From Here to Infinity

From Here to Infinity

From Here to Infinity

Happy 8th Birthday Indulgence Café!! I cannot believe it, can you?
It seems that the first 8 years have absolutely flown by as I have pushed, shoved and cajoled this little café to blossom into the beautiful swan that she is. It has been an amazing and at times heart stopping adventure, there were times, moments where I wondered if it was worth the effort. We have made it to 8 years and the future shines very brightly ahead with loads and loads of awesome and wonderful things lined up for the journey ahead.

Happy 8th Birthday Indulgence Café, From Here to Infinity.

Now that the mushy stuff is out the way we can begin to talk about the fun we had in January and dangle the carrot of what is to come in February……………….
Before we closed in December Hamilton Wende came to read to the kids from his new kids book, Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut, also a huge pleasure to listen to and the story is enchanting. There were about 20 kids who sat and listened enthralled, not to mention me as well!
Hamilton Wende reading to the kids in Dec 2013 from Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB8SzYd4IBY

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Hamilton Wende, Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut

Hamilton Wende, Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut

We closed for about ten days between Christmas and New Year, most of which I spend sleeping, eating, reading and socializing. Time that I thoroughly enjoyed! All too quickly the idyl was over and it was back to work with renewed vigor and energy, all ready to plunge headlong into some really wicked happenings at Indulgence Cafe and Lollipops Catering!

I watched the kids have fun and giggled just like one of them with the Wacky Wizard on the 10th of January, he was literally magic and the kids were lapping it up. What a treat. We will definitely do more events for kids during the school holidays. I didn’t realise before that there was such a crying need for kids entertainment or how much fun it is, so without a doubt there will be a kids program for the next holidays!
There is a brief video clip of the Wacky Wizard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-CU-LN8nnY

The Wacky Wizard doing his thing

The Wacky Wizard doing his thing

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The singing chiropractor, Mike Marinus was wonderful to both look at and hear sing and he started the New Year Musical Friday nights off for us. The crowd was nothing to write home about but the evening was delightful. He had me up and grabbing a partner to pretend I could waltz around the shop, next thing I will be pretending I can sing. Trust me, I cannot. Singing is a gift and Mike has it! We hope that he will be back soon.
Brief video clip of Mike Marinus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl_qXsFmP9g

Mike Marinus singing for his supper

Mike Marinus singing for his supper

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I had the luxury of an evening at the theatre with family and friends one Saturday night in mid-January and we saw the very enchanting 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks with Judy Ditchfield and Jose Domingos. In my somewhat simple fashion I have written a little review. This show is a real treat and really worth seeing A review of 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks http://wp.me/pVdYg-ju

Six Dance Lessons in six Weeks

Six Dance Lessons in six Weeks

Bruce Dennill at Indulgence Café:
Next to join us for a Musical Friday was Bruce Dennill, man of many talents. He sang and entertained us for the evening and included a rendition of Happy Birthday for horror author Joan De La Haye, who happened to be spending her birthdya evening with us!

Bruce Dennill and Joan De La Haye

Bruce Dennill and Joan De La Haye

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The first of our Monday Night Talks which was with Andrew Ross, @maddog_sa as some may know him. What a character he is, such energy and drive! A really impressive human being. I just hope that some of his glow has rubbed off on us and that we can really develop a following for these really amazing talks! The next one is on the 3rd of Feb with Roy Blumenthal, caricaturist and artist extraordinaire!

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

We have also introduced a monthly sports talk with Jon Gericke. The first one on the 27th, was pretty well supported. Jon had a riveting conversation with Neal Collins, the very outspoken football analyst! The next sports talk is on the 17th of Feb and the focus is on cycling. Jon will in conversation with Douglas Ryder, who is team principal for cycling team MTN – Qhubeka. Fascinating stuff!

Neal Collins bringing the point home with Jon Gericke

Neal Collins bringing the point home with Jon Gericke

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Our first author event was a double header with Author Charmaine Pauls, a gorgeous South African young woman who lives in Chile. her latest book, a romance novel about a Chilean winemaker promises to be the perfect Valentine’s read accompanied by some full bodied red wine! Coupled with this book talk was a Chilean wine tasting which was conducted by Rodney Hill. Casillero Del Diablo, the wine of the night was delicious. We loved the bubbly. It turns out that Chilean chardonnays are completely different to our local ones, so definitely good for shaking up the palate.

Charmaine Pauls and Rodney Hill

Charmaine Pauls and Rodney Hill

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We had some lovely evenings in January, but February my friends is an incredibly special month and is also jam packed to the gills! It is our birthday month and we are going to party. Plus we have very special plans to bring you a very romantic Valentine’s Dinner……………….read on 🙂

Coming up this month:
3rd Monday talk with Roy Blumenthal, visual Artist
5th Wednesday …………..”2 for one” burger special
7th Indulgence Café 8th birthday party
10th Beefing it up with Steve Maresch, Owner of Local Grill Up-market steakhouses
12th Quiz dinner
14th Valentine’s Dinner with live romantic music
17th Sports Talk….Jon Gericke in conversation with Douglas Ryder
19th Wednesday live jazz hosted by Etienne Shardlow
21st Live music Friday with Eden Michelle
22nd Jassy Mackenzie launches “Switch” with Animals in Distress
24th Monday talk with Nadav Ossendryver, Kruger Park Animal Spotting
26th Comedy Live, comedian to be confirmed still
28th Open Mic evening hosted by Keira Witherkay

As always thanks so much for coming on this journey with us! Keep watching this space
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

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