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  1. JohannaGGG

    mmm deep fried tofu! you look so elegant when you drink rose! all the desserts look so good that I would have them all though I am very partial to a good chocolate dessert and would give you my lychee! Sounds like a great dinner!

    1. Lauren

      “you look so elegant when you drink rose”

      Heartily seconded!

  2. Debi

    Oh how delicious everything looks! I love pickles, too. 😀 And all that CHOCOLATE! I think I need a square of 85% Lindt right now with a schmear of nut butter after seeing all those yummy desserts with chocolate. Any dessert with lychee in it is a winner in my book. LOVE lychee. 😀

  3. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    Ah that shot of your grandma is a classic! Could not stop giggling. She seems like one cool person. She’s also right on the ball with the yurrmy sesame crusted tuna!


  4. CheezyK

    Happy Birthday Whispering Gums! This certainly looks like a fabulous way to celebrate, that food looks delicious (and I assume the company was pretty good too :)).
    I actually nearly commented about my own ma over on the WG post about feminism last week – because what I love most about her is that there’s no ‘do as I say, not as I do’ with her, she will always stand up for what she believes in and do what she believes is right (dad too for that matter).
    Can’t end on that serious note … your grandmother rocks! 😀

    1. whisperinggums

      Thank you CheezyK … it was a splendiferous birthday spent with my splendiferous family. You should have commented about your own Ma! She sounds great … as is my Ma (Way Choc’s grandma).

      1. Gmasydney

        I have never thought of myself as ‘cool’ or someone who ‘rocks’ but with all these compliments flying around I just have to add mine. But – there aren’t superlatives super enough to describe my super duper family. I am so proud of them all they render me speechless! (Or, in this situation, I suppose I should say, ‘wordless’.) Except I could say to WG and Way Choc ‘Thanks for being you and for being part of the family team always ready to help.’

  5. Mike

    Happy birthday to your mum! (What a fabulous dinner you all enjoyed). What I loved about my mama was seeing the joy on her face when she told me stories about her younger days living on a farm in Sth. Aust, going to a school on a horse and cart, reflecting on the value of a sixpence, falling in love with a soldier etc etc.

  6. Nic@diningwithastud

    LOL at your nans photobomb. Thats freakin awesome!

  7. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Oh man, I so want to go to the Ginger Room, but every time we try it is booked out.

    I love my Mum for about a million different reasons which include that she is so open and honest with her feelings, is just a truly loving beautiful person, is funny and far cleverer than she thinks and she is always surprised and delighted by any present she gets – even on her birthday and Christmas she is surprised by presents!

  8. Gary

    I am so going there as soon as I can.

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Happy Birthday to Hannah’s mum! And your grandma is hilarious-a photo bombinb grandma-everyone needs one! 😛 The dessert reminds me of one of those clear paperweights! Except of course edible 😛

    1. whisperinggums

      Thanks Lorraine. And I love that description of the champagne bubble … that’s exactly what it looks like.

      1. Gmasydney

        And something else, Whisperinggums, I seem to remember we both thought.

  10. Lou

    Hehe, love that shot of you drinking rose…. such the lady! Oh my golly gosh that peanut butter dessert + chocolate truffle cake mmmmmmm – actually everything looks/sounds incredible.

    Happy Birthday to your Mum 🙂

    So funny you don’t like chocolate desserts….I will go for anything caramelly first, then chocolate, then apricot. For some reason I’m obsessed with all things apricot.

  11. Spencer

    Looks like it was a great occasion. I especially like the look of the yummy chocolate desserts stuff!

  12. Hotly Spiced

    Happy 60th to your mother Hannah. And I do love your top – how pretty with all those roses. All the food looks great but I do love the look of that asparagus entree xx

  13. Leah

    YouR grandmother is wonderful!
    Geez what don’t I love about my mum. Shes wise, a bit wacky and has the best advice. Happy birthday Hannah’s mum, cheers to many many more *clinks glass of lovely rose* :):):)

  14. Agnes

    Happy birthday Hannah’s mum!

  15. Catherine

    Amazing meal and happy birthday to WG who we know is fantastic! Love your Gran too.

    I can’t even begin to think what I adore about my Mum, you already have me in tears. I feel like hopping on a plane to Sydney.

    1. whisperinggums

      Thanks Catherine … can’t hide my age now can I? LOL!

  16. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Oh! What a night! Happy birthday to your mother, who clearly must be 92%-always-right in order to have selected (or at least endorsed) this stupendous restaurant.

    The pictures of the desserts have me slightly dizzy with their beauty. The concept of peanut butter mousse also has me slightly dizzy with its beauty. And then there is your oh-so-elegant, also beautiful rose drinking. I am yet again reminded of your rightful place in a Jane Austen novel, except for the alusion to the aftermath of slightly-alcohol-giggly (where is the photo for that? hmm?)! 😉

    1. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts


    2. whisperinggums

      Thanks Kari for the birthday wishes … btw here is a Jane Austen quote you might like: “The more wine I drink, in moderation, the better I am. I am always best of an evening.” (from a letter to her sister) I love this quote …

  17. hungryandfrozen

    Love that your grandmother was photobombing. You look stunner-ing in those photos 🙂

  18. Emma

    I hope you are feeling a wee bit better?

    The food looks amazing, the family looks wonderful, I can’t wait to see my own family come May!

    I too wish my mum hadn’t waited until she was 35 – – while it seems to not be the case for you, the age gap has proven to be too much for us at times:/ She’s a lovely lady though!

  19. Kath Lockett

    What a fantastic selection of foods – the table would be a flurry of me leaning over with my fork and insisting on trying everybody’s course….

    My Mum ….. very kind – would open her doors to anybody who knocked and won’t rest until everyone has a hot drink, a warm jacket covering their kidney region and somewhere pleasant to sit. Just as importantly, despite being a war-baby, she was very open to being asked about all kinds of things, and through my Chinese whisperings, pretty well provided the sex education essentials to all of my friends!

  20. Sandy B

    OMG! What a fantastic meal; those desserts look wonderful.

    Isn’t it lovely to treat yourself once in a while.

  21. Li

    Ah ha! Ah ha! I KNEW that was a dress! I think I have a really good dress-dar 🙂

    Happy Birthday Sue! 🙂

    On a side note, is it funny that while you were enjoying that meal, I was very likely outside admiring the lights at OPH? Also, I will respond to your email soon. Have been a little out of sorts lately 🙁

  22. Tammy

    What an amazing meal! Happy birthday to your mum. Hannah, you look beautiful in those photos.

  23. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    What a pretty dress (or top?) you have on! I agree that those little sugared rose petals are lovely and I’m sure that such a floral dessert paired well with that rose. Your fancy dinners are always so interesting.

  24. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Drink up, missy! I fully expect you to get your tolerance up before you come visit, as polishing off bottles and bottles of wine with me will be a requirement of your time here. 😉

    <3 oh the fancy desserts oh <3

  25. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Happy Birthday to your mum Hannah 🙂 I love that photo of your grandma hehe ~ the food looks great and I really like Rose too ~ one of my favourite types of drinks!
    I don’t think I could have decided which dessert to get either and ahhaha i really like how you got a mojito sorbet for your entree ~ Definitely a dessert in its own!

  26. Alisa

    Aw, happy birthday to Hannah’s mama! What a monumental one. And your grandma is awesome.

  27. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Happy birthday Hannah Mumma!!!! The food looks serious good. Why are there so few peanut butter style desserts out there? What’s wrong with the world?… I love so much about my mum. One thing right now? She “liked” my instagram pics at 11:16pm last night. go to bed mum! but thanks for your enthusiasm.
    Heidi xo

  28. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    wow talk about schmancy dining! why do you avoid chocolate desserts??? i adore pb desserts too. 🙂

  29. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    I remember you mentioned fresh oysters were difficult to come by in Canberra but these look pretty awesome. Love that elegant photo of you admiring the Rosé. Happy birthday to your mama! 🙂

  30. Christine

    Your grandma made me laugh out loud, for REAL. Photo-bomb. Hahahah, omg, makes me wish so badly that my grandma was still with me.

  31. Libby

    Happy birthday, Hannah’s mum!

    Haha your photo-bombing grandmother is HILARIOUS! Love the photo! :d

  32. Errign

    So much delicious!

    I love that my mom is my polar opposite and that we have a weird relationship, but even when I’m almost 24 years old, she still offers to help me with my homework, haha.

  33. Vien @ We Dare Food

    All that desserts looks amazing! Peanut butter mousse???!!!! Oh gosh… I bet they taste amazing! btw, Happy Belated Birthday to your mum!!! 😀

  34. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Happy belated birthday to your mum! I think I’d worship at the altar of anywhere that made any of those puddings – don’t think I could choose between them!
    You look gorgeous in those pictures 🙂

  35. Em

    Happy birthday to your mum!
    How cool and cute is your grandma. 🙂

    That dinner looks pretty damn good.

    Oh, and I am sending you a photo of the peanut butter dessert I had last night.

  36. Anna Johnston

    Delightful. Just one of the restaurants I’ve worked at. The food is gorgeous… I really must go again. Happy belated birthday to your Momma.

  37. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Happy belated birthday to your mom! I love what you said about 8 % frustrating and 92 % wonderful that your mom is always right. Also love the picture of your grandmom. 🙂

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