Bizarre, and that’s just Me!

Indulgence Burger

Indulgence Burger

I LOVE October. Possibly because it is the beginning of summer, maybe because it is my birthday month and very possibly because it is the month in which we find the American holiday of Halloween. Being a person who enjoys most things macabre like skulls, skeletons, vampires and the like means that Halloween is very special to my heart. Being the boss of Indulgence Café means I can take Halloween to an entirely new level. For us it isn’t going to be a one night stand, at Indulgence we are going the whole hog and celebrating Halloween alllllllllll month long. October is an action packed month with events from the 7th of October onwards and with no less than 5 Halloween themed events through the month! There is a little something lined up for everyone from books to beer to markets and with any luck Pieter Dirk Uys will be here as well! (He enjoyed it so much the first time he asked to come back! Who can blame him)

September was a quieter month than her relatives July and August and her big brother October will be. In fact September felt similar to waking up in the morning with sleep still in your eyes and not bouncing out of bed because you’re not entirely sure what the weather is like outside. A bit of a slow starter in other words. It is a good month to clean house and to start shaking off the shackles of winter without taking your eyes off the game because, hell, it can still snow after all. That’s September. And along came October who is taking no prisoners this and going full steam ahead! HELLO OCTOBER!

Lionel, The MAN, Bastos

Lionel, The MAN, Bastos

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The Lionel Bastos Dinner evening was superb with an awesome crowd of people, magical music with dare I say superb food! It is incredibly difficult to take pictures of Lionel because he doesn’t stand or sit still for a second but what a special man he is. Charming. Good looking. Humble. Just generally a really nice guy, the kind you want to take home to mum. And he can make the most beautiful music, the cherry on top!

A really super evening and so fabulous to see some old friends popping in to Indulgence Café and making a whole bunch of new ones! These musical evenings once a month really are a treat and if you haven’t been to one I really do recommend spending the evening with us sometime. Our September quiz evening was huge, huge fun with a couple of very rowdy teams shaking up the place but that is what it is all about and really great fun, definitely another evening worth spending at Indulgence café! See details below for the October quiz, it promises to be a little different. Did you spend Heritage Day with us? The lamb was deeeeeeeelicious and our rotisserie chickens are just superb and dare I take the liberty of saying, they are flying out the door

Heritage Day with James Hendry and a Lamb on the Spit

Heritage Day with James Hendry and a Lamb on the Spit

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One of our delicious Rotisserie Chickens

One of our delicious Rotisserie Chickens

October events:
7th Open nightly, Monday to Friday with a burger menu
11th live music
12th AuthorTalk with Lee Marcus
16th Horror and Fantasy Book festival #HalloweenEvents
20th Art exhibition by Mandi (scary in its own right but not a Halloween Event
23rd Quiz Dinner, horror themed #HalloweenEvents
25th Craft beer tasting by three skulls beer #HalloweenEvents
26th Twisted Market #HalloweenEvents
27th Pieter Dirk Uys breakfast
31st Halloween Themed burger dinner #HalloweenEvents

From the 7th………. Breaking News
I have already mentioned it before but let me give you a little more detail this time around. From Monday October 7th we will be open in the evenings for our fabulous burgers, sorry not for breakfast. Our extensive burger menu with 100% pure beef burgers, Chicken breast fillets and our home made vegetarian burgers will be available 5 nights a week, Monday to Friday to start with. Our burgers are phenomenal (or so people tell me) so I am looking forward to introducing them to you as well, if you have not as yet tried them. There is a wonderful variety with something for everyone, even those of you that don’t eat meat. We are sticking to a simple menu of burgers but we are also including the wonderful rotisserie chickens that we are cooking daily as a menu option. Bring the family down for a full chicken with chips and salad. As always great food and superb value

11th Live Music
We are hosting another music event with http://www.hitmusic on Friday evening going into dinner time. This isn’t our event so please have a look at their website for details and book your tickets though Jack! He is wonderful to deal with and I have no doubt he will look after you well. Always a good evening with them!

One Voice Live Music Event

One Voice Live Music Event

12th AuthorTalk with Lee Marcus
In last month’s newsletter I chatted about the Lee Marcus book and the event happening at Indulgence Café on the 12th of October. Lee Marcus is an incredibly fascinating, not so young individual, now in her 90’s, who wrote a book that I read and absolutely loved and I really cannot wait to sit and chat to her about her life and her book. Please join us, 2pm on the 12th of October. It is a Saturday afternoon. The event is no charge, just pay for what you eat or drink (drink lots please) and hear what she has to say!
This is our monthly AuthorTalk, please remember to bring along two books in good condition, that you would like to read, one to donate and one to swap. Please don’t see this as an opportunity to get rid of all the old junk scrap books that are lurking around under the bed. Other people want to read them and we collect these books for Animals in Distress which is an incredibly worthwhile organization.
For more information on the featured book and author please have a look at http://wp.me/pVdYg-f5 Basha, Baby blog post
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/505281102891910/
http://wp.me/pVdYg-f5 Basha, Baby blog post

Basha, Baby by Lee Marcus

Basha, Baby by Lee Marcus

16th October, Horror and Fantasy Festival #HalloweenEvents
Horror and Fantasy panel discussion with 3 local scary people, join Joan De La Haye, Monique Cheri Snyman and Dave De Burgh as they chat about the genres of Horror and Fantasy. The perfect event for those of you who, like me, enjoy reading about magic, dragons and the macabre. Event starts at 7pm. R100 gets you in the door and we will feed you one of our fabulous burgers for dinner. Fantasy, horror and reading material will be on sale as well! This promises to be a fun and incredibly entertaining evening!
We are asking you to dress up as well and come in costume to make it alllllllllllllll the more enjoyable. Who knows you may get to drink a liter of blood as a prize for the best dressed amongst you!
Read what Monique-Cherie Snyman had to say in her blog …… http://www.facebook.com/l/zAQEZlsFe/charmingincantations.com/blog/2013/09/upcoming-horror-author-event/

The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/516646521748020/

Horror and Fantasy Festival

Horror and Fantasy Festival

20th Art exhibition by Mandi, scary in its own right but not a Halloween Event
This is Me putting myself out there and at your mercy! For those of you who don’t already know this, I paint and I sculpt. My paintings vary in subject matter but for the most part my sculptures are studies of human beings. I, in some crazy moment of non drug induced delusion have decided to put myself out there and show this work to you! I hope that you will like it. The opening on Sunday the 20th is at Indulgence Café. There will be wine, there will be snacks, Keira Witherkay will be strumming some jazz in the background. Hope that you will pop in from 11am to 4pm.
The work will then be on display at Indulgence for another week before being delivered to its new owners. Come say hello and have a look, oh, and bring your credit card along hahahahahah

The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/579449252118848/

Pillars of Creation

Pillars of Creation

23rd Quiz Dinner, horror themed #HalloweenEvents
The monthly quiz dinner is starting to develop a momentum of its own now and is proving to be a whole bunch of fun. The October quiz dinner has a theme as well for a change. We are doing, strangely enough, Halloween and Horror! I know, I know, I know what you are thinking but I am putting my stamp on this quiz and that’s what the quiz is going to be about from sports to music to literature and entertainment! It is going to be fun and bloody terrifying, joke! Book your table today! Teams of 4 or less to qualify for the prize of 50% off the cost of your food. Be brave and come spend a very fun evening with us

Three Skulls Brew Works

Three Skulls Brew Works

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25th Craft beer tasting by three skulls beer #HalloweenEvents
BEER! BEER! BEER! Even craft beer is being roped into the Halloween theme for events in October with an evening of craft beer tasting with Three Skulls Beer and Jack Black Beer. Two local micro breweries that are doing fabulously well and building great names for themselves! The evening is R220 per head, includes a burger dinner and about 8 different beers from these two crafters to try. Jonathan of Three Skulls will talk you through each beer. The last craft beer event we had with The League of Beers really was huge fun and this one will undoubtedly be as well! Please book tickets for the event with http://www.hitmusic or email me lollipops@telkomsa.net

The Link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/515092265235077/

26th Twisted Market #HalloweenEvents
Every three months or so we have this very different market at Indulgence Café. It is a somewhat unusual market where one can buy things that are not found at your local Sunday flea market. Things that would make the author of 50 Shades of Grey blush and they are all to be found right here on Saturday 26th of October from 2-5pm. In the late afternoon we will also be having a surprise display between two young ladies so stick around for that ……………….if you dare!
As this is a Halloween themed event we invite you to dress the part so come dressed as a ghoul or a kink and you won’t look out of place amongst people who dress that way most of the time J We regret, no under 18’s are allowed
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/319679911512166/

The Twisted Market

The Twisted Market

27th Pieter Dirk Uys Breakfast
Pieter Dirk Uys was at Indulgence Café a little earlier this year ostensibly to chat about his new book, Panorama which we didn’t end up chatting about in the end as the printing was delayed. Anyway he is coming back for breakfast on the 27th of October which is a Sunday morning. This man is an entertainer extraordinaire and you really need to see him at least once in your life. Please join us for a light breakfast on Sunday the 27th of October, breakfast available from 9am. Pieter will talk from 10am and you can be on your way to lunch at your Mum-In-Law’s just in time
Book today either with me via email or http://www.hitmusic
Tickets are R120 per head and include a light breakfast. Books will be on sale on the day

The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1404504183110561/

Pieter Dirk Uys at Indulgence Cafe

Pieter Dirk Uys at Indulgence Cafe

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31st Halloween Dinner #HalloweenEvents
This is the night that the veil that shields the living from the macabre creatures of the night disappears and they walk amongst us; at Indulgence we call them waiting staff. It is Old Hallows Eve and you are invited to Indulgence’s Halloween Dinner. Dressing up is not optional. Book your table for a great Halloween burger dinner with all the trimmings. This is going t be a very busy night here so if you fancy giving yourself a treat then don’t trickle down to trickle down to Indulgence, run! Pay for what you eat and drink!

The link to the FB: http://www.facebook.com/events/158925560970917/

Thank you for spending this time with me today! I really hope that we will see you at Indulgence for some of our events. As you can see from the pics they are huge fun!
Until next time……..

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

Images of Indulgence Cafe

Images of Indulgence Cafe

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A Tale That Needs Telling

Basha, Baby by Lee Marcus

Basha, Baby by Lee Marcus

I am a reader, I am pretty sure that you have cottoned onto that fact about me by now with all my references to Bloody Book Week events, and authors coming to speak at Indulgence Cafe. I was introduced to my first books by an aunt who instilled in me my love of books from an very young age. She managed to instill a love of books that 12 years of schooling and English classes never, as hard as they tried, managed to destroy for me.
Granted when you are 12 years old you should not have been reading Judith Krantz’s Princess Daisy (1980)or Shirley Conran’s Lace, but I did and loved them and I am pretty sure they should have had age restrictions on them because I learned a couple of things a 12 year old really shouldn’t know. My early year books were things like Jeffery Archer’s Kane and Abel, Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Woman of Substance and an entire host of “Rags to Riches” tales and sagas that my young mind lapped up hungrily and without reserve.
Books created a door to a world without borders and a land of mystery and wonder and boy did I explore with abandon.
Then I discovered a whole new genre that I didn’t know existed, fantasy, and that was me done. Fantasy became and remains to this day my big love. The chance to travel into strange lands, meet fire breathing friendly dragons, witches beyond evil, wizards who save the world and creatures conjured out of sea water and mist is escapism pure and simple for me. I love the genre of fantasy books. They are the only books I keep, all the rest, the thrillers, the dramas, the action adventure books, become pass around to friends but my fantasy books I have learned not to lend out; you never get them back! That I learned the hard way.

With the advent of AuthorTalks at Indulgence Cafe I started to come into contact with authors and their publishers which began to open my reading world a little more. I was now being exposed to local talent, to genres that I had not read before, South African crime novels, chick lit, and non-fiction, like Tony Leon’s Accidental Ambassador. I developed ties to publicists at Jonathan Ball, Random House Struik and Penguin to name a few, I could now reach out and ask for authors because after years of plugging away, Indulgence Cafe was starting to earn recognition as a literary venue. I branched out from just reading the books and letting the authors stand in front and talk about their books to actually interviewing them and I started writing my own stuff, like this blog for instance.
I am giving you all this detail so that you will understand where I am going with this particular blog post; people have started approaching me to read their books and revue them. An interesting turn of events for me and I admit to having suffered through more than a few books until a customer walked in the door with an interesting tale to tell……………

Citizen X approached me with a book that was written by a little old lady. I thought to myself then and there, stop while you’re ahead, obviously he didn’t hear my thoughts because he persevered. He then presented me with a copy of this book written by this little old lady and told me to read it.One of only three copies printed and available in South Africa. Another one I thought, do I have to? I did! I loved it. Basha, Baby resonated with my core, I read it from cover to cover overnight and then I wanted to know more!

Who is Lee Marcus the author of Basha, Baby
Lee Marcus (nee Nathan) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 1922 and became an author soon afterwards. Her first manuscript was written on a very long piece of toilet paper, which in 1928 bore no resemblance to the layers of soft tissue used today. Her father was her earliest reader and critic, and asked if what she wrote was the truth or a fib. She indignantly told him it was a story. He said that if she was going to be a storyteller she must learn to spell properly, and he bought Lee her initial dictionary…………….
The story of the conception of her only published novel, Basha, Baby is as dramatic as everything else in her life. It has been 38 years in the making, as Lee stopped the process whenever work was plentiful and would begin again during slower times. She returned to the book in earnest the day after her first computer was set up, but her eyes were already beginning to fail her. She kept going until the macular generation completely blinded her, and then a few friends came to assist. The first two chapters of the now complete and punctuated novel were sent to a publisher, who asked for more.
At this point the computer files became corrupted and the first draft of Basha, Baby was lost for good. For all intents and purposes Lee Marcus’ novel was gone. She was heartbroken, and distraught. There were previous drafts but she didn’t have the energy to begin resurrecting the book again.
Another friend heard the story and offered to help.
And so, thanks to Lee’s prodigious memory, a file full of handwritten notes and some previous drafts, a new version of Basha, Baby was drafted.
And now Lee Marcus, ever the drama queen, has now had her first novel published in her 90th year.

The Press Release:
Throughout her life Basha fought to keep alive that small flame which lit her being. Whether in Toender in Denmark, St. Petersburg in Russia, London in England, Durban, Standerton or Johannesburg in South Africa, Basha’s life has been determined by others.
Sent as a child by her impoverished parents to a better life with an uncle in Russia, Basha battled to overcome her rage at being separated from her family, and especially her Zayde, her grandfather. Aided by her beloved sister, Eva, and Pavli, her greatest friend and the man she should have been allowed to marry, Basha employs all her wit, talent, imagination and humour to forge her life.
The shock of an arranged marriage to a weak and Victorian man, David Tannerberg, whom she scarcely knows, tests her mettle further, as does maintaining his business when he leaves London for Durban.
Five years later, Basha sells the business and takes the family to join David, who gives every appearance of having forgotten them, or wanting to do so. She discovers new joys and different heartaches but her compassion, generosity and strength never desert her in finding gratification and beauty in unexpected ways.

Praise for Basha, Baby
‘I found it absorbing … It’s the kind of tale of ancestry that so many dispersed families could tell, but Lee Marcus brings it to life with painful honesty and vivid dialogue.’ Arthur Goldstuck – author of seventeen books including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet, The Ghost That Closed Down The Town and five books on urban legends. He is a freelance writer for numerous publications, from Cosmopolitan to The Times of London and Billboard.
‘Lee Marcus has devoted a long and generous life to artistic expression – and to using her love of writing to help others express themselves. This story of human courage is the culmination of a career dedicated to story-telling in all its many forms.’ – Joanne Richards, author of The Innocence of Roast Chicken, Sad at the Edges, Touching the Lighthouse, My Brother’s Books.

Does my reading experience and exposure to books, authors and publishers qualify me to take the next step? I don’t know the answer to that question, however I sure hope it holds me in good stead because I have taken the liberty of becoming a “publisher” and in conjunction with Rebel-e Publishing have had 20 copies of Basha, Baby printed for sale to the public. I know 20 copies isn’t a huge step but I loved this book and I feel it does need a home on bookshelves everywhere, so I took the plunge.
This book spoke to my soul, I am sure that to a large degree it has to do with my being Jewish, Lee Marcus refers in the book the street where my own father was born in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. I loved this book so much that I need to share this experience with you!
Come and meet the lady who wrote this book that I loved reading so much, come spend the afternoon of the 12th of October with us and explore with me the tale behind the tale that needs telling……….

Lee Marcus will be at Indulgence Cafe on 12 Oct @ 2pm to tell her amazing tale
For bookings please email me on lollipops@telkomsa.net