Hello, Hello, Hello Puddings!
Officially we are half way through the year, half way through winter and we do live in exciting times. I know that is a Chinese curse but I think it is remarkably true at the moment. The American president has just jetted in and out with his entourage in tow, the country waits with baited breath for daily news on our beloved Madiba, the petrol price goes up and up and UPPPPPPP, sh*t literally is flying around and Glenn Agliotti is quite charming! You really were not expecting that comment were you? (yes, it was a rhetorical question)
June was a really lovely month at Indulgence or my staff probably think so given that I wasn’t here for the first bit but I hit the ground running when I got home and back into the swing of things.
I had the privilege of sitting and chatting to Michael Sears, one half of writing duo Michael Stanley about their new book, Deadly Harvest and Jo-Anne Richards about her new book, The Imagined Child. Both of these authors are great to chat to, knowledgeable, erudite and downright fabulous and so are their books. It was a really lovely evening and we had a very decent turnout which always makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside! I have posted a short video to YouTube of Jo-Anne Richards reading an excerpt from her book, The Imagined Child but for some reason my video of Michael Sears never came out so sadly I was unable to post that to YouTube as well. The link to the video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SccvhG-bn8M
The second fabulous book event of June was with two delightful young men who have graced our doors before with their first book on Lolly Jackson, Sean Newman and Peter Piegl. Glenn Agliotti himself was here and gangster though he may be, he was still very charming, very affable and very upfront. Chatting to all three of them as fascinating and I really enjoyed the entire experience. The event was well attended and we wish them the best of luck. With special thanks to Jean Fryer of Penguin books for giving us a couple of giveaway books on the day and Marcia from Skoobs who arrived with a few Skoobs vouchers to give away as well. YUM!
There is no doubting that Glenn Agliotti is a great net-worker, as he describes himself to be. He is very likeable and incredibly charismatic. Regardless of the fact whether one feels that the book is an affront to the average workingman in the street, anyone is entitled to either tell their story of have their story told. Glenn in person tells his story well and I can understand completely how people are drawn to him. Looking at pictures of me standing next to him gazing into his eyes you would think that we were a couple in love (but maybe that’s just the effect I have on men hahahahahah)
It was great to meet Sean’s wife and daughter as well as his mum. Always good to meet THE mum to see where the kids come from! And girls sorry to tell you but the delicious Peter Piegl now has a delightful gorgeous girlfriend so he is off the market. Now I am starting to sound like Gwen Gill lol
These wonderful pictures are care of Jonathan Everitt also known to me as Batman
Glenn Agliotti, Peter Piegl and Sean Newman at Indulgence Cafe
I personally have just read the most delightful book that has yet to see the light of day on South African or other shelves, called Basha, Baby. This book was written by a “little old lady” called Lee Marcus whom I am dying to meet and have a chat with. It is the story of a Jewish family that begins in Denmark and ends in Lover’s Walk in Fordsburg, exactly where the Oriental Plaza stands today and where my daddy was born. It was un-put-down-able which is most unusual for me and I only finished it in the wee hours of the morning! Cover to cover in one day! We definitely need to get Lee into a chair at Indulgence so we can chat with her about this very human story
I promised you the low down on our champagne experience, so this is the link to the blog post. I will write about our food adventure in the next one. The Champagne blog http://wp.me/pVdYg-b5
So what is coming up @ Indulgence Café this month…………..
Margaret’s Daughter, Friday, 5th July
Accomplished acoustic duo Margaret’s Daughter takes to the stage at Indulgence Cafe in Northcliff as part of their fascinating monthly soiree line-up for winter, on Friday 6th July at 7:30pm.
At R165 per person, the evening is a dinner and show package, with partings enjoying a delectable buffet dinner while the acoustic duo sweeps them away with Ami’s timeless songs and unique voice, accompanied by her rhythmic acoustic guitar playing in this intimate setting.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, Margaret had a daughter. She called her Adri-Mari, or Ami for short. Fast forward a couple of years and Ami has established herself as one of South Africa’s top singer-songwriters. Together with multi-instrumentalist and indie producer, Etienne Ghyoot, they are the Margaret’s Daughter duo that fans have come to know and love.
Over the years, Ami and Etienne have paid their dues by performing literally hundreds of shows. They’ve shared the stage with most of South Africa’s top artists, have played most of South Africa’s major festivals and have even performed internationally (Mexico, England, Spain, Mozambique).
Check out Margaret’s Daughter here:
Margaret’s Daughter’s appearance at this event is being facilitated by The CoLab Network in association with Hit Music.
Friday 5th July, 7:30pm.
Buffet Dinner available from 6:30pm (included in the ticket price). Performance starts at 7:30pm.
No under 3’s for patron comfort.
Ticket price : R165 including a buffet dinner and performance
Bookings essential : 011 782 5063 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quiz Dinner, Wednesday, 17th July
Our monthly quiz dinner will be on Wednesday 17th July. Get your team together and join us for a wonderful evening’s entertainment. The winning table will get 50% off the cost of their food. This is a very fun evening with yours truly, me, as your quiz mistress J The cost per head is R120 and includes a delicious light buffet . Please book your table so I know how many I am catering for
011 782 5063 or email@example.com
Twisted Market 20th July
It is time once again for the quarterly Fetish and Kink Market, now known at the Twisted Market! For those who are interested in the slightly different, the slightly unusual, the downright odd this is the place for you to come shopping. Just three little hours from 2-5pm on Saturday 20th July. Come browse, come shop, come visit with a whole bunch of other people. There are books, paddles, carpet beaters, cake, burgers and coffee and some awesome kraft beers to imbibe. If you would like a stall please pop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org . You may have to dress warm, it is the winter market after all
Kraft Beer Tasting in conjunction with the League of Beers, Wednesday, 31st July
The details of this event are not yet quite finalized however there will be delicious kraft beers to taste under the guidance of Rob Heyns of the League of Beers. Rob is specially coming up from Cape Town, dinner will be included and a talk of some shape or variety given. In essence I am pretty sure this event is mostly of interest to men but ladies please prove me wrong and come join the boys as they work their way through some beers! I will send out a follow up email with the actual event details and the cost etc, so watch your inbox! NO FB event for this quite yet!
Thursday Menu for July
4th July USA Independence Dinner
Pumpkin and cumin soup with home baked bread
Southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes and coleslaw salad
Philly cheese steak sandwich with jalapenos and coleslaw salad
Vegetarian hot dog with American mustard and tomato sauce
Key lime pie
Sundried tomato soup with croutons
Thai green chicken curry with jasmine rice
Spaghetti and meatballs in brinjal and baby marrow sauce
Stuffed baked potatoes with butter beans, spinach and feta
Chocolate brownies and cream
Thick Vegetable soup with home baked rolls
Chicken quarters roasted in honey and lemon with roast potatoes and vegetables
Mince stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes
Vegetarian stuffed butternuts with mashed potatoes
Individual Chocolate mousse cake
Thai sweet potato soup
Roast beef, roast potatoes and minted peas
Shrimp and chicken pasta bake with mushrooms
Mushroom and nut vegetarian patties
Apple and cinnamon fritters with cream
Coming up………..In conjunction with Jenny Crwys-Williams we have the Bloody Book Week starting at the very end of July and going into the first week end in August with some really top South African Authors. We have asked for the two international authors Stuart Mc Bride and Peter James, as well as the cream of the South African crop including Mike Nicol, Julian Rademeyer, Mtutuzeli Nyoka and the 702 reporters Barry Bateman and Alexi Eliseev. Four events and four days of jam packed action! Watch this space for the events updates or check out our FB Page TheIndulgenceCafe or our website http://www.indulgencecafe.co.za
No live music first Friday because of Bloody Book Week but the first Friday in September brings us the one and only Lionel Bastos all the way from Cape Town! Yehaaaaaaaaaaa start spring off with a bounce in your step!
And that my fine feathered ones is all from me this month! Thanks so much for staying tuned to the good ship Lollipop. Stay warm, stay mad and have an absolutely festive time no matter what you do or when!
Love ‘n Lollipops