Seasonal activities - (presents and general consumption of)
Sort of go hand in hand don't they? I am sure that not many people get through the Yuletide season without some degree of consumption.
But if you are to consume, chocolate is one area I think you should afford to be very particular about. Bad chocolate is, well, bad - not to say a huge waste of your daily kcal intake. But good chocolate can make your eyes sink into your skull with ecstasy and the calories seem insignificant.
Maybe it is because we are a city of gluttons, or maybe because we are so particular, we are blessed in Brighton to have quite a few little chocolate shops of varying specialities, sizes and prices.
Plus, a few seem to have sprung up in the same area of the city in a place I now like to call 'the calorific quarter'.
choccywoccydoodah sits here, with the most magnificent confections in cacao you will ever see. Opposite, you can enter the clinical perfection of Hotel Chocolat.
But my favourite, and the destination my taste buds waft towards is always the fantastic Montezuma's chocolate.
A Sussex enterprise, the story began in good old Brighton in 2000 (and I remember going to the opening and tasting my first chunk of chilli chocolate. I was converted and it is now one of my favourites). Since then they have gone from strength to strength and have won a smattering of awards all over the place for their delicious, innovative and responsible chocolate.
Organic chocolate is a huge hitter here, with many of the offerings being certificated, but the combination of flavours is incredible.
As well as the chilli choc, you can choose from butterscotch, geranium, nutmeg and sweet paprika and strawberry. Amongst others. And that is just the bars....
So if you find yourself in Duke Street, nip into Montezuma's, grab a treat and wander off to get lost in the Lanes...