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  1. CheezyK

    Hold on … you were shopping with just your Mum & Dad? So, not only are you playing hide and seek in the luggage store but one of them took that photo for you? Officially the coolest parents I’ve read about today! 😀

    1. whisperinggums

      When with Hannah you do as Hannah does (more or less), CheezyK!

      1. CheezyK

        Yes, I get the impression she would be enthusiastically persuasive …

        1. whisperinggums

          She is that! And fun too.

  2. Leah


  3. Lizzi


    also, even though i only see you approximately 0.3 times a year, i already miss you terribly. what will i do knowing that the OPTION of hannah is no longer available?! 🙁 🙁 🙁

  4. Ashley

    For buffets it’s always – entrees – a tiny bit of main – LOTS OF dessert for me. 😀

    And I seee yoouuu o:

  5. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Mmmm, Hyatt buffet. When I’m feeling less impoverished I must do that.

    Have such an awesome time Hannah! I can’t wait to hear of all your north american adventures.

  6. Anna

    Mmmm now THAT looks like a good meal! Seafood salads are surely the best!

  7. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    I spotted you! When do you leave? I’m off home to the States for a visit on 7 August. What if you’re on my flight???

  8. Caitlin @ livelovenyc

    that place looks like fun! you’re very lucky to have your grandparents around.

    oooh NYC soon! very exciting

  9. Hotly Spiced

    I can you are very much loved by your family. That farewell at the airport will be very teary. I was a mess when I had to farewell my Archie who was heading to NY for six months. Cried at the airport and all the way home, and all of that day and the next day too. Meanwhile, without a care in the world, Archie was flying to NYC and ordering so many drinks that due to the ‘responsibility of alcohol’ laws, they refused to further serve him. Honestly! How lovely that you have new luggage and I can’t see you in the photo. Are you in one of the bags?

  10. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Oh, so thrilling and exciting 🙂 The lunch looks wonderful and there certainly seem to be more vegetables than on your last visit. Also more desserts. Did you make it beyond jelly? I am curious about the berry-like cake and green mousse-like domes in the top photo, and the very pink slices above the fruit salad!

    It really sounds like a wonderful day and if I don’t say it in another form before tomorrow – I hope you have a safe flight, a happy start to your travels, and a magnificent, magic filled arrival in America. Opportunities for hide and seek never go astray either, and I’m sure America can provide some more 😀

  11. Vien

    I’ve never tried Moreton Bay bugs before but seen it loads of time in Masterchef! 😛
    What a wonderful farewell meal! My least favourite part of going to another country is the packing bit!!! I always leave it to the last minute!!!!
    Again, HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT HANNAH! do update when you’re there safely! hehe and most importantly HAVE FUN GIRL!

  12. Choc Chip Uru

    Have a wonderfully fabulous time my friend – your grandparents are soon cute!

    Choc Chip Uru

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  14. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    Hahaha love it when you can still play hide and seek with your parents! If I tried to do that, they’d think I was crazy and slap me across the back or something. 😛

  15. Johanna GGG

    glad you are going out with a bang not a whimper – that pink slice looks intriguing – what is it? And what is in the jelly?

  16. Iron Chef Shellie

    LOL I spy you Wally!

    You must be on your way or close to by now! Can’t wait to hear your overseas eats!!

  17. Asmita

    Grandparents are the best. This buffet looks incredible! I enjoy buffets because of the wide selection of food.

    1. Gmasydney

      So are granddaughters!

  18. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Ha! That picture of you peeking from behind the luggage is hilarious! It really did take me a moment to find you.

    Very nice looking seafood spread. Looks like a great goodbye lunch.

  19. Louise

    Such a wonderful farewell lunch! All that seafood deliciousness. And desserts of course. Glad you got some new luggage sorted too. Always important escpecially when on the road. Safe travelling tomorrow, and we’ll see you on the other side….

  20. Emma

    Why why why would anyone want to eat anything named Bugs? I must learn of this… delicacy…

    Okay, now I’ve looked it up and learned what they are. Ugly small lobsters! Sounds like a delicacy indeed;)

    That pink berry mousse slice thing looks like it could either be yummy, or poisonous. I think it’s the black topper, reminding me of the dreaded licorice. That aside, this buffet just keeps getting more appetizing the more you talk about it. Especially since I see those tall thin jars of edible things again! Damn, you’re living the life, girl. From buffet shenanigans to teary farewells to the airport to the America!! Safe travels, xo

  21. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Haha I loved my little shout out. I won’t point out that we could have had our own hide and seek session if you weren’t gallivanting around Victoria 😉 I’m so excited for you!

  22. Ricki

    What a fabulous bon voyage party, Hannah! I hope you have (are having??) a great trip and that the airtime goes quickly and you’re in NYC before you know it!! And I JUST got your package yesterday–THANK YOU so much!! (email to follow). 😀 xo

  23. Kath Lockett

    Behind the luggage – suggest it to the company as an advertising idea!

    Want all the food you had. Every single morsel. K xo


    this post is so lovely, bringing a big smile to my face 🙂

  25. Heather @ Sweetly Raw

    What a fabulous farewell spread! Mmm those desserts look particularly delish. Safe and happy travels! So glad you will be visiting Canada and if you do find yourself in my neck of the woods, please stop by for a visit! I live in the land of lakes and trees. Really beautiful up here (northwestern Ontario).

  26. Ian

    apropos of nothing at all except I like your blog and have wanted to say this since I first read your reference to sparkledust….draws deep breath….perhaps you already know that it is literally true to say that we are made of starstuff? Every atom in your body that is heavier than hydrogen (which is most of them) was forged in the heart of a star.
    Bon Voyage, sparkle.

  27. Sig

    The day has come!!! What a wonderful farewell from the G’parents and oh my lord, look at that food! I’ve never had Moreton BayBugs either…maybe because it has the word ‘bug’ in it and I think of cicadas rather than seafood. Weird I know.

    You had a me at jelly – true story – at uni, I’d buy a jelly cup every day. It was my thing.

    You know it took me a good minute or so to find you!! Clever girl.

    All the best for flying….Wheeee!!!

  28. Libby

    Oh wow! This is the first time I’ve seen Moreton Bay bugs at a buffet restaurant – so cool!

    I am looking forward to reading the first post you write in your new home. WOOOOO!

  29. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    You must be so excited, I bet you can’t wait – being British though, one of my first thoughts is that you’re leaving when it’s nearly your spring and going into the american autumn… 🙂
    I’ve never quite been able to bring myself to eat oysters but could possibly be tempted by how nice they look here – I think I’d pick the jelly first though…!

  30. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Sorry, didn’t realise you’d already left! But 30C + shorts sounds like a pretty good exchange for winter to me, much better than it is here 🙂