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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Thursday September 26
8 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, September 26, 2013 www.times.co.nz Mon Bichon – c’est bon! Local foodies on the prowl for delicious French fare need look no further than Farm Cove for a taste of Paris. The popular cafe and deli has embraced gorgeous spring avours through its mouth- watering array of cabinet food, take home gourmet meals, as well as freshly made to order breakfast and lunch fare. Everything is made on-site by owner and former Parisian Florent Treal who gained his culinary skills in the romantic city before settling in New Zealand and marrying his wife, Lei Li. Together, the pair has created a charming neighbourhood scene a la French provencal serving superb co ee and delightful pastries such as tarte tatin, macarons, as well as savoury and sweet gluten-free mu ns. And for breakfast or brunch any day of the week, Mon Bichon hits the mark with scrumptious poelee de champignons(herbed mushrooms) and mini breakfast stacks. Time-pressed workers can dine like kings and queens with the cafe's range of take home meals including warm, hearty fare such as French beef stews, wholesome pies and curry, as well as a healthy dose of vegetarian options. For a taste of French air, call into: Mon Bichon 190 Fisher Parade, Farm Cove (next to Blossom Floral House) Ph 576 8840. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm. www.monbichon.co.nz 123424a FARM COVE 123460-V2 Bonjour et Bienvenue French style Full day Breakfast Tasty homemade counter food Variety of pre- cooked meals Ph: 576 8840 Shop 6, 190 Fisher Parade Farm Cove 123424 $6.50 coffee & scone combo 190 Fisher Parade, Pakuranga Farm Cove Superette Ph 576 1261 Blossom Floral House Ph 577 4040 La Cova Hair Design Ph 576 5714 Casa Tua Restaurant Ph 576 3739 Mon Bichon Ph 576 8840 Farm Cove Liquor Ph 576 0990 Farm Cove Takeaways Ph 576 6612 Crumbs Continental Bakery Ph 576 5244 Fisher Parade Butley Drive GlenmoreRd Fratley Ave Lilian Pl THE second annual Moon Cake Festival gives people of dif- ferent cultures an excuse to share in the universal enjoyment of food. Organised by the Botany Chari- table Trust and publicly funded by the Howick Local Board, the free event is dished up in two courses this Saturday. The festival was frst held in East Auckland in 2012, spearheaded by the local board’s ethnic affairs portfolio holder, Wayne Huang. It runs from 1-3pm at Botany Town Centre before moving to Pakuranga Plaza to continue from 4-5.30pm. People can try some delicious moon cakes, check out a lion dance performance from Peter Low’s talented E-Pacs team and a visit- ing squad from Christchurch, as well as a variety of multicultural entertainment. Trust member Peter Woodcock is helping to organise the festival and says featuring also are martial arts demonstrations and a show by a Korean drumming group. “The whole thing will be very colourful,” Mr Woodcock told the Times. “Peter Low’s lion dancers are very well-known right around Auckland. “In the last half-hour of their performance they let children climb inside their costumes to see what they’re like. “The idea for this event is to educate the wider Kiwi commu- nity as to what it’s all about and give an idea of its importance to Asian people.” Moon cake festivals were frst celebrated in Asia more than 3000 years ago. It’s traditionally a family occa- sion to celebrate the pre-winter food harvest by sharing a feast and eating moon cakes. Moon cakes can be spicy, sweet or salty, or a combination of the three. They’re usually about 10-centi- metres in diameter and can be flled with bean or lotus seed paste. Moon cakes also often contain hard duck egg yolks, meat, sesame or chocolate. The Moon Cake Festival is this Saturday from 1-3pm at Botany Town Centre and 4-5.30pm at Pakuranga Plaza. It’s free to watch. By MARIANNE KELLY STELLA Robson was two when her parents suddenly discovered her hearing was impaired. Now, at the age of four- and-a-half, she’s reaping the beneft of sophisticated technology. With the use of an FM Listening System, her teachers at The Chil- dren’s Corner, Howick, can transmit their voice into Stella’s hearing aids. She along with her littlie counterparts were quick to don “loud shirts” last Friday to help raise funds for The Hearing House, a charity for deaf children and their families, and the Southern Cochlear Implant paediat- ric programme. They col- lected $123. The technology doesn’t come cheap. Stella’s hear- ing aids cost $8000, says her mum Vanessa Robson, all funded by Government grants. “Stella has been very lucky,” Mrs Robson says. “She’s had massive support from a Ministry of Educa- tion adviser, an audiologist who does hearing tests and a speech therapist.” She also gets the services of Colleen Figgins, resource teacher for Howick and Pakuranga for the Kelston Deaf Education Centre. It provides education programmes and services to deaf and hearing-impaired students throughout the northern half of the North Island. “We didn’t fnd out that she [Stella] was deaf until she was two,” Mrs Robson says. “So she missed out on a lot. But over the past two- and-a-half years she’s learnt how to communicate and to talk using words.” Food unites communities Kids raise funds for hearing aids LEARNING TO TALK: Stella Robson, centre, is flanked by her mum Vanessa Robson, left, and her teacher aid Colleen Figgins. Times photo Wayne Martin P ingredients left in reserve By CHRIS HARROWELL POLICE are working to identify the person who left a potentially dangerous cocktail of substances at a public park. Inspector Wendy Spiller, Counties Manukau East Police’s prevention manager, says a “decent amount” of chemicals was discovered inside a plastic bag at Point View Reserve, Dannemora, last Sunday. A member of the public found the bag on the ground beside a picnic table at the reserve at about 6pm. The public green space is accessed from Caldwells Road, off Point View Drive. Police and frefghters from the Otara station were called to the scene, due to the potential risk to public safety. “The items were taken away by the police’s drug squad for forensic examination,” Ms Spiller told the Times. “It looks as though the plastic bag contained chemicals used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine (P).” Inside the plastic bag were quantities of rock salt, gunpowder and methylene chemicals. Police suspect the bag may have been left in the reserve to be later picked up by another person. “It’s not the sort of thing you’d expect to fnd at any location, let alone Point View Reserve,” says Ms Spiller. “It’s quite an isolated area and you wouldn’t just come upon it if you happened to be around there. “It’s a concern for police that people are leaving something like this in a public area. It was acted on smartly by emergency services when reported.” Ms Spiller says the bag’s contents did not pose a health risk to nearby residents. People with information on the plastic bag containing chemicals found at about 6pm last Sunday at Point View Reserve in Caldwells Road, Dannemora, can phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off call line on 0800-555-111.
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