Oh My Aching Heart, Gareth Patterson

Gareth Patterson's  My Lion's Heart

Gareth Patterson’s
My Lion’s Heart

As I read the final page of this book, I remembered why I read fantasy and fiction novels most of the time; they provide an escape from the hardships of life in general. They create doorways to worlds that don’t exist, they open your imagination to lands of mystical beasts and magic, to wondrous creatures and they pretty much always end happily. One cannot say the same for reading life stories and autobiographies, not all are pretty and not all end happily and some just leave you shaken and stirred, sans the olive.

Gareth Patterson’s autobiography, although being steeped in the harsh reality of life in the African bush does not fail to evoke the images of lands of mystical beasts and magic and wondrous creatures, which is all the more heartbreaking for it’s sad reality. I spent many pages of the book with tears running down my face. Maybe I am just a really sensitive soul but Gareth writes so honestly that one cannot fail to take on his pain as ones own. I felt it, I cried when he cried, I walked with him when he walked with his lions, I sat with him when he looked after cubs, I sat in the back of the Beetle as he motored around Africa and I held his manuscript close to my chest as the lost plane traversed the skies in the dark. I shared his heartbreak and I wondered how he had managed to not go insane.

I find it nothing short of remarkable that a young man would choose to spend his life living in the wild and amongst the animals that he loved, from the bush to the forest when the majority of his contemporaries would have been hanging out in pubs and nightclubs and chatting up pretty girls. One can only be grateful that there are people in this world who put Mother Nature and the call of the wild above that of material possessions and fast cars.

I cannot say I enjoyed reading this book, it is not the type of book you can enjoy. You will not look back on it as one of your “best of all time reads” but if it doesn’t affect you viscerally then there is something lacking in your psyche. My Lion’s Heart is an incredible read about an amazing man who has selflessly dedicated his life to the well being of lions and to elephants, and in turn to mankind. It is not an easy read but it is easy to read. Gareth’s style is simple and elegant and hauntingly evocative. This book is a sad testimony to the greed of man. A very sad indictment indeed. It belongs on every school syllabus throughout South Africa and the World at large.

Humankind has a tendency to destroy everything we touch in the name of progress (and religion). By encroaching and eroding the natural habitats of these amazing animals we do ourselves and our planet a huge injustice. We ridicule Mother Nature and we insult the Universe. Progress is not the annihilation of species and the hanging of their preserved heads on the trophy wall.  If we do not wake up and lend assistance the the people who go out of their way to help preserve the Kings of the Jungle and the Majestic Elephants of the Forest, as well as our very own Unicorn, the Rhino, then these creatures can only end up as the mythical beings of ages past, and the animated characters of musicals and Hollywood animation.

I salute you Gareth Patterson. Thank you for allowing me into your head, for bearing your wounded soul and sharing your broken heart. And thank you for bringing your lion children to life in my world

A Beautiful Family…Not

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A golden family, a happy, a beautiful family. The gorgeous wife who never has a hair out of place, with that handsome, blue-eyed, Charlie Hunam, husband, the self-made millionaire. He always looks handsome and debonaire, he holds the door, lays his jacket over the puddle so she can cross without getting those beautiful feet wet. Those amazing straight-A children, who excel at everything they do. That private education is certainly paying off. They look happy, they look fabulous, they’re rich, how could life be anything but perfect? How could you be anything besides envious?
How little we know about what goes on behind closed doors.
How little we know about the people next door.
How little we know…

This book, A Beautiful Family by Marilyn Cohen De Villiers was thrust under my nose by a friend of mine, Marcia, who sent me articles and links and really pushed and shoved me towards reading it, but still I hesitated. I really didn’t feel like a family drama and especially a family drama about a Jewish family. Particularly at this time in a world where Jews are under the microscope and antisemitism is right back in fashion. Who, right now, wants to put the Jews, my tribe, under the spotlight for…..shhhhhhh, don’t say it out loud….ABUSE!
Abuse doesn’t happen in good Jewish families, well not that one would know because what happens in a Jewish home stays in a Jewish home and anyway, how could that pillar of the community truly do the things that he is accused of, it is not possible. Or is it?
This incredible book opens the doors to your mind. It is a book that everyone should read, this could be any family, this family just happens to be Jewish.
Marilyn’s book is a comfortable read, it makes you feel at home. For those who grew up in Johannesburg’s north eastern suburbs there are many bells rung, as familiar corners are turned and local spots are mentioned. Damn, I grew up there, I can picture in my mind exactly where that little car is or the tree lined drive in Westpark Cemetery.
Marilyn’s book is also an uncomfortable read, its topic, disturbing. A Beautiful Family, was not quite the “drama” I expected it to be, the book is more of a suspense drama with a twist, and well worth a read. I loved it and I cannot wait to host Marilyn Cohen De Villiers at Indulgence Cafe so that we can explore the family in more depth! She is apparently working on her second book, but I suggest you don’t miss her first!

Marilyn lives in Johannesburg with her husband, Poen. You can find her on Facebook
The book, A Beautiful Family, is available in limited print editions from Skoobs as well as an e-book, from Amazon. Priced at around R220.
Do yourself a favour and discover what having a beautiful family can mean

December, You Beauty

Zapiro on his whistle stop visit to Indulgence Cafe in November

Zapiro on his whistle stop visit to Indulgence Cafe in November

My word it is December, almost time to wish this year, 2013, a very big farewell. I don’t know about you but this year has been one of the hardest years that I can remember both in business and personally. One can only say thanks that it is over and look longingly towards 2014 a shining star in the imminent future!
However before all that happens we still have the very pretty month of December to get through. Aren’t all those coloured twinkling lights just magical and Christmas trees with bling. I just love it. Pop into Indulgence and see all the pretty blingy decorations that the shop is adorned with, she is dressed in her Christmas splendor

November wasn’t supposed to be a cuckoo month for events but none the less there were still some really fabulous ones like the Wine and Oyster Festival with Oneiric Wines with some live music by Keira Witherkay, the Auriol Hayes Evening when she doubled up with Keira. Two incredibly talented musicians, wonderful, wonderful evening but tell me, why do people jump up and leave straight after the music instead of sitting down and having a lekker Irish coffee and unwinding? I thought it was a little odd

Keira WItherkay and Auriol Hays

Keira WItherkay and Auriol Hays

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Wonderful evening of wine and oysters with Bruce of Oneiric Wines

Wonderful evening of wine and oysters with Bruce of Oneiric Wines

And of course there was that fabulous spur of the moment event with Zapiro, like a whirl wind he swept through Indulgence Cafe with his new book, My Big Fat Gupta Wedding. I don’t think that the 50 strong audience held it against him that he was 40 minutes late or that he couldn’t really stay that long with a Sunday Times deadline that needed meeting. As rushed as he was he still managed to chat to us a little and sign a whole stack of books for people! A very talented man that Jonathan Shapiro!

Zapiro at Indulgence Cafe

Zapiro at Indulgence Cafe

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I had thought we would wind the year down gracefully but you know what I am like, just had to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that and before you know it the month is filled like the Christmas stocking at the end of the bed. Look what we have lined up for you until we close on the 24th……………..

December Calendar:
4th Deep Fried Man live
6th to 7th 30% Off Sale
6th Keira Witherkay live
11th Quiz Dinner
12th Author’s Cocktail evening
13th Twisted Night Market with live music
14th AuthorTalk with Karen Maughan
18th Hamilton Wende Children’s Reading
19th Carols by Candlelight
23rd Pensioner’s Christmas Lunch
24th last day open
6th January 2014 back at work!
15th January Charmaine Pauls , Winemaker with Chilean wines

We have a whole bunch of delicious goodies that we make for the festive season like gammons and turkeys. I actually thought that this year we might stick to roasted turkey rolls instead of whole turkeys, that way at least it is all meat, no bone and very little waste. How does that grab you? No reason you cannot have a little stuffing the side as well (Talking about the turkey here!)
We also do Christmas puddings, mince pies and a diving Black Forest Roll that is just the perfect dessert for Christmas lunch. Pop me an email or give me a call and take the pressure off yourselves this Christmas. Let us cook for you!
We have been asked a couple of times if we would open for lunch on Christmas Day and I have to tell you that I have given the idea some serious consideration but I keep coming back to the fact that this holiday, I think, is about family and being with family, whether you love them or tolerate them and I cannot ask my staff to spend the day with me and you instead of their loved ones. So no, not this year but you never know what’s gonna happen next year…………………….

Deep Fried Man appearing at Indulgence Cafe 4 Dec 2013

Deep Fried Man appearing at Indulgence Cafe 4 Dec 2013

Laughter at Indulgence:
He is funny and he is musical. He is the Deep Fried Man or Daniel Friedman, no relation that I am aware of. He is performing for one night only at Indulgence Café and you are invited to join us. The tickets are R100 per person. Dinner is available off the menu and we are fully licensed, tequila is half price between 6pm and 8pm. Come laugh with us!
Booking and pay through http://www.hitmusic.co.za please
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/595056403874080/?ref=5

BIG BIG SALE

BIG BIG SALE

We are having a sale, a big, big sale!
It is time to clear out a little stock on our shelves to make way for some new and other exciting things. Everything that is for sale in the shop will be less 30% on the 6th and 7th of December from open until close of business. As an added bonus on the 6th Keira Witherkay will be here with her guitar making some awesome background music as only she can from about 6pm until about 9pm. Good way to ease into the week end and get a little discounted Christmas shopping done and I promise we haven’t marked the prices up 
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/589704404429507/?ref=5&source=1

Quiz Dinner

Quiz Dinner

Quiz Dinner
We are squeezing one more in before we say farewell to 2013, Wednesday 11th December. The quiz dinner evenings are proving to be huge fun and starting to develop a bit of a following with teams coming now on a monthly basis to hash it out against the others and I have to admit they are a fun and eclectic group of people (Not unlike myself of course)
They braved the huge storm in November and waited the rain out before we could even start but it was worth it in the end. I think we are having a Christmas themed evening………….any guesses why!
Teams of four or less at R120 per person, includes a light dinner. We start around 7pm and we finish a couple of hours later. Book your table today and become part of the fun!
011 782 5063 or lollipops@telkomsa.net
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1380808095492739/?ref=5

2012 Animals in Distress event with David Bullard and Charmaine Pauls Feb 2012

2012 Animals in Distress event with David Bullard and Charmaine Pauls Feb 2012

Author’s Cocktail Evening
We at Indulgence Café are incredibly grateful to all the authors who grace our doors during the year, they help to make this café the great place that it is, or that I think it is. We want to thank them and at the same time give you a chance to have a friendly chat with a couple of them. I have invited quite a few of the authors that have been here over the past two years for canapés and cocktails and I am really hoping that you will join us too for a little bit of a mingle. This isn’t an AuthorTalk, you need bring nothing along. It is just a casual evening with some really great writers. I know that Michael Sears, Jassy Mackenzie, Joan De la Haye, Hagen Engler, Anton Harber, amongst others will be here and you can be too, all you need to do is book with me!
R100 per head excluding drinks
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/173868006148791/?ref=5

Twisted Night Market
The Christmas version! Kinky shopping for those that do, and those that would like to but not for everyone! 5pm to 9pm, dinner is a braai at R60 per head, regret no under 18’s
If you would like to take a stall let me know and we will make space for you!
Link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/191726854346462/?ref=5&source=1

Love is War, the Modimole Monster by Karen Maughan

Love is War, the Modimole Monster by Karen Maughan

The Modimole Monster Book
Our final book event of the year and we are going large. He is the stuff that nightmares are made of, the bogey man made real, The Modimole Monster, the kind of man we don’t want our daughters to marry. He terrorised Ina Bonnette, he murdered her son in front of her eyes and now she is coming to Indulgence to tell you her story with the journalist who wrote the book, Karen Maughan. Love is War, the Modimole Monster is now available for you to read. Come meet this incredibly brave woman who refused to become a victim.
Please note that this talk will take place in English and in Afrikaans as that is what Ina speaks
Saturday 14th December at 2pm, book your spot today!
BRING me two books along please, one to swap and one to donate, this is the price of entry into this event! It the last month that we can collect books for Animals in Distress for 2013 and I would like to collect as many as possible for them. Let’s finish this year on a high note please people, it is a small price to pay for a good afternoon
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1445318699028643/?source=1

Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut by Hamilton Wende at Indulgence 18 Dec

Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut by Hamilton Wende at Indulgence 18 Dec

Story Time @ Indulgence
Hamilton Wende has written a delightful book called Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut and he will be here on the morning of the 18th December to read from it for your kids, so bring the kids, come along, have a cappuccino and spend the morning with us as Hamilton holds your children’s rapt attention with his tale. This book makes for a fabulous festive season present as well and will be available for sale by the author on the morning. There is no charge for this event but please let me know if you would like to come along so I know how many little people and adults to expect. Wednesday 18th Dec at 10am
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/539179946157818/?ref=5

Carols by Candlelight at Indulgence Cafe 19 Dec

Carols by Candlelight at Indulgence Cafe 19 Dec

Carols by Candlelight
Here is fun for the whole family, an evening to delight old and young, Carols by Candlelight. Feel free to pop down with the kids and spent an evening in “joyous song” with us and our keyboard player. We will have song sheets for you and candles. Food is available off the menu, great milkshakes for the kids and a nice glass of wine if you fancy or my secret Christmas drink concoction. 19th Dec at 7pm, No charge just pay for whatever you eat or drink
The link to the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/429941533772951/?ref=5

Pensioner's Christmas Lunch at Indulgence Cafe 23 Dec

Pensioner’s Christmas Lunch at Indulgence Cafe 23 Dec

Pensioner’s Christmas Lunch
Last but not least our annual Pensioner’s Christmas lunch will take place on Monday 23rd December at 1pm. Come have a very festive traditional Christmas meal with us. Bring along crackers and inexpensive pressies for your friends and share a little Christmas cheer with us. The cost is R100 per person and booking is essential for catering purposes!

Finally, thank you one and all for sticking with us this year. We have loved feeding you and we look forward to continuing for many years to come
A happy, healthy, fabulous and safe Christmas, and festive season to you all. If you are driving be safe on the roads and come home safe and sound so we can see you next year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, may the best of 2013 be the worst of 2014

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi,
Greta, Gladys, Fortune, Matamela, Liza, Martin, Lydia, Thithi, Elizabeth, Gugue, Patience, Abigail and of course Amig
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15 Minutes of fame for us all.............

15 Minutes of fame for us all………….

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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

Ladies in Lavender dessert table

Ladies in Lavender dessert table

Oh, what a month February was! Bye bye February, I am incredibly happy to see the back of you.
Did you experience the same kind of month that I did? Was it fraught with tension and anxiety? Was everyone around you going through some kind of drama in their lives? I swear that is what mine was like. Everyone I know had huge issues in February including us with the old vehicle being stolen and the purchase of the new one. There was definitely something in the air this past month (or two in fact). In spite of all of that some of the most wonderful things happened during February as well……………like our old bakkie being stolen and our new one being delivered! Hahahahh The Universe works in very mysterious ways! We hosted some amazing events, met some fascinating people, made new friends and lost some old ones! I count myself lucky that I never murdered anyone this month, restraint is such a wonderful thing to practice. I will attempt to use it on my tongue as well in the future…………just not today!

Indulgence had a fabulous review on the Joburg’s Darling site, please click the link if you would like to read it http://www.joburgsdarling.co.za/post.aspx?id=509

The Month that was…………..
At the beginning of February we hosted our first AuthorTalk of the year with guests Animals in Distress and authors Anton Harber and Adriaan Basson. It was a wonderful event, really nicely attended. Thank you everyone for your very generous book donations throughout the year as well as all the food and other goodies for the animals that were dropped off before the event. We ended up donating a whopping R2200, Amiga’s pocket money to Animals in Distress, money that you guys brought to the party with the purchase of Amiga T-shirts and by coming to her birthday party. Thank you so much, please give yourself a huge pat on the back from us and Animals in Distress.
Our two speakers were great speakers and both had their audiences captivated. The stories and tales around Diepsloot are fascinating. What fascinates me the most is the human condition and how we all deal with the same issue from our individual view points and based on our very different needs! Our president, The Never Ending Story of Jacob Zuma was shown to us in a whole new light by Adriaan Basson. Personally I would have preferred the lights to be kept somewhat dimmer as, being so well illuminated the flaws do tend to show up. No wonder we Jozi had an earth tremor on Tuesday night! We cooked the brunch based on the Animals in Distress cookbook, Respectful Recipes which is a vegetarian cookbook. As such there was no meat included in the meal but that didn’t stop it from being an absolutely fabulous repast and no one went away hungry or disappointed at the lack of hors in the food. It was a very lovely morning all in all and we have begun our 2013 book collection for next Feb!

meet our very own Christian Gray

meet our very own Christian Gray

Adriaan Basson and Anton Harber

Adriaan Basson and Anton Harber

Anton Harber enjoying a glass of bubbly

Anton Harber enjoying a glass of bubbly

A lovely smile

Adriaan Basson, A lovely smile

Bubbly Antique Style

Bubbly Antique Style

Hot on the heels of the AuthorTalk was a delightful Valentine’s dinner which was incredibly well supported. I had one somewhat unhappy lady who walked in with a very long face because she felt she was eating in the car park. Cannot really fault her as the patio used to be the parking lot but it is now the prettiest four parking bays in town. I will admit that my feelings were bruised somewhat. In Feb we also had the first of our floating Wednesday nights, namely quiz, bridge, singles social and sushi. Of the 4 nights the quiz evening and the sushi evening really rocked, the others are going to take some working on. Bridge will probably change to a games evening and the singles evening to more of a social dinner evening open to a wider age group if that is where the need is! I have brought along a canvas to keep me company on Wednesday and Friday nights that are still quiet and you are very welcome to bring along a canvas or some paper and come join me whilst I work or pretend to.

Valentine's Dinner

Valentine’s Dinner

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Our first foray into Sushi was a fabulous evening!

Our first foray into Sushi was a fabulous evening!

The one thing that did slip quietly passed this February was our birthday! Indulgence turned 7 and Lollipops Catering came of age at 21, next year we can give the two a joint birthday party as they turn dirty thirty! Happy birthday Indulgence and Lollipops Catering, many more foodie years!

I cannot go any further without saying how incredible the Auriol Hays concert was! She is a “Rockstar” of note with the most incredible voice and she absolutely blew her audience away! What an incredible evening. Thank you so much Auriol, you are Amazing girlfriend! (Dinner wasn’t to bad either :))
And a special treat of the evening was the surprise arrival of Keira Witherkay, acoustic guitarist of note !

Auriol Hays and a special guest appearence by Keira Witherkay

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That is enough about February, shall we tackle March now…………..?

March 2013 Quick Calendar:
6th Quiz dinner
7th Thursday Dinner
8th Pot luck Dinner
9th AuthorTalk
13th Games Dinner
14th Thursday Dinner
15th Pot Luck dinner
20th Wednesday night singles social evening!
21st Human Rights Day, public holiday: Thursday dinner
22nd Pot Luck Dinner
23rd Fetish and Kink market
25th 1st night Pesach Monday
26th 2nd night Pesach Tuesday
27th Wednesday sushi evening
28th Thursday dinner
29th Good Friday closed
30th closed
31st Closed
1st Monday OPEN

A jam packed March lies ahead…………….
Wednesdays………..These are fun mid-week evenings to get you over the hump and on the roll down to the week end

QUIZ!!

QUIZ!!

6th March
Quiz dinner, teams of 3 or 4. We have changed this a bit in that the winning team will get a 50% discount off the cost of their food, and not their entire meal for free like the first month. Only teams no bigger than 4 people are allowed to claim the prize, so sorry if you are a team that is bigger than that. We are introducing bonus round sheets and as soon as we are a little bigger we will introduce spot questions as well. A truly fun evening for people who can have a good laugh…………..at themselves mainly! The cost per head is R120, includes food, excludes drinks and gratuity
13th March
Games evening….bring friends, pop down, have a bite to eat, play cards, board games, scrabble etc etc. You are welcome to bring your own games along although we do have backgammon, a few decks of cards and scrabble right here. Bringing family fun back the old fashioned way! Dinner is a self service buffet, simply but filling. Cost R90 per head, games free, evening Priceless J
20th March
Our second singles social. The idea of these is to mingle and meet new people instead of going home straight from work to an empty house. Stop here, have a drink, have a light supper, unwind and meet some weird and wonderfully strange people. I got lambasted for the age limit last month so this month I am daring anyone of any age to come down and hang out with us! The next day is a PUBLIC HOLIDAY, come out and play!
27th March
This is unlucky for some as the Jewish holiday of Passover will have kicked in, so not everyone will be able to enjoy sushi this night but as always there will be another dish available for the evening to eat. The chicken curry and basmati rice of February was very popular so I will make an even more delicious chicken dish for the sushi night. Sushi is ala carte so pay for what you order and eat. We will work on streamlining the process to get the sushi out a little faster than February.

Thursdays…………
Best value in town evenings still, at just R100 per head for a fabulous 3 course meal you really cannot go wrongggggggggggggg
7 March
Stuffed baked potato half with sour cream sauce
Roast pork belly, potato croquettes, apple sauce, green beans and carrots
Or
Roast chicken leg quarter, potato croquettes, green beans and carrots with gravy
Or
Brinjal and tofu tomato curry with basmati rice and sambals
Custard cream eclairs

14 March
Grilled baby tomatoes with fresh basil and garlic on toast rounds
Grilled line fish topped with spicy avocado salsa, served with cous-cous and button mushrooms
Or
Chicken sosaties in apricot marinade with cous-cous and button mushrooms
Or
Spinach roulade filled with roasted vegetables and served with mashed potatoes
Chocolate mousse and Frangellica tarts

21 March
Vegetarian sushi with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce
Beef curry and basmati rice with sambals and topped with a poppadom
Or
Chicken and mushroom lasagne with a Caprese side salad
Or
Vegetable & nut burger topped with tomato and pepperdew salsa, with quinoa
Yoghurt ice cream and fresh berries

28 March
Fantasy salad with seasonal fresh fruits and cheeses
Spaghetti with sun dried tomato seafood sauce
Or
Beef roast with roast potatoes, creamed spinach and pumpkin fritters
Or
Bean and lentil hotpot with sweet potato mash
Peach Melba

AuthorTalk with Hagen Engler

Our March AuthorTalk is with Hagen Engler who has self published a few books already. He sounds like a real character if his writing is anything to go by! The event starts at 2pm, if you are planning to eat or drink anything then please be seated a whole bunch of time earlier so we can get you settled well before he starts to talk at 2pm. This is an event that requires books, so please remember to bring along your two books, one to swap and one to donate, all for a good cause! Please pop me an email to book lollipops@telkomsa.net

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2012-12-13-comrade-baby-review-a-hitchhikers-guide-to-mzansi-madness” Link to the Daily Maverick review of Comrade Baby

Hagen Engler's Comrade Baby

Hagen Engler’s Comrade Baby

Fetish and Kink Market
It is time again for our Fetish and Kink market, so if whips and chains excite you, if you would like to know more about the Story of O, buy a paddle, meet a few kinks, have a fun, relaxed and chilled day amongst some very interesting and unusual characters please come and join us! If you would like a stall on the day please contact me lollipops@telkomsa.net
The date is the 23rd of March from 2-5pm

http://www.facebook.com/events/530123680344746/?ref=2 Link to the FB event

Easter and Passover
I need to chat to you about Easter and Passover but I think I shall leave that for next week’s blog post

Have an incredible March, welcome Autumn with open arms and above all else, love yourself!
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

The Lollipop Monthly September 2012

This is yours truly with the very enigmatic John Connolly

Greetings and Salutations Spring Bunnies 🙂

Is the bounce back in your step? Are the blossoms on the trees? I know I was looking at the cutest puppies the other day thinking hmmmmmmm, do I feel like getting another dog, so it must be SPRINGGGGGGGGGGGGGG, bounce, bounce, bounce. I am a little springy today! I still think there may well be a little more cold snapping at our heels before winter releases its grip completely but boing, boing, boing, bounce, bounce, bounce is definitely knocking on the shutters demanding to be let in!

We had some really awesome Bloody Book Week events here in association with Jenny & Co, and the Sunday Times. I managed to get my piccie taken with all of them, Mark Gimenez, Andrew Brown, John Connolly and the man himself Jeffery Deaver. I have to say that they were fun, funny, great to listen to and the whole experience was incredible fun and very entertaining! You know, now I get to say, my friend Jeffery in name drop fashion. Strangely enough the one I really enjoyed the most was our own home grown Cape Town advocate, Andrew Brown. He is very special, he chatted to Mark Gimenez superbly and he talks like a Safrican or maybe I just like our local boys more because local is very lekker! Have posted pictures to the blog to please follow the link to see it all in its Bloody Book Week glory! There are even videos that will go up on our YouTube account……………..at some point

This is moi with Jeffery Deaver


John Connolly being interviewed by journalist Victor Dlamini


Mark Gimenez wowing the audience


Signing books and taking it all in their stride, Andrew Brown and Mark Gimenez

I would love to tell you this newsletter is going to be short and sweet but it isn’t and it won’t be but I will try. Just think, the blog version is even longer but it is much prettier hahahahahahah

The Calendar: September
1st Spring Day and AuthorTalk
6th Dinner at Indulgence
13th Dinner at Indulgence
20th Dinner at Indulgence
24th Heritage Day Lamb on a Spit
27th Dinner at Indulgence

Spring Day 1st September Lunch & AuthorTalk
We have combined a fabulous spring day lunch with an emerging superstar author who has just won the prestigious UJ Debut Book Literary Award! So on Saturday the 1st of September join us for a stunning light 3 course lunch and meet Terry Westby-Nunn author of Sea of Wise Insects.
There will be leis, streamers and pretty flowers in abundance……………….join us, celebrate spring!

The cover of Sea of Wise Insects by Terry Westby-Nunn


About the Book & the Author:
A remarkable and gripping tale with shades of Jeanette Winterson and
JM Coetzee, Sea of Wise Insects’ exquisite prose is a delight.
Fate has it in for the oddball loner secretary Alice Wolfe. Not only has
she lost her dog, Pluto, her husband-to-be, Ralph, and a finger, but she’s
about to lose her freedom.
Her body is covered in scars from accidents over the years, and everyone
she’s ever loved has mysteriously disappeared. She claims she’s a magnet
for bad luck. But others see her as a brooding misfit with a missing finger,
a borderline cutter, a stitched-up freak show. Following the death of her
brother’s beautiful, superficial fiancée, Veronica, in a sinister car accident
on Table Mountain, Alice is arrested. As the trial hurtles towards her,
Alice interrogates her past. What could her memories of the macabre
Hotel Tisca in London, where she fell in love with her enigmatic ex-fiancé
Ralph, have to do with Veronica’s death? What is Alice’s family hiding?
Where are Ralph and her brother Andrew – and what really happened
to her dog Pluto? Do the answers lie in a chilling, badly-written novella,
‘The Sea of Wise Insects’, which Alice is convinced Ralph wrote? Or
will Alice’s journey through her warped memory world – an offbeat
landscape of betrayal, love, luck, secrets, mutilation and death – really be
able to shed any light on her dark past?
Terry Westby-Nunn spends most of her time directing, filming,
editing, scripting, writing and walking up mountains. She has made
documentaries, short films, music videos, video art and has written
several poems. She lives in Cape Town.
She holds the following degrees:
A Bachelor of Journalism, specializing in Television and Film, from
Rhodes University (1994)
A Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town (2009)
FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/405011259562890/

COFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!


Coffee Talk
I haven’t chatted about coffee plungers for ages but we got in this delicious French roast which is rich and robust, come and try a plunger out @ R28, there is enough coffee in each one for 3 cups. Definitely worth the price and the indulgence!

Dinner At Indulgence

Dinner at Indulgence

Our Thursday dinners are really picking up nicely and I know we are going to rock for the summer. The menus for September are up and available on the blog, so click the link and it will take you straight there to have a look. Very shortly our new website will be back up for you to peruse and all the links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the blog will be on there as well! We had a record crowd for dinner this past Thursday so booking is really essential as we only cook what we need. Soon our liquor license will be here and we will be able to offer you wine paired to your meal or an interesting beer! Just watch this space for news! Below are menus for the first two weeks of September ………….
6 Sept
Sweetcorn chowder with home-baked mini loaf bread
Beef Fillet in puff pastry parcels with mushroom sauce, separate
Mashed potato
Or
Mussels in spicy Thai peanut satay gravy served with jasmine rice, top with basil and coriander
Or
Tofu baked in vine leaves with fresh oregano and served with lemon wedges
Warm chocolate sponge pudding and berries

13 Sept
Grilled brown mushroom filled with spinach and feta topped with mozzarella & home-baked roll
Butternut pasta pillows topped with bolognaise sauce and blue cheese crumbled
Or
Baby chickens stuffed with lemon and herb, boiled buttery baby potatoes, chopped parsley, sweet corn fritters
Or
Tofu and peanut stir fry with vegetables and jasmine rice
Open apple and caramel pizzas with thick cream on the side …………

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana


Jewish New Year
The Jewish New Year is rolling back around and as always out pantry will be groaning with food for you to take home for the night of the 16th of September. It is a Sunday so we would ask you to collect your goodies on the Saturday afternoon so you are ready and raring to go.
We have everything from chopped herring and kichel to chopped liver and chicken soup. So if you would like a price list or to place an order please pop me a mail and I will send one to you.
Let me take this opportunity to wish all our Jewish clients a very sweet new year and well over the fast.
Click here for the link to the price list on the blog: https://lollipopsandme.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/rosh-hashana-price-list-september-2012/

The Peter Auret Trio playing their hearts out at Indulgence one Thursday Night


Heritage Day 24 September
Celebrate Heritage Day with us in perfect Braai style with another fabulous South African tradition, a lamb on a spit combined with some live music to while away the afternoon. There will be loads of delicious nummies to eat, spring salads, delicious desserts and tender and juicy lamb in abundance with mint jelly! Delicious! As always we will cater for the vegetarians amongst us with something absolutely delicious as well. Booking essential so I know if I should supersize the lamb or not! Am hoping to book this absolutely fabulous 3 piece jazz band or some other form of music for you. All in all it should be an ab fab day! The cost per head is R140
FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/278962862205785/

Having fun at Indulgence


Next month at Indulgence:
October brings us hopefully a liquor license, the new websites all up and running properly, a talk by SASSI on fish sustainability, an AuthorTalk, the quarterly Fetish and Kink Flea market and of course, the scary holiday……….Halloween! A jam packed as always!

Have a look at our Facebook pages:
http://www.facebook.com/theIndulgenceCafe
http://www.facebook.com/LollipopsCatering
http://www.facebook.com/lollipopscakes

Time Marches on…………March 2012

Greetings and Salutations wonderful People of the Indulgence and Lollipops Family!
(wow, that was a mouthful)
Happy March!

Instead of worrying about the Ides of March I think we should be marching with the faeries, eating carrots with the bunnies, hunting Easter eggs with the kids, running with the wolves, dancing to the music and in some cases listening to the voices in our heads. The last one of course not being applicable to axe murderers, psychopaths and bunny boilers because who knows where that could end! (Also if you are a little worried about the Ides of March remember NEVER to turn your back on a friend)
Am really sorry to do this to you but this newsletter is very long, there is so much going on and happening in March so I am putting the calendar at the top of the newsletter for a change in case you don’t have the time or energy to plow your way through the rest…………………

Calendar: March 2012
10th              AuthorTalk with Liezl Thom, Shattered Lives (the Advocate Barbie Story)

17th               Fetish & Kink Market, no under 18’s allowed

21st               Human Rights Day Haven’t got anything planned as yet but I’m open to suggestions
31st               Mandi goes away

6th April     First night Pesach, Good Friday
6th April     Indulgence and Lollipops Catering closed

10th April   Indulgence and Lollipops Catering open

10th  April   Mandi comes back

Want to know more…………………..feel free to read on!

Thank you everyone for the good wishes for Indulgence’s 6th birthday and to those of you who were at our party, you were awesome braving the storm. We had a blast, thank you for spending the afternoon with us, we are going to do this again next year without a doubt! Anyone who wasn’t here well just make sure you are here next year! I can’t say thank you enough to Adrian Ziller and all his musical mates who helped us pass the afternoon away with their laid back tunes and to Pat Sloane for taking such awesome pics which are up on the Indulgence  Cafe and Lollipops Catering pages on Facebook! I have included a few below for you to look at as well.

Jodene Sheer of Jodene.co.za posted in her blog on 25 Feb the following:

http://jodene.co.za/projectme/happy-6th-birthday-indulgence-cafe-project-me-day-785/

                  

              

           

Animals in Distress joined us on the 12th for the AuthorTalk with Charmaine Pauls and David Bullard during which I made a complete tit of myself in front of the entire audience of 75 odd people and went blank when talking about David Bullard. Just couldn’t remember his name for about 40 seconds or so and even with Charmaine saying David, David and David in my left ear I was thinking to myself “what is she on about, who is David?”
I have to say that I had a fabulous giggle about it for the next few minutes and old what’s his name didn’t seem too offended! We also had a VIP visitor in the form of Bruce Sutherland who was our January Author. Put David and Bruce together and you have a recipe for two naughty boys brewing up trouble! As usual I am digressing because I was telling you about Animals in Distress. They collected a wonderful amount of books and assorted other goodies from us, blankets, baskets etc and Amiga handed over her pocket-money collected from her birthday, a very nice tidy sum of R500. So well done everyone, please pat yourselves on the back and thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection, you guys rock!

Charmaine Pauls wrote us a fabulous thank you in her blog http://www.charmainepauls.com/charmainesblog/?p=204

                               

     

  

Onto other stuff now……………what’s happening at Indulgence Café this month:
Coffee talk:
This month we introduce you to Jacaranda from Brazil, You can try this coffee as one of our plungers @ R30 or take home a 250gram paper bag for R75
FAZENDA JACARANDA
Country: Brazil
Region: South of Minas Gerais state, municipality of Machado
Farm: Jacarandá Estate
Farm Size: 90 hectares
Shade grown: 30 % of the farm is shaded coffee
Type: Pulped Natural
Varieties: 30 % Yellow Bourbon, 30 % Mundo Novo, 20 % Yellow Catuai, 10 % Yellow Icatu,10 % others
Certification: Organic
Lot: PBO 900713
Altitude: 1100 – 1200 meters
Packing: Special PP Bags
Harvest year: 2010-2011
Carlos Franco and his family own the Jacarandá Estate, a 200 hectare coffee plantation in the mountains of Minas Gerais in southern Brazil. The old farm, which has been in the Franco family for 6 generations, was founded in 1856. “The coffee produced at the Jacaranda farm supports a community with its own social and cultural identity. The work of planting, cultivating, and processing is an essential part of the development of the community”

AuthorTalk
10th of March we bring you Liezl Thom with her book Shattered Lives about Cezanne Visser aka Advocate Barbie! Given all the hype about a possible early parole that is going on at the moment this one should be very interesting! Do I need to say more?
About the author:
Liezl Thom covered the sex crimes trial of Cezanne Visser and her co-accused, Dirk Prinsloo from day 1 for Eyewitness News. Listeners of Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm were simultaneously repulsed and enthralled by the salacious details revealed in the courtroom – both when Prinsloo and Visser were standing trial together and later, after Prinsloo skipped bail and fled the country, when Visser remained alone in the dock.
By her own admission, Liezl had to sanitize her daily accounts of the trial to make it suitable for her radio audiences. In Shattered Lives, the Story of Advocate Barbie she tells the story in its shocking entirety, with added insights from her co-author and state witness, Laurie Pieters.

Liezl Thom Shattered Lives, The Advocate Barbie Story
Liezl resigned from Eyewitness News in 2010 – but her association with the brand continues to this day. She regularly stands in for Kate Turkington on Sunday nights’ Believe it or Not on 702 and still does the occasional story for EWN on a freelance basis. The rest of her time is divided between her life coaching practice, writing and being a mom to her two boys

Fetish & Kink Flea Market
On St Patrick’s Day, the 17th of March we will hold our first Fetish & Kink Market of the year! Yes, I do know this is not an event that sits comfortably with everyone but it is a very relaxed, very fun experience and you get a glimpse of a chunk of life you know absolutely nothing about. What is life if we are not being exposed to new and different things all the time. Every day we should learn something new even if it is just the name of that really ugly spider crawling up your wall right now. So join us, come browse maybe buy an item or two, make a few new friends, see a few old friends, eat a burger, have a slice of cake and top it all off with a delicious cappuccino. I will see what the story is with scrounging up some green beer to dish out on the day or just bring your own green beer along. Leprechauns are welcome but under 18’s aren’t, sorry about that, so no dressing your kids up as the little guy and trying to sneak them in, I SEE LITTLE PEOPLE!
2-5pm, dress casual, no entry charge just pay for what you buy and bring loads of cash with! Did you know that St Paddy

is the patron saint of kinks…………no? Well neither did he!

Human Rights Day

open to suggestions……………….got any?

Holidays:

The Jewish holiday of Pesach falls at the exact same time as Easter this year. The first night of Pesach being April 6th which is Good Friday. So to all of you dear ones, Happy Pesach and Happy Easter! Seeing as I am covering both bases at the same time in this one post  let me just say that a range of small Easter eggs will be in stock in the next two to three weeks and if any of our Jewish clients would like and food for Pesach I am busy with the price list at the moment. Please feel free to let me know if you would like me to mail the price list to you! Whilst on the subject I wrote a fun blog on some of the more traditional Jewish foods based on a short email that I received.

If you feel like reading it, please have a look at the post prior to this one entitled “Traditional-jewish-food-or-weapons-of-mass-destruction-hahahah”

I am going to be away from the 31st of March to the 10th of April. While I am away please deal directly with the kitchen on 011 782 5063 or email me but allow me time to respond as I am not in the country and have limited access to the internet. Indulgence and Lollipops Catering will be closed from Friday the 6th of April and will re-open on the 10th of April. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause!
If you are traveling be safe, if you are staying home eat copious amounts of Easter eggs, especially the marshmallow ones and if you are indulging in large doses of matzos…………well, need I say more

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Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman

“Food, Passion, Life”