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  1. Emma

    You are wearing the lovely splendiferous necklace! It is charming.

    I was going to ask what those colorful things-in-jars were when I saw them in the picture up top, but you too knew, ohh, you knew, how enticing they looked:)

    What a place – what a bunch of bowls! I’ve never seen such a piecemeal buffet. It makes me very hungry. Heel click, tiara clink, xo.

  2. Hannah

    But sheep are so awesome! And they smell great (not kidding). That is the most impressive dessert table ever. And then again, its also the most impressive salad and seafood spread too (and how I miss it – I don’t trust it 500km inland). I’ve come to the conclusion (through your photos and my one Hyatt dining experience with your family) that the idea is just to go there often. on the first trip have salad/mains. Then next time eat seafood. Then devote your final trip to the dessert table. I see no other way to make sure you appreciate it all.

    Looks like a nice family day out 🙂

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    That is such a stunning necklace! When you bought that I was wondering what you would ever find to wear it with, but it really isn’t as insane and unwearable as I thought, just very elegant and pretty.

    Shame that the pistachio panna cotta was a dud. How dare they?! And a weak cheese plate? Hang ’em!

  4. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Your necklace is on the list of Things I Love! Buffets are on the list of Things I Hate. I never eat enough to make it worth the price of a buffet. Then I feel all lame and like I should over-eat to get my money worth and the whole thing ends with me either feeling comfortably full and ripped off or painfully stuffed and pious about my spending. Neither is pleasant.

  5. Christine

    I didn’t know you had food allergies. Clearly I have not been paying attention. And for the record, I love buffets. They are great for people like me with a tendency to order something and wish I’d gotten something else.

  6. Hotly Spiced

    When the Hyatt first opened they had a special where you could stay the night and have the buffet breakfast for $150/night. We used to beetle down there all the time. It was a wonderful weekend escape. The buffet lunch looks great although that’s a shame about the cheeses and I thought that pannacotta looked a little stiff – and a bit too green! But those meringues look great but why put them up so high? You almost need a step-ladder to reach them. But what a lovely day out with your family xx

  7. Amy

    Ooooo, that pistachio pannacotta looks really smooth and yummy… haven’t had that at a buffet before! And aren’t those meringues colourful? Perfect wait to celebrate I think :). I’m a buffet fan if it’s a good buffet hehe hope things are well down your end, Hannah :).

  8. JohannaGGG

    That is such a canberra building! And an amazing spread. Your skills in salad making are truly impressive and I think you should be careful with your poses or the hyatt might just try and second you into being part of the dessert display 🙂 (dessert fairy anyone?)

  9. Lou

    Oh I was trying to guess what those colourful things were the whole post… I was thinking Macaroons. Close, no cigar. I love a good buffet, as long as it replenished frequently…. oh sweet pickles I LOVE you 🙂

  10. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I love a good buffet, haven’t been to one in years. My best memory of the Hyatt one though was the time that my family went to a chook show out at exhibition park. As we were going to a chook show in winter, we were dressed appropriately. However we ran into my aunt at said chook show and she suggested lunch. As a result, 6 chook show attired people turned up at the Hyatt. It was hilariously inappropriate but very yummy.

  11. Kath Lockett

    Our family loves a good buffet for the same reasons but yes, that cheese selection is pitiful!

    Would love some meringue and the lychee jelly. Wouldn’t be too bad with my breakfast coffee….

  12. E. Moonbeams

    You are so hot.

  13. Choc Chip Uru

    Happy birthday to your dear grandpa my friend 😀
    What a wonderful celebration for his birthday!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    You are delightfully easy to please, if pickles win over seafood 😀

    I’m disappointed in your dessert experience (except for the edible meringues!) but am impressed with the Hyatt’s allergy friendly approach. I wonder if that’s a national thing? Alas, I never go to buffets because I find one has to (i) eat meat and (ii) be prepared to eat quite a lot in order for the prices to be justifiable. Normally I end up eating vegetables and then lots of desserts, which is very fun, but I could just eat vegetables and lots of desserts for less money. And so normally I do 🙂

  15. Lau@corridorkitchen

    That looks like a seriously classy buffet!

  16. Fiona

    Oooh love you can build your own salads 🙂

  17. Gary

    When I was younger and more gluttonous I would drool. Now I catch myself thinking, do I really want to eat all that. It does look nice though.

  18. Margaret

    You never pose like a fool! I love the fun action shots you put here. I could take you anywhere and be guaranteed to have fun! 🙂
    I always weep with joy on the inside when I see a hotel buffet with allergy labels beside the offerings!! Although luckily for me, gluten is my only problem, so it’s pretty easy to eat out these days.

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Bad panna cotta bad! Now how do you feel about ownership of donkeys? Because I never considered a donkey until I met a sweet donkey in Canada. Now all I want is a donkey…

  20. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Deal! 😉

  21. Agnes

    In answer to your question: noooo I hate buffets. It makes me all so uncomfortable – all the excess and food wastage and my lack of self control. Waaaaah. However, I can see how they’re good for families with allergies. And happy birthday to your grandpa!

  22. whisperinggums

    Another great post Hannah … you captured the meal perfectly. For the record, that jelly was yummo.

  23. Libby

    Not a huge fan of buffets, but my parents LOVE them so they’re usually safe bets when it comes to organising Mother’s Day lunches and whatnot 🙂

  24. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    I love buffets…a bit too much I think, I can never help myself and always always grab too much food. I feel like because it’s there, I have to at least get one of everything so I taste them all. This looks great and your grandparents look so cute! 😀

  25. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Now I say if you can casually drop in “I want a pony” into an introductory paragraph then I say HD’s all round!

    Also I suspect the macarons are deliberately placed in those vases so customers can’t reach them. Futile attempt!

  26. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I LOVE a salad buffet. But….don’t hate me…I really dislike meringues.
    *runs and hides*
    Heidi xo

  27. Iron Chef Shellie

    nawww Happy Birthday Grandpa! I like your meringue technique 😛

  28. Fiona

    I love buffets, all that food.. but never would trust myself at one. I haven’t been to one since rare childhood Sizzler outings… if my eating behaviour at Sizzler is anything to go by, that’s a very good thing.
    Very rude of that fig stealer!
    Glad your Grandpa had a happy birthday. 🙂

  29. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Oh wow, what a wonderful buffet! I like buffets because that means that I can usually get something I feel fine with, and like to have choices. On the other hand, I often end up loading my plate with so many goodies that it’s really hard work to finish them off. 😛 Sorry about the panna cotta! So sad for a dessert person like you when the dessert is disappointing! I hope the jelly could make up for that a little at least!

  30. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    Ah yes! Love Chocolat, such a great movie. It was on the other night on TV. I think out of all people, you would know the value of chocolate and all its glory.

  31. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa 🙂 I love buffets hehe seeing all that food in front of me just makes me smile and SO HAPPY lol I really want to try that pistachio panna cotta even though i don’t even like panna cotta hehe but i love pistachio ~

  32. Lady Lunchalot

    You’re bringing back memories with this post. Years ago I used to stay at the Hyatt while on business in Canberra, and I used to indulge in the buffet while I was there, alone, with no witnesses to my gluttony! (It was at the Hyatt buffet that I discovered the answer to the age old question of how many oysters I could eat in one meal. The answer was lots!)

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  34. Sig

    I LOVE that necklace! But then again, I’m the kinda girl who once had to go see the school nurse because her ears were hurting and it was found to be result of the gigantic heavy silver hoop earrings she had worn (which promptly got confiscated because we weren’t really allowed to wear gigantic heavy silver hoop earrings to school).

    This buffet looks amazing. You had me at tiramisu and then jelly. And then of course I’d go back for the fresh salad and seafood. And perhaps the cheese. And DEFINITELY the pickles. Mmmmmm

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