The Lollipop Monthly September 2012

This is yours truly with the very enigmatic John Connolly

Greetings and Salutations Spring Bunnies 🙂

Is the bounce back in your step? Are the blossoms on the trees? I know I was looking at the cutest puppies the other day thinking hmmmmmmm, do I feel like getting another dog, so it must be SPRINGGGGGGGGGGGGGG, bounce, bounce, bounce. I am a little springy today! I still think there may well be a little more cold snapping at our heels before winter releases its grip completely but boing, boing, boing, bounce, bounce, bounce is definitely knocking on the shutters demanding to be let in!

We had some really awesome Bloody Book Week events here in association with Jenny & Co, and the Sunday Times. I managed to get my piccie taken with all of them, Mark Gimenez, Andrew Brown, John Connolly and the man himself Jeffery Deaver. I have to say that they were fun, funny, great to listen to and the whole experience was incredible fun and very entertaining! You know, now I get to say, my friend Jeffery in name drop fashion. Strangely enough the one I really enjoyed the most was our own home grown Cape Town advocate, Andrew Brown. He is very special, he chatted to Mark Gimenez superbly and he talks like a Safrican or maybe I just like our local boys more because local is very lekker! Have posted pictures to the blog to please follow the link to see it all in its Bloody Book Week glory! There are even videos that will go up on our YouTube account…………… some point

This is moi with Jeffery Deaver

John Connolly being interviewed by journalist Victor Dlamini

Mark Gimenez wowing the audience

Signing books and taking it all in their stride, Andrew Brown and Mark Gimenez

I would love to tell you this newsletter is going to be short and sweet but it isn’t and it won’t be but I will try. Just think, the blog version is even longer but it is much prettier hahahahahahah

The Calendar: September
1st Spring Day and AuthorTalk
6th Dinner at Indulgence
13th Dinner at Indulgence
20th Dinner at Indulgence
24th Heritage Day Lamb on a Spit
27th Dinner at Indulgence

Spring Day 1st September Lunch & AuthorTalk
We have combined a fabulous spring day lunch with an emerging superstar author who has just won the prestigious UJ Debut Book Literary Award! So on Saturday the 1st of September join us for a stunning light 3 course lunch and meet Terry Westby-Nunn author of Sea of Wise Insects.
There will be leis, streamers and pretty flowers in abundance……………….join us, celebrate spring!

The cover of Sea of Wise Insects by Terry Westby-Nunn

About the Book & the Author:
A remarkable and gripping tale with shades of Jeanette Winterson and
JM Coetzee, Sea of Wise Insects’ exquisite prose is a delight.
Fate has it in for the oddball loner secretary Alice Wolfe. Not only has
she lost her dog, Pluto, her husband-to-be, Ralph, and a finger, but she’s
about to lose her freedom.
Her body is covered in scars from accidents over the years, and everyone
she’s ever loved has mysteriously disappeared. She claims she’s a magnet
for bad luck. But others see her as a brooding misfit with a missing finger,
a borderline cutter, a stitched-up freak show. Following the death of her
brother’s beautiful, superficial fiancée, Veronica, in a sinister car accident
on Table Mountain, Alice is arrested. As the trial hurtles towards her,
Alice interrogates her past. What could her memories of the macabre
Hotel Tisca in London, where she fell in love with her enigmatic ex-fiancé
Ralph, have to do with Veronica’s death? What is Alice’s family hiding?
Where are Ralph and her brother Andrew – and what really happened
to her dog Pluto? Do the answers lie in a chilling, badly-written novella,
‘The Sea of Wise Insects’, which Alice is convinced Ralph wrote? Or
will Alice’s journey through her warped memory world – an offbeat
landscape of betrayal, love, luck, secrets, mutilation and death – really be
able to shed any light on her dark past?
Terry Westby-Nunn spends most of her time directing, filming,
editing, scripting, writing and walking up mountains. She has made
documentaries, short films, music videos, video art and has written
several poems. She lives in Cape Town.
She holds the following degrees:
A Bachelor of Journalism, specializing in Television and Film, from
Rhodes University (1994)
A Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town (2009)
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Coffee Talk
I haven’t chatted about coffee plungers for ages but we got in this delicious French roast which is rich and robust, come and try a plunger out @ R28, there is enough coffee in each one for 3 cups. Definitely worth the price and the indulgence!

Dinner At Indulgence

Dinner at Indulgence

Our Thursday dinners are really picking up nicely and I know we are going to rock for the summer. The menus for September are up and available on the blog, so click the link and it will take you straight there to have a look. Very shortly our new website will be back up for you to peruse and all the links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the blog will be on there as well! We had a record crowd for dinner this past Thursday so booking is really essential as we only cook what we need. Soon our liquor license will be here and we will be able to offer you wine paired to your meal or an interesting beer! Just watch this space for news! Below are menus for the first two weeks of September ………….
6 Sept
Sweetcorn chowder with home-baked mini loaf bread
Beef Fillet in puff pastry parcels with mushroom sauce, separate
Mashed potato
Mussels in spicy Thai peanut satay gravy served with jasmine rice, top with basil and coriander
Tofu baked in vine leaves with fresh oregano and served with lemon wedges
Warm chocolate sponge pudding and berries

13 Sept
Grilled brown mushroom filled with spinach and feta topped with mozzarella & home-baked roll
Butternut pasta pillows topped with bolognaise sauce and blue cheese crumbled
Baby chickens stuffed with lemon and herb, boiled buttery baby potatoes, chopped parsley, sweet corn fritters
Tofu and peanut stir fry with vegetables and jasmine rice
Open apple and caramel pizzas with thick cream on the side …………

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana

Jewish New Year
The Jewish New Year is rolling back around and as always out pantry will be groaning with food for you to take home for the night of the 16th of September. It is a Sunday so we would ask you to collect your goodies on the Saturday afternoon so you are ready and raring to go.
We have everything from chopped herring and kichel to chopped liver and chicken soup. So if you would like a price list or to place an order please pop me a mail and I will send one to you.
Let me take this opportunity to wish all our Jewish clients a very sweet new year and well over the fast.
Click here for the link to the price list on the blog:

The Peter Auret Trio playing their hearts out at Indulgence one Thursday Night

Heritage Day 24 September
Celebrate Heritage Day with us in perfect Braai style with another fabulous South African tradition, a lamb on a spit combined with some live music to while away the afternoon. There will be loads of delicious nummies to eat, spring salads, delicious desserts and tender and juicy lamb in abundance with mint jelly! Delicious! As always we will cater for the vegetarians amongst us with something absolutely delicious as well. Booking essential so I know if I should supersize the lamb or not! Am hoping to book this absolutely fabulous 3 piece jazz band or some other form of music for you. All in all it should be an ab fab day! The cost per head is R140
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Having fun at Indulgence

Next month at Indulgence:
October brings us hopefully a liquor license, the new websites all up and running properly, a talk by SASSI on fish sustainability, an AuthorTalk, the quarterly Fetish and Kink Flea market and of course, the scary holiday……….Halloween! A jam packed as always!

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Greetings and salutations fabulous People

Happy spring Puddings!

This is feeling like a long newsy, newsy newsletter so please make yourself comfortable before you begin reading.

Thank you for the incredible turnout on Saturday 20th August  for the talk by McIntosh Polela. The talk was fantastic and the audience, well you rocked. Give yourselves a round of applause.

So happy spring, finally the air outside begins to warm up, the sun is coming up earlier,  blossoms are showing up on trees all over the place, birds are building nests and love is in the air. Okay, I am getting a little carried away now so let me get down to business.

September is National Arbor Month and I thought as a really nice gesture we could attempt to raise some money to buy  some indigenous trees to donate to the city to a community project of some sort. My friend Malcolm works for City Parks and can point us in the right direction as well as ensure the trees get purchased and planted in the correct place. I am very keen to do this and hope that you are as well. If anyone has any ideas about how we should go about this please let me know and I can get the ball rolling!! (ASAP)

It is starting to warm up nicely and I still have quite a bit of soup in the freezer so I was wondering if anyone wants to purchase any at half price. The usual price is R40/R45 per liter but for the month of September I will be selling it off at R20 a bucket! I really need to do this so I can clear some space in the freezer for ice-cream! Yip, we are going to be making our own delicious full cream full sugar ice cream for the summer and if there enough time some sorbet as well! So please take some of the soup off my hands, it really is incredibly good value and  you can always  eat it cold in summer (well some of it at least)

Lollipops Catering also got a nice little mention in the online EatIn magazine this past week, so I am quite chuffed about that! The link below will take you there, just look at the article on caterers

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Secretaries day

Secretaries day falls on the 7th  of  September  so bring your secretary for breakfast to Indulgence, we are open for business from 7.30am. We are not making a huge fancy breakfast so just order off our regular menu. You are welcome to pre-order breakfast as well if it speeds your morning along. Alternatively order her/him a dozen of our incredibly gorgeous  cupcakes and we will deliver them to the office for youJ


In September we have two AuthorTalks booked, one for the regular Saturday afternoon on the 10th of September and a second for the Heritage Day holiday on the 24th of September.

I am hoping to bring you a double bill for the 10th, two fabulous authors for the price of two books. Not a bad deal me thinks. As yet the second author remains unconfirmed so let me just give you a little info on our first author for the 10th, Hamilton Wende

Hamilton Wende is a freelance writer and television producer based in Johannesburg.  He is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent on Radio 4 on the BBC.  He has also contributed to the BBC World Service programme Letter.  He is a columnist for The Star in Johannesburg and his articles have appeared in many international and South African newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, The Chicago Tribune, GQ, Maclean’s Magazine in Canada, TravelAfrica in the UK, The New Zealand Herald, The Buffalo News in the US, The Sunday Times, Business Day, The Sunday Independent in Johannesburg and many others.

He has been a guest on The Editors on the SABC, and has been a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, the  English Department at The University of Cape Town and at The University of the Witwatersrand, at the Durban Institute of Technology and at the Cape Town Press Club, and the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi.  He has also appeared on a number of radio and television programmes including MSNBC, SABC TV,  AM Live and on Radio 702.

In television he has worked for a number of international networks including CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC (Australia), SBS (Australia), NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Al Jazeera English and a number of others.  He has covered fifteen different wars in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  The countries he has worked in include Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Angola, Sudan, Eritrea, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan.

Journey Into Darkness, a documentary on the genocide in Rwanda he worked on for the BBC with producer David Harrison and correspondent Fergal Keane won the 1994 Royal Television Society’s International Current Affairs AwardA Life Less Fortunate, a film on children in South African prisons he worked on with Belinda Hawkins of SBS won the 1999 United Nations Association of Australia Media Award.

           He has written six books the one being featured is:

House of War A love story and thriller about searching for the lost diaries of Alexander the Great in the badlands of northern Afghanistan while being hunted by Al Qaeda. published by Penguin in 2009.  It was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2010.

Doesn’t that just sound fabulous and girls he has that sort of James Bondy look……well that’s my opinion at least! As soon as I have some clarity on the possible second author for the same day I will let you know! Table bookings worked really well for the last AuthorTalk so I would like to continue the trend into the future, please book a table for all future AuthorTalksJ

Then on the 24th of September we are having a second AuthorTalk with author Craig Higginson and his book The Landscape Painter. Below is information about the book and the author.

It is winter in London in 1947. When Arthur Bailey, an elderly painter who lives alone, catches sight of a young woman, Felicity, about to move into the neighbouring bed-sit, he is stirred to recall in haunting detail a long-suppressed narrative. The Landscape Painter is a double tale of obsession, betrayed trust and irrepressible hope, which emerges as Arthur’s story unfolds. As a young, brilliant landscape painter he travelled to South Africa in 1898 in pursuit of his best friend’s sister, the beautiful and mysterious Carwyn Hamilton. Carwyn’s subsequent shocking betrayal led Arthur down a dark path of humiliation and haunted him for the next fifty years. As Arthur delves ever deeper into his most intimate thoughts and desires, the past and present come together in a series of surprising turns and parallels and we meet a range of memorable characters – from the malevolent German governess, Miss Klimt, to Carwyn’s flirtatious and increasingly senile grandmother, Mutti. Finally, Arthur is forced to confront Felicity with the irreducible damage done to him. From the gold-crazed streets of early Johannesburg to the epic battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War, and the austerity of post-Second World War Britain, The Landscape Painter is a spectacular historical novel packed with wit and insight and crafted in Higginson’s lyrical and sinuous but surgical prose.

Craig Higginson is the Literary Manager of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and teaches creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. In February 2010, Craig’s novel Last Summer was released to critical and popular acclaim. He is also well known as a playwright. The Girl in the Yellow Dress has had sold-out seasons at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. It is currently on at the Market Theatre. His first play, Dream of the Dog, appeared at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in a sold-out production featuring Janet Suzman.

What an incredible double bill we have lined up for the month of September and I promise to let you know soonest if it is to be a triple bill!

As always please bring along two lekker books, one to swap and one to donate! The cause is a good one I promise. Please note that authors now start at 2.15pm promptly!

All events are posted on Facebook as well

Jewish new year

Then finally for September’s newsletter it is the first night of the Jewish New Year on the night of the 28th. If anyone would like the price list for all the yummy foods we make for this holiday please let me know and I will forward it to  you! Herrings, Tzimmes, kichel etc, etc

Let me take this opportunity to wish all our Jewish clients and friends a very happy New Year, Chag Sameach and well over the fast.

A last little favour to Mandi. Lollipops Catering and Indulgence Café please would you, when you get a gap, go onto our Facebook pages and “LIKE” them, the links are posted below. Pretty please and very pretty thank you.

Indulgence Café

Lollipops Catering

Have a fabulous September, a wonderful spring and remember to come and visit us @Indulgence real soon!

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