Burgers and Dog

Jozi dogs have been finding their way in front of my camera lens lately.

Last weekend, in addition to photographing a friend’s dogs on the Melville Koppies, I also met a very special guard dog at a café in Northcliff.

Amiga, guard dog at the Indulgence Café.

I hate using clichés. But the Indulgence Café epitomizes the term “hidden gem”. It’s a quirky establishment in one of a long row of nondescript strip malls along Beyers Naude. (It’s actually one strip mall over from the famous Thunder Gun!)

The quirky patio at the Indulgence Café.

I’m not sure how best to describe the Indulgence Café, and I didn’t spend enough time there to do it full justice in a blog post. My friend Nina and I just stumbled in on a Saturday afternoon looking for lunch. I was there long enough to learn that Indulgence is a gourmet restaurant, a bakery, a catering company, a lounge, a bookstore, and a venue for writers’ talks and other literary events. (Considering the subject of my previous post, I’m ashamed that I didn’t find out if the Indulgence Café has free wireless internet or not. But there’s a good chance it does.)

I can tell you two things for sure about the Indulgence Café:

1) Indulgence Café serves a mean burger.

Burger topped with avo and thick Danish feta, served on a bagel with a side of fried potatoes on a stick. I believe this meal cost R65 ($8.40). 

2) Indulgence Café has the most fabulous, gentle guard dog in Johannesburg.


Amiga is a boerboel, a mastiff breed created by South African farmers (boers) to protect their homesteads. Funny that such a uniquely South African dog has a Spanish name. Somehow it suits her.

Mandi, Amiga’s owner and the proprietress of the Indulgence Café, said Amiga is normally camera-shy. For some reason she tolerated mine. I’m glad she did.

Amiga enjoys one of the sofas at the Indulgence Café.

Life imitates art.

I’ll definitely be back to the Indulgence Café, for the burgers and for the dog.

The Indulgence Café is located at 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff. It also goes by the name Lollipops Catering. You can subscribe to a newsletter about the café’s events by emailing lollipops@telkomsa.net

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  • Reply Avalynn27 May 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Great pictures! Your dog is a adorable!

    • Reply 2summers May 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you. She’s not my dog though!

  • Reply candy May 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    those are some serious jowls. impressive. looks like a super-sweet dog.

    • Reply 2summers May 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      She is indeed. Thanks for the comment, Candy!

  • Reply Keith Fleming May 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I LOVE Amiga!!

    • Reply 2summers May 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

      You must really love her, Keith, because I can’t remember the last time you commented on my blog! If you ever make it to Joburg I will take you to meet Amiga.

  • Reply Owls May 5, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I think Amiga sensed your grandmother was the Queen of Dog Lovers. Cooncie would have flipped over this cutie!

    • Reply 2summers May 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Indeed she would have. Perhaps I have inherited some of Cooncie’s dog whisperer genes.

  • Reply ahimsamaven May 5, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I want a dog with jowly jowls!

    • Reply 2summers May 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

      It’s true, those jowls are awesome.

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough May 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Amiga looks comfy. Love it!

  • Reply Howlin' Mad Heather May 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Aww, love those photos! Amiga reminds me of a bull mastiff my granddad owned when I was a kid.

    • Reply 2summers May 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Heather, glad you like them.

  • Reply lollipopsandme May 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for the fabulous review, with the stunning pics, it is really appreciated!
    Amiga’s name means “female friend” and she is just that, my best friend
    She loves the attention so please come visit.
    She also tweets @AmigaFriedman
    Have an awesome week end xx

    • Reply 2summers May 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thank YOU for the fabulous burger and fabulous dog to photograph 🙂

  • Reply lollipopsandme May 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Reblogged this on Love & Lollipops and commented:
    have a gander at this fabulous post about us & @AmigaFriedman Thank you Heather!

  • Reply lollipopsandme May 5, 2012 at 9:57 am


  • Reply Tumelo Motaung May 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I love the dog! A little too big for me, but I know my partner wants one of those once we have a home of our own.

    • Reply 2summers May 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I know, I feel the same. I’m not ready to have a big dog in my life, but Amiga makes me want one. Thanks for reading!

      • Reply Tumelo Motaung May 5, 2012 at 10:17 am


  • Reply Lizl May 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Indulgence has a very definite personality and we are an interesting bunch of people that hang out on a regular basis. Every time I have gone there, I have met some interesting body or another and time tends to stand still. As a friend and regular customer, I have to say that I LOVE Indulgence with all its quirkyness. Thank you for blogging of my favourite hang out.

    • Reply 2summers May 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Hi Lizl, I’m glad you liked the post. Thanks for reading and commenting! Indulgence seems like a great local hangout.

  • Reply ComplexSymmetry May 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I love the dog’s eyes. They’re so intense, the dog just gives off an air of nobility!

    • Reply 2summers May 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thank you. Exactly what I thought when I photographed her.

  • Reply Deano May 8, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Ya gotta write a book already!!! The photos are awesome too!


    • Reply 2summers May 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Thank you Dean. I’m working on it, I swear!

  • Reply eremophila May 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Travels with Fred and commented:
    Woof! What a great looker!!

  • Reply Engelsman in Afrika May 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This is an awesome post and great photos. Definitely going to drop into the cafe too – my wife will love the fact that there’s a dog roaming free 🙂

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Glad you like the post! Indulgence is worth a visit for sure.

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