Phew, a breather. It won't last.
My diet is still going swimmingly and easily. My lunch was french onion soup with cider, a slice of fresh bread with some Beppino Occelli Italian butter (expensive but worth it, yum) and a small slice each of Port Salut and Gorgonzola. Washed down with about one mouthful of Shiraz. Look! See! Yes! I can drink in moderation after all, it's just I can only do it with red wine. No more white, ginger wine, or anything 'gluggy'. And NEVER more than 2 glasses in a day - that way I never get drunk, I get good skin again, my body starts to restore itself, and I get the proven health benefits of drinking red wine. Actually, I sip so slowly that I struggle to finish one glass alone anyway. Still unlikely I will drink when out with people in pubs and stuff though, as the temptation to lose my self-restraint may be too much. What is about us lot that makes each other turn to drink?
This weekend I am going to Due South again, at last. We've been looking forward to this since...the last time we were there. It's the best restaurant I think I've ever been to (other than Ranieri's in Roma). Soup, followed by asparagus & lemon risotto, then either the cheese board with walnut bread or iced cappuccino parfait. With a bottle of Sangiovese 'Tiaso' or Chateau Fontareche. The only bummer about Due South is its often lack of vegetarian choice. The menu changes daily sometimes, at least weekly, depending on available fresh local produce, but sadly it seems the only fresh vegetable available in the past 2 months has been asparagus. And nobody wants asparagus for starter and main. But then who could say no to this view from your table. Maybe I'll leave some feedback and see if they can do something about it. Brighton is probably the vegetarian capital of the country after all.
EDIT: Feedback duly given!