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  1. CheezyK

    Yay for new found family/friends and holiday dino… oooh, I spy home-made marshmallows!

  2. Em

    LOL at “trying to find an eighteen-year-old girl we could convince to get in the car with us.”
    The girl was holding chocolate cupcakes, how could she not be related to you!

  3. Lou

    Ha, I’m the same way now after 10 months of bun-cooking, breastfeeding etc… mega light weight now – one glass wonder… or one pot screamer, whatever 😉

  4. Kath Lockett

    Love the dessert featuring sugary mushrooms at the top and whatever you’re about to eat, T-Rex style, at the bottom, but I’ll let ETeacherLord enjoy the pickled wagyu tongue…..

  5. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    hehe you are too adorable!!!

  6. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Oh that last picture is making me laugh 😀 I’m looking forward to finding out what it is! It sounds like a lovely day, and finding a new family member has to be a good thing.

    I like hearing your lightweight drinking stories too. In part because it has now been about 8 years (!) since I had a full alcoholic drink and I was fairly lightweight myself before that. I have this sense that if I ever drink again, the consequences may be dire.

  7. Cindy

    Ah, commiserations from a fellow light-weight.

    And dessert! Dessert! Tell me about that dessert!

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I think anyone holding cupcakes should be offered a lift! 😛 And I love Grazing! The food there is scrumdiddyumptious! 😀

  9. Emma

    Hmm, could she really be related to you though, since the cupcakes were chocolate??

    Just kidding. I’m only jealous because I don’t have any mystery relatives to stalk. I think I had a mystery relative at my high school, actually! But there were like 2200 people there, so he was just one of many faces in a sea of angsty youngsters.

  10. Sarah

    Oh yay, Grazing! I really liked that restaurant the last time I was in Canberra! So I know what you mean about their glasses of wine being MASSIVE. It was all their fault, not yours! 😉


  11. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    After one glass?! I want to see you after 2! 🙂

  12. Johanna GGG

    oh you tease with those tantalising desserts! Has your mysterious second cousin been living in Canberra all this time or has she just moved into town? I like all the intrigue about meeting her – and of course that she arrived bearing cupcakes!

  13. Three-Cookies

    Only mildly hungover – why, what went wrong? Sorry to hear that, you need to try a lot harder next time:)

  14. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Yabbies. This is a brand new word for me and I feel like I’ve just tripped over a dusty artifact poking out of the dirt and unearthed glorious treasure. I’m going to be saying it to myself all day until it loses all meaning and becomes a delightfully mood-altering onomatopoeia. Yabbies.

    Also, congrats on finding a kindred (literally) spirit in the wild! And on your newfound eyebrows! It’s a day of discovery for all of us!

  15. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Those yabbies look so lovely!! Not sure that one glass (or even two!) would leave me excited to discover my own eyebrows, but I have been known to touch the tip of my nose over and over when I’ve had too many drinks. Apparently, my nose goes numb and I have to repeatedly check that it’s still there.

  16. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I know that protective jewelry-grasping move all too well. It’s kind of a habit for me anytime a strange man’s hand or arm floats anywhere near my chest. 😉

    My goodness, Ms. Low-Tolerance! That’s ok. As long as I can drink by the time you come, you can have 1 out of 4 glasses in every bottle, and I’ll have the other 3.

  17. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    The picada sounds amazing. As for being hyper aware of the existence of your eyebrows, I can only assure you that everyone else at the table was secretly thinking “I’ll have what she’s having!”.

  18. Leah

    Oh Hannah, you always make me so happy reading your blog. I too am a lightweight when it comes to alcohol! I say drink and be merry, even if it is only a 1/2 a glass like me 😉

  19. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    This is quite hilarious and it sounds like your dad has the patience of a saint compared to my dad. I would have kept Charlotte even if she wasn’t my second cousin with looks like that!

  20. Ashley

    Aah, I get shit from Brad all the time for being a lightweight too! What a lovely tradition you guys have though, food looks nommy!

  21. Gary

    I love that place and their tasting plates. The pigs ears and lambs tongue is amazing. I love your blog.

  22. Hannah

    Oh dear, another way that we are (unfortunately) similar. It takes NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, to get me utterly drunk. A single glass of champagne has seen me falling down a flight of stairs on more than one occasion…

  23. Choc Chip Uru

    Love your family traditions and om nom nom food 😉
    Your posts are always so entertaining 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. whisperinggums

    Oh Hannah, you are hysterical, but it was great to introduce you to your second cousin, whom we’d only met once before for a couple of hours, and see you all, us all, get on so well. Ain’t family grand?

  25. Fatboo

    Aaah… I like how your dad thinks… picking up random relatives in random places, lol! Your life is so full of colour, and I don’t know where you were heading with the dinobird thread of thought, but it made me laugh. 😉

  26. Hotly Spiced

    When you started this post by saying you were in a car in Canberra with a street map I wasn’t at all surprised. I can’t get around Canberra without my very special street map. It definitely has to be the easiest city to find yourself lost. And that’s quite an achievement that you were able to find Charlotte. I’ve driven around ANU and it’s huge – like a small city in itself. Amazing you found her in time to get to the restaurant before the end of service xx

  27. hungryandfrozen

    I’m sure wine is more alcoholic than other beverages, I always ‘feel’ it after one glass of sugary rich wine, where as I can drink an awful lot of vodka, clear clean lovely vodka, and not feel remarkably different. Hoorah for your second-cousin being a keeper, and a food lover to boot!

  28. beti

    hahaha I would never do that! honestly that’s something scary but I’m glad everything went okay and by the way those mushrooms are the best thing!

  29. Rach

    Hahaha! “I have eyebrows!” What’s sad is that I get like that when I’m really tired. You know, that point when you are past the point of exhaustion? Instead of collapsing I suddenly get hyper and talk nonsense. It’s great……. haha!

  30. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Hee hee, love the story. You and my Mum would get on well in the drinking stakes. Thank goodness I’m my father’s daughter.

    I’m yet to get out to Grazing, it seems so far away, which is such a Canberra thing because it really isn’t. Plus we know the people who own the pub – I know it is shameful I haven’t been there. Maybe one day soon.

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  32. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    hahaha oh Hannah! Stroking your eyebrows. And you were totally guarding your necklace weren’t you 😉 It’s ok, i’d do the same. Wine makes you terribly protective of your jewels. You’re awesome.
    Heidi xo

  33. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    That’s so cool lol “trying to find an eighteen-year-old girl we could convince to get in the car with us.” new found family members hehe ~