I'm pleased to say that after four days of unexpected misery I have cheered up quite a lot. Yesterday the apple pie of my eye took me to Yo Sushi for dinner, where I had the most intensely flavoured chicken dumpling soup followed by crispy tofu salad. I think the good food has really made my day as I woke up Thursday morning after dreaming about eating chocolate truffles and was fed good stuff instead of junk. I was delighted when the apple bought my favourite biscuits from my past- the delicious but deathly baci di dama. He ate the flour, hazlenut and chocolate deadly mix as we watched a documentary about the treasures of Mexico and I refused even a taster.
Today I ventured into Manchester in the hope of getting a cheap ticket to Noel Coward's Blythe Spirit, sadly they had sold out of the day's standby tickets by the time I got there. Regardless, I booked for a new production in a couple of weeks- Salt, a play about thirty somethings discussing life at dinner parties. (Am I the only person who has never hosted a dinner party in her life?) I have caught the theatre bug again after I landed a free ticket on Tuesday Night to see Les Miserables. Stirring music is filling corners of my brain at unexpected moments. It's eerie.
I had lunch in town- a sweet potato, butternut squash and aubergine chinese curry with sticky rice and as much green tea as I wanted. I didn't even consider dessert- it's just something I don't do these days and my God it is liberating as I can concentrate on the main food rather than running after that sweet high.
Fed, I ventured into the newly developing Northern quarter and found the most amazing shops with funky designs of stuff in them as well as the Manchester Craft Centre which is a little gem of talented artisans. I bought a charming mini canvas of feet on the scales, which I will photograph when I get round to it.
I love days adventuring. I spent seven hours in the city, mostly walking around and discovering the cheap joys of Primark. It has put the spring back into my step this weekend. I have found one advantage of being fat today- no one wants to sit on the bus seat next to you!