Being Musical

When Keira Witherkay, the incredibly talented guitarist who plays at Indulgence Cafe on a regular basis suggested we have an open mic night I was a little ambivalent about the idea. Firstly because it was something that we had never tried before and secondly because I had no idea if anyone was going to actually turn up.
What is an open mic night you may be wondering, I know I was until it was explained to me. Open mic is when anyone who plays a musical instrument, belongs to a young band, sings or recites poetry gets to come along for the evening, put their name on the board and to stand up or sit down as the case may be, in front of a whole group of strangers to perform. It must be incredibly daunting to take that first step and find the courage to put yourself out there at the mercy of the public.
I know how I felt the first time I picked up a mic in front of a waiting audience to introduce an author at Indulgence Cafe and the first time I actually interviewed an author instead of just letting them talk to the audience by themselves, it is quite scary and your mouth dries up. The possibility of making a huge ass of yourself is a reality but unless you put yourself out there and try, you will never know what you can do.
I shouldn’t have doubted for a second though. Keira has a huge following of her own and on Friday night they came out in full force to come and play at Indulgence Cafe. It was a real treat, we have so much as yet untapped talent in Jozi and in South Africa that it was a pleasure to sit and listen to the music. You didn’t have to like everything you heard but getting exposed to it is the thing that counts as much as getting out of your comfort zone and trying out something new
Kudos to all those very talented young and older people last night, we look forward to seeing you at the next open mic evening at Indulgence Cafe or just maybe seeing you name in lights on center stage…………….

Open Mic Night at Indulgence Cafe

Open Mic Night at Indulgence Cafe















Thank you Keira Witherkay for making Open Mic Night happen

December, You Beauty

Zapiro on his whistle stop visit to Indulgence Cafe in November

Zapiro on his whistle stop visit to Indulgence Cafe in November

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

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

Keira WItherkay and Auriol Hays

Keira WItherkay and Auriol Hays






Wonderful evening of wine and oysters with Bruce of Oneiric Wines

Wonderful evening of wine and oysters with Bruce of Oneiric Wines

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

Zapiro at Indulgence Cafe

Zapiro at Indulgence Cafe



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 please
The link to the FB event:



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:

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
The link to the FB event:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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
Greta, Gladys, Fortune, Matamela, Liza, Martin, Lydia, Thithi, Elizabeth, Gugue, Patience, Abigail and of course Amig

15 Minutes of fame for us all.............

15 Minutes of fame for us all………….


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


Keira Witherkay live at Indulgence Cafe

Keira Witherkay live at Indulgence Cafe


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 Rahla Xenopoulos at Indulgence Café April 2013 (sound quality is not fabulous, apologies) 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
Mussels in tomato and beer gravy with deep fried potato wedges
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
Roast beef with roast potatoes, green peas and Yorkshire pudding, gravy
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
Chicken casserole with white wine and vegetables, savoury rice
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
Chicken and vegetable stir fry with jasmine rice
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.
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,

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



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

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

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 🙂









Tks cake april 2013








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






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






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

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:

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 or follow him on Twitter @garethcrocker.

gareth crocker

Our Handsome and charismatic author Gareth Crocker

Our Handsome and charismatic author Gareth Crocker

You magazine article

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



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
Fried fish and chips with coleslaw salad
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
Fish sosaties with mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli and feta salad
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
Beef olives with sautéed potatoes, peas and carrots
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
Grilled chicken breast fingers with honey and soy marinade, Chinese noodles and stir fry vegetables
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!





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