Sex, Lies and Bloody Good Reads

From one gangster to another........

From one gangster to another……..

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

An entertaining evening with Michael Stanley's Michael Sears and Jo-Anne Richards

An entertaining evening with Michael Stanley’s Michael Sears and Jo-Anne Richards

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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

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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

Margaret’s Daughter

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.

http://www.facebook.com/events/513574615363396/

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:
http://www.margaretsdaughter.com/video1.html

Margaret’s Daughter’s appearance at this event is being facilitated by The CoLab Network in association with Hit Music.
PERFORMANCE INFO
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: lollipops@telkomsa.net

Quiz Dinner 17th July

Quiz Dinner 17th July

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 lollipops@telkomsa.net

http://www.facebook.com/events/355189061250332/

Pictures from the last market

Pictures from the last market

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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 lollipops@telkomsa.net . You may have to dress warm, it is the winter market after all

http://www.facebook.com/events/143666769161002/

The League of Beers

The League of Beers

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!

Celebrate the 4th of July with us, a themed dinner

Celebrate the 4th of July with us, a themed dinner

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
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Philly cheese steak sandwich with jalapenos and coleslaw salad
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Vegetarian hot dog with American mustard and tomato sauce
Key lime pie

11th July
Sundried tomato soup with croutons
Thai green chicken curry with jasmine rice
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Spaghetti and meatballs in brinjal and baby marrow sauce
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Stuffed baked potatoes with butter beans, spinach and feta
Chocolate brownies and cream

18th July
Thick Vegetable soup with home baked rolls
Chicken quarters roasted in honey and lemon with roast potatoes and vegetables
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Mince stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes
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Vegetarian stuffed butternuts with mashed potatoes
Individual Chocolate mousse cake

25th July
Thai sweet potato soup
Roast beef, roast potatoes and minted peas
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Shrimp and chicken pasta bake with mushrooms
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Mushroom and nut vegetarian patties
Apple and cinnamon fritters with cream

The Bloody Book Week

The Bloody Book Week

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
Mandi

Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Indulgence Cafe

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Indulgence Cafe

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The Queen and the Mother or the Queen Mother?

That is moi on her lap!

That is moi on her lap!

Hi All You Wonderful Bodies 🙂

Maybe I’m right
Maybe I’m wrong
Winter is singing her chilly song
A jersey, a jumper, a thick pair of socks
A scarf, a beanie, a warm head rocks
Hot chocolate and marshmallows
Fire in the hearth
Heat in abundance to warm the cold earth
Gluwein and curry
Blankets on your feet
Snuggle with a friend in a cozy retreat
Maybe I’m right
I know I’m not wrong
Winter is singing her chilly song
M. Friedman

May, a month that heralds the arrival of winter to our fine city of Jozi. Apart from the leaves on the trees changing colour and falling off to clog up the swimming pool, we don’t really have autumn and just switch from summer to winter and back. If you have been reading my newsletters for years you will know by now that I love winter, it is without doubt my favourite season. Winter is the perfect time to meditate, cogitate and ruminate, as well as being the ideal time to pop into Indulgence. The patio has been completely weather proofed now and will be snug and warm the whole of winter including the really chilly days that will pop up!

For those that don’t know………………..
Ruminate : Verb, to think deeply about something or to chew the cud. Synonyms meditate, reflect, muse, ponder, contemplate
Cogitate: Verb, to think deeply about something, meditate or reflect. Synonyms meditate , ponder, think, reflect, contemplate
Meditate: Verb, To think deeply or focus for a time for spiritual purposes or to relax, or to think deeply about something. Synonyms contemplate, think, muse, ponder, reflect, cogitate

April at Indulgence was a lovely month, we had some really amazing events. Keira Witherkay as always blew us away with the magic in her fingers as she strummed out jazz on her acoustic guitar. It was a really fabulous evening!Gareth Crocker author of Never Let Go and Finding Jack was an incredibly good sport and spent ages fielding questions that kept on being thrown at him left right and center. Our somewhat spontaneous AuthorTalk with Rahla Xenopoulos, author of the novel Bubbles was a real delight. I “interviewed” her and she was open, honest and incredibly bubbly. What a treat, not to mention she bought me a pressie, which really was the cherry on top. Rahla was here on the same night as our sushi dinner and the sushi was delicious as ever! Quiz nights are always fun and this month’s was no exception! You must join us for one!

Keira Witherkay live at Indulgence Cafe

Keira Witherkay live at Indulgence Cafe

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Keira Witherkay live at Indulgence Cafe

Keira Witherkay live at Indulgence Cafe

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Author Gareth Crocker reading from Never Let Go at Indulgence Cafe

Author Gareth Crocker reading from Never Let Go at Indulgence Cafe

I had the wonderful privilege of being interviewed on Radio Today on the Whispers show with Michael De Pinna and Carolyn Steyn! That was FUN! Never having been in a radio studio before, it was great fun to watch professionals at work, chat to them and have a good little laugh! I shared the studio time with a couple of the boys from the Jersey Boys show at Monte Casino. I do like a little eye candy to spice up my day you know! Below is the link to the podcast of my interview. Tune in and listen to my dulcet tones 🙂

Radio Today podcast http://podcast68887.podomatic.com/entry/2013-05-01T03_21_01-07_00

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncbZUWAh26c Rahla Xenopoulos at Indulgence Café April 2013 (sound quality is not fabulous, apologies)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc0VtaXEawM Gareth Crocker at Indulgence Café 10 April 2013

Pics from the Radio Today interview with Michael De Pinna and Carolyn Steyn

Pics from the Radio Today interview with Michael De Pinna and Carolyn Steyn

With Jersey Boys Duanne Alexander and Grant Almarill

With Jersey Boys Duanne Alexander and Grant Almarill

Beeg, beeg things lined up for May, read on and discover what we have lined up for you…………………………….

Coming up this May 2013 at a glance:
8th Wednesday closed for dinner
9th Thursday dinner R100
10th Friday, Pot Luck Dinner
11th Pieter Dirk Uys at 9am includes breakfast R150
12th Mother’s day lunch Keira Witherkay Background Jazz R190 per head
15th Wednesday dinner
16th Thursday dinner R100
17th Friday dinner
19th Mandi away from today
22nd Wednesday dinner closed
23rd Thursday dinner R100
24th Friday dinner closed
29th Wednesday sushi evening
30th Thursday dinner R100

Dinner Menus for May 2013
9 May

Creamy leek and potato soup
Beef and mushroom casserole with mashed potatoes
Or
Mussels in tomato and beer gravy with deep fried potato wedges
Or
Mushroom stroganoff with mashed potatoes
Warm apple crumble and thick cream

16 May
Thick Vegetable soup with home baked rolls
Chicken curry and basmati rice with sambals and topped with poppadom
Or
Roast beef with roast potatoes, green peas and Yorkshire pudding, gravy
Or
Roast butternut slices, with roast potatoes, green peas, Yorkshire pudding and gravy
Individual Malva puddings and custard

23 May
Cannelloni tube filled with creamed leeks and topped with béchamel sauce and parmesan shavings
Crumbed calamari rings, savoury rice, lemon butter and garlic butter sauce served separate
Or
Chicken casserole with white wine and vegetables, savoury rice
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Thick bean stew with mashed potatoes
Home baked jam doughnuts with cream

30 May
Deep fried camembert wedges with melba toast and raspberry sauce
Beef curry and basmati rice with sambals
Or
Chicken and vegetable stir fry with jasmine rice
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Vegetable bake with cous-cous crust
Warm baked cheesecake and strawberry sauce

Pieter Dirk Uys

Pieter Dirk Uys

pieter dirk uys

Yrs, that is moi on the right!

Yes, that is moi on the right!

Pieter Dirk Uys at Indulgence
This really is a man who needs no introduction but I will give you one anyway!
Pieter-Dirk Uys was born in Cape Town in 1945 and has been in the theatre since the mid-1960s. Closely associated with both the Space Theatre in Cape Town and Johannesburg’s Market Theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, he has written and performed 20 plays and over 30 revues and one-man shows throughout South Africa and abroad.
Pieter-Dirk Uys’s new novel about South Africa’s yesterday and today, PANORAMA, is set on Robben Island exploring the experiences of two school teachers who have to accommodate a black woman coming to see her imprisoned father. This 1987 drama is balanced by the 2009 return visit to the Island by the woman with her two sons. Now in the new South Africa, a sense of closure on the past; a story of the terrible success of an appalling political system and the remarkable celebration of a democratic life after the darkness of apartheid.

http://www.pdu.co.za
http://www.evita.co.za
Twitter: @Tannie Evita

The Man himself will be at Indulgence Café on Saturday morning 11 May. The ticket price at R150 per head includes breakfast starting before the talk and ending after the talk. Books will be on sale on the day and he will stick around to sign them for you! To eat or not to eat is the choice you have, but the cost remains the same at R150. Please be seated by 8.30am, the talk will begin around 9.45 or so.
This is a BOOKINGS ONLY event and Indulgence will be closed to those unlucky enough not to have booked for the event! Please email me or call me to book, 011 782 5063, lollipops@telkomsa.net

http://www.facebook.com/events/350083878426449/?ref=2

Mother's Day at Indulgence Cafe 12 May 2013

Mother’s Day at Indulgence Cafe 12 May 2013

Mother’s Day at Indulgence
Once a year you get a chance to really spoil your Mum. Bring her here and we will help you to make the day incredibly special.
A fabulous buffet lunch, eat as much or as little as you fancy accompanied by the sounds of Keira Witherkay’s acoustic guitar and we guarantee you a wonderful afternoon. The patio is warm and cozy, there will be Gluwein as well and it promises to be a magical day out! The cost is R195 per head. Kids under 10 eat free. For bookings please call me on 011 782 5063 or email lollipops@telkomsa.net

http://www.facebook.com/events/164374353722175/?ref=2

Sushi

Sushi

Sushi Dinner at Indulgence
I am away from the 20th of May until the 6th of June 2013. Indulgence will be in the very capable hands of the people who usually look after her when I am away. Being the spoiled sport that I am, I have chosen to stay open for the sushi dinner evening but close for the Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings that I am away for. So sushi is still on, on the 29th of May. There will be an email reminder going out to you but keep it in mind please. Sushi is ala carte and you pay for what you choose to eat. As always there is another option to eat, usually a warm and comforting chicken dish and some delicious vegetarian friendly soup. Bookings 011 782 5063 or lollipops@telkomsa.net

Next Month at Indulgence Café
A Double Billing of Authors with Michael Stanley’s new book and Jo-Anne Richards new book!

http://www.facebook.com/events/128690637320432/

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

The Imagined Child by Jo-Anne Richards

The Imagined Child by Jo-Anne Richards

Quiz dinner will be later in the month on the 19th of June and sushi dinner on the 26th of June!
Thank you for joining us on this long newsletter journey, have a spectacular May and see you in June Puddings!


The Past Month in Pictures…………………

Places we have worked, things we have seen, fun we have had 🙂

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