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Product Review and Recipe: FoMu Ice Cream

8 Jun

FoMu Premium Alternative Ice CreamOne thing I love about the vegan lifestyle is that many of those involved are committed to the environment, and the folks at FoMu are no exception. Specializing in premium alternative ice cream, the company’s ingredients come from local sources, their disposables and packaging are compostable or recyclable, and their stores are built from recycled materials (source).

Based out of Watertown, MA, FoMu (short for “faux moo”) started making and selling their gourmet ice cream in 2011. FoMu’s products are 100% plant-based and certified kosher, using organic ingredients whenever possible, and sweetened with agave nectar and unrefined cane sugar. Not only are their ice creams, toppings and inclusions made from scratch, most of their ice creams are coconut-based, some of which are free from gluten and nuts.

Upon first glance at their list of ice creams, my interest in FoMu was piqued when I noticed flavors such as Avocado and Bourbon Maple Walnut. Alcohol in ice cream? Yes, please! Should you not be the adventurous type when it comes to ice cream, have no fear, among their current selection of 21 flavors, FoMu offers classics such as Mint Chip, Strawberry and Vanilla Bean.

If you don’t live on the east coast, this will come as great news to you: FoMu ships their ice cream to nearly anywhere in the Contiguous United States! With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to enjoy some of this sweet, creamy goodness.

FoMu Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Banoffee Pie
The word I would use to describe this ice cream is magical. FoMu’s Banoffee Pie is a banana and toffee ice cream studded with dark chocolate chips and graham crackers. Basically it is a pie turned into ice cream. Clever! The various inclusions in this ice cream go very well together, with each bite giving you different flavors to enjoy. Banoffee Pie is perfect for anyone, especially the kids.

FoMu Cake + Batter Ice Cream Cake and Batter
Tied for first place as my favorite FoMu ice cream, Cake and Batter is vanilla cake batter ice cream with chunks of homemade cake. I find this particular flavor to be refreshingly sweet, and the chunks of chocolate cake bring it to the next level. This is one of those ice creams that someone could easily eat a whole pint of if left to their own devices. It’s sinfully delicious!

FoMu Dark & Stormy Ice Cream Dark and Stormy
The most creative and mature ice cream of the bunch, Dark and Stormy is fashioned after the popular cocktail, which features dark rum, ginger and a hint of lime. With a softer texture, this gluten-free ice cream is ready-to-eat right out of the freezer. Upon first bite, Dark and Stormy has a strong ginger flavor, which is a bit overpowering for my tastes; however, this ice cream is an excellent choice for those who like the spice. The ginger provides a very slight kick, which is accented by the rum undertones.

FoMu Salted Caramel Ice Cream Salted Caramel
I like salted caramel and am somewhat of a self-proclaimed caramel snob. There is a particular sweet to salty ratio that needs to be met in order for me to approve of it. When I tried FoMu’s Salted Caramel ice cream, I was very impressed! The salted caramel flavor is excellent and keeps me going back for spoonful after spoonful. One minor thing I noticed, however, is a slight burnt aftertaste. Depending on how you look at it, it can be a good thing as it adds an extra dimension of flavor. This gluten-free ice cream is tied for first place as my favorite of the bunch.

I’ve always enjoyed going against the norm by having breakfast for dinner, so why not have dessert for breakfast? Feeling adventurous, I wanted to try melting one of FoMu’s ice creams and using it in pancake batter…it worked! These pancakes are gluten-free (if you use a gluten-free ice cream) and can be flavored with any ice cream of your choosing.

Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Pancakes
Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Pancakes (pictured above)

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Pancakes
Yields 8 (5-6 inch) pancakes

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup sweet white sorghum flour
1/2 cup + 4 teaspoons gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup + 4 teaspoons potato starch
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
pinch salt

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup gluten-free FoMu ice cream, melted*
1 cup regular unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons canola oil

In a medium-size bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

Heat a non-stick frying pan or pancake griddle over medium heat. Pour approximately 1/3 cup batter into the pan.

Allow pancake to cook for 30-60 seconds, or until bubbles form and edges lose their gloss. Flip over and cook an additional 30-60 seconds on the other side. Remove and place on a paper towel-covered plate.

Repeat until all batter has been used. Allow to cool slightly before consuming.

*There are currently four FoMu ice cream flavors that are not gluten-free: Banoffee Pie, Chocolate Brownie, Cake and Batter, and Cookie Dough.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pancakes
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pancakes (pictured above)


NOTE: The products noted above were free samples provided by FoMu, which has no affiliation with Vegan Food Addict. The views and opinions expressed herein are solely that of Vegan Food Addict and do not necessarily reflect that of others.


Vegan-Friendly St. Louis

5 May

The city of St. Louis is perhaps best known for its famous Gateway Arch, located on the west bank of the Mississippi river. The monument was opened to the public in 1967 and has remained a popular tourist attraction ever since (source). During my visit to this beautiful city, I had the pleasure of visiting a few vegan-friendly establishments.

Pi Pizzeria

This popular pizzeria has three locations in St. Louis and offers various vegan items including deep dish and thin crust pizzas. Aside from your typical pizza toppings, Pi Pizzeria also offers Daiya vegan cheese and vegan Match Meat sausage. Pi’s traditional deep dish pizza is prepared with a buttered pan, so should you want a vegan deep dish pizza, the restaurant requests that you call at least 6 hours before you plan to eat there so that they can prepare a special crust just for you, sans butter.

With so many delicious toppings to choose from, we settled on Daiya cheese, Match sausage, wild mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic and fresh rosemary. With a thick cornmeal crust, delicious toppings and tasty chunky tomato sauce, this pizza is one you should not pass up.

If you are able to refrain from devouring a whole pizza, I recommend enjoying a couple of their vegan (and gluten-free) chocolate chip sandwich cookies. Who doesn’t love moist cookies with a delicious vanilla cream filling in between? To top it all off, we washed down this delicious fare with some local Schlafly beer. We left with our stomachs full and our hearts happy.

Deep Dish Pizza from Pi Pizzeria

Deep Dish Pizza from Pi Pizzeria

Local Harvest Café

Local Harvest Café came highly recommended by a friend, and after looking at their menus, I knew I had to go. Needless to say I was not disappointed! With two locations, we stopped by the Tower Grove restaurant for dinner one night. As an appetizer we split an order of the vegetable sushi and got to sample some house-made pickled apple, carrots and pineapple. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the pickled items, but found that their natural flavors were nicely accented with fresh dill and vinegar.

For our entrees we enjoyed the Baby Kale and Crispy Potatoes Salad, White Bean Soup, Sage and Parsley Polenta and the Vegan Mushroom Linguini. The salad was good and we loved the crispy potato topping, which provided a nice texture. The soup was deliciously creamy and hearty, but also crunchy thanks to the black pepper croutons on top. The polenta was drenched with roasted butternut squash stew and accompanied by sauteed tat soi (an Asian variety of bok choy or mustard), which had a very nice flavor to it. Finally, the linguini was served with porcini mushrooms, spinach, garlic, roasted pine nuts and fresh herbs, and covered with a nice, lightly-salted oil. Everything we tried was delicious.

Though the prices at Local Harvest are a little high, the food is very fresh and of high quality to match. From what I understand, Local Harvest takes part in a local CSA, where they obtain much of their produce.

White Bean Soup from Local Harvest Cafe

White Bean Soup from Local Harvest Cafe

Baby Kale & Crispy Potatoes Salad from Local Harvest Cafe

Baby Kale & Crispy Potatoes Salad from Local Harvest Cafe

Sage & Parsley Polenta from Local Harvest Cafe

Sage & Parsley Polenta from Local Harvest Cafe

Mushroom Linguini from Local Harvest Cafe

Mushroom Linguini from Local Harvest Cafe

After viewing Local Harvest’s brunch menu, we were quickly persuaded to visit the Downtown location for brunch a couple days later. After finding out that we are all vegan, our friendly waitress informed us about the vegan specials they had. We chose two of them: the Sloppy Joe Slinger and the Root Beer Float French Toast. Not knowing what a slinger was, we quickly found out that it is a potato hash covered in either chili or gravy. Local Harvest did an excellent job on the slinger as it tasted eerily similar to the Sloppy Joes I grew up with. Accompanied by a couple slices whole wheat bread, the Sloppy Joe Slinger was all you would need in a meal. The french toast was basically dessert for breakfast! Two thick-cut pieces of brioche flavored with root beer, smothered in chocolate syrup and then accompanied by two scoops of coconut ice cream, this breakfast was awesome! Though I could barely taste the root beer (if at all), it was a very memorable dish that I would recommend to others.

In addition to these two dishes, we also enjoyed some house-made coconut granola, potato hash, vegan sausage and a peanut butter banana smoothie. The granola and hash both had wonderful flavors, as did the sausage, however, it was more like a slice of bread (both in look and texture) than actual sausage. It wasn’t bad, however, it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. To top it all off, the peanut butter banana smoothie tasted mostly like banana and could have used a little more peanut butter, but it was lightly-sweetened however, which was refreshing!

Sloppy Joe Slinger from Local Harvest Cafe

Sloppy Joe Slinger from Local Harvest Cafe

Root Beer Float French Toast from Local Harvest Cafe

Root Beer Float French Toast from Local Harvest Cafe

Potato Hash & Coconut Granola from Local Harvest Cafe

Potato Hash & Coconut Granola from Local Harvest Cafe

Vegan Sausage from Local Harvest Cafe

Vegan Sausage from Local Harvest Cafe

Sweet Art

I had heard rave reviews about Sweet Art so we stopped by in between activities one day, and each of us ordered a Boston cream cupcake. A huge Boston cream pie fan, myself, these moist cupcakes had just the right amount of sweetness with a creamy vanilla center and chocolate topping. I could have easily devoured four of these in one sitting. AMAZING.

Aside from offering desserts, Sweet Art also offers brunch and lunch. We weren’t able to try their brunch this time around but we did enjoy some lunch on the following day. One of the nice things about Sweet Art is that they offer a 1/2 sandwich + salad or side deal for around $8. Wanting to try multiple things, we took advantage of this deal and settled on various combinations of their Mackin’ Cheese, Queen Kale Salad, Jewel and River Monster sandwiches. Sweet Art’s Mackin’ Cheese is rich and satisfying and full of greasy goodness. Since they offer Daiya on some of their sandwiches, I’m assuming the sauce is a Daiya mixture with nutritional yeast in addition to a couple other items. Tasty! The kale salad had chunks of sweet potato with steamed kale and a light dressing. Both sandwiches were also good. I especially liked the River Monster as it had panko-crusted seasoned fried tofu with a curry tartar sauce. I could eat that stuff by the spoon, it was so good. In addition, the sandwich also had organic mixed greens and agave-lime pickled red onions. The Jewel sandwich had caramelized onions, fresh herbs, local organic sunflower sprouts, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, Daiya cheese and their signature vegan magic spread on house-made hoagie.

Queen Kale Salad & Jewel Sandwich from Sweet Art

Queen Kale Salad & Jewel Sandwich from Sweet Art

Mackin' Cheese & River Monster Sandwich from Sweet Art

Mackin’ Cheese & River Monster Sandwich from Sweet Art

Since we enjoyed the Boston cream cupcakes so much the day prior, we purchased a brownie, cinnamon roll, carrot cake cupcake and strawberry lemonade cupcake to go. Yes, all vegan! These were all moist and absolutely delicious as well. The folks at Sweet Art sure know what they are doing!

Strawberry Lemonade & Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Sweet Art

Strawberry Lemonade & Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Sweet Art

Cinnamon Roll & Brownie from Sweet Art

Cinnamon Roll & Brownie from Sweet Art

Black Bear Bakery

Having heard that Black Bear Bakery has a great Saturday buffet-style brunch with lots of vegan options, we elected to try it out. Unfortunately, however, we were disappointed. Perhaps the bakery was having an off day, but the buffet was small and the only vegan options offered were tofu scramble, potatoes, steamed kale and fruit. Not exactly my definition of “lots” of options, but then again, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I have high standards.

In addition, I found the food to be a bit on the bland side. While this can be seen as a good thing (i.e. healthy), everything could have used just a dash of salt and pepper to liven it up and bring out the flavor. The tofu scramble had carrots, green onion and turnips with a few cubes of tofu, the potatoes were plain but nicely roasted, and the kale had what looked to be a little nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. Luckily there was a table at the end of the buffet with a handful of seasonings such as Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and nutritional yeast. After sprinkling some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos on most of my plate, I was happy to finish the rest of my food.

A nice added touch that the bakery provided was musical entertainment. A local folk-type band got their groove on while we all chowed down. We left Black Bear Bakery with a couple cinnamon raisin cookies and a crunchy carrot muffin. Both were actually very good and hearty.

Breakfast Plate from Black Bear Bakery

Breakfast Plate from Black Bear Bakery

I Scream Cakes
After an ice cream craving struck, we found I Scream Cakes, thanks to a friendly fellow vegan who waited on us at Pi. Located next door to Black Bear Bakery, I Scream offers 3-4 vegan coconut-based ice creams each day. Those featured when we stopped by were Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana, Strawberry and Tastes Like Purple. According to the gentleman behind the counter, purple tastes like tropical fruit and also describes the color of the ice cream. The flavors we tried were Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana and Strawberry. Both ice creams were nice and creamy, with the chocolate tasting primarily of, well, chocolate and banana. I felt that it needed more peanut butter as it was a little difficult to taste. The Strawberry ice cream was very fresh, and we could tell that I Scream used real strawberries to flavor this ice cream. Very good!

In addition to their frozen treats, this ice cream shop also sells local vegan baked goods such as cupcakes.

Schlafly Bottleworks
Schlafly is a popular St. Louis brewery offering guided beer tastings each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the neighboring town of Maplewood. According to Barnivore, all of Schlafly’s beers are vegan, yay!!! After being provided with a 5 or 6-ounce glass, then watching a short video about the brewery, we tasted four of Schlafly’s beers: Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Dry Hopped APA and Oatmeal Stout. There were baskets of pretzels to munch on in between beers, which helped somewhat clear our palates before proceeding with the next beer. My personal favorite was the Hefeweizen as it is a light, unfiltered wheat beer, similar to my beloved Blue Moon. For those of you who enjoy coffee, I recommend the Oatmeal Stout as it tasted like straight coffe and was a favorite among the group.

Vegan Milwaukee

10 Aug

Wisconsin, known as “America’s Dairyland” isn’t laden with all the dairy-filled cities you might expect. Cities like Milwaukee make Wisconsin a lovely vegan-friendly state to visit. Though it is most well-known for its beer and cheese, Milwaukee has an abundance of vegan options, and delicious ones at that! Though the following list is far from comprehensive, it highlights the handfull of vegan and vegan-friendly bakeries, restaurants and shops I stopped by on my last visit. There are so many more left to try! Should you visit Milwaukee, I highly recommend roaming the Bayview neighborhood as it is packed with lots of excellent places.

Corned Beef Style Seitan Reuben from County Clare

County Clare
Though this Irish restaurant isn’t even 100% vegetarian, I’m told that the head chef himself is a vegetarian, hence why County Clare has a separate menu just for vegetarians! Luckily this menu includes a handful of vegan options as well, which are clearly marked. Other items can be made vegan by omitting cheese and other animal products. Having wanted to eat like true Irishwomen, my sister and I ordered the Seitan Corned Beef and Cabbage, and the Corned Beef style Seitan Reuben. While I appreciate eating vegan Irish food, I must say that these two items were lacking in flavor. The only thing that helped was the prepared horseradish that was served on the side. Now if you have a sensitive tongue, I do not recommend horseradish as it will burn the heck out of your sinuses. Other than that, I would recommend getting one of the other vegan items on the menu as I’m hopeful that they are more enjoyable.

Riverwest Co-Op & Cafe
A cute co-op grocery store with attached cafe, Riverwest Co-Op  is not to be judged by its small size. While small, both cafe and grocery store are bursting with goodies sure to satisfy. The cafe boasts a 100% vegetarian menu with most, if not all, items veganizable (Is that a word? If not, I’m making it one). Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and smoothies, there is plenty to choose from. The Breakfast Biscuit (veganized) was delicious. With scrambled tofu, spinach, onion, tomato, soy sausage and vegan mayo on a buttery biscuit, it was an awesome start to my day. Their pancakes (with the option of adding chocolate chips, blueberries and other items), and granola and bananas are also delicious. Both pancakes and granola came studded with almonds which added an excellent crunch and added nutritional value. Having enjoyed our food so much, we returned again a couple of days later and ordered the Biscuits & Gravy (veganized) and French Toast. I can honestly say everything was delicious and left me wishing I could eat enough food for 5 people so that I could try everything. The next time I’m in Milwaukee, I’m planning on indulging in their sure-to-be fabulous lunch!

Classic Slice
This hip pizza joint has two locations in Milwaukee. Having heard about Classic Slice’s football-sized calzones, we had to indulge. Opting for vegan cheese, sausage and black olives as our filling, the calzone came out of the oven piping hot and smelling delicious. Though the width and height of the calzone was football-sized, the depth (or thickness if you want to call it that) wasn’t. I could’ve used a bit more filling as the calzone seemed to have a lot of air filling, but it was still decent! A couple of days later we tried the breadsticks (opting for whole wheat) with vegan cheese and pesto, and a lemon lavender cupcake filled with fresh lemon curd. I’ve got to say, the breadsticks were tasty and smelled amazing. Where else can you get vegan pesto breadsticks!? And the cupcake? Delectable. From what I understand, Classic Slice also sells homemade cinnamon rolls in the colder months.

Curry Tofu Wrap from The Eatery on Farwell

The Eatery on Farwell
A more upscale establishment with both indoor and outdoor seating, The Eatery on Farwell offers a few vegan selections, most of which are clearly noted on their menu. We began our meal with the Onion Strings (veganized). Basically sliced onion rings battered and fried, these puppies were delicious. It was nearly impossible to keep from shoveling the entire plate into my mouth. Delicious but regretfully not healthy. That’s what vacations are for though, right? For the entrees, we enjoyed the Portobello Linguini and Curry Tofu Wrap. The linguini came with sliced portobello, diced zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper and Japanese eggplant and was served with a side of basil toast. The sliced portobello tasted as though it was marinated in wine, which is a good thing, but it could have used a little more flavor, perhaps a pinch of salt or even some vegan buttery spread to kick it up. Perhaps what would have made it even better was adding a side of Field Roast Italian Sausage. Always a winner! The Curry Tofu Wrap is described on the menu as “Curry breaded tofu, dried cherries, granny smith apples, spring mix & a vegan ginger aioli wrapped in an herb tortilla”. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? It was refreshing with the mixture of sweet and savory flavors. A great dish to have in the summer months.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich from Babe's Ice Cream

Babe’s Ice Cream and Dessert
Offering a nice variety of vegan options, Babe’s Ice Cream carries multiple flavors of soy ice cream, in addition to shakes and vegan ice cream sandwiches. They even sell made-to-order vegan ice cream cakes! I want one….now. Unfortunately I only had the pleasure of trying an ice cream sandwich, and as you can see from the photo at right, it was a handful and quite delicious!

Cold Spoons Sorbetto from Cold Spoons

Cold Spoons
With an entire case filled with delicious vegan sorbetto, Cold Spoons did not disappoint. Lucky for us, we happened to stop by on Upgrade Tuesday, meaning we enjoyed large sorbettos for the price of mediums! The flavors being offered that day were avocado, blackberry, black plum, cantaloupe, coconut, cucumber mint, green apple, pear, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pomegranate and prickly pear melon. After trying nearly half of the flavors (avocado is surprisingly good), between the two of us, we decided on black plum, cantaloupe, cucumber mint and pineapple. The great thing about this place is that you can choose up to three flavors which are squeezed into a little cup. This place is so awesome on a hot day, or just any day you need something sweet and refreshing. Highly recommended if you’re craving that sweet, creamy treat!

Started by the same folks whom own Comet Café, Palomino, and various other establishments, Honeypie is a must for vegan cupcakes. If you enjoy big, beautiful, super sweet cupcakes, you’ll dig these! Baking different flavors every day, we enjoyed their chai, pistachio and red velvet flavors. Honeypie also sells breakfast, lunch and dinner. Though not all their offerings are vegan, those which are, are clearly marked. During our Milwaukee visit, we only had time to eat at Honeypie once, and, being that I am such a big breakfast fan, that is what meal we enjoyed. We chose the Breakfast Burrito (veganized) and Two Eggs Any Way (veganized). The burrito came chock full of tofu, roasted corn and bell pepper relish, black beans and poblano salsa. The Two Eggs Any Way were modified by using scrambled tofu with the addition of various veggies and served with breakfast potatoes and toast. Not too shabby although honestly I felt the food could use a little more flavor.

Centro Cafe
This intimate, dinner-only establishment is a must if you want to enjoy a nice, intimate Italian meal. Centro Cafe is a popular place so it is recommended that you get there early as they do not accept reservations. To start off, we had Centro’s Trio Spreads, featuring Bruschetta, White Bean Dip and Tapenade, and served with grilled bread and crackers. The appetizer was fresh and delicious. For dinner we chose the Capellini al Pomodoro and Vegan Meatball sandwich. The capellini, tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil was refreshing and boasted a fresh, healthy flavor…something you feel satisfied eating, and without the guilt. It had a nice, natural flavor to it. I enjoyed the sandwich even more as I was pleasantly surprised by their homemade vegan meatballs. Described on the menu as having tofu mixed in, I was a little hesitant to order the sandwich at first, as usually, meat and dairy-based restaurants often have not mastered the art of tofu. Needless to say I’m glad I ordered the sandwich! Also included in these meatballs are mushrooms, onion, carrots, vegetable protein and herbs and spices. The meatballs are then topped with marinara and served on a baguette. YUM. Highly recommended!

Doughnuts from Larsen Bakery

Larsen’s Bakery (Racine, WI)
A 45-minute drive from Milwaukee sits Larsen’s Bakery, known for its Danish kringle. Lucky for us, the bakery makes not only vegan kringle but vegan doughnuts as well, and if you call and order ahead, you’ll have fresh, delicious goodies ready to devour within a day or two. At the time of my order, Larsen’s had a few doughnut options to choose from: chocolate iced, vanilla iced,  jelly-filled, boston creme and long john. Needless to say I ordered a couple of each (begrudgingly I shared), and let me tell you, these are some of the best vegan doughnuts I’ve had. Now if only Larsen’s would create even more flavors for us to enjoy. *cough* apple fritters! *cough* Their vegan kringle is also delicious, tasting almost exactly like the animal-based version I grew up on, with flavors like almond, pecan, cherry, apricot, apple, raspberry and cranberry nut. I’m no stranger to this and get it every time I am in Milwaukee!

Health Hut (West Allis, WI)
Just a short 15-minute drive away from Milwaukee sits one of Health Hut’s three locations. Having visited the West Allis location, I was pleasantly surprised at what a nice variety of food and household items the store carried. Nowhere else have I found treeless paper towels and toilet paper! Very cool. Health Hut also has a great variety of dried bulk food items, frozen and packaged foods, pet food and various household items. I don’t recall seeing any fresh produce but who cares! This store was great! I recommend this store if you want to find some unique items.

Outpost Natural Foods
Don’t want to drive to Racine to stock up on Larsen’s vegan kringle? Go to Outpost! They have Larsen’s kringle in stock, just waiting for you to devour. With four locations (one in Wauwatosa), Outpost is the place to go for groceries. Though not a 100% vegan establishment, the store still has so much to offer including groceries and household items, as well as a little deli area where they can whip up some delicious vegan goodies, fresh for the taking. I highly recommend Outpost. This is a store I frequent any time I am in Milwaukee.

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