From the Book Jacket to My Parlour, Raymond E Feist

A Raymond E Feist Collection

A Raymond E Feist Collection

I have been fortunate thus far in my life to have met quite a few authors, some starting out, some ending their careers, some good, some not so good, some have been really well known, some have had no ego to speak of and some have had trouble fitting those super-size-me heads through the door. It has only happened once in my entire life though that I have had the fortune to meet an author who changed the genre of books I read and thereby changed my whole life!

I have always believed in faeries at the bottom of the garden, the monster under the bed and that the garden gnomes come to life when you turn your back on them. A world of fantastical beings, filled with magic and wonder is not a stretch of my imagination to perceive. So, it is no small wonder that the first book of fantasy that I ever read, Magician, by Raymond E Feist, changed my life and set my reading on a path all of its own. I have never given up the thrillers, dramas and historical spectaculars but my one true reading love is fantasy and Ray, as he introduced himself to me when he arrived at Indulgence Cafe is the man who brought that spark into my life and introduced me to worlds not bound by the gravity and sense of the one we live in.

Magic, magicians, dragons, royal families, rags to riches, love, betrayal, elves, good and evil, light and dark, Raymond E Feist’s work brings it all alive. He paints pictures with words and weaves worlds that you can picture in your head as you read and become lost in the forests and the mud splattered roads of Midkemia and kelewan. Careful, or you will find you leave your mind behind and end up a little confused about where you are when you close the book and suddenly return, abruptly to the harsh realities of planet Earth.

This man, this Raymond E Feist, has just returned home to San Diego after a whirlwind book tour of SA with his publishers and I was lucky enough, okay, I did have to grovel quite a bit, to get him to come and speak at Indulgence  Cafe on Heritage Day, 24 September 2014, but that’s okay as well because, I know people 🙂  Of all the authors we have hosted at Indulgence Cafe, this is the first one to have had people begging me for seats and places at the event. One family even brought me a box of chocolates to say thank you for making place for them, I was quite humbled and no, I have no intention of sharing. What a remarkable event, with an incredible author.

SA’s own fantasy author, Dave De Burgh spent an hour chatting to Ray about his work, his characters and how he got started. Never before, has one hour passed by in such a flash and we would love to have had them speak for longer but duty and lunch called. Ray is awesome, funny, witty and he was incredibly patient with the fans who brought along entire collections of his work for him to sign. The poor man must have signed 300 books for the 103 people who were at Indulgence Cafe on Wednesday morning, I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with him.

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

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A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

For me, little old me, it was a dream come true and something to cross off my bucket list. I met Raymond E Feist in the flesh, I heard him speak and I have the pictures to prove it.

The link to YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du7BpOT1R_w

So when is the next one coming out Ray?

Our 2013 in Pictures…………..

January to December 2013……

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Adriaan Basson and Anton Harber at Indulgence Cafe

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Our New Baby

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Author’s Cocktail Evening with a whole bunch of great SA authors

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We Look forward to a fabulous and fun filled 2014 with more events, more authors and a whole bunch more Indulgent Fun, share this journey with us in this coming year
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

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

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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!

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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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Bloody Book Week Events 2013

Bloody Book Week

Bloody Book Week

Well Hello There 🙂

These are the four Bloody Book Week Events that are taking place at Indulgence Cafe on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August. The line up is fabulous, the talent immense, the venue delightful and the food delicious and of course you get me thrown into the mix at no extra charge! Book your place today!

Bloody Book Week
We are honoured once again to be part of the Bloody Book Week with Jenny Crwys-Williams and Sunday Times. This exciting week has a host of incredible local and international, very talented crime writers at various locations all over Jozi available to you the public to meet and ask questions of. It is really a wonderful week to be a part of and we have asked for and been given four great events to host with nine top class, very interesting writers and authors! There are snacks and meals included in all the booking fees and books will be available for sale at all events. Please take note of the different start times, two are evening events and two are morning events

1 Aug
Julian Rademeyer and Mtutuzeli Nyoka, Killing in the African Bush
Mtutuzeli Nyoka: former president of Cricket SA, ENT surgeon, novelist, served as the President of Cricket South Africa (CSA) from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practices as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. His first novel, I Speak to the Silent, was published in 2004 by UKZN Press to widespread critical acclaim, and his second novel A Hill of Fools was published in April 2013 by Picador Africa http://mtutuzelinyoka.com/

Julian Rademeyer: investigative journalist, Alan Paton Award shortlisted author, is an award-winning investigative journalist who, for nearly 20 years, has written and worked for major South African and Australian newspapers and news agencies. Killing for Profit is his Alan Paton shortlisted book for 2013, a searing investigation into one of the most brutal of crimes and ruthless criminal enterprise: rhino poaching.
http://www.randomstruik.co.za/about-the-author.php?authorID=5958

We are charging R120 per head for this event which includes a light buffet dinner available from 6pm. The authors will start promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated well in advance. Bookings please for catering purposes
The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/542142289179490/

Julian Rademeyer, Killing for Profit

Julian Rademeyer, Killing for Profit

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka

2 Aug
Mike Nicol in conversation with Michele Rowe

Michéle Rowe: won the 2011 CWA Debut Dagger Award. Michele is writing South Africa’s second crime trilogy (Mike Nicol wrote the first). The first book in the trilogy What Hidden Lies will be launched at The Bloody Book Week. Michele Rowe is a scriptwriter for television and film. http://www.michelrowe.co.za

Mike Nicol: Journalist, writer and creator of SA’s only krimi page, Crime Beat, a journalist and writer, and convener of online writing courses on creative and non-fiction narrative. His Revenge Trilogy (Payback, Killer Country, Black Heart) is gaining stature abroad. For crime fiction news and interviews go to Crime Beat which is devoted to SA krimis, and more. A writer of stature and a wayward sense of humour, he has contributed, he has Apart from his crime writing, he is a writer of stature and his latest crime novel Cops & Robbers will be launched at the Bloody Book Week. http://mikenicol.bookslive.co.za/bout/

The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/356745727787886/
We are charging R120 per head for this event which includes a light buffet dinner available from 6pm. The authors will start promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated well in advance, bookings please for catering purposes.

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Michele Rowe and Mike Nicol

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3 Aug
Barry Bateman and Alex Eliseev talking Cold Case and true crime in Africa

Barry Bateman: investigative EWN Pretoria-based newsman with fire in his belly. Broke the Oscar Pistorius story on 702, tweeter of superhuman skills. Writing Behind the Door – the Oscar & Reeva Story with Mandy Weiner

Alex Eliseev: Award-winning EWN hard news journalist; on a Taco Kuiper grant for his cold case book: The Murder of Betty Ketani, A Secret Breaks Free (2014) & part of the Barry Bateman/Mandy Weiner Oscar Pistorius bail hearing team http://alexeliseev.co.za/

We are charging R100 per head for this event, breakfast snacks will be served at the tables. Bookings only please, payment in advance. Authors will start promptly at 10am, seating from 8.30am
http://www.facebook.com/events/169116873269416/

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4 Aug
Peter James and Stuart MacBride in conversation with Margie Orford

Peter James: an international best-selling crime thriller novelist published in 36 languages, he has written nine Roy Grace novels (sales are astonishing: 13 million for one of these novels, 11 million for another) but there are stand alone novels as well. His most recent novel is Dead Man’s Time, a Roy Grace novel. He has a particular interest in science, medicine and the paranormal. Novels, all set in Brighton. http://www.peterjames.com

Stuart MacBride: award-winning tartan noir crime writer
Having failed abjectly at architecture/IT/graphic designer/undertaker/etcetera, Stuart began writing a wee book set in Aberdeen, Cold Granite. His anti hero cop is Det Sergeant Logan McRae and the book was snapped up by Harper Collins. His latest book is Close to the Bone, “a typically twisted tale of witchcraft, murder and delusion.” Dying Light, Broken Skin, Flesh House, Blind Eye, Dark Blood, Shatter the Bones and his latest book (Close to the Bone). http://www.stuartmacbride.com

Margie Orford: crime novelist, award-winning journalist, film director, children’s fiction and non-fiction, and patron of Rape Crisis
Margie Orford is a crime novelist, who is already an award winning journalist and film director, and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books. Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa.

We are charging R280 per head for this event which includes a light brunch to be served after the talk. Bookings only please, payment in advance. Please email me to confirm. Authors will start promptly at 10am, seating from 9am

The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/672938522732653/

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To book just pop me an email to lollipops@telkomsa.net or call us on 0117825062
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

The Guitarist, The Writer & Food to Delight Her

Always Marry An April Girl
Praise the spells and bless the charms,
I found April in my arms.
April golden, April cloudy,
Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;
April soft in flowered languor,
April cold with sudden anger,
Ever changing, ever true —
I love April, I love you.
Ogden Nash

Hello Friends
Welcome to another the next month in the endless cycle that move us in never ending circles through the changing seasons and heralds the arrival of winter, my favourite season.
Autumn leading headily into winter and in theory giving us time to withdraw into self, rest and reflect, eat delectable hot soups, warm breads and drink hot liquid chocolate from steaming cups. Already the days grow shorter and the mornings the light comes a little later. There is a chill in the air and a slight chill in the wind that is blowing gently through my shop at the moment. Not to mention my swimming pool was covered in yellow leaves this morning from last night’s wind and rain, some of the things about autumn are just not THAT fabulous!
March was an incredible month for us at Lollipops Catering and Indulgence Café. We shared in the joys of 30th’s 50th’s and 80th birthdays, the joys of new life and we paid homage to those that passed away. We ate sushi, played 30 seconds where we discovered that the clues for Mrs Balls Chutney was to grab your scrotum and virtually dump its contents onto the non-existent plate of curry in front of you. Not the greatest clue in the world but worth copious amounts of priceless laughter. Auriol Hays serenaded us into March and the early arrival of Easter shuffled us into April.

Scenes from a 50th birthday at Indulgence

Scenes from a 50th

Scenes from a 50th

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Scenes from an 80th, my Mum’s in fact!

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We went out for sushi on Sunday night and I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that our sushi is among the best in Jozi. The sushi we ate out didn’t even rank as far as I was concerned, was very unimpressed! Not to mention that this same restaurant charges R130 for a bottle of Fairview La Capra Merlot, which we use as house wine at R80 a bottle! Never let it be said that you don’t get value for money at Indulgence Cafe or that I’m biased in any shape or form!
All in all a great month for us but not I think, as a whole, for South Africa where our soldiers died defending foreign soil, where we celebrated Human Rights Day but a small criminal percentage of our citizens fail to respect the rights of others, raping and murdering with gay abandon and where the police will drag you, cuffed, behind a police vehicle for parking on the wrong side of the road. Maybe the onset of winter will give everyone pause to re-evaluate and question the way we do things and merely accept things in this country of ours, Cry the Beloved Country!
If there is to be a viable country in the future of SA something needs to happen now or soon this country will become ungovernable and most inhospitable

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us collect eggs for needy and impoverished kids! We collected, with the help of you guys, News Café Woodmead, Café 1145 in Blairgowerie, Odd Cafe in Greenside, the Fourways Farmers Market and you, the people who read these monthly and weekly missives in excess of 1000 eggs. Photos are coming in slowly but in the meantime I have these to share with you! Thank you so much for contributing eggs and for taking the time to go buy some and drop them off. I am super impressed. (Is this a good time to start asking for blankets and clothing for winter for the needy?) I would also like to say that you to Maggie Tshule and Dee Mullan for handling the distribution of the eggs for us.

These are some of the pics of the kids we donated eggs at Emthonjeni Community Center, Zandspruit and The Coalition of Angilcan Children’s Homes

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Pictures from the Easter Egg Drive 2013

Pictures from the Easter Egg Drive 2013

On to happier things and what we have lined up in April for your entertainment………………..
The month at a glance…………..
1st Easter Monday, and we are open, this is not a joke!
3rd Wednesday Quiz dinner
4th Thursday R100 dinner
5th Friday Pot luck dinner : Keira Witherkay jazz guitar evening
10th Wednesday AuthorTalk with Gareth Crocker, Penguin
11th Thursday R100 dinner
12th Friday Pot luck dinner
17th Wednesday Games evening
18th Thursday R100 dinner
19th Friday Pot luck dinner
24th Wednesday sushi evening
25th Thursday R100 dinner
26th Friday pot luck dinner
27th Public holiday Freedom Day……………..we are OPEN
30th Tuesday evening before the public holiday
1st of May Wednesday Quiz Dinner

Wednesdays:
Our Wednesdays are I know, a little confusing, as they change from week to week but there is a rhythm going now with quiz first, followed by social and games and ending the month with sushi. This month though I am making one small change as we are slotting in an Author Talk smack bang in the middle of the month on a Wednesday evening. I thought it would make a nice change from the normal Saturday afternoons.

it is quiz time again!

it is quiz time again!

Quiz Dinner
Wednesday 3rd April THIS WEDNESDAY!!!

Starting and ending April we have our monthly quiz dinner, this is proving to be a fun filled evening with good laughs! Dinner is a light self service buffet that stays out the entire time so you can help yourselves. The quiz is 9 rounds of 10 questions in which time you get to find out how much you don’t know about things you thought you knew a whole bunch about. I am hoping that once we have had this going for a number of months we can start a quiz league and the regular teams can compete for great prizes but that is further down the road. In the meantime the evening costs R120 per head. The wining team will have half the cost of their meal, drinks excluded, deducted from their bill. Only teams of 4 or smaller are eligible to win the prize so sorry if you are 5 or more.

The Link to the FB event:

AuthorTalk
Wednesday 10th April

In a slight departure from our regular Saturday afternoon AuthorTalks, Gareth Crocker will be joining us on Wednesday 10th April to chat about his new book, Never Let Go. Gareth has a couple of books under his belt already, one of which is being made into a major motion picture called Finding Jack. Come have a light buffet dinner and meet Gareth, see what he has to say and his books will be on sale if you would like to purchase one and have it signed by him! I am about a third of the way through my copy and absolutely enjoying the book, it is an easy read with a very believable plot and characters.
This is an AuthorTalk so please remember to bring along your two books, one to swap and one to donate. We donated a huge amount of books to Animals In Distress in February and I am looking forward to going even bigger during this year!

Link to the FB event:

From the publishers:
In April, we are releasing Never Let Go by Gareth Crocker. It’s a departure from his previous two novels, Finding Jack and Journey from Darkness, and is a suspenseful psychological thriller. There is some continuity however as, like his previous books, this is a story that will move you.

Never Let Go is a story of a parent’s worst nightmare, the loss of a child and the possibility of getting them back.
As he presses a revolver to his head, Reece Cole sees his little daughter’s handprints on the windowpane. One last, painful reminder of her all too short life. But then he notices something about the handprints that defies belief. Something that verges on the impossible.

He spends the next few days frantically trying to make sense of what is happening. Then a stranger stops at his gate with a small grey envelope. Inside is a single white card, inscribed with six breathtaking words: “I can bring your daughter back.”

About the author

Gareth Crocker’s debut novel, Finding Jack (2011), was published in New York to international acclaim. It was translated into several languages and featured in eight volumes of the Reader’s Digest Select Editions. In 2012 Penguin Books published his adventure novel, Journey from Darkness.

Gareth lives in Johannesburg with his wife and two young daughters. He writes only at night, unless Manchester United is playing.

Visit Gareth’s website at http://www.garethcrocker.com or follow him on Twitter @garethcrocker.

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Our Handsome and charismatic author Gareth Crocker

Our Handsome and charismatic author Gareth Crocker

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You magazine article

Games Social Evening
Wednesday 17th April

This evening is shaping up slowly, but it is taking time. Bring some games, bring your family and your single friends and spend an evening with us having fun, playing games and enjoying a delicious meal. Dinner is a light buffet and is available the whole evening for you to pick at.
Always fun, always entertaining, join us!

Sushi Evening
Wednesday 24th April

I have to say that our sushi is amongst the best that I have tasted in Jozi. We do limit you to salmon only but there is enough varieties of sushi and sashimi to keep everyone happy. We have ironed out the delivery delays in getting the sushi out the kitchen faster so join us towards the end of April for a really fishy evening. As always vegetarians are taken care of and there is always a chicken or other dish for those who want to come along but don’t want sushi. The menu is ala carte so eat to your own budget. For bookings 0117825063

Our Fabulous sushi

Our Fabulous sushi

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Thursday Dinners
I am still standing by this meal being the best value in Johannesburg! R100 per head excluding drinks and gratuity. You really cannot go wrong. There is a little something for everyone. The actual kitchen is closed at night so you are limited to our plated menu but eating here is well worth the experience. People are starting to book this venue for function on Thursdays because they know exactly what it is going to cost them up front. I think it is a fabulous idea, well I would, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

4 April
Vegetable samoosas with tzatziki
Roast leg of lamb, roast potatoes, roasted butternut with almonds and syrup and mint jelly
Or
Fried fish and chips with coleslaw salad
Or
Tomatoes stuffed with spicy vegetarian mince and topped with grilled cheese
Chocolate pot with dipping seasonal fruit and marshmallows

11 April
Tomato and basil tartlets with parmesan shavings
Roast pork fillet with apple sauce, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and feta salad
Or
Fish sosaties with mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli and feta salad
Or
Cannelloni stuffed with creamy spinach and feta, topped with cheesy sauce
Chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse and black cherry sauce

18 April
Vegetable soup with home baked rolls
Chicken curry and basmati rice with sambals and topped with poppadom
Or
Beef olives with sautéed potatoes, peas and carrots
Or
Cous-cous topped with vegetarian bolognaise and topped with grated parmesan
Malva pudding and custard

25 April
Garlic and chilli button mushrooms with separate toast
Gnocchi with bolognaise sauce topped with parmesan shavings
Or
Grilled chicken breast fingers with honey and soy marinade, Chinese noodles and stir fry vegetables
Or
Pan fried tofu steak topped with eggplant mayonnaise with crispy French fries and
Peach Cobbler

First Fridays
The first Friday of every month is a cause for celebration at Indulgence and this coming Friday is no different. Auriol Hays set us on this path and Keira Witherkay is taking us the next step forward.
This remarkable jazz guitarist will be right here to entertain you on Friday 5th of April, so book your table and come spend the evening with us listening to some background vibes while you eat our magical food or is that listen to some magical music while you eat our background food? No, it isn’t that either, come eat lekker food and listen to some awesome music. Cost per head is R120 which includes dinner, live music and a welcome drink. Sounds great to me! For bookings 011 782 5063

The link to the FB event:

Keira doing her thing!

Keira doing her thing!

Keira doing her thing!

Keira doing her thing!

Pot Luck Fridays
The rest of the Fridays in April are all Pot Luck. So whatever the chef puts out to eat. Always a good variety and choice of food, not expensive at around R75-R90 per head for dinner. Come relax and unwind and make Indulgence the place you can ease out of the week and into the week end!

Thank Gd it's Friday

Thank Gd it’s Friday

Our Kink and Fetish Market was the best one we have had so far. It has taken us two years to build it up to a point where it really rocked. There were 11 stalls with all sorts of goodies, everyone sold stuff and loads of people popped in to browse, shop, eat and chat to friends!
These pics are care of a professional photographer who was there on the day (and a couple of mine for good measure!)

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The Kink and Fetish Market

The Kink and Fetish Market

Our March AuthorTalk with Hagen Engler was a real treat. He is funny, entertaining and very with it and the white boy can rap with the best of them! Although I don’t think that he has Eminem’s money! What I did love about him was that he mentioned his wife a couple of times and his love for her shone through as well!

Meet Hagen Engler!

Meet Hagen Engler!

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There is no prize for reading all the way to the end of this blog entry but you do deserve a medal, so I am going to give you one. Pop me an email telling me if you enjoyed reading this blog entry, if it should be longer or shorter with more or less pics in or if it is great just the way it is and I will give you a reward for being so fabulous!
Thanks so much for sharing March with us, we look forward to sharing April with you
Much Love and Many Lollipops
Mandi

The Lollipop July 2012

Some of the Lollipops Catering staff with Dali Tambo at the People of the South promo shoot 30 June 2012

Greetings and salutations my fellow Americans…………..oops, wrong newsletter!

Howzit Everyone

Is it cold enough for you yet? Just think, the longest night has passed, means summer is on the way back. Okay we still have to get through cold, cold July and windy August but summer is just around the corner and then it is a downhill run to the end of the year (or am I getting a little ahead of myself here)
The June AuthorTalk with Sarah Graham was fabulous and very entertaining, what a lovely book bitten. is. And our Fetish and Kink Market absolutely rocked this month. Around 120 people came through the doors during the 3 hour event which went of fabulously. I had my doubts about the weather because the start of the day was gloomy and very wet but by lunchtime the sky had cleared, the sun was out and the day was magnificent! If you missed it in June then make sure you are here for 27 October! Our bonus AuthorTalk with ex Bok coach Peter De Villiers really was smash hit. Who would have thought that Peter was quite so engaging, quiet so charming and really funny actually. It was a real treat to meet him!
Big, big month happening at Indulgence this July so I am just going to plunge right in (speaking of plunging remember we have some fabulous plunger coffees for you to try out, R28 for a plunger full of robust delicious Colombian, Indian or African coffee!)

The July Calendar first:
5th Dinner at Indulgence (The first with some give away gifts on the night)
12th Dinner at Indulgence
14th AuthorTalk with a French twist
19th Dinner at Indulgence
21st Rocks and minerals talk with Justin Glanvill
26th Dinner at Indulgence

Romantic ambience, subdued lighting and lots of heaters

Home comforts and fabulous food


Dinner at Indulgence:

Your favourite coffee shop is opening on Thursday nights for dinner. Dinner is a three course set menu with a set starter and desert and 3 choices for the main course. The cost per head for this first evening is R100 per person. We know it is chilly so we are going to warm that patio up with heaters, a barrel fire and blankets if you need them. Your cars will be safe our car guard will be outside braving the elements. What more could you ask besides fabulous food? If this initiative proves popular then we shall start opening on more and more evenings! So help us make this happen please! As we are not licensed at this point in time please BRING YOUR OWN or BYO 🙂
The Thursday night menu will change from week to week so watch this space for a new weekly email with the menu on. There is a FB event posted if you would like to have a look :
http://www.facebook.com/events/429645730400592/

Booking is essential!
After some in depth thought, a huge challenge, in my case this is how dinner is going to happen………………..just to reiterate ……………
There will be one starter, choice of three mains and one dessert and the cost………….R100 per head! Dinner is from 6pm, no service after 8.30pm………….hope you are all still going to come.
The menu is as follows:
Leek and potato soup
Red Thai chicken curry with jasmine rice/beef and baby onion casserole/Potato and chickpea curry with rice
Dessert is warm chocolate brownie and cream

Amanda Coetzee Redemption Song

The latest offering from Amanda Coetzee, her second book Redemption Song

AuthorTalk:
This month’s author is a foreigner, she comes all the way from England via Rustenburg and is coming through specially to chat to us about her book that is only launching in July, so this one really is hot off the press. This is Amanda Coetzee’s second book, her first is called Bad Blood. Her second book, Redemption Song, a crime thriller, is the one she is coming to tell us alllllllllll about. This is a special AuthorTalk for a couple of reasons, one being the book only launches in July, the other being that it is the French holiday Bastille Day. I know that means absolutely nothing to any of us but it is just one more reason to eat fabulous French style food. So the lunch specials for the 14th of July will be the mussels in cream, wine and garlic with home baked brown bread, deep fried Camembert with berry coulis and a toasted bagel, French onion soup with a cheese crouton and a hearty seafood stew!
Redemption Song:
She thought she would stop breathing. Looking back, she wished she had …Dark, enigmatic hero Harry O’Connor, aka Badger, is on long leave from the London Metropolitan Police Force, living once more among the Traveller community he grew up with as he heals physically and mentally from the strains of his last case. When social worker Emily Meadows calls with news of a mother and daughter trapped in the clutches of a brutal Albanian warlord named Jak Kraja, Badger sets off on a mission to free them. When Badger tries to escape with his charges, things start to go horribly wrong. As Kraja’s net tightens, Badger turns to former police colleagues and the mysterious Albanian Traveller community for help. Badger must pit every ounce of his skills, wit and strength against a wily enemy and his henchmen as a thrilling race for survival unfolds.
About the author:
When she isn’t writing crime thrillers, Amanda Coetzee works as a deputy headmistress. She grew up in Bedford, England, and now lives in Rustenburg with her husband and son. Redemption Song is Amanda’s second novel after her acclaimed debut crime thriller Bad Blood.

This is a regular AuthorTalk so pretty please remember to bring along some books, at least one to swap and one to donate. Please bring along books that are actually worth having. By which I mean in good condition and not just good for recycling. It is all well and good to bring along books that you no longer want but they do need to be books that someone else may want to read and it doesn’t help if they are falling apart. (My soap box moment!) The author will start at 2pm promptly.

Justin Glanvill and the late fabulous Finn who Amiga terrorized at Emmarentia Park relentlessly. Poor guy didn’t know what had hit him with this older woman!

Mineral Talk:
On the 21st of July Justin Glanvill, a very well respected local geologist will be coming along to talk to us about rocks! Not the ones in your spouse’s head but those you find lying on the ground, in the ground and cascading down the side of a mountain. Justin is going to talk about the local rocks, minerals and crystals of South Africa. He is bringing along some samples and you are welcome to raise the “fracking” topic with him as well. I have asked him to bring me a handful of diamonds and rubies with a (s)pot of gold but so far my pleas are falling on deaf ears! Please join us for this free talk on Saturday 21st July at 2pm. Bring along a few of your rocks that you would like identified or you find interesting and would like to show the rest of us. Adult show and tell, no take your mind out the gutter now! 2pm and the regular menu is available! That is Justin in the pic with his boy Finn, who sadly is no longer with us. He was huge friends with Amiga and she used to terrorize the poor youngster all the time!

What’s Coming up?
That pretty much wraps up June at Indulgence Cafe but before I go I have to tell you a bit about events in August because before you blink it will be here and I won’t have dangled the carrot yet! I have no doubt that you are in some shape or form aware of who Jenny Crwys-Williams is, what I am not sure about is if you have heard of the events she organizes called The Bloody Book week. What happens is that Jenny brings together a whole bunch of writers both fiction and non-fiction to talk crime writing. Most are local writers and journalists but some hail from over the seas. Well this year, your very own Indulgence Cafe had been chosen to host a couple of the events to in the first week end of August we have Trevor Corbett, Andrew Brown, Michael Connelly and Jeffrey Deaver coming………….you read that right, I promise! So watch this space and keep an eye out for the advertising for The Bloody Book week which is just starting to happen and make sure you have booked your spot for at least one of the two events we are hosting!
Also happening in August is our Rhino talk and that is shaping up very nicely with a couple of guest speakers, some ceramics, some art and very possibly someone from the Lawrence Anthony Foundation to talk about him, his work and his last book, The Last Rhinos. Very exciting stuff happening around here

Feel free to follow us on twitter @indulgence_cafe
or follow Amiga on twitter @amigafriedman

We have a couple of pages on FB that you are really very welcome to go and like. There are always pictures, jokes and interesting tidbits being posted to them
find them at:
facebook.com/theindulgencecafe
facebook.com/lollipopscatering
facebook.com/lollipopscakes

Thanks so much for spending the past 20 minutes with me! Please make sure you introduce yourself because we cannot wait to feed you
Happy week end and stay warm!
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

A few pics from the past month: Fetish Market Pictures are courtesy of Adele Horn Pet Photography

Picture care of Adele Horn of Adele Horn Pet Photography http://www.adelehorn.co.za

Picture care of Adele Horn of Adele Horn Pet Photography http://www.adelehorn.co.za

Picture care of Adele Horn of Adele Horn Pet Photography http://www.adelehorn.co.za

Picture care of Adele Horn of Adele Horn Pet Photography http://www.adelehorn.co.za

Picture care of Adele Horn of Adele Horn Pet Photography http://www.adelehorn.co.za

Hellllooooooooooo Kitty Cupcakes

Mountain climbers do it differently

Ex Springbok coach Peter De Villiers chatted to us about his career and his book, Politically Incorrect

Sarah Graham chatting to us about her blog and her fabulous cookbook, bitten.