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  1. Johanna GGG

    all sounds good but all I can really remember is the chocolate dessert – I want it! No I lie. I also remember the zucchini flowers – always seems such an odd idea and one I have only encountered when out rather than in my own kitchen – but such a good one!

    and I can only assume you were in bars so noisy that you had to communicate with your friends through doing the chicken dance – correct?

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    oooh I love the Ottoman!!! And I just realised that I have never eaten zucchini flowers either!

  3. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Good choice indeed, Hannah! Zucchini flowers stuffed with goats cheese is such an ingenious dish. I love your dress too, great cut & colours. Happy 60th birthday to your dad!
    Heidi xo

  4. Susan

    It’s my dad’s 60th birthday in a month! We are going to cook him a nice meal instead, although I would rather go out to a great restaurant… I had the scallop moussaka when I went and I thought it was really really good. Maybe they forgot to add something on yours?? Zucchini flowers are the best! The ones at Cafe Sopra in Sydney are the best I have tried ever.

  5. sophia

    I totally dig your humor. 😉

    I get the same way with restaurants “I’ve already blogged at” because I’m always under the blogger’s mentality: Too many restaurants, too little time, too little money.

    You look cute in your dress, at least! >__<

  6. Priyanka

    I am curious how the zucchini flowers taste like? The only other time I have seen zucchini flowers being prepared, it was by Giada. All your eats look so delicious!

  7. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    I have a squash plant, and it seems such a shame to pick the flowers, since that means less squash, but squash flowers are soooo good.

    I am always tempted to photograph my empty plate when I really like a meal. You may find me doing that soon.

    I cannot rock the strapless. Unless it has a built-in corset that guarantees it will not slide down to my ankles.

  8. Alisa Fleming

    Oh you are growing up … preferring the “social” bar to the obnoxiously loud one … such a sign of maturity 🙂

    This along with you self-lessly going to a repeat restaurant for your dad. Aptly rewarded it sounds like. Glad everyone had fun! Awesome dress, but yeah, strapless is tricky.

  9. The Food Mentalist

    Nice, I will have to try it on my next visit down your way. Love the look of the desserts and anything with eggplant always gets my vote 🙂

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Haha been there done that although my parents and friends instinctually knew not to do repeat visits. I don’t know how they knew but I’m forever grateful that I didn’t have to explain “the situation”to them. And chicest ever chicken dance I suspect! 😀

  11. whisperinggums

    Beautiful night beautifully written up – thanks Hannah. Next restaurant we go to can be your choice – perhaps!

  12. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    True story: you’re funny 🙂
    All the food looks so amazing, I’m a sucker for good presentation.
    I think your dessert sounded best out of the three. Totally drool-worthy

  13. Fiona

    NOOO It IS all about you. Silly mothers 😉

  14. Camille

    I so want zucchini blossoms now! Had some delicious ones last summer that were stuffed with shrimp – like a combination of your and your dad’s appetizers.

  15. Ellie@fitforthesoul

    Haha I agree! I kind of can’t stand it when I can’t hear others talking and we’re having a let’s-see-who-can-talk-louder session 😛 That’s a cute dress! I can’t wear strapless b/c I kind of don’t have much for it to cling on! lol And tzatziki is probably my fave next to mustard….

  16. Louise

    HA HA. I love your family discussion! Ottoman always looks delicious- even on repeat blogging. The zucchini flowers look absolutely fabulous. And the deserts do too. The presentation of the dips is quite odd. And a chicken dance never goes astray at a family function I reckon.

  17. leaf (the indolent cook)

    This is so hilarious! And I love the sound of your dessert. Nom.

  18. Kath Lockett

    It’s so lovely to sit here with my morning coffee and have a chuckle at the way you think, write and describe things, Hannah! It’s a rare talent you have and it makes even non-serious foodies such as myself want to read on and feel like we’ve been invited to join you for dinner. Love the after-your-dessert plate!

  19. Simply Life

    oh that dip platter is too fun!

  20. Errign

    I love zucchini flowers – so good!

    Actually, all of your food looks like it was amazing! And I love your dress 🙂 I have conversations with people like that all.the.time. 😀

  21. Anna Johnston

    Well….., as far as chicken dances go, that’s a pretty good one, so go you!!!!! Ottoman is definatly worth a repeat trip or two, so big win I’d say 🙂

  22. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Yummm all of the foods looks so fresh and flavourful. I am intrigued by those zucchini flowers!

    Gorgeous dress!! Reminds me of spring.

  23. Tammy

    I so want one of those zuchinni flowers!

  24. Helen (grabyourfork)

    But you’re a spring chicken, so that’s ok 🙂

    And I know the feeling about wanting to try something new, but then sometimes it means I have an excuse to just eat and not worry about photographing everything. lol.

  25. Monique

    I don’t really know where to go with this comment other than LOVE THAT DRESS!!!! and also, all that food looks amazing 🙂

  26. Rach

    Hahaha! I love your confusion about your dad’s birthday party not being about you. That whole conversation is hilarious!

    Also, that dress looks so great on you! I’ve been there with the chicken dance before. 😉

  27. hungryandfrozen

    Looking glam! But oh, the chicken dance. I’m not sure what the “constantly patting one’s own bum/upper thighs to make sure skirt is still there” dance is called, but that’s another one in my repertoire.

    LOL at the indignation of visiting a place you’ve already blogged, I totally understand. I like that you traded bits and pieces – I do this too – and also I like that they seem to put in plenty of effort for desserts, rather than having amazing mains and trailing off after that. Happy 60th birthday to your dad!

  28. Agnes

    So the sentence about how you had never eaten zucchini flowers before made no sense to me. How is that even possible?! Were you living under a rock when zucchini flowers were the in thing? 🙂

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