Celebrate August 2011

Greetings and salutations Puddings

Happy August tidings!

It is official we have passed the half way mark for the year and now the downhill run to the end of the year and year-end functions start………….start thinking about yours soon!

We wish all our Muslim clients well over Ramadan which begins today, hope the fast goes well.

The weather seems to be warming up very nicely, I hope I am not speaking too soon. So maybe summer is on its merry way back to warm the cockles of the heart. In any event the patio at Indulgence is always warm and friendly and ready to welcome you always

This past Saturday author Mike Nicol was at Indulgence for the second of the July AuthorTalks and I have to say yet again that he is fabulous! What a marvelous speaker and great all round guy to listen to. He held his audience in the palm of his hand as we happily lapped up everything he had to say! What an absolute pleasure thank you so much Mike and everyone who joined us as usual!

 

So what is happening @Indulgence this month:

 

August 9th Woman’s Day

Celebrate being a magnificent and magical being,  WOMAN, on this very special day that is just for us! Everyday should be Women’s Day but being such magnanimous wonderful creatures we settle for one day of the year! Join us at Indulgence and revel in your womanhood in elaborate style! Dress up to the nines, glamorous, glitzy and blingy, the more you shine the better and then come down and have breakfast with us! Eat whatever your heart desires off the menu, there are no calories in food on public holidays as far as I know. This special will run from 9am to 12 O’clock even though we DO serve breakfast ALL day!  And then the kicker of the day is that any man who comes dressed as a woman will get a surprise discount off his bill! Adventurous men, cross-dressers and transvestites this is your chance to shine as well and you will fit in 175% if not a little more!  There will be a couple of stalls for you to peruse as well with some jewellery and a few other odds and ends……………..we are not laying on a special menu, we think our breakfast menu will rock you just the way it is! Looking forward to seeing you in your finest

 

August 20th AuthorTalk

This month’s author is a mystery author at this point in time………….I promise to get back to you as soon as I have locked him/her down! Whomever it turns out to be will, I promise be just as fabulous and fascinating as all our previous authors. I am shifting the AuthorTalk time back an hour so in future the author will begin at 2pm instead of 3pm. I hope that this will not cause you any inconvenience. Thank you everyone for bringing your books with you, we are starting to get some really nice books in, and also to everyone who has dropped boxes of books here in the past few weeks, thank you as well. On behalf of Animals in Distress I thank you. In the meantime watch this space for our next exciting author!

The August AuthorTalk will also take place on the 3rd Saturday instead of the second, so please make a note in your diary that it will happen on 2pm on the 20th

 

I still have loads of soup on hand with winter starting to wind down, so I am marking it down by 20% for anyone who fancies picking up a few liters. There is a nice variety available still, pop in and take a peek in the freezer……..it is waiting just for you!

If you are having a birthday in August I hope it is happy and your year incredible, have a look at our FB group for some pictures of cakes to help make your event a whole bunch more memorable!

Wishing you a wonderful August, be good to your neighbours (I love one of mine, he moved out his house) and don’t kick the dog!!

 

Calendar:

August 9th Women’s Day Breakfast

August 20th AuthorTalk

 

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June bugs

Good morning  puddings and pies

Happy June bugs to you!

I am sitting here writing this newsletter with what feels like icicles attached to my hands. I am thinking that writers are very dedicated people to write for hours in winter. That just takes huge dedication when it’s cold and I think even more dedication when the weather is fabulous outside and you are inside writing. However I suppose in summer you can move outside to write with an extension cord. I seriously am not going to be doing that for you today. Let me set the scene for you I am sitting at my desk at home with socks, slippers, track suits pants, t-shirt, sweatshirt and a pashmina wrapped around my neck. Add to the mix a brightly coloured hand knitted throw that my mum made for me keeping my lap warm. My hair is standing on end still and my glasses are perched on the end of my red nose. I think frost bite will be setting in shortly. Adele is singing “Someone like you”  gently in the background.  What I think I am trying to say is that this is going to be a very quickly written newsletter just so that I can go back to the snugness of my bed and cuddle up to Madam Amiga with her warm fur and cold nose. She is so much better than an electric blanket or hot water bottle

Indulgence has donned her winter curtains complete with sinkers to hold them down in the wind. The heaters are out and if I can remember I will take the blankies to work tomorrow for you to keep your laps warm. There is loads of hot chocolate in stock with heaps of marshmallows so no excuse to stay away! Thick soups are on offer daily with chunks of our own home baked bread and hot casseroles will be on the specials menu daily for the duration of the cold weather. ! We will keep you warm and well fed, we promise!

So what is happening @ Indulgence this June for you:

Author talks!! Yes talks for more than one, again we have two to offer you! Two of SA’s top female writers will grace our warm patio this month. The first of which is Fiona Snyckers on Saturday, the 11th of June. And the second is Jo-Anne Richards on the 16th of June public holiday!  I do have to repeat myself here, sorry in advance. Fiona will start at 15h00 on Saturday 11th June. Jo-Anne with start @ 13h30 on Thursday June 16th.  Please as always remember to bring along your two books, one to swap and one to donate. Both of our writers this month are incredibly talented and incredibly deserving of our support so please come along and give them your rapt attention!

Fiona Snyckers:

I asked Fiona for a short bio and she was very obliging

Here is my short bio: “Fiona Snyckers is the author of ‘Trinity Rising’ and ‘Trinity On Air’, published by Jonathan Ball; as well as of the ‘Sisterz’ series of mobile phone novels commissioned by the Shuttleworth Foundation.  She lives in Johannesburg.”

I am attaching pics of both my books because I would like to talk about them as a series.

Jo-Anne Richards:

Jo-Anne was a little more forthcoming with her bio:

Jo-Anne Richards is the author of four novels. Her first was the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Innocence of Roast Chicken,, originally published in London by Headline Review, and rereleased by Rebel-e in 2011.

Innocence was short-listed for the M-Net Book Prize and nominated for the Impac International Dublin Literary Award. It was chosen as a Dillon’s Debut in London, to be showcased as an “outstanding first novel”. When it was first published, it reached number one on the South African bestseller list in the week it appeared and remained there for fifteen weeks.

Her other books are My Brother’s Book, published by Picador Africa in March 2008, Touching the Lighthouse, Headline Review, and Sad at the Edges. Her short stories have been included in six collections.

She teaches creative writing, online and face to face, through www.allaboutwritingcourses.com. She lectures at Wits University in the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies.

Also at Indulgence this month is the Fetish Flea Market and kink fair! I know that this is not an event for everyone but it is the only one of its kind in Jozi, it only happens every three  months and there is always something new for you to look at so please pop along and support our stall holders! The market is only open on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm. Come peruse the stalls, bump into your friends, have some lunch or a slice of one of our very delicious cakes and just hang out. It is good unwholesome funJ Regret no under 18’s allowed. So put June 25th in your diary and come visit.

Our freezer is currently stocked with all manner of delicious goodies. There is a large variety of soups and frozen meals in different sizes. Right now there are lamb shanks slow roasted, soft and delicious and packed in twos for your convenience. There is also pickled fish, chicken livers peri-peri and duck and cherry pie. Yesterday we put chicken and mushroom pasta bakes in as well!. So there is something for everyone in the freezer. Why cook when Indulgence and Lollipops can do it for you!

And that is me done, taking the ice blocks attached to the ends of my legs back to bed. Have an awesome week!

Remember to keep believing in yourself, love yourself because if you don’t……………….well you are missing out!

Love ‘n Lollipops

Mandi Friedman

Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063  Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698

Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5

Frustration is…………..

We live in a very, very busy world. Life today appears to be all about working, rushing, getting the job done, everything done at a frenetic pace. All you manage to get done in a day is if you are lucky wake up, rouse kids, feed them, drop them at school, squeeze in a quick gym session, get to work, work, fetch kids, shop for groceries, crawl home through rush hour traffic (an oxy moron in itself), cook dinner, do home work, fall asleep in front of the TV, wake up and go to bed and the next morning do the whole thing all over again. Finally the week-end rolls around and you breathe a sigh  of relief, a little time to kick back, relax, unwind apart from dropping kids at parties, friends and ballet lessons. You try to carve out for yourself a life between all the rushing, spend time with friends and catch up on old times………….the good old days when you were younger, when money went further, before you had your own business, before you had kids and could actually sleep late…………yes, the good old days!

My industry, the food industry, in my experience is no different apart from the fact that our week works in reverse. The week tends to start off a little slowly as you re-group from the weekend just passed and then all hell breaks loose as you head over the hump and downhill  towards the weekend!  We too rush to and fro making meetings with new customers and calling on old ones, ordering stock, doing quotes, deliveries and being nice to bank managers, understanding to your staff, bending over backwards to accommodate your ever demanding customers, getting the food out, getting the stock in, finding that missing ingredient, finding the time to breathe…………getting to gym, wtf is that!

 And we do this all for the love of food because it sure isn’t for the fabulous working hours, the awesome remuneration package with medical aid and  the wonderful car allowance. Why do I do this I ask myself when I wake up and plant m y two aching feet firmly on the ground, as I unwind my twisted neck and stretch my aching lower back?

The hours are unsociable, the work is back-breaking, the tasks often thankless and all of it often fraught with frustration. Is it because I have been doing this for so long, 18 years is indeed a while, that  the thought of doing something else is quite scary, not to mention the fact that I have worked for myself for so long that with all due respect to my eminent self I am most definitely unemployable by any one else mad enough to own a catering company or restaurant or because at this point I have no idea how to do anything else? I don’t know the answers to the questions myself.

What I do know is that everyday I get up and come to work. Everyday it doesn’t feel like a chore. Everyday is different to the one before it. Everyday I meet new people, get to make new food, experiment with old food, laugh with my staff, shout at my staff, laugh at myself. For the all the bitching and moaning I do, I love my business. It is like nurturing a small child who turns into a petulant teenager but like Peter Pan never really grows up to stand on its own two feet with still needing you.

So why am I frustrated this morning you are wondering……….or maybe you not, but I will tell you anyway……..

Money is tight, food is expensive but I don’t have to tell you that, you are fully aware of it! It’s cold outside, it’s raining, it’s  miserable in general out there so a thick, indulgent and delicious soup would be a good thing to make. I go through the walk in fridge there is some left over beef curry from yesterday. Add some lentils, some veggies a little rice and a couple of litres of beef stock and bang curried beef and lentil soup with rice…………….simple, easy and cost-effective. Just the way I like it! With the help of one of my many minions we do this, we make this very yummy looking soup to serve today with a hot crusty bagel. However it is still a little on the thick side so I reach for the just boiled kettle and pour steaming “fragrant” smelling water into my pot of soup! My cleaning bunny neglected to mention that she was de-scaling the kettle.

The end result; now I am minus the curry, minus the lentils, minus the stock and minus the soup but hot damn, I have a clean kettle!

Happiness in my world:)

Autumn colours beckon, April 2011

Hello, hello, hello Everybody

 Hope that this email finds you in good spirits, hale, hearty and full of the joys of life! I am starting to sound like a stuck record but can you believe with the arrival of April we are already a quarter of the way through the year?! I can’t! I mean do I need to be thinking about what stock to get in for Christmas already? Speaking of stock, we will soon be cooking up some awesome soups for the winter months that we will keep frozen for you to pick up anytime you like! However I am getting a tad ahead of myself at the moment so let me start at the beginning! This is going to be a long newsy newsletter, so grab a cup of coffee with a nice shot of something in it, put your feet up and kick back and relax!

April @Indulgence

 This is a busy month with so many public holidays to get through. It is going to make it a little confusing knowing when we are open and when we are closed, so before I go any further let me lay it all out for you! Unusually we will be CLOSED the entire Easter week end that is the 22nd, 23rd , 24th and 25th of April. Every other regular trading day we are open! Simple

Whilst on the subject of Easter……the big white bunny with the floppy ears and bushy tail has promised to have all the eggs in this basket by the 4th of April so pop in and have a look at what we have, I promise there will be a few different ones from the norm, big ones, small ones and something to fit every budget! April also brings us the Jewish holiday of Pesach and as usual we will have all the food in store that you are going to need!

Have a look at the list below and let me know what we can make for you! Please order well in advance so I know exactly how much fish to mince, taigels to boil and herrings to pickle! Please remember this is Jewish food but not kosher! You are welcome to phone the order in or email me! First night is Monday 18th April. Indulgence will be open right through Pesach.

Pesach 2011 price list

 

Chopped herring R100.00 per kilo

Danish herring R100.00 per kilo

Dill mayo herring R100.00 per kilo

Herring in cream and pineapple R100.00 per kilo

Pickled fish R95.00 per kilo

Pickled fish balls R95.00 per kilo

Fish balls, plain R80.00 per kilo

Fish cakes R80.00 per kilo

 Gefilte fish R100.00 per kilo

 Baked gefilte fish loaf R100.00 per kilo

Chopped liver R95.00 per kilo

Chicken soup R50.00 per liter

Kneidlach R7.00 each

Curried butternut soup R50.00 per liter

Roast chicken R45 per chicken

Roast leg of lamb R205.00 per kilo

Roast potatoes R4.50 each

Potato latkes R7.00 each

Chocolate brownie cake, dairy and flour free, 8 slice R120.00

Orange cake, dairy and flour free, 8 slice R120.00

Meringue and fresh berry roulade, dairy free R185.00

Taiglach R130 per kilo

 Author Talks!!

Yip, there are two of them this month!!! How exciting is that! We figured that seeing as there are some days to spare this month and you may not have anything else planned we would spoil you!! The first Author Talk is April 9th with Tom Cottrell whose book, “5 hour Pilgrim”, has a lovely tale to tell of his monumental promise to himself to run a marathon on every continent in his 50th year! I am, as you may have noticed, not a runner but even I loved this book (yes, for once I have read the book ahead of the time!) You don’t have to be a runner or sporty to enjoy this book, it is an easy read and inspirational as well. We may even have a surprise visit from Bruce Fordyce for this talk, you just never know! As always please be seated by 14h30 for the author to start at 15h00 promptly. Please, as always, remember to bring along your two books, one to donate and one to swap!

How do you measure personal success? After reading this book, your definition will change forever.

This is a story of life; a search for meaning. Tom Cottrell spends his fiftieth year on a personal pilgrimage, running a marathon on every continent. His quest – the growth of his Soul. The standard marathon is made up of twenty miles of hope followed by six miles of truth. Join the Five Hour Pilgrim’s marathon effort as he discovers his own Spirit. Tom Cottrell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Renowned for his best-loved annual The Runners’ Guide to Road Races in South Africa, he has inspired hundreds of athletes at all levels to achieve their goals. Tom is chairman of Hospice-in-the-West.

What the critics say – “Tom Cottrell writes with raw honesty about events and feelings that most of us try to suppress, much less express in public. His philosophy of goodness and indestructible optimism has been forged by hardship that began before his birth. This is a story of a life lived to the full. A life without the need for excuses. Not now. Not ever.” Professor Tim Noakes, University of Cape Town and Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

Author of Lore of Running “Husbandhood, fatherhood, Southafricanism, travelogue, success and failure and which is which, a pinch of Gibran and a dash of Descartes … Tom turns his runner’s eyes to a startlingly wide world, and records it with unveiled pen. ” Denis Beckett, Award-winning author, publisher, TV producer “Tom writes and runs in the heartbeat of every moment. The reader runs with him”

Dr Dorian Haarhoff, former Professor of English Literature, University of Namibia. Writer, mentor, poet, storyteller. Author of The Writer’s Voice.

Then because I love all of you sooooooo much on Freedom Day, Wednesday, April 27th Diana Duff will be joining us with her book, Leaves From the Fig tree. I have read an excerpt from the book and I loved reading it and my brain in crying out for more! Diana is a very entertaining speaker so come and join us on the 27th for these lovely extra event! This talk is starting earlier! So please be seated by 13h30 for the author to start promptly at 14h00! This is an hour earlier than usual so please remember that and it is on Wednesday, not Saturday!!

About Diana Duff………………….. Born in Africa but Irish by descent, Diana Duff went to live, aged two, with her grandparents in a Georgian stately home, Annes Grove, set in world-renowned gardens. Enveloped by this rich tapestry, her world seemed magical – the Judas tree reputed to flower only on Good Friday; rare rhododendrons from Tibet; a Chinese coffin tree and blue meconopsis poppies – with talk of horses and fishing juxtaposed with tales of banshees, ráths and the foxy-haired ghost, visits from Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, David Cecil and many others. Aged 18, she returned to Africa to a father she scarcely knew; to Ruanda and Uganda; to crystal lakes and forest gorillas; to Kenya, where she met the legendary Grogan and Raymond Hook who raced cheetahs in Haringay; where she doubled for Grace Kelly in Mogambo; a transfer to Johannesburg, where she challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and emerged victorious. With humour, eloquence, empathy and candour, Diana shares her adventures and her arrival at a place from her childhood, where family truths are learned, along with the realisation that Africa has real magic all of its own.

Our biscuit shelves are groaning under the weight of some really yum goodies, there are potted peaches in brandy, potted apricots in brandy, plums in port, jams, preserves and other what-nots like olive oil, salt and pepper, teas and awesome hand bags from Mexico and Easter eggs on the way! Come shopping please, the bank manager is asking very nicely! We have loads of lovely stock in at the moment so we look forward to seeing you soon!

Indulgence has also just had a facelift bit of a nip and tuck with a hint of a Botox injection so she is looking really lovely at the moment. The patio is at its most warm and welcoming even with the lousy weather that we are having and Amiga is missing you if she hasn’t seen you lately so just pop in and say HI!

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Calendar:

 April 1st April : April Fools Friday!

9th Author Talk Tom Cottrell

18th Pesach first night

22nd-24th Easter week end (closed)

27th Author Talk Diana Duff Next month

@Indulgence Author talk with Joanne Richards and of course its our Mother’s Day lunch 

One final parting incy wincey little note, we would like to wish all our Jewish customers, friends and family a very happy Pesach, Chag Sameach and everything of the best and to our Christian customers and our staff we wish you a very Happy Easter filled with lots of love and family and really, really good food.

As always if you would prefer not to receive these newsletters then please just send me a mail with “unsubscribe” in the subject line!

Remember to be nice to yourself

Love ‘n Lollipops

 Mandi Friedman

Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063 Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698

Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5

fabulous frolicking February 2011

Hello all the bodies! 

Hope that January has treated you all fabulously, that the kids are settled nicely into school, the traffic isn’t driving you completely insane and the bank continues to be understanding
I have just returned from the most wonderful, amazing, incredible, awesome etc holiday with 4 of the most amazing women! They sure know how to party up a storm and I was, I have to admit, hard pressed to keep up with them at times. Being a book worm I would be quite happy to laze on the patio with the roar of the sea below and read. Alas I was dragged out, almost kicking and screaming to see the wonderful sights, do magical things like swim with dolphins and snorkel magnificent coral, meet the awesome locals and spend copious amounts of money! So please could you all come in and have breakfast over the next few days so I can make the bank manager a little happier! Mexico was incredible but all good things must alas come to an end and I am, believe it or not, happy to be home with Amiga and back here to look after you guys.
I trust that you were well looked after while I was away, please don’t hesitate to let know if there were any problems and I promise to personally wring a few necks to make it all better!
Thanks so much to my team, Mum, Martin, Gladys, Fortune and co who kept the wheels oiled and things running smoothly!

So here we are at the month of romance and delight and what does Indulgence have to offer you this month you are wondering, well read on and will tell all!
Fetish Flea market
First off we are kick starting February with our third Fetish Flea market with coffee and cake day takes place now, now, now! 5th Feb from 14h30-17h30. I know that isn’t giving you a whole lot of notice but I also know you guys pull rabbits out of hats all the time. We chose this date as it is pretty close to Valentine’s Day so you can buy your loved ones something a little different and Risqué this year! Come along and see the selection of leather and lace, bits and bobs available. Just hang out, have a coffee and a slice of cake, browse, shop and have a little fun. Regret no under 18’s allowed! Catherine has gone the extra mile to organize this event and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

February 12TH Author Talk:
This month we hand over all the books we have collected to Animals in Distress. So I am now asking you to bring along, as well as your two books, one to donate and one to swap, some animal stuff…….by that I mean food, blankets, bedding, baskets, toys etc, whatever you have lying around that would make the animals lives a little easier! Animals in Distress will be here to collect everything so please expect this meeting to last about 30 minutes longer than usual!
This month’s author was with us last year as well. He was a little cagey back them about what exactly it was he did back in the day but now we know why……………he was writing his memoirs and holding all the juicy stuff back! So please welcome back to Indulgence, Michael Bowery and his book “Shred when Read”. I think this month’s author will have broad spectrum appeal to everyone and to the guys who have been in the military or wanted to be and never got there! As usual please be seated by 14h30 for the author to start promptly at 3pm, although in this case we may well hand over the stuff to Animals in Distress first. I think I am saying in any event please don’t be late

Who is Michael Bowery?
Michael Edwin Bowery was born in 1931 in North London. He survived the London ‘Blitz’ of World War II and was educated at Clark’s College, London, achieving little academically but excelling in most sports. Between 1949 and 1957 he served successively in the British Army and in London’s Metropolitan Police. In 1957 he was appointed as an Inspector of police in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland where he was commissioned in 1962 and served until Nyasaland’s independence from Britain in 1964. Between 1965 and 1969 he served in the South African Police as a Detective Warrant Officer working in the realm of serious crime. In 1969 he was recruited into the then Bureau for State Security as an intelligence officer. The Bureau later became the National Intelligence Service. For twenty years he served in covert operations targeting African liberation movements and the Soviet in Africa. In 1990 he moved to the Directorate of Covert Collection (DCC), an intelligence arm of the South African Special Forces Reconnaissance battalions. In 1996 he began writing the first of three action novels. In the same year he was asked by the ANC-led government to return to work and create and run a new covert operation. In 2000 he finally retired but continued writing. In 2009 he finished a fourth novel ‘Al Qaeda Armageddon – Target USA’ which is due to be published in 2011. Also in 2009 he completed his memoirs and this book is the result.
Author’s Note.
A year before my stint in the British Army in 1949, the West’s perceived enemy was the communism of the Soviet Union spread through Eastern Europe and then into Africa. The Cold War had begun. From that time on until 1992 Soviet communism, its myriad of front organizations and overt involvement with Africa’s liberation movements, all became my target. Almost by accident, I stumbled into the world of espionage and to my surprise found I was fairly good at it. As a case officer I ran agents in various parts of the world, targeting the Soviet and the liberation movements. Much later I worked for the new ANC-led government of South Africa. In this maelstrom of political activity in Africa my task was information collection – establishing truths, identifying threats to the society and the state that I was serving. For this I make no apology since I did the same for the ANC government, although this time, I was not aimed at communism but the emerging influence of China and the Indian Ocean states.

Valentine’s Day weekend:
This being the month of romance and true love we are offering you lovely heart shaped cakes and pretty romantic cupcakes for your loved ones. That means remember your wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter etc………… and me of course, I love getting flowers, hint hint!
On Saturday the 12th February we will have a “Lover’s Breakfast” option available. This is a three course breakfast for two with champers and other pretty goodies. Booking is as always essential so please call ahead………….as yet I have not worked out the menu or the price but give me a couple of days and if you are interested in booking I promise to have an answer for you!

Next month we have the Author talk, Human Right’s day and St Paddy’s events lined up………………..but for that you really do need to watch this space! A more newsy better newsletter next month I promise!
Pop in sometime and try out the new exciting items on the menu, they are there just for you to enjoy!

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Have a fabulous frolicking fun-filled February and we look forward to feeding you as always!
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Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063 Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698
Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5

passing through your life…………

People are amazing creatures. They come in all shapes and sizes, short, tall, fat, or is chubby more politically correct these days? Tall, dark and handsome works quite well for me, but then I digress a little.

I meet huge numbers of people, new faces every day, some faces you see on a regular basis in the traffic, you pass the postman, the man you smile shyly at as you  pass with your cumbersome trolley in the supermarket or the lady  behind the bread counter who puts up with you whilst you chop and change your mind about rye bread or whole wheat, and if you lucky each of this beings passing instantly through your life will add value in one way or another. Maybe it is just a smile to brighten up your day, maybe you chat for a few moments, maybe you run over someones heel with that over loaded trolley and have to grovel for forgiveness but each one of these people adds from and  infinitesimal amount to something more gargantuan to your life.

Not heeding my mums advice I have always chatted to strangers. It is a good way to make friends I find or just get get laid occasionally. I made eye contact with a man in a supermarket once. I found him outside the door after I had done my shopping, we chatted for 5 minutes then went home and shagged. He wasn’t the greatest shag in the world (I have a little experience on the subject) but he made for interesting memories. What does picking up and man in a supermarket and shagging him make me? A slag maybe in your mind. But no, to my  mind it makes me an opportunist!

So because I have made friends with the butcher lady, who is as wacky as I am if not more. I know from my intermittent 5 minute chats that she is divorced, has a teenage son, works longgggggggggg hours, and has the bosses twenty something year old daughter hitting on her every day! I think the bosses daughter has good taste but the lady in question is straight so she is definitely barking up the wrong haunch of beefess.

Another being who has made a lasting impression on me in the car guard at one of the other supermarkets I go to. He is an older guy, thin, austere looking, Indian from Durban whose wife died suddenly about 18 months ago after about 30 years of marriage. Apart from looking sad for a time after she passed away he has ALWAYS had a smile on his face and something nice to say. I am always made aware of up coming specials and which is the best manager in the store to ask for favours (don’t ask! Just sometimes a girl needs something more from her favourite super store). He makes shopping such a pleasure that I always over tip with which ever note pops out my pocket first……………needless to say now you know why I don’t shop there so often, it’s costing me a fortune in tips!

I have to tell you about some of my clients who have made my day, driven me insane, angered me beyond belief, become friends, become good friends, become close friends and those who have passed from this mortal state of being into the next but that is for another day or four……………..

Me

I’m aghast it’s August!

Hello Puddings
I am shocked, it is August already! How did that happen? Were we so wrapped up in the soccer thingy that we never noticed the months flying by? Even winter, although it has had some pretty rotten days does seem to have passed by very quickly with only one month, sort of, to go. So batten down the hatches, make sure the shingles are nailed down tight and wedge the doors open coz the wind is coming………………….I think!

So how are you? I am happy to say that I am 100% over my cough, snot nose, feeling miserable and sorry for myself flu and am looking forward to the coming month with a vengeance. That may have something to do with it being Woman’s month and all. Women really don’t get enough attention showered upon them, so this month at Indulgence we are going to take it upon ourselves to shower the ladies with loads of love! For the month of August every lady who walks through the door will receive 10% off the bill for the whole table, so guys it is time to spoil the loves of your lives (that includes wives, girl friends, daughters and grandmas) Amiga will sport a pink bandana for this month , her being the fashion icon and out spoken individual that she is! Pensioner’s lunch and other specials are excluded from this discount.
We had an impromptu wine tasting at Indulgence on Tuesday afternoon that was a whole lot of fun, Darling Cellars came to exhibit their yummy wines. So thank you to everyone who came to support them at the last-minute. We will definitely do that again but I promise this time it will be arranged well in advance with loads of notice for you!
So what’s on at Indulgence this month:

Woman’s Day
To celebrate Woman’s Day, next Monday (public holiday and long week-end) August 9th, we are asking the ladies to come to Indulgence for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This is a mini party for your table that will include delicious cocktail savouries and indulgent cocktail size sweets, yummy goodies to eat, our version of a high tea. This event is not exclusive to ladies The MHTP will run throughout the day so come anytime you like but we would appreciate it if you would book so we have an idea of how many delicious items to make for you to indulge in. The cost per head including cappuccinos/coffee or tea is R90.

Author talks…………….note it is plural!!
It is a very exciting Author Talk month here at Indulgence as we have not one but TWO Author Talks for you this month!
The first one is on Saturday the 14th of August @ 14h30. This is two men whom I have been dying to get to come and chat to us for ages, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silver, esteemed photographers and authors of the book, The Bang, Bang Club. Absolutely fascinating guys and not to be missed, especially if photography is also one of your passions!!

I got this information off Wikipedia……………..
The Bang-Bang Club was a name primarily associated with four photographers active within the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid period, particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from jail to the 1994 elections. While a number of photographers and photojournalists worked alongside the Bang-Bang Club (such as James Nachtwey and Gary Bernard), Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and Joao Silva were the four main men associated with the name.
The name “Bang-Bang Club” was born out of an article published in the South African magazine Living. Originally named the Bang-Bang Paparazzi, it was changed to “Club” because the members felt the word paparazzi misrepresented their work. The name comes from the culture itself; township residents spoke to the photographers about the “bang-bang” as reference to violence occurring within their communities, but more literally, “bang-bang” refers to the sound of gunfire and is a colloquial form of nomenclature used by conflict photographers.
On April 18, 1994, during a firefight between the National Peacekeeping Force and African National Congress supporters in the Tokoza township, cross-fire killed Oosterbroek and seriously injured Marinovich. An inquest into Oosterbroek’s death began in 1995. The magistrate ruled that no party should be blamed for the death. In 1999, peacekeeper Brian Mkhize told Marinovich and Silva that he believed that the bullet that killed Oosterbroek came from them.
In July 1994, Carter committed suicide.
In 2000, Marinovich and Silva published The Bang-Bang Club, a book documenting their experiences

Then on Saturday, the 28th of August we are being joined by one of South Africa’s top, top, top crime writers Mike Nicol. This one is a beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeegggggggg beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeegggggggg special favour because Mike actually lives in Cape Town and he is taking some time out of the business that he will be doing in Jo’burg that week to come and chat to the wonderful people who come to the best Author Talks in town! So please, please, please make a concerted effort to come out and hear what Mike has to say! By the way, Mike also wrote an autobiography on the life of Ken Oosterbroek, so in a way our two Author Talks are linked……………..synchronicity!!

Mike sent me this short bio:
Mike Nicol is an author, journalist and editor, and teaches a course at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Creative Writing. Nicol has written a number of novels, The Powers That Be, This Day and Age, Horseman and The Ibis Tapestry, and the crime novels, Payback and Killer Country (the first two parts of his Revenge Trilogy) and (with Joanne Hichens) Out to Score. He has also written works of non-fiction and published two volumes of poetry, Among the Souvenirs and This Sad Place. The non-fiction includes A Good-Looking Corpse, a history of Drum, a magazine that flourished in Johannesburg during the 1950s; The Waiting Country, a memoir of the election of 1994 that ushered in the new country; a memoir of a year spent in Berlin and his return to Cape Town called Sea Mountain, Fire City; and two biographies, one of the news photographer, Ken Oosterbroek, The Invisible Line – The Life and Photography of Ken Oosterbroek; and the other, more recently, of former president, Nelson Mandela, Mandela – The Authorised Portrait. Nicol was the recipient of a German Academic Exchange Service’s Artists-in-Berlin grant in 1997 and Writer-in-Residence, University of Essen, Germany, in 2002.
He writes the blog Crime Beat: http://crimebeat.book.co.za/
Website: http://mikenicol.book.co.za/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Nicol/100000341740192#!/profile.php?id=100000341740192

So a feast this month. As usual please remember to bring along your two books, one to swap and one to donate. All the books we collect will be handed over to Animals In Distress in February of 2011, along with all the food and other animal goodies that I will start to nag you for!. Please bring along nice books, that are really good reads and in good condition. Please be seated by 14h30, the author will start promptly at 15h00!

Coming shortly your favourite coffee shop:
September will bring us the Jewish New Year so we will be doing the first night dinner at the shop again as well as all the food that goes with it or you to take home, then there will be the 2nd annual Art and Wine fair on the 24th, Heritage day plus the Author Talk. So September promises to be quite a busy month here as well!

August Calendar:
1-31 August Woman’s Month
9 August Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
14 August Author Talk
28 August 2nd Author talk

Love ‘n Lollipops
Me