Burgers, Beers and Bras (not)

Madam and Eve, recommended reading!

Madam and Eve, recommended reading!

Where does the time go I have to wonder. We were all so busy waiting for winter to actually arrive that spring is almost upon us. Whilst I am pretty sure there are one or two more cold spells lurking in the ether waiting for us to take our jumpers off, I do believe the worst (such as it was) is behind us. I hesitate yet though to remove our “windows” as the patio is still wonderfully cozy, snug and warm!
July and August were hectic action packed months at Indulgence Café and for Lollipops Catering. So much amazing stuff was crammed into those two months that it was just splendid.

Getting a little leg over at Indulgence cafe by Jonathan Everitt

Getting a little leg over at Indulgence cafe by Jonathan Everitt

I know I go on and on about the Bloody Book Week but it really is the highlight of my year.
The Bloody Book Week review: http://wp.me/pVdYg-dQ
The picture montage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqLzw2QM_7g

Our craft beer tasting event with The League of Beers on the 31st of July, was a great success with Indulgence being fully booked. There were about 13 beers to taste, a little too much I thought but everyone seemed to have a really good time and there were 4 huge black bags of bottles that went for recycling!
We are having another craft beer tasting on the 25th October

Craft Beer Tasting with The League of Beers

Craft Beer Tasting with The League of Beers

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Through Indulgence Café and Lollipops Catering I really do get to meet a myriad of wonderful, talented and exciting authors and “celebs”. I have the privilege of interacting with you, the public and connecting with so many people. It is quite incredible to think that some of the babies I saw born when I started my business in 1993 are now 21 year old know it all’s, which makes me verging on ancient I do believe. This past week was no exception with Tony Leon joining us to chat about his latest book, The Accidental Ambassador. Tony is the consummate politician saying plenty without actually saying a whole bunch. Needless to say it was a wonderful experience chatting to him about his time as Ambassador to Argentina and my personal opinion was that he was pretty frank and forthcoming. I read the book and I have to admit that it is well written and incredibly easy to read. If you weren’t here I do believe you missed out.
I hadn’t prior to reading the book realized that he is Jewish and when we were standing around chatting before the talk on Saturday I just happened to mention that there was chopped herring, a traditional Jewish dish, in the fridge! His whole face lit up. We served him a generous helping with bagels to eat it on. He was delighted and so was I, being the good Jewish mama that I am, and loving to feed people. A couple of times during his interview he referred to the fabulous chopped herring so I beamed a little bit more………my job there was done!
To see Tony Leon reading an excerpt from his book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsmJTJ15eXk

Tony Leon.....Talk to the Hand  Pictures courtesy of Jonathan Everitt

Tony Leon…..Talk to the Hand
Pictures courtesy of Jonathan Everitt

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By contrast to July and August, September is a little on the quieter side but it does include a whole bunch of Jewish holidays, the Fast of Yom Kippur and the Jewish New Year. Let me take this opportunity then to wish all our Jewish friends, family and clients and very happy Rosh Hashana and well over the Fast. Indulgence Café will be open right through the holidays but I personally will not be here on the 14th of September

Indulgence Café in conjunction with Telkom Mobile now offers Free WiFi to our customers so bring along your laptop and park yourself at a table for an hour while our staff look after your food and drink needs. What could be better than sitting and working or writing that best seller novel in the comfort and happy environs of Indulgence Café! All you have to do is pop them an sms with the word FREE to 32707 and they will respond with a user name and password! Couldn’t be simpler! I think you get 60 minutes free, incredible value at the price 🙂

Breaking News is that from the 7th of October Indulgence Café will be able to offer you our incredible burgers 5 nights a week. In our ongoing endeavors to bring you more and more, better and better, we are making our burgers available to you in the evening! From Monday to Friday evenings our extensive burger menu will be available. If you aren’t already aware of how fabulous our burgers are, just pop down one evening and try them! 250grams of pure beef with a serious range of different toppings available. Vegetarians you will not be left out either and for those who prefer chicken to red meat that option is available as well! Burgers, chips and beers, what more could you ask for 🙂

One of our Incredible Bacon and Avocado Burgers

One of our Incredible Bacon and Avocado Burgers

September 2013
5th Traditional Jewish dinner for the Jewish New year
6th Lionel Bastos live at Indulgence Cafe
18th Quiz dinner
24th Heritage day something is happening, just not sure what yet!

Lionel Bastos
6th September

I have known Lionel Bastos for years and it is only in recent times or at least since we have started to host a live music evening once a month that it occurred to me that I should be asking him to come and play here. Getting him here is a bit of a challenge as he lives in the Cape now but you know me, I tend to rise to the occasion and voila Lionel is coming to Jozi! This wonderful acoustic musician will be joining us on the 6th of September for an evening of wonderful music and delicious food. I hope that you will be joining us as well! Tickets are available through http://www.hitmusic.co.za at R180 a ticket which includes a light buffet dinner. It is going to be an awesome evening and I absolutely cannot wait! Book your ticket today!

Lionel Bastos

Lionel Bastos

Quiz Dinner
18 September

Our August quiz evening was rock star fabulous with a whopping great 9 teams here to pit their skills against the quiz master otherwise known as little old me! Join us next month, it really is great fun and a super way to spend an evening! The cost is R120 per head and that includes the cost of quiz and dinner. Great value, great evening! The next quiz evening is Wednesday, the 18th of September at 7pm. Dinner available from 6pm.

I just love these images that Jonathan Everitt took of Indulgence Cafe when he was here………..

Arty Indulgence Cafe by Jonathan Everitt

Arty Indulgence Cafe by Jonathan Everitt

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Well that is me done for this month, October promises to be an action packed Halloween month so watch this space as always for what’s happening at your favourite little coffee shop!
Have an awesome September, may there be a spring in your step and blossoms without pollen in your eyes.
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

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
Or
Philly cheese steak sandwich with jalapenos and coleslaw salad
Or
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
Or
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
Or
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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