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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, November 27, 2014 — 37 The new summer dinner menu at the award-winning ‘BUCK- LANDS espresso lounge & restaurant’ is spectacular. And the breakfast and lunch menus continue to be top notch with some interesting and quirky BUCKLANDS twists on meals. For the third consecutive year BUCKLANDS has been awarded METRO Magazine’s recognition of ‘Best in Suburb’ for the Pen- insula and having introduced its new summer menu just last week, the rave reviews from cus- tomers continue. Many regulars have already been back to experience the entrée and mains specials, which are changed weekly at this small café with a huge reputation on the corner of Wharf Road and Hattaway Avenue, Bucklands Beach. “We really wanted to make our dinner service very special with a super new menu showcasing top notch, affordable cuisine,” says the owner-operator, Stephen Coates. Head chef, Daniel Ferris, is delighted with the response to the menu he has planned with the two other resident chefs. Daniel, who is a local like all the staff, had worked at the pres- tigious Meredith’s Restaurant in the city, renowned for its degus- tation meals. It is Daniel’s own degustation menus that have proved popu- lar at BUCKLANDS and when they come around, they are fully booked very quickly. “Our menu has a distinct Kiwi flavour using a broad range of fresh products and we source free-range and organic ingredi- ents whenever possible – espe- cially if they are available locally,” Stephen says. “Everything (except the bread supplied by Wild Wheat) is made on site with a fantastic selection of gluten-free and vegetarian options available.” The new evening dining menu also has some sensational meals on offer. Chef Daniel person- ally recommends the free-range chicken breast on sweetcorn puree with a 63°C poached egg and edamame beans. He explains that this meal is prepared with great technical skill including the “sous vide” method of preparing the chicken for incredible tenderness. The big favourite with cus- tomers currently is the pan fried market fish on leek and chive puree with tempura prawns and a tomato and olive salad. There really is something for every palate with the superb pre- sentation of meals really rivalling those on offer at the most expen- sive of establishments – and at incredibly good prices. Stephen set out to establish Bucklands as a neighbourhood local (think “Cheers”) with the ambience of a meeting place. He’s achieved that and the locals love the fact that Bucklands is both children and dog-friendly. During the day, the atmosphere at the café, like its beachside location, is wonderfully laidback and upbeat, creating that holiday feeling without the travel stress. What’s more, the coffee served by the smiling barista, Maui, is the Supreme Brand from Welling- ton and like everything at BUCK- LANDS it’s consistently supreme! Corner Wharf Rd & Hattaway Ave, Bucklands Beach. Ph 533 7810. Weekdays 7am-3pm, Weekends 7am-4pm, Evening dining Thursday to Saturday from 5.30pm. Bookings, phone 533 7810. Spectacular summer menu ADVERTORIAL 128301A For all ‘moms’ who need a night off, full of fun, laughter and memories, we have the perfect pre-Christmas tonic. Two years ago you laughed at our new mothers in ‘Momalogues’, now their babes have grown up a little and are ready to start the next big adventure: MOMALOGUES 2: OFF TO SCHOOL With members of our original cast Come and relive the magic: the snits, the ‘number 2s’, the sex talks, the tenderness and the nostalgia. HOWICK LITTLE THEATRE Bookings: 534 1406 or email: email@example.com FOR 3 NIGHTS ONLY: DEC 10, 11, 12 (Wed, Thurs, Fri) at 8pm Prices: $28 (Groups of 5 or more, $25) – includes post-show refreshments and meet the cast Anna Baird Laurien Barks Rebekah Bourhill Claire Buckley 128171 By CHRIS HARROWELL MORE than 200 dedicated dance students are prepar- ing to publicly tell the much- loved story of Mary Poppins with- out speaking a single word. The youngsters train at Justine de Kock’s Expressions Dance stu- dio in Reeves Road, Pakuranga. Mrs de Kock’s pupils are staging two public dance pro- ductions of their version of the family classic Mary Poppins. The shows, entitled Poppins, are at 2.30pm and 6pm this Sun- day, November 30, at the Voda- fone Events Centre in Manukau. “These performances follow the traditional story of Mary Pop- pins and tell the story completely through dance,” Mrs de Kock told the Times. “We’ve been rehearsing since last October and have about 250 students aged three-17 taking part. “They’ll be showcasing different styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary.” Poppins is set in London, England, in the early 1900s and explores the magical adventures of a fictional children’s nanny named Mary Poppins. A hit film version of the story was released in 1964, starting British actress Dame Julie Andrews in the title role. Mrs de Kock says audience mem- bers at the public dance shows this Sunday will easily be able to follow the storyline. “It also has a lot of characters, so there’s a chance for a large number of students to take on stage roles,” she says, of Poppins. “This show features penguins and chimney sweeps with different groups of students playing differ- ent parts. It’s a great opportunity for them all to publicly showcase what they have been learning. “They work on technique in class and this is their big chance to get on stage and perform for their families and friends. We stage one big public show annually and we really look forward to it all year.” Among the young dancers with key roles in the public production of Poppins are Farm Cove Interme- diate School pupils Hannah Mona- ghan and Samantha Pfiszter. They attend classes at Expres- sions Dance three times a week and are learning ballet, contempo- rary and jazz routines. Both have appeared on stage at the Vodafone Events Centre as part of Mrs de Kock’s dance studio’s previous public productions. “We enjoy dancing and demon- strating our talent,” says 12-year- old Samantha. “It’s also nice to show people what we’ve learned during the year, as well as what we are work- ing on now. “I’m very excited about it. I don’t usually get that nervous [before a public performance], as I think I’m used to it and enjoy it so much.” Expressions Dance students publicly stage performances of the production Poppins at 2.30pm and 6pm this Sunday, November 30, at the Vodafone Events Centre. Dancing shoes laced up FAMILY FAVOURITE: Among the Expressions Dance students ready to kick up their heels in two public stage productions of Poppins this Sunday are, from left, Melissa Bather, Alysha Hardey, Hannah Monaghan and Samantha Pfiszter. Times photo Wayne Martin Dining & Entertainment Music concerts offering variety PEOPLE have three more chances before the end of the year to enjoy a public music performance staged as part of the Thursdays @ Seven spring concert series. The showcases are held at 7pm each Thursday at All Saints Anglican Church in Howick and organised by husband and wife Peter and Katharine Watts. The next instalment features a public performance at the Selwyn Road church at 7pm tonight by the popular Viva Duo. The group is comprised of violinist Miranda Adams and pianist Tatiana Lanchtchikova. Adams is widely considered one of New Zealand’s leading violinists and is the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s assistant concertmaster. Viva Duo publicly presents a programme of orchestral and chamber music tonight including English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Taking to the stage at All Saints Anglican Church for a public music performance at 7pm next Thursday, December 4, is accomplished classical pianist Melanie Lina. Originally from the United States, she moved to New Zealand in 2010 and since then has established a name for herself as a top pianist and music teacher. Her popular piano music CD, entitled New View, was released in early 2013. At her Howick concert on December 4, Lina will deliver a programme of works including pieces by composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti, and George Gershwin. The Thursdays @ Seven spring series concludes with a public music concert at 7pm on December 11. Conductor Neil Guyan leads a showcase of traditional Christmas music and carols sung and played by the Pakuranga Evening Class Madrigal Choir, All Saints’ Choir, and special guest harpist Yi Jin. People who go along are more than welcome to open their vocal cords and join in the singing. Entry is by donation.
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