The Lollipop …………..August 2012

Rhino Mother and Child

Greetings and salutations my fine feathered friends 🙂

I am sitting in my kitchen cum dining room freezing my toes off to bring this newsletter to you nice and early. There is sooooooooooo much happening between now and the first 10 days of August that I want to get this information to you as early as possible so that you don’t miss out on a single thing!
This post is jam packed with events happening at Indulgence in the next two to three weeks and once you read about them you really won’t want to miss out, that much I promise you!
We had to unfortunately cancel our Minerals talk with Justin Glanvill last week but we will be rescheduling it as soon as possible. Maybe towards the end of August.
We at Lollipops Catered the Finale of the etv show Step Up or Step Out on Sunday night, it was a fabulous showy event and Endemol and etv really did themselves proud. The catering was awesome as well 🙂

The winners of Step Up or Step Out Thembisa Revolution


Step Up or Step Out catering for etv

This post is also the full and unabridged version of the monthly newsletter. It is getting too long to send to people at large so at least here I can post everything including pictures and the “fuller” story.
You may also have noticed that I have started putting in the Facebook links to events as well so that you can link directly to the event as posted on FB, if you are on FB that is. I hope that this will make life easier for you and provide you with a more enjoyable reading experience!
I will also be posting the Social Dinner Menus for Thursday nights in this full blog version of the newsletter for all the Thursdays in the month (if I can get my act together) as I feel that I am spamming you by sending the menu via email through every week.

Without much further ado I give you the next few weeks at a glance:
Calendar for the next 4 weeks or so:
July 26 Dinner at Indulgence, Christmas in July themed dinner
Aug 2 Dinner at Indulgence
Aug 3 Bloody Book Week event with Mark Gimenez and Andrew Brown
Aug 5 Bloody Book Week event with Jeffery Deaver and John Connolly
Aug 9 Penis…..Oops, I meant rhino talk
Aug 9 There is no dinner tonight!
Aug 16 Dinner at Indulgence
Aug 23 Dinner at Indulgence
Aug 30 Dinner at Indulgence

Dinner by candlelight at Indulgence

Dinner at Indulgence

Our Thursday night dinners are going really nicely so far. Given that it is winter I am impressed with the number of you who are braving the cold to come out. It is warm and snug on the patio with the Gladwrap embracing the outside walls (I mean this literally, the shop is plastic wrapped) and the three heaters on, all this under the red glow from the lights and the candles on the tables. Very romantic and seriously, the patio is a wonderful place to spend an evening. This past week we had an incredible young jazz band, the Peter Auret Trio come and play for us and it truly was magical.

This Thursday’s menu is Christmas in July themed with:
Phyllo Seafood parcels to start (vegetarian option available as always)
A choice of gammon or stuffed rolled turkey with roast tatties, Brussels sprouts & candied carrots!
For vegetarians we have stuffed red peppers
Christmas malva pudding with brandy custard
Best of all this is only R100 per person. Bring along some crackers and pressie for the people at your table and make it a very festive occasion!
Remember to book your table.
Christmas in July dinner http://www.facebook.com/events/316537485107776/

The Official Bloody Book Week promo image!

AuthorTalks or in this case BLOODY BOOK WEEK events

Indulgence Café is one of the hosts for some of Radio 702’s Jenny Crwys-Williams and Sunday Times, Bloody Book Week events. I gave them two dates, I asked for some really fab authors who hail from overseas and hey presto I was really lucky to be given the choices I requested!
There is a printing error on the events brochure for the first event and it should actually read Mark Gimenez not Trevor Corbett.

Author Mark Gimenez who will be at Indulgence on the 3rd of August at 2pm


Some of the books written by Mark Gimenez


Author Andrew Brown


Andrew Brown’s latest book, Solace

The First Bloody Book Week event:

So on the 3rd of August, a Friday afternoon, awesome way to start the week end early we are hosting Mark Gimenez and Andrew Brown both of whom are incredibly well known writers. 2-4pm, R90 includes sweet and savoury snacks on the tables as well as tea and coffee, books will be available for sale. Leave work early if you can, I will write a letter to the boss for you but whatever you do, don’t miss this once in a lifetime event to meet these incredible authors. For Bookings with payment upfront please email me or call me for details. lollipops@telkomsa.net

Bloody Book Week 1st event http://www.facebook.com/events/340609099354742/


Jeffrey Deaver’ latest book, XO


Author John Connolly


One of John Connelly’s past books, The Whisperers 2

The Second Bloody Book Week event

The second event is brunch at Indulgence on Sunday the 5th of August but before you get to eat you have to subject yourselves to the torturous, horrid, terrible voices and stories of John Connolly and Jeffery Deaver. I have to say that again. John Connolly and Jeffery Deaver! Do I need to say more? Book your place, this event is already filling up. BOOKINGS ONLY. Brunch will be served at the tables when the authors have finished talking and are busy signing books. The cost of the event is R180 and books will be available for sale. Please email me or call me to book, payment upfront please. lollipops@telkomsa.net

Bloody Book Week 2nd event http://www.facebook.com/events/151515324985160/

Rhinos going head to head

Now about those Unicorns….oops, I meant rhinos

South Africa’s very own Unicorn is under attack. Our Rhinos are being poached to the point of extinction for their incredible horns. Help us contribute, in some small way, towards the conservation efforts that are being made by some very heroic organizations and people just like you and me. How can you do this? Come and spend Women’s Day with us. We are hosting an event that is open to everyone, except poachers at 10am on the 9th of August to raise awareness and hopefully to raise some money that we can contribute to the conservation of these incredibly majestic, almost prehistoric looking animals. This is a big event for us, we would like to make some small impact and do some good in any way we can.
We will have Vanessa Bezuidenhout from the Endangered Wildlife Trust as a guest speaker. Hopefully someone from the Lawrence Anthony Foundation will be here as well to chat about his book, The Last Rhino, a wildlife vet and possibly a surprise guest speaker as well. There will be incredible ceramic pots from ceramic artist Anne Rimbault, paintings, drawings and other rhino bits and pieces for sale. A huge chunk of the proceeds of these sales will go to the EWT so please dig deep and bring those credit cards to the party and go shopping! We will bring lunch to your table as well for the princely sum of R80 for two courses! The Lawrence Anthony book will also be on sale on the day.
Bookings pretty please. The event starts at 10am and ends around lunch time and is a public holiday so you can sit and chill with us……………..

Rhino talk http://www.facebook.com/events/295648373866382/

Rhino at Etosha by Paul Brehen

And that my friends is the next few weeks at Indulgence Cafe. Please lend your support to our rhinos, come and enjoy our authors and above all else enjoy everything that you do!

I have tried to keep this as short and sweet as possible but there is just so much happening that you needed to hear all about it. Have an awesome month, stay warm, stay toasty and be wild!

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

The menus for the rest of the month will follow shortly, watch this space!
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi
Indulgence Cafe & Lollipops Catering

Greetings and salutations all you fabulous people!
Happy Spring, happy summer, happy life and happy Halloween! It is the SCARY month and this month’s news letter is so jam packed full of interesting goodies it may look at little scary first glance to read through but persevere it will be worth the effort! Hope you are all well and dandy and ready for the beginning of the downhill run to the end of the year!!

Without further ado let me get straight down to business. There are some new and exciting items on the menu in terms of drinks for the summer season as well as new coffees for you to try out!
For our more discerning coffee drinking customers we are introducing coffee in two different varieties, in a plunger @R25 for 3 cups making this fantastic value! Monthly we will change one of the types of coffee bringing you a new taste sensation every month unless you tell us you love the taste so much we shouldn’t change it again for a while! To start with we are bringing you Colombian Espresso and Honduran Organic to try out! Both types of coffee with be available ground on our shelves to purchase as well and are very reasonably priced @ R65 per bag.

Organic Coffee from Honduras in South America
A superb coffee where the beans have been allowed to grow wild and free from any chemicals and pesticides. Very smooth and light with a subtle after taste this is the perfect cup of coffee to enjoy anytime, anywhere. As a cappuccino, Americano or espresso this superb 100% single origin Arabica coffee is extremely fresh and simply awesome.

Colombian Coffee
In true Latin American style comes a beautiful full bodied, full flavour single origin coffee. Very smooth, very distinct with a superb aroma this coffee leaves a medium after taste that has you asking for more. 100% Arabica and extremely fresh this coffee will have your mind whisked off to distant shores where stress is forbidden and siesta’s are the order of the day.

Staying with coffee is our new Iced Coffee Granita (Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee) 100% home made . We freeze the coffee in ice trays and then blend it when you order it giving you delicious brain freeze from REAL coffee, not an instant powder! For the more health conscious is our Strawberry Granita! YUMMY! Made with 100% real strawberries frozen and blended with a little fructose, fresh, crisp, cold and delicious. A definite MUST for summer 2011/12 Granitas are R30 each

So we have a jam packed bunch of things to do this month @Indulgence starting with …………………….

AuthorTalks…………yip two of them and both real corkers!
The first one is on the 15th of October at 2pm with Athele Oosterbroek sister to the slain photographer Ken Oosterbroek. Ken was featured in the Bang, Bang Club (you guys remember we had ? here last year to talk about the book and the movie that has just come out) Please note this is the 3rd Saturday in October. I have moved it because of the Jewish holiday that falls on the 8th. This sounds like an interesting read, especially for those who are spiritually inclined. Please book with me!
It takes honesty, guts and sustained hard work to find and give birth to the authentic you. We make the same mistakes again and again until we don’t. We think
we’ve arrived only to find we’re back where we started. And we may well give up entirely or feel that we’re failing because all the same things keep coming around again and again.
This is an autobiography of the brave and honest kind. Athelé – metaphysician, spiritual teacher and professional numerologist – takes you on a guided tour of some of the events, processes and relationships that formed and expressed her obsessive drive for approval and its resultant co-dependency and self-sabotaging behaviours. She gives an open-hearted recounting of how difficult it can be to become the person you are meant to be, especially when dealing with the dynamics of close and often difficult relationships – in her case, the relationship with her father and the men
in her life. At the core of this book lies Athelé’s burning hope that the reader will evolve through understanding where she went wrong, rather than have to struggle themselves through endless passages to arrive at the same simple, but life-changing truths. Each chapter explores a central esoteric theme – forgiveness, healing, truth, release, understanding, synthesis, courage, transformation
and independence – and suggests practical shortcuts to those spiritual destinations. From the quiet place where soul meets spirit and the ego disappears, Athelé gives you profound insight into what it means to live consciously and how to maintain that state of grace.

Then on 22nd October @2pm we have retired SAPS detective extraordinaire Piet Byleveld with the book written about him by Hanlie Retief. Hanlie is Cape Town based so Piet himself will be here to chat to you about the book and you are welcome to ask him questions………………… This is a bookings only event, no walk ins will be able to squeeze in on the day so please get your booking in early. The usual format will apply here those who haven’t eaten when the speaker starts will have to wait until he is finished to get their food. Books will be available and Piet will be happy to sign them for you!
Random House Struik Press Release
Recently retired, detective Piet Byleveld’s name has become legendary. He is the man who solved some of South Africa’s most famous crime investigations, including the Leigh Matthews kidnapping. He has a 100% success rate with serial murders. In this book, Rapport journalist Hanlie Retief, who had exclusive access to Byleveld’s dossiers, writes about twenty of the most notorious serial-killer cases and many other murders Byleveld solved. She weaves into it the story of Byleveld’s own life. The book includes full-colour photographs from police records throughout.
Author Hanlie Retief is a journalist for Rapport. She is known for her interviews with well-known people.

As always please bring along two books per person one to swap and one to donate……………THIS IS THE TICKET PRICE FOR THIS TALK, NO BOOKS NO ENTRY
The books are collected and in February we hand over all the collected books to Animals in Distress, a most worthy charity of Amiga’s choice.
Both authors will start at 2pm so please be seated and comfy with orders in well before that time!

Fetish Flea Market
On October 29th we bring you our 6th and best Fetish and Kink Flea Market yet! This is the last one for the year and is going to rock your socks off, if that is your thing at least. There will be everything from sexy toys, lingerie, medical supplies, videos and leather gear to peruse and buy, buy, buy and no one will look at you funny! Please pop in and support this fabulous and fun event that only last about 3 hours from 2pm to 5pm. Food will be available as always off the menu. Come hang out in the outside lounge area and have an awesome afternoon amongst old friends and a few newer ones! We regret no under 18year olds are allowed but you can smoke in the lounge

Halloween 31 October 2011
We are not having an event here for Halloween which falls on a Monday but what I will have is an assortment of Halloween edible goodies for the kids trick or treat bags so pop in and pick some edible uglies up…………….and tell people you got them @Indulgence!

Calendar
15th AuthorTalk with Athele Oosterbroek
22nd AuthorTalk with Piet Byleveld
29th Fetish and Kink Flea Market
31st Have a fabulous and scary Halloween

Have you booked your year end function yet? Speak to us at Lollipops Catering about our fabulous catering, let us see what we can do for you!

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And that folks is more than enough for one day I say! What say you! Have an awesome October, lots of sun, delicious rain and remember to wear sun block!!
Love you madly!

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

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Greetings and salutations fabulous People

Happy spring Puddings!

This is feeling like a long newsy, newsy newsletter so please make yourself comfortable before you begin reading.

Thank you for the incredible turnout on Saturday 20th August  for the talk by McIntosh Polela. The talk was fantastic and the audience, well you rocked. Give yourselves a round of applause.

So happy spring, finally the air outside begins to warm up, the sun is coming up earlier,  blossoms are showing up on trees all over the place, birds are building nests and love is in the air. Okay, I am getting a little carried away now so let me get down to business.

September is National Arbor Month and I thought as a really nice gesture we could attempt to raise some money to buy  some indigenous trees to donate to the city to a community project of some sort. My friend Malcolm works for City Parks and can point us in the right direction as well as ensure the trees get purchased and planted in the correct place. I am very keen to do this and hope that you are as well. If anyone has any ideas about how we should go about this please let me know and I can get the ball rolling!! (ASAP)

It is starting to warm up nicely and I still have quite a bit of soup in the freezer so I was wondering if anyone wants to purchase any at half price. The usual price is R40/R45 per liter but for the month of September I will be selling it off at R20 a bucket! I really need to do this so I can clear some space in the freezer for ice-cream! Yip, we are going to be making our own delicious full cream full sugar ice cream for the summer and if there enough time some sorbet as well! So please take some of the soup off my hands, it really is incredibly good value and  you can always  eat it cold in summer (well some of it at least)

Lollipops Catering also got a nice little mention in the online EatIn magazine this past week, so I am quite chuffed about that! The link below will take you there, just look at the article on caterers

http://newsletters.newmediapub.co.za/display.php?M=735496&C=6b3f61e09d1689f9e4e9c069a34c572a&S=4622&L=1094&N=1658

@Indulgence this month:

Secretaries day

Secretaries day falls on the 7th  of  September  so bring your secretary for breakfast to Indulgence, we are open for business from 7.30am. We are not making a huge fancy breakfast so just order off our regular menu. You are welcome to pre-order breakfast as well if it speeds your morning along. Alternatively order her/him a dozen of our incredibly gorgeous  cupcakes and we will deliver them to the office for youJ

AuthorTalks

In September we have two AuthorTalks booked, one for the regular Saturday afternoon on the 10th of September and a second for the Heritage Day holiday on the 24th of September.

I am hoping to bring you a double bill for the 10th, two fabulous authors for the price of two books. Not a bad deal me thinks. As yet the second author remains unconfirmed so let me just give you a little info on our first author for the 10th, Hamilton Wende

Hamilton Wende is a freelance writer and television producer based in Johannesburg.  He is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent on Radio 4 on the BBC.  He has also contributed to the BBC World Service programme Letter.  He is a columnist for The Star in Johannesburg and his articles have appeared in many international and South African newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, The Chicago Tribune, GQ, Maclean’s Magazine in Canada, TravelAfrica in the UK, The New Zealand Herald, The Buffalo News in the US, The Sunday Times, Business Day, The Sunday Independent in Johannesburg and many others.

He has been a guest on The Editors on the SABC, and has been a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, the  English Department at The University of Cape Town and at The University of the Witwatersrand, at the Durban Institute of Technology and at the Cape Town Press Club, and the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi.  He has also appeared on a number of radio and television programmes including MSNBC, SABC TV,  AM Live and on Radio 702.

In television he has worked for a number of international networks including CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC (Australia), SBS (Australia), NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Al Jazeera English and a number of others.  He has covered fifteen different wars in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  The countries he has worked in include Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Angola, Sudan, Eritrea, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan.

Journey Into Darkness, a documentary on the genocide in Rwanda he worked on for the BBC with producer David Harrison and correspondent Fergal Keane won the 1994 Royal Television Society’s International Current Affairs AwardA Life Less Fortunate, a film on children in South African prisons he worked on with Belinda Hawkins of SBS won the 1999 United Nations Association of Australia Media Award.

           He has written six books the one being featured is:

House of War A love story and thriller about searching for the lost diaries of Alexander the Great in the badlands of northern Afghanistan while being hunted by Al Qaeda. published by Penguin in 2009.  It was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2010.

Doesn’t that just sound fabulous and girls he has that sort of James Bondy look……well that’s my opinion at least! As soon as I have some clarity on the possible second author for the same day I will let you know! Table bookings worked really well for the last AuthorTalk so I would like to continue the trend into the future, please book a table for all future AuthorTalksJ

Then on the 24th of September we are having a second AuthorTalk with author Craig Higginson and his book The Landscape Painter. Below is information about the book and the author.

It is winter in London in 1947. When Arthur Bailey, an elderly painter who lives alone, catches sight of a young woman, Felicity, about to move into the neighbouring bed-sit, he is stirred to recall in haunting detail a long-suppressed narrative. The Landscape Painter is a double tale of obsession, betrayed trust and irrepressible hope, which emerges as Arthur’s story unfolds. As a young, brilliant landscape painter he travelled to South Africa in 1898 in pursuit of his best friend’s sister, the beautiful and mysterious Carwyn Hamilton. Carwyn’s subsequent shocking betrayal led Arthur down a dark path of humiliation and haunted him for the next fifty years. As Arthur delves ever deeper into his most intimate thoughts and desires, the past and present come together in a series of surprising turns and parallels and we meet a range of memorable characters – from the malevolent German governess, Miss Klimt, to Carwyn’s flirtatious and increasingly senile grandmother, Mutti. Finally, Arthur is forced to confront Felicity with the irreducible damage done to him. From the gold-crazed streets of early Johannesburg to the epic battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War, and the austerity of post-Second World War Britain, The Landscape Painter is a spectacular historical novel packed with wit and insight and crafted in Higginson’s lyrical and sinuous but surgical prose.

Craig Higginson is the Literary Manager of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and teaches creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. In February 2010, Craig’s novel Last Summer was released to critical and popular acclaim. He is also well known as a playwright. The Girl in the Yellow Dress has had sold-out seasons at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. It is currently on at the Market Theatre. His first play, Dream of the Dog, appeared at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in a sold-out production featuring Janet Suzman.

What an incredible double bill we have lined up for the month of September and I promise to let you know soonest if it is to be a triple bill!

As always please bring along two lekker books, one to swap and one to donate! The cause is a good one I promise. Please note that authors now start at 2.15pm promptly!

All events are posted on Facebook as well

Jewish new year

Then finally for September’s newsletter it is the first night of the Jewish New Year on the night of the 28th. If anyone would like the price list for all the yummy foods we make for this holiday please let me know and I will forward it to  you! Herrings, Tzimmes, kichel etc, etc

Let me take this opportunity to wish all our Jewish clients and friends a very happy New Year, Chag Sameach and well over the fast.

A last little favour to Mandi. Lollipops Catering and Indulgence Café please would you, when you get a gap, go onto our Facebook pages and “LIKE” them, the links are posted below. Pretty please and very pretty thank you.

Indulgence Café http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indulgence-Cafe/136482686444382?ref=ts

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Have a fabulous September, a wonderful spring and remember to come and visit us @Indulgence real soon!

Love ‘n Lollipops

Mandi Friedman

Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063  Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698

Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5

Celebrate August 2011

Greetings and salutations Puddings

Happy August tidings!

It is official we have passed the half way mark for the year and now the downhill run to the end of the year and year-end functions start………….start thinking about yours soon!

We wish all our Muslim clients well over Ramadan which begins today, hope the fast goes well.

The weather seems to be warming up very nicely, I hope I am not speaking too soon. So maybe summer is on its merry way back to warm the cockles of the heart. In any event the patio at Indulgence is always warm and friendly and ready to welcome you always

This past Saturday author Mike Nicol was at Indulgence for the second of the July AuthorTalks and I have to say yet again that he is fabulous! What a marvelous speaker and great all round guy to listen to. He held his audience in the palm of his hand as we happily lapped up everything he had to say! What an absolute pleasure thank you so much Mike and everyone who joined us as usual!

 

So what is happening @Indulgence this month:

 

August 9th Woman’s Day

Celebrate being a magnificent and magical being,  WOMAN, on this very special day that is just for us! Everyday should be Women’s Day but being such magnanimous wonderful creatures we settle for one day of the year! Join us at Indulgence and revel in your womanhood in elaborate style! Dress up to the nines, glamorous, glitzy and blingy, the more you shine the better and then come down and have breakfast with us! Eat whatever your heart desires off the menu, there are no calories in food on public holidays as far as I know. This special will run from 9am to 12 O’clock even though we DO serve breakfast ALL day!  And then the kicker of the day is that any man who comes dressed as a woman will get a surprise discount off his bill! Adventurous men, cross-dressers and transvestites this is your chance to shine as well and you will fit in 175% if not a little more!  There will be a couple of stalls for you to peruse as well with some jewellery and a few other odds and ends……………..we are not laying on a special menu, we think our breakfast menu will rock you just the way it is! Looking forward to seeing you in your finest

 

August 20th AuthorTalk

This month’s author is a mystery author at this point in time………….I promise to get back to you as soon as I have locked him/her down! Whomever it turns out to be will, I promise be just as fabulous and fascinating as all our previous authors. I am shifting the AuthorTalk time back an hour so in future the author will begin at 2pm instead of 3pm. I hope that this will not cause you any inconvenience. Thank you everyone for bringing your books with you, we are starting to get some really nice books in, and also to everyone who has dropped boxes of books here in the past few weeks, thank you as well. On behalf of Animals in Distress I thank you. In the meantime watch this space for our next exciting author!

The August AuthorTalk will also take place on the 3rd Saturday instead of the second, so please make a note in your diary that it will happen on 2pm on the 20th

 

I still have loads of soup on hand with winter starting to wind down, so I am marking it down by 20% for anyone who fancies picking up a few liters. There is a nice variety available still, pop in and take a peek in the freezer……..it is waiting just for you!

If you are having a birthday in August I hope it is happy and your year incredible, have a look at our FB group for some pictures of cakes to help make your event a whole bunch more memorable!

Wishing you a wonderful August, be good to your neighbours (I love one of mine, he moved out his house) and don’t kick the dog!!

 

Calendar:

August 9th Women’s Day Breakfast

August 20th AuthorTalk

 

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tut tut it’s July already!

Greetings and salutations to you, my fellow ice lollies and frozen popsicles 
I hope that you are loving winter’s cold embrace at the moment. No, don’t shake your head, winter is almost over the solstice has passed and summer is on the way back. I know it doesn’t feel like it now but soon you will be complaining to me that it is too hot, too wet and when is there going to be a little respite from the heat
July is a mere few days away, have you RICA’d your cell phones yet? Traders have you RICA’d the sim cards in the credit card machines? Heaven forbid they should cease to work on the 1st of July, just in time for the week end! Note to self………..go RICA your sim Mandi!

So June is almost behind us and what a month it was at Indulgence! We had two fabulous authors grace our floor, Fiona Snyckers and Jo-Anne Richards, both these ladies were incredible to be around, informative, friendly, intelligent and incredibly engaging! I only had a back view of Jo-Anne because the shop was so packed I couldn’t get to the front to take pictures! Then this past weekend we had the 4th or 5th, I have now lost count, Kink and Fetish Flea Market which was a huge success with all the traders doing some business and the coffee shop doing a roaring trade. We lit a fire outside and the wind very politely died down for the afternoon so we could enjoy the winter sunshine!

The shop freezer is bulging at the seams again. We have to keep re-stocking it with soups and ready-made meals. At the moment there is ox-tail, lamb curry, beef curry and beef lasagna in abundance! Don’t cook when we can cook for you! The biscuit shelves are also groaning under the weight of the wonderful stock our kitchen keeps producing so come and stock up today! A quick reminder about the 5 day meal packs we do, aimed mainly towards the elderly. We prepare these for collection on a Monday afternoon, 5 different meals for you to take home and freeze for just R150 for the pack. Great value and fabulously convenient. We don’t offer you a choice in the meals but you are welcome to tell us if there is something you don’t or cannot eat.

Is there anyone who would like to play chess? We would like to start a chess hang out at Indulgence one afternoon or morning a week. This is open to all levels of chess playing individuals….apart from Olympians Author Diana Duff is looking to get this going ASAP so get in touch with me post haste!

So what is happening @Indulgence this month:
Again I am going to spoil you with two authors in one month you lucky puddings!!
On the 9th of July we have author and journalist Nikki Temkin coming to chat to us about her book, Jozi Chic. This is a one stop guide to all the hottest places in our beloved city of gold, Johannesburg.
A brief bio about Nikki
Nikki Temkin barely passed home economics at school but excelled at creative writing, which set the tone for her future as a young woman
determined to become a paid writer and a better cook.
Her colourful career has included a stint as an advertising copywriter, a TV producer/screenwriter, website editor and various other jobs in the media industry. Over the last eight years she has written prolifically for magazines and newspapers; her longest gig was with The Sunday Times Magazine as TV columnist, critic and features writer. Other than living in the UK while completing her Master’s degree in 1997, Nikki has always lived in Johannesburg, through each of this exciting city’s incarnations.

Here comes my usual blurb…………please be seated by 14h30, the author will start promptly at 3pm. Don’t worry the patio will be heated and if it is on the cold side we will set up in the shop instead, there are also blankies available to put on your laps!
Please, please, please remember to bring along your two books. One of these is to swap and the other is to donate. In February we will hand over all the collected books to Animals in Distress, Amiga’s charity of choice! Please support this very worthwhile cause. Books really are the price of entry into this event, the authors give us their time, sometimes they sell a few books, Indulgence just provides a venue so your books really are important to us and the animals. Amiga will thank you later.

At the end of the month 30 July, author Mike Nicol is coming up from Cape Town to launch his new book Black Heart. He was so blown away by you guys the last time he was here that he is coming back to visit Indulgence specifically! Is that not awesome?! Mike will start at 2pm, this is a whole hour earlier than usual so please bear that in mind!!
Mike Nicol is a full-time writer. He is the author of seven novels, five of which have been published in both the UK and the US, and have been translated into several languages. He lives in Cape Town
Internationally acclaimed, and regarded by many to be one of South Africa’s top crime thriller writers, Mike Nicol concludes his Revenge Trilogy with the fast-paced, compelling Black Heart.
Published in the UK as well, the trilogy sees characters Mace Bishop and Pylon Bishop again making their appearance as in Payback and Killer Country, books one and two of the series.
Pitted against archenemy Sheemina February, Mace is in the kill zone when his and Pylon’s security company is contracted to provide security to a local arms designer tendering to supply a weapons system to the SA navy. The tender process is fraught with danger and bribes and threats abound. Enter the National Intelligence Agency that puts pressure on Mace and Pylon to steal the weapons system. Gradually, the hidden hand of Sheemina February becomes all too clear.
Hailed by John Connolly as one of the brightest thriller writing talents of the last decade, Nicol brings to a nail-biting close the story of Mace and Pylon with this riveting grand finale.

Then on the 24th we will have our annual Christmas in July lunch. This is the same day as the 702 Walk the Talk, so book your table and come join us afterwards if you are walking. As always there will be a full buffet with tables groaning with food. I will make my delicious Gluwein recipe. Christmas crackers will be on the tables, all you need to bring are inexpensive pressies for your friends at your table. There will be gammon, turkey, Christmas pudding and brandy custard and a whole host of other yummy, delicious and delectable delights! The cost is R165 per person, booking is supremely essential so I know how many Christmas crackers to hide. Kids are at a reduced rate as always and your full, happy and content tummy is our main concern
We will be seating from 12h30 for lunch at 1pm.

Next month @Indulgence:
There will be a Woman’s Day breakfast on the 9th of August, the Author Talk in the 13th of August, and one or two other exciting things!
I am away from the 17th to the 21st of July so don’t call me, I will call you………………..but the kitchen will run full steam ahead and you will be well looked after I promise!

Calendar:
9 July Author Talk with Nikki Temkin
24 July Christmas in July lunch
30 Author Talk with Mike Nicoll

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Feeding you is our absolute pleasure so come and visit us again soon! Have an awesome July, enjoy the school holidays! Stay safe, be wild, insane and always incredible

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063 Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698
Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5

Autumn colours beckon, April 2011

Hello, hello, hello Everybody

 Hope that this email finds you in good spirits, hale, hearty and full of the joys of life! I am starting to sound like a stuck record but can you believe with the arrival of April we are already a quarter of the way through the year?! I can’t! I mean do I need to be thinking about what stock to get in for Christmas already? Speaking of stock, we will soon be cooking up some awesome soups for the winter months that we will keep frozen for you to pick up anytime you like! However I am getting a tad ahead of myself at the moment so let me start at the beginning! This is going to be a long newsy newsletter, so grab a cup of coffee with a nice shot of something in it, put your feet up and kick back and relax!

April @Indulgence

 This is a busy month with so many public holidays to get through. It is going to make it a little confusing knowing when we are open and when we are closed, so before I go any further let me lay it all out for you! Unusually we will be CLOSED the entire Easter week end that is the 22nd, 23rd , 24th and 25th of April. Every other regular trading day we are open! Simple

Whilst on the subject of Easter……the big white bunny with the floppy ears and bushy tail has promised to have all the eggs in this basket by the 4th of April so pop in and have a look at what we have, I promise there will be a few different ones from the norm, big ones, small ones and something to fit every budget! April also brings us the Jewish holiday of Pesach and as usual we will have all the food in store that you are going to need!

Have a look at the list below and let me know what we can make for you! Please order well in advance so I know exactly how much fish to mince, taigels to boil and herrings to pickle! Please remember this is Jewish food but not kosher! You are welcome to phone the order in or email me! First night is Monday 18th April. Indulgence will be open right through Pesach.

Pesach 2011 price list

 

Chopped herring R100.00 per kilo

Danish herring R100.00 per kilo

Dill mayo herring R100.00 per kilo

Herring in cream and pineapple R100.00 per kilo

Pickled fish R95.00 per kilo

Pickled fish balls R95.00 per kilo

Fish balls, plain R80.00 per kilo

Fish cakes R80.00 per kilo

 Gefilte fish R100.00 per kilo

 Baked gefilte fish loaf R100.00 per kilo

Chopped liver R95.00 per kilo

Chicken soup R50.00 per liter

Kneidlach R7.00 each

Curried butternut soup R50.00 per liter

Roast chicken R45 per chicken

Roast leg of lamb R205.00 per kilo

Roast potatoes R4.50 each

Potato latkes R7.00 each

Chocolate brownie cake, dairy and flour free, 8 slice R120.00

Orange cake, dairy and flour free, 8 slice R120.00

Meringue and fresh berry roulade, dairy free R185.00

Taiglach R130 per kilo

 Author Talks!!

Yip, there are two of them this month!!! How exciting is that! We figured that seeing as there are some days to spare this month and you may not have anything else planned we would spoil you!! The first Author Talk is April 9th with Tom Cottrell whose book, “5 hour Pilgrim”, has a lovely tale to tell of his monumental promise to himself to run a marathon on every continent in his 50th year! I am, as you may have noticed, not a runner but even I loved this book (yes, for once I have read the book ahead of the time!) You don’t have to be a runner or sporty to enjoy this book, it is an easy read and inspirational as well. We may even have a surprise visit from Bruce Fordyce for this talk, you just never know! As always please be seated by 14h30 for the author to start at 15h00 promptly. Please, as always, remember to bring along your two books, one to donate and one to swap!

How do you measure personal success? After reading this book, your definition will change forever.

This is a story of life; a search for meaning. Tom Cottrell spends his fiftieth year on a personal pilgrimage, running a marathon on every continent. His quest – the growth of his Soul. The standard marathon is made up of twenty miles of hope followed by six miles of truth. Join the Five Hour Pilgrim’s marathon effort as he discovers his own Spirit. Tom Cottrell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Renowned for his best-loved annual The Runners’ Guide to Road Races in South Africa, he has inspired hundreds of athletes at all levels to achieve their goals. Tom is chairman of Hospice-in-the-West.

What the critics say – “Tom Cottrell writes with raw honesty about events and feelings that most of us try to suppress, much less express in public. His philosophy of goodness and indestructible optimism has been forged by hardship that began before his birth. This is a story of a life lived to the full. A life without the need for excuses. Not now. Not ever.” Professor Tim Noakes, University of Cape Town and Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

Author of Lore of Running “Husbandhood, fatherhood, Southafricanism, travelogue, success and failure and which is which, a pinch of Gibran and a dash of Descartes … Tom turns his runner’s eyes to a startlingly wide world, and records it with unveiled pen. ” Denis Beckett, Award-winning author, publisher, TV producer “Tom writes and runs in the heartbeat of every moment. The reader runs with him”

Dr Dorian Haarhoff, former Professor of English Literature, University of Namibia. Writer, mentor, poet, storyteller. Author of The Writer’s Voice.

Then because I love all of you sooooooo much on Freedom Day, Wednesday, April 27th Diana Duff will be joining us with her book, Leaves From the Fig tree. I have read an excerpt from the book and I loved reading it and my brain in crying out for more! Diana is a very entertaining speaker so come and join us on the 27th for these lovely extra event! This talk is starting earlier! So please be seated by 13h30 for the author to start promptly at 14h00! This is an hour earlier than usual so please remember that and it is on Wednesday, not Saturday!!

About Diana Duff………………….. Born in Africa but Irish by descent, Diana Duff went to live, aged two, with her grandparents in a Georgian stately home, Annes Grove, set in world-renowned gardens. Enveloped by this rich tapestry, her world seemed magical – the Judas tree reputed to flower only on Good Friday; rare rhododendrons from Tibet; a Chinese coffin tree and blue meconopsis poppies – with talk of horses and fishing juxtaposed with tales of banshees, ráths and the foxy-haired ghost, visits from Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, David Cecil and many others. Aged 18, she returned to Africa to a father she scarcely knew; to Ruanda and Uganda; to crystal lakes and forest gorillas; to Kenya, where she met the legendary Grogan and Raymond Hook who raced cheetahs in Haringay; where she doubled for Grace Kelly in Mogambo; a transfer to Johannesburg, where she challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and emerged victorious. With humour, eloquence, empathy and candour, Diana shares her adventures and her arrival at a place from her childhood, where family truths are learned, along with the realisation that Africa has real magic all of its own.

Our biscuit shelves are groaning under the weight of some really yum goodies, there are potted peaches in brandy, potted apricots in brandy, plums in port, jams, preserves and other what-nots like olive oil, salt and pepper, teas and awesome hand bags from Mexico and Easter eggs on the way! Come shopping please, the bank manager is asking very nicely! We have loads of lovely stock in at the moment so we look forward to seeing you soon!

Indulgence has also just had a facelift bit of a nip and tuck with a hint of a Botox injection so she is looking really lovely at the moment. The patio is at its most warm and welcoming even with the lousy weather that we are having and Amiga is missing you if she hasn’t seen you lately so just pop in and say HI!

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Calendar:

 April 1st April : April Fools Friday!

9th Author Talk Tom Cottrell

18th Pesach first night

22nd-24th Easter week end (closed)

27th Author Talk Diana Duff Next month

@Indulgence Author talk with Joanne Richards and of course its our Mother’s Day lunch 

One final parting incy wincey little note, we would like to wish all our Jewish customers, friends and family a very happy Pesach, Chag Sameach and everything of the best and to our Christian customers and our staff we wish you a very Happy Easter filled with lots of love and family and really, really good food.

As always if you would prefer not to receive these newsletters then please just send me a mail with “unsubscribe” in the subject line!

Remember to be nice to yourself

Love ‘n Lollipops

 Mandi Friedman

Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063 Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698

Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5

fabulous frolicking February 2011

Hello all the bodies! 

Hope that January has treated you all fabulously, that the kids are settled nicely into school, the traffic isn’t driving you completely insane and the bank continues to be understanding
I have just returned from the most wonderful, amazing, incredible, awesome etc holiday with 4 of the most amazing women! They sure know how to party up a storm and I was, I have to admit, hard pressed to keep up with them at times. Being a book worm I would be quite happy to laze on the patio with the roar of the sea below and read. Alas I was dragged out, almost kicking and screaming to see the wonderful sights, do magical things like swim with dolphins and snorkel magnificent coral, meet the awesome locals and spend copious amounts of money! So please could you all come in and have breakfast over the next few days so I can make the bank manager a little happier! Mexico was incredible but all good things must alas come to an end and I am, believe it or not, happy to be home with Amiga and back here to look after you guys.
I trust that you were well looked after while I was away, please don’t hesitate to let know if there were any problems and I promise to personally wring a few necks to make it all better!
Thanks so much to my team, Mum, Martin, Gladys, Fortune and co who kept the wheels oiled and things running smoothly!

So here we are at the month of romance and delight and what does Indulgence have to offer you this month you are wondering, well read on and will tell all!
Fetish Flea market
First off we are kick starting February with our third Fetish Flea market with coffee and cake day takes place now, now, now! 5th Feb from 14h30-17h30. I know that isn’t giving you a whole lot of notice but I also know you guys pull rabbits out of hats all the time. We chose this date as it is pretty close to Valentine’s Day so you can buy your loved ones something a little different and Risqué this year! Come along and see the selection of leather and lace, bits and bobs available. Just hang out, have a coffee and a slice of cake, browse, shop and have a little fun. Regret no under 18’s allowed! Catherine has gone the extra mile to organize this event and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

February 12TH Author Talk:
This month we hand over all the books we have collected to Animals in Distress. So I am now asking you to bring along, as well as your two books, one to donate and one to swap, some animal stuff…….by that I mean food, blankets, bedding, baskets, toys etc, whatever you have lying around that would make the animals lives a little easier! Animals in Distress will be here to collect everything so please expect this meeting to last about 30 minutes longer than usual!
This month’s author was with us last year as well. He was a little cagey back them about what exactly it was he did back in the day but now we know why……………he was writing his memoirs and holding all the juicy stuff back! So please welcome back to Indulgence, Michael Bowery and his book “Shred when Read”. I think this month’s author will have broad spectrum appeal to everyone and to the guys who have been in the military or wanted to be and never got there! As usual please be seated by 14h30 for the author to start promptly at 3pm, although in this case we may well hand over the stuff to Animals in Distress first. I think I am saying in any event please don’t be late

Who is Michael Bowery?
Michael Edwin Bowery was born in 1931 in North London. He survived the London ‘Blitz’ of World War II and was educated at Clark’s College, London, achieving little academically but excelling in most sports. Between 1949 and 1957 he served successively in the British Army and in London’s Metropolitan Police. In 1957 he was appointed as an Inspector of police in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland where he was commissioned in 1962 and served until Nyasaland’s independence from Britain in 1964. Between 1965 and 1969 he served in the South African Police as a Detective Warrant Officer working in the realm of serious crime. In 1969 he was recruited into the then Bureau for State Security as an intelligence officer. The Bureau later became the National Intelligence Service. For twenty years he served in covert operations targeting African liberation movements and the Soviet in Africa. In 1990 he moved to the Directorate of Covert Collection (DCC), an intelligence arm of the South African Special Forces Reconnaissance battalions. In 1996 he began writing the first of three action novels. In the same year he was asked by the ANC-led government to return to work and create and run a new covert operation. In 2000 he finally retired but continued writing. In 2009 he finished a fourth novel ‘Al Qaeda Armageddon – Target USA’ which is due to be published in 2011. Also in 2009 he completed his memoirs and this book is the result.
Author’s Note.
A year before my stint in the British Army in 1949, the West’s perceived enemy was the communism of the Soviet Union spread through Eastern Europe and then into Africa. The Cold War had begun. From that time on until 1992 Soviet communism, its myriad of front organizations and overt involvement with Africa’s liberation movements, all became my target. Almost by accident, I stumbled into the world of espionage and to my surprise found I was fairly good at it. As a case officer I ran agents in various parts of the world, targeting the Soviet and the liberation movements. Much later I worked for the new ANC-led government of South Africa. In this maelstrom of political activity in Africa my task was information collection – establishing truths, identifying threats to the society and the state that I was serving. For this I make no apology since I did the same for the ANC government, although this time, I was not aimed at communism but the emerging influence of China and the Indian Ocean states.

Valentine’s Day weekend:
This being the month of romance and true love we are offering you lovely heart shaped cakes and pretty romantic cupcakes for your loved ones. That means remember your wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter etc………… and me of course, I love getting flowers, hint hint!
On Saturday the 12th February we will have a “Lover’s Breakfast” option available. This is a three course breakfast for two with champers and other pretty goodies. Booking is as always essential so please call ahead………….as yet I have not worked out the menu or the price but give me a couple of days and if you are interested in booking I promise to have an answer for you!

Next month we have the Author talk, Human Right’s day and St Paddy’s events lined up………………..but for that you really do need to watch this space! A more newsy better newsletter next month I promise!
Pop in sometime and try out the new exciting items on the menu, they are there just for you to enjoy!

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Have a fabulous frolicking fun-filled February and we look forward to feeding you as always!
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Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063 Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698
Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5