they were pretty awful. I have had garlic baguettes in the past that have not been particularly garlicy but these may as well have been branded as a French stick because they were very dry.
      I cooked exactly as per the instructions and the bread was chewy and they didn't taste garlicy at all. My sister suggested putting extra butter and garlic sprinkles on it and putting it back in the oven for a minute, this did improve it slightly.
      My advice would be pay an extra 20 pence for a better brand or make your own. I would never buy these willingly again.

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      16.11.2011 19:41

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      good value worth a try you wont be disapointed

      im a huge fan of garlic in any shape or form, i think personally garlic is a gift from the gods, so obviously i would be a fan of garlic bread, so when i came across asda smart price garlic bread for the price of nearly 40 pence i stopped to wonder,,, would i be robbed of garlic and left with just a stale bit of bread ,,,,
      as with all the smart price range comes in the standard green and white packaging with all the cooking instructions on the back (makes me laugh as somethings are just so obvious lol).
      as i opened the wrapper and took the garlic bread out i was surprised at the amount of garlic inside the slits of the bread and couldn't wait to put it in the oven ! , a few mins later an aroma of garlic filled my kitchen which to me means a little slice of heaven , although to my friend it his little bit of hell but i told him to go with it lol,
      out came the garlic bread that i pulled into pieces with just enough garlic although i would have liked it to be oozing out i wasnt robbed , the bread was nice and warm and soft and didnt burn like i thought a cheap garlic bread would,
      so all in all i think asda smart price garlic bread is good value for money specially if you have quite a few people over for pizza , but just for me, personally i think i will stick to the more expensive brands if i can afford it but if i had a poor week (which happens often after all the bills) then i would defo buy this product again, just enough garlic. yummy ,. and value for money , what more could you want !!!!

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      24.09.2011 19:27
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      A nice baguette at a nice price

      During an attempt recently to lower my weekly shopping bill I thought I would give the Asda Smartprice Garlic Baguette a try.

      As the name suggests this is from the Asda smartprice range of products that are basics sold at low prices in minimal packaging. The baguette comes in a plain white plastic wrapping with green writing on it. I believe the baguette can be found in the freezer section of the supermarket but I have my shopping delivered so don't know exactly where. The packaging is very easy to open and can be pulled apart at the end like opening a crisp packet.

      I pay 37p per baguette which when compared to 70p per baguette for the normal Asda own brand baguette is quite a considerable saving. When compared with other named brands this price is a real saving.

      To cook the baguette you should place it on a baking tray or sheet and bake it in a moderate oven (approximately 200 degrees) for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will vary depending on your appliance. Once cooked the backed can be cut into slices using the pre-cut sections and served immediately with any meal.

      In my opinion the baguette has quite a nice garlic flavour without being overpowering. After eating the baguette you can taste garlic in your mouth but I would expect this with anything containing garlic as it can be quite pungent. There isn't a great deal of butter on the slices of baguette but it is enough to coat the top of each piece and give a reasonable flavour. If you cook the baguette a little too long it can be quite crunchy but this is true of any type of baguette style bread.

      My whole family ate this garlic baguette without question and I have been buying it instead of the Asda own brand ever since. Yes there are better quality garlic breads out there with bigger loaves or more butter but this is perfect for my family.

      I would recommend this garlic baguette.

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        07.09.2011 14:07
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        At 40p you can't complain

        I was cooking a few chips the over day and noticed there was some asda smart price garlic baguette in the freezer and thought I would give it a try. The garlic baguette is semi cut in to 7-8 pieces and is easy to cut once cooked.

        Cooking instructions
        Remove all packaging. Pre-heat oven and place the baguette onto a baking tray on the middle shelf at 200 C/ 400 F/ Gas Mark 6 for 17- 20 minutes.

        When you have cooked the garlic baguette the outer crust is nice and crispy and the centre is nice and soft. The centre has a parsley spread with garlic herbs. It doesn't have a strong garlic taste and is little dry compared to the more expensive brands but you can't complain at 40p. To add a bit extra taste I put the garlic baguette in the oven for 10- 12 minutes then take it out the oven and cut it in to pieces. Then I put lots of grated cheese on each piece of garlic bread and put it back in then oven for about 5 minutes.

        Overall it doesn't have as much of a strong taste than the most expensive brands but is much cheaper and has a crispy crust and a soft centre. I would recommend this to anyone who's on a tight budget and doesn't like there garlic bread too strong.

        ASDA's smart price garlic baguette can be found in green and white smart price packaging and costs 40p.

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        25.08.2011 16:47
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        Definitely needs a little bit more filling.

        Garlic bread is to me one of the simplest to make, yet loveliest to eat accompaniments to a meal. It takes pasta or chilli to another level and adds a touch of sophistication to a meal with no effort.

        I expect it to be golden brown, warm from the oven, crispy on the outside with a fluffy soft innard oozing with melted butter with the sharp tang of garlic and the warmth of mixed herbs.

        Asda's value offering comes in it's green and white no frills packaging with all the relevant information, and upon setting on the tray appears as any other garlic baguette. It cooks in a moderate oven in roughly ten minutes and when done appeared quite appetising, the baguette had a warm golden colour and smelled of baking bread and garlic.

        I set it on a chopping board and separated each portion, I believe eleven in total. I was still quite impressed as some baguettes have a tendency to rip or tear at this point and each piece remained whole.

        However the garlic spread was quite a paltry offering and this showed upon serving, each slice had a line of it down the middle and not to the edges. This left some of the portions dry and lacking in flavour. Perhaps half of the baguette was alright, with enough filling to resemble decent garlic bread, but the rest was quite disappointing.

        If there had just been more filling this would have been a delicious offering, the bread itself was lovely, there just wasn't enough flavour going on, the herbs themselves visible to the eye but not to the tastebud, and the garlic hardly there at all.

        You may find it just as inexpensive to buy your own baguette and make your own filling, so this Smartprice product seems a false economy to me. A bit more effort or a few more pennies and you'd had a better side dish than this one.

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          28.02.2011 15:45
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          A great addition to a meal at a tiny price.

          I bought this garlic baguette a couple of weeks back as an addition to dinner of pizza and salad for myself and my son.

          At only 34p I wasn't expecting much. I normally buy the slices but thought I'd take a shot at this as I've found the basic range to be just as good if not better sometimes.

          It comes in the basic smartprice packaging, white and green sort of plastic wrapper with Garlic Baguette written on the front.

          On unwrapping the garlic butter is quite strong as with any other brand I have purchased. It's cooked from frozen in 15-17minutes. As I use a halogen oven it was a bit less than this around 10-15minutes I would say.

          It is already half sliced for the butter to be applied so easy to just cut through the remainder of the bread.

          I was quite suprised at how it tasted. Crunchy on the outside but soft and light on the inside. The butter had soaked through and gave it a lovely if a little strong flavour not at all bland.

          It was swiftly eaten and I would definately buy it again in the future, bargain for such a tiny price with no compromise on flavour.

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          16.07.2010 15:57

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          Amazing value, nothing better at this price point.

          First of all, I would like to commend ASDA for the best feature of this product - the price. At just 40 pence, I found this to be an absolute bargain, particularly when you consider that this should easily feed two adults as an accompaniment to a main meal and a lot more if incorporated into a larger spread.

          But how does it compare with more expensive brands in terms of taste and texture? Well, as it turns out, not too bad. The smartprice baguette, when baked, had a pleasantly crunchy texture on the outside with a soft, doughy centre. The texture was as good as many other more expensive brands, if not better, but fell short when compared to premium garlic breads, which had a crispier, lighter outside texture and a richer tasting dough.

          The garlic butter inside the bread was of an adequate flavour, with a decent amount of garlic. Again, the flavour was easily outstripped by more expensive brands, but the flavour on display here far outstripped its price point.

          Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone on a tight budget who doesn't want to sacrifice too much in terms of taste.

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          24.05.2010 15:35
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          A decent enough garlic baguette

          I fancied some garlic bread on Saturday night to go with some pizza but I'd already been to Iceland that day, where I usually get my garlic bread from, so Asda was the only place to buy some. I just went for the cheapest option which was the Smart Price one, and at only 40p for a baguette, I didn't mind too much if it wasn't very nice.

          The baguette is long and fairly thin and is already sort of sliced into about 7 or 8 pieces so it's easy to cut up and serve once cooked. It only takes around 15-20 minutes to cook in the oven, as the baguette is already part-baked.

          The outer crust of the baguette goes a lovely golden brown colour and is nice and crispy once cooked but the inside is still lovely and soft. The centre is sprinkled with garlic and parsley spread which gives it a mild garlic flavour, although it's probably a little dry and could do with a bit more spread, but other than that it's perfectly good. The amount of garlic isn't too much at all so it's not too strong but for those who like it quite flavoursome, it isn't very garlicky.

          This isn't as nice as the Iceland ones which are a lot softer and much more buttery inside, however I did think it was nicer than the Asda good for you garlic baguette, which is more expensive but drier. The Iceland ones are hardly a few pennies more too so I'll still be sticking to those ones but, if I ever forget to get one from Iceland or need one last minute and Asda is my only option, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

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          24.04.2010 13:48
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          NOT ONE I WILL BE BUYING AGAIN

          Asda like other supermarkets, have a basic product range called Smart Price. In a bit to reduce my food bill, I have been switching to a few cheaper brands.

          *Product*

          Here we have the Smart Price Garlic Baguette which Asda describe as being *part baked white baguette filled with garlic and parsley spread* You can buy these in the frozen or fresh types.

          *Packaging*

          Like all other Smart Price products, the packaging is basic. You will recognise this but the white and green plastic packet. The front has the Asda logo, product name, a picture of garlic and the best before date. Flip it over and there is the ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional informations, cooking guidelines, storage and Asda contact details.

          *The Garlic Baguette*

          Once you remove the baguette from the packet, you find a pretty standard and good sized baguette. The garlic and parsley filling is noticable as it leaks over the side. You get 9 pieces of garlic bread.

          *Cooking*

          The one I have bought was frozen.

          Remove packaging
          Place baguette on a tray in the middle of oven at 200C/400F/Gasmark 6 for 17-20mins.

          *Ingredients and Allergy Advice*

          Wheat Flour , Water , Rapeseed and Palm Oil , Garlic Purée (1.4%) , Salt , Yeast , Onion Powder , Dried Wheat Protein , Emulsifiers (Mono and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids , Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids) , Fatty Acids) , Malt Flour (Barley) , Parsley , Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid) , Natural Butter Flavouring , Colour (Carotenes) .

          Contains wheat and gluten. May contain traces of nuts/seeds.

          Suitable for vegetarians.

          *Nutrition*

          1/4 of the baguette contains

          121kcal
          1.4g sugar
          0.8g fat
          0.4g salt equivalent

          *Contact Asda*

          Not happy? Asda will refund and exchange.

          Asda Stores Ltd
          Leeds
          LS11 5AD

          *Price and Availability*

          Asda exclusive! Available in fresh or frozen 170g 40p!

          *My Opinion*

          Normally I will buy Asda normal brand garlic bread, but finance mean we have been cutting back. I picked this up for 40p and planned on having it with pasta and meatballs. Hubby looked a bit wary when I took it out the freezer..

          Like the packaging, basic yet gives me all the info I need and it fits nicely in a wee corner of my freezer for when I need to use it. When I took it out the packet, it looked like any other branded garlic baguette so I was happy with that. I popped it in the oven and unlike other brands I have tried, this didn't omit any garlic smells. In a way this is good as it means my house isn't stinking of it for hours on end but it did make me question if it would be nice?

          After about 16mins, I took it out. It had turned a nice golden brown and for once, I managed not to burn it! Still no garlic aroma..hmmm on to the taste test I think! I sat down with my pasta and meat balls with a side portion of this..hubby had the other half. Although there looked like a nice portion of filling before the baguette was cooked, it only accumulated for a small middle part once cooked. The outer was very hard and rather crispy to bite into and the bread inside was quite dry. The garlic and parsley filling was barely recognisable in taste or appearance except for a few specks of green!

          The ultimate good garlic bread factor for me is disgustingly..if I rift and hour later, can I smell it. I know that sounds awful but that way I know I have had a really good garlic portion! 5minutes after eating this, no taste or aroma what so ever!

          I wasn't very pleased with this but for 40p what do you expect? Think I will stick to my more garlicky brands from now on!


          Thanks for reading!

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            22.04.2010 13:28
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            Yummy yum yum!

            Both me and my mate who I am staying with at the moment like a lot of pasta and pizza dishes and of course no meal is complete with garlic bread! I usually opt to buy something a bit more expensive than this fearing that something this cheap will spoil an otherwise nice meal however the other week was the first time I purchased this and since then we've had a few of them! These can by the way be purchased in the refrigerator section or freezer section of Asda so you have a choice!

            The Packaging:

            Long white and bright green plastic wrapper. On the front of the packet I am told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Garlic Baguette 'Part-Baked Baguette Filled With Garlic And Parsley Spread' and I am also told that of course it is freezable, suitable for Vegetarians, that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives or hydrogenated fat and the best before date is clearly displayed too. Other information listed on the back of the packet includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, storage details and a full nutritional chart is stated as are cooking instructions and contact details for Asda being given. It's a cheap looking but informative packet.

            The Baguette Itself:

            What you get is one French stick of bread with slices to the top of it and you can see the creamy and green looking spread on each slice. To cook this is really very simple indeed. You can either cook it form chilled and in the oven for about 10-12 minutes or from frozen it takes about 14-16 minutes (I've done both these methods and both are as equally good as each-other).

            When you take the baguette out of the oven it should be sort of hard to the touch, smell slightly of garlic and be golden in colour. It isn't a small baguette with about 8 slices to it (give or take a couple, I've never sat counting them lol).

            Taste wise both me and my mate love these. The bread is soft and moist on the inside due to the generous helping of buttery topping, the bread is easy to tear, well seasoned and slightly crispy on the outside.

            These offer excellent value for money and they are really easy to heat through and enjoy. I see these as a perfect meal accompaniment. Not too overwhelming on garlic but distinctive in flavour however I can't detect the parsley on these but for me that's a mighty good thing as I'm not mad keen on parsley anyway!

            Very nice Asda I'm impressed for sure!

            Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Baguette:

            Energy: 144kcal
            Protein: 3.6g
            Carbohydrate: 18.7g
            of which sugars: 1.7g
            Fat: 6.1g
            of which saturates: 1.7g
            Fibre: 1.2g
            Sodium: 0.15g
            equivalent as Salt: 0.4g

            Only available in Asda stores costing 40p per baguette.

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              12.04.2010 21:04
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              I can't eat any pasta dish without garlic bread on the side, lasagne, spag bol, ravioli etc.. are just not the same without a slice or two!

              In most shops, to buy a frozen garlic baguette you should expect to pay around £1, Asda offer their smart price variety for only 40p! For this you get a 170g baguette, sliced and filled with garlic butter. You will find this in the freezer section and usually doesn't have as much frontage as other breads, so be careful not to miss it.

              The packaging is fairly plain, the standard white plastic with a green stripe and a green garlic clove printed on, the packet says this is a "part baked baguette filled with garlic butter" On the back of the packet is the cooking instructions and nutritional information.

              This product can eiter cooked from chilled or from frozen. To cook from chilled, remove all packaging and place on a baking tray, cook in a oven at 200 degrees for 10-12mins. To cook it from frozen just increase the cooking time to 14-16mins. If I am ever in a rush I jus put the oven to full heat and it will cook from frozen in ten mins without a problem.

              When you remove the baguette from the packaging, it doesn't look any different to the more expensive varierties, there are around 10 thick slices, you can see traces of the butter in the cracks, but as we always cook from frozen thats about all you can see.

              When it is cooking you can smell the garlic, and looking in the oven you can see the crust turning a nice golden brown colour, you know when it is ready to eat when you give it a squeeze and butter comes out of the slices.

              When it comes to eating this, I have always found there to be plenty of butter on each slice, with a good strong garlic taste, you can see some added chives which also make it look better too.

              For 40p, you can't go wrong with this product, definitely worth a try, and less than half the price of others!

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                21.03.2010 19:26
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                Perfect to have with your pasta meal

                I absolutely love pasta and one thing I love to eat with my pasta is garlic bread! Asda has a multitude of garlic breads available and I have tried a fair few of them depending on what's on offer. Seeing that they do a Smartprice garlic bread I was a little dubious at whether it would actually have any taste of garlic to it at all, and maybe it would just taste like a plain baguette. However for only 40p for a 170g baguette it was worth trying and I am really pleased that I did.

                There are only 2 of us in our household so this is the perfect size baguette, although it would feed 3 people but no more than that. Obviously with 2 of us we get half each which is more than enough garlic bread for most people! Another good thing is that this baguette can be heated from chilled or frozen and takes about 10 minutes from chilled, 14 minutes from frozen.

                For a 40p product you might not expect too much but I really like this garlic bread. It's nothing fancy but exactly what it says on the packet and I think there is just the right amount of garlic for my taste buds. Maybe for those of you who like something much stronger, you would be disappointed but this is just right for me. I certainly wouldn't buy the other garlic bread that is available for £1+ as I find them rather disappointing in comparison. I even enjoy this garlic bread by itself and have eaten it for my lunch on quite a few occasions.

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                  24.02.2010 17:26
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                  Would recommened a cooking time of 15 mins rather then the 17 to 20 mins specified.

                  I always buy this garlic bread, at 40p you cant go wrong. I am becoming a huge fan of the Asda smart price range.

                  The packaging is like all the other smart price range products, white wrapper with a green strip and green writing. It also has a green clove of garlic on the front.

                  The garlic bread weights 170g and is a white baguette with garlic and parsley butter. It is 121kcal per 1/4 of the baguette and 30g of fat. It contains wheat and gluten and is not sutable for people with nut alergies.

                  According to the cooking instructions you only need to place it in a pre -heated oven on the middle shelf, on 200*C / 400*F for 17 to 20 minutes. I find that the garlic bread is ready within 15 mins. Any longer and the bread is too hard.

                  It tastes great and you would have no idea that it was a cheap frozen garlic bread, you can get away with saying that you made it yourself. With the rustic look of the garlic butter on top no one would spot the difference. The bread is soft on the inside and goes a nice golden colour when baked. If cooked for 15 mins then it is crusty with out being to hard on the outside, but i would recomened that you only cook it for 15 minutes. As long as it is pipping hot all the way through.

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                  07.02.2010 20:45
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                  Nice and tasty side dish.

                  Now and again I do like to make my own garlic bread, but when I find I have no time, I often pull one of these out of my freezer. They are a great little stand by to bulk out any meal you may feel needs garlic bread.

                  One baguette costs about 40 pence or so and can feed three quite comfortably. I would say they average about eight slices per baguette, so for a larger family I would suggest you buy the twin baguette for 80 pence.

                  It cooks on 180 degrees for twelve minutes. Make sure you do turn the oven on to pre-heat as I have made that mistake and foung that the garlic butter had not melted in the middle.

                  The packaging for this baguette is nothing to make a song and dance about. Very, very basic and definitley not pleasing asthetically. It is usually white with the smartpice lettering on the bag.

                  The taste of this bread is actually pretty nice. It does taste garlicky and they have even included a smattering of herbs.....oregano. If I had to rate it I would give it a 6/10 as the price is more than reasonable and the taste is pretty spot on.

                  It makes a great, economical side dish.

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                  06.02.2010 23:44
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                  Wicked Garlic Bread For 40p!

                  I'm babysitting for my 2 little sisters tonight and we had a pizza night making our own pizzas with some bases I brought in Asda today. I even took them both shopping with me so they could pick what they wanted to put on their pizza and we've had a right laugh.

                  I got some garlic bread and fries as well to make it like the little kids meals they get in Pizza Hut, this Smart Price garlic bread is wicked and we all enjoyed it big time.

                  It comes as a baguette and you have to cook it for about 15 mins, that was perfect actually because the fries I got were 15 mins as well and that was about the time it would take me to cook the pizzas and slice them up.

                  They cook nice and were golden brown all over the baguette, the smell is quite strong but not as strong as the garlic bread from Pizza Hut and places like that. They don't slice that good and you have to sort of rip the bottom of each slice, I reckon that's because the cuts aren't deep enough in them because I know my knife was deffo sharp enough to cope with it! lol

                  The bread is lovely and soft with a mega crunchy crust. I think the crust is a bit TOO crunchy especially at the ends but it's not that hard that you'd can't bite through it so it's ok.

                  It's got a strong garlic flavour but it's not majorly hot like some garlic bread, it's got parsley mixed in with it as well so that might be what takes it off a bit. The garlic is quite greasy and the butter is spread thicker than I've had it before, it had melted nice though and when I left it in the kitchen to take the pizzas through it soaked into the bread so it wasn't like biting on big warm chunks of butter after all! lol

                  I think this garlic bread is wicked for 40p and my sisters enjoyed it as well. Actually my sister told me we've had it before because my mum's brought it and I've had some, I hadn't noticed so it shows this deffo doesn't taste like a cheap garlic bread!

                  Recommended.... with your own made pizzas for a cheap fun night in!

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