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  1. Gabby

    So glad you got to enjoy your birthday this time around! And that food looks just gorgeous! What a treat!!

    Happy belated 🙂

  2. Catherine

    Happy birthday!

  3. Sophie

    Happy birthday! Sage looks amazing, and you deserve all the amazingness in the world 🙂

  4. Elisabeth Emter

    Happy, Happy Birthday!
    In your honor I stuffed my mouth with Australian Mango licorice. That doesn’t really live up to the occasion but apart from Vegemite this is as Australian as I can get right now.
    I’m glad that came across your blog. Always something to look forward to!

  5. CheezyK

    Oh my, they certainly know how to present their dishes don’t they?! Glad to hear you had a nice birthday dinner in amongst everything else … hope you’re improving (either that or the couch has swallowed you whole and taken you somewhere magical, Alice-style).

  6. Em

    Happy happy happy birthday Hannah!
    May the following year be filled with magic, fairies, unicorns, handstands and beautiful food.

  7. Mike

    Wow Hannah. The only thing more magnificent than the fabulous birthday dinner you had at Sage is the mouth-watering description of each course you have given to us all.

  8. Fiona


    Everything looks so perfect! (especially YOU x)

  9. hungryandfrozen

    How fittingly glorious! Am very occasionally suspicious of restaurants who serve up dustings and sprayings and sprinklings of things but – and I’m not just saying this – your account shows that Sage knows exactly what they’re doing with flavours and textures, everything looks just wonderful. So glad to hear you came right just in time! And I hope the second wish is more true than true and just waiting infuriatingly but rightly, for the best time to happen.

  10. Johanna GGG

    Birthdays are hard to get right but when they work they are brilliant! Glad to hear such happy reports of yours. And you were the true birthday queen with all those fantastic course (I probably would have wanted to share them because they look so good) – though I notice they don’t have plates at Sage – more like canvases for the food artwork!

  11. Hotly Spiced

    Oh, that’s quite a few lacklustre birthdays. I’m so glad you were able to drag yourself out of bed for this delicious meal. It sounds like you had such a special night. I love the presentation of all this food – it all looks fabulous xx

  12. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Oh, you and your fam are just adorable! Happiest birthday to you! The food looks incredible! I turned 30 this year and we were in Lima, Peru on the day. My husband took me out for an incredible meal and I swear I will remember every dish forever. So pleased that you recovered and felt well enough to enjoy your special day!

  13. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you!!! i am so glad you were able to celebrate it properly.

    Everything looks incredible… mushroom cappuccino, cumin brioche… and that dessert!

  14. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Happy Birthday!
    I understand the birthday curse. Mine doesn’t always strike on my birthday but usually the whole of the month is reasonably crappy. Seriously, October has it in for me.
    But on a happy note, I’m glad to see you had such a yummy dinner. Sage had a bit of a disappointing reputation a few years ago, it is good to see that it has had a resurgence.

    1. whisperinggums

      I think Sage changed owners 2-3 years ago?

  15. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Happy birthday again! Dinner looks wonderful – especially the artichoke dish. And a little PX does wonders for health, I say. So glad you got to enjoy your birthday – having dramas just makes them that much more memorable! Who wants boring inanity 😀

  16. Gary

    Happy birthday Hannah. It’s good to know you’re feeling a little better. That meal just looks gorgeous.

  17. Lou

    oooo FANCY pants salt. YUM.

    Dude, that all looks incredible!

  18. Kath Lockett

    Happy happy birthday! For someone so young, you’ve achieved so much and your writing (and fans here) are a true testament to that.

    I’d eat the entire menu there, but give the foi gras to Love Chunks.

    ….and dare I say that the candle in your desert made a submarine immediately spring to mind? Up periscope!

  19. Sarah

    Happy Birthday! Very happy you were well enough to make it to dinner 🙂 Those dishes all look very pretty, I will have to visit that restaurant the next time I go to Canberra!

    The dishes there look similar in style to Embrasse, one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne, and a definite contender if you ever have a celebration meal in Melbourne!

    PS those Voss water bottles are awesome!

  20. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Oh, I am so very, very glad you had this night – it sounds just perfect, and perfect for undoing some of the ills (quite literally, this year) that the birthday gods seem to bestow on you.

    I am also blown away by how pretty these dishes are – the desserts especially, but everything really. I want to climb into the photos just to see it in person!

  21. Catherine

    Gosh I thought this was shaping up to be a sad post but you really turned the tables! What a great celebration and incredibly gorgeous food. I’m sure it helped with your recovery? Hope so xx

  22. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Happy birthday! All that food looks way too gorgeous to eat, but I hope it was lovely!

  23. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    There’s so much pressure for birthdays to be good! Have you thought of the upside though of having crappy birthdays? Writing a book about it! Apart from this one, you could write about your other birthdays and it could be called “Sh*t birthdays you’re glad you didn’t have” 😉

  24. Choc Chip Uru

    Happy belated birthday my friend!!! You deserve all this and more – every birthday from now on has to be perfect for you and it’s cool you have it on national sorry day because everyone around you is sorry it’s not their birthday when they see you having fun 🙂


  25. whisperinggums

    It was a truly lovely night. With excellent company and great food, how could one go wrong?

  26. Lexi

    Happy Birthday (again) dear Miss. Early and late, that’s my style.xx

  27. Jo

    Happy Happy Birthday for last week and so glad you were able to celebrate. I’ll be celebrating my 40th on Wednesday with Indian take-away and cookies n cream ice cream. Oh the joys of living in rural bliss!

  28. veganlisa

    My Hannah – I’m glad you had a glorious birthday celebration. It looks like quite a feast. We are so lucky in this world that you’re here, spreading joy, lighting hearts and encouraging chocolatiers to continue producing.


  29. Emma

    Of all the restaurant reviews you’ve given (and all the crazy-looking food I’ve been wowed by), this review takes the chestnut log for most delicious-looking and innovative. How do they do it?! That chocovado is an insane work of art! They’re generous with their scallop portioning! Your mother is a great camouflager!

    Were there mushrooms in the cappuccino?

    I recommend to the universe that part of your birthday wish allow you to figure out your travel issues, and then come to Maine. Because although we may not be hip like the big cities, Portland supposedly has the most restaurants per capita in America, or something like that. We could maybe find something crazy delicious-looking like this food:)

    Happy birthday again!

  30. theresa

    I’m very glad you had a wonderful birthday! You deserve it!

  31. Louise

    What a wonderful dinner of deliciousness. I’m so pleased that you were well enough to go, and appreciate it. It looks so fab. I’ve definitely just discovered where I’ll be dining when I next visit your fair city.

  32. Tracy

    I hope you are feeling better and am glad that being sick did not interfere with your birthday plans. Happy Birthday!

  33. Fiona

    I just wanted to say a late happy birthday and that I hope you are feeling better. 🙂

  34. Caitlin @livelovenyc

    such pretty arrangements!! this looks like such a glorious outing 🙂

  35. Silvia

    Happy belated Birthday!
    That dinner looks great! And I also love chestnut desserts…. something I eat even out of season. We always have frozen chestnut purée in our freezer.

  36. Leah

    Happy Birthday sweetheart xoxo Dinner looks amazing 😀

  37. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Such beautiful food! And you’re right that chestnut desserts are the bestest.

    Happy Birthday Miss Lady!

  38. Margaret

    I’m so glad your 25th birthday was a happy one.
    The first photo makes me laugh because I think: “It’s my birthday and I’ll wear a summer dress if I want to”, despite the fact it was a freezing day!
    I’d be in a scarf like your mum, although I’m sure I wouldn’t have the talent to camouflage with the furniture! Well done to your mum. 🙂

  39. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Happy Birthday Hannah 🙂 Wow what an epic meal! I like all the dishes especially the mushroom miso soup and the DESSERT 🙂 WOW! I love it all!

    You looked beautiful too in that dress 😀

  40. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Gemini babies!!! whoop whoop. Happy Birthday to you

  41. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    awe so happy you had such a sparkling meal 🙂 food looks ridiculously good!! Hope you’re all better now?!?
    Heidi xo

  42. sophia

    Happy belated birthday, dear Hannah!!! Aw, I loved the pic of you flushing with joy from the dessert. I’m so glad you had a great dinner. I don’t have the best history of birthdays either. Hope my 25th is as fabulous as yours. 🙂

  43. Hannah

    Happy belated birthday!! Someday, I wish I could be there to celebrate with you- and you know I’d bring a cake.

  44. Karen

    Happy Birthday Hannah, I am so pleased that you had a wonderful birthday this year. I loved the photos of your meal. I really want to go to Sage now, it looked amazing.

  45. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I’m so happy you were back on your feet on your birthday, and could go to that wonderful restaurant with your parents! The foods look like artwork for me, and the way it is served on those dark stone (?) plates – I wonder if they not only have cooks but also food designers there! 😉

    Happy belated birthday to you! 🙂

  46. Gena

    What a meal! Happy birthday, my dear 🙂

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    Happy belated birthday Hannah!! that food looks divine and properly fitting for an occasion as special as your birthday!! Ohhh those desserts….if I ever manage to get to Canberra I’m heading straight there. No stops.

    Straight. There.

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