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IMG_7268Hannah. Mid-20s. Australian born and bred. Moved to Canada sight unseen on a whim in 2012, because, well, why not? Lover of chocolate, vegan desserts, enormous bowls of vegetables, laughter, exhilaration, adventure, accidentally singing out loud in public, every kind of nut butter imaginable, hugs, editing, correct grammar, travel, and hunting down incredible/incredibly awful snacks in grocery stores all over the world.

I believe in the power of stardust, sparkles, semicolons, conversations with loved ones that eddy into the depths of secret truths, coffee, language, kindred spirits, and warm socks. Life is an unfolding universe of possibility, and I never want that to change.

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  1. GirlonRaw

    Ooh a fellow traveller who is also Australian. Gotta love the travel bug eh?

  2. Hannah

    GirlonRaw: Absolutely! I only arrived back in Australia today, and already I want to be off travelling again…

  3. The Healthy Apron

    I love chocolate haha

  4. mmoyal85

    I traveled alllll over Europe when I graduated from college. It was sooo awesome and I really want to go back 🙂 I’ve got the bug!!

  5. Hannah

    MMoyal85: It’s definitely the best bug to have 🙂

  6. Anna Johnston

    Now your talking g/f – travel, food, chocolate and your also a Canberraite, I’m in.
    Great to meet you, loving your blog, I’ve subscribed, so I’ll be back!

  7. Laura

    Hi. 🙂 I found your blog today from your comment on Carrots ‘n Cake. I’m a 25 year old New Zealander also doing (or trying to do!) a PhD. While consuming copious amounts of chocolate. So I know we have at least two things in common, hee.

  8. Anna Johnston

    Hey there Hannah
    Just read this and immediately thought of you… thought I’d share… sounds Deeevine 🙂

    1. Hannah

      I WANT TO GO TO THERE. Salted pistachio chocolate is one of my beloved flavours…

  9. Angela (the diet book junkie)

    i’m glad i found your blog! i live in Sydney and also love chocolate. lookin forward to reading more 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Hurrah, a fellow chocolate lover! Look forward to hearing your thoughts on what I scavenge up 🙂

  10. Laura @ Starloz

    Ooooh chocolate lover!

  11. john

    It looks like the Chocolate Society are stocking your Vestri bars

  12. Priyanka

    Just came across your blog from Anna’s. Great blog! I am a PhD student too!

    Looking forward to reading more!

    1. Hannah

      Thanks Priyanka! There seem to be quite a few of we PhD food bloggers out there 🙂

  13. Trissa

    Great to know more about you Hannah. I recently went on a three day chocolate course in Melbourne at the Savour school and learned so much. I have now taken an interest in chocolate and will definitely be reading your blog more.

    1. Hannah

      Oh, I’m so envious, Trissa! That must have been wonderful. Now, I just have to move to Melbourne *then* try and get into that course… 😛

  14. Shari

    Hi Hannah, I stumbled across your blog after reading ‘Carrots ‘N Cake’ and I was impressed with your cute little blog (and the fact that you’re also from Canberra). I’ve got a blog which originated in Canberra and continued whilst I was in Sydney and now is based back in Canberra ( I also have a friend who blogs ( and also has classes on the art of cooking Mexican (and making chocolate). I look forward to continuing to read your blog.

    1. Hannah

      Thank you, Shari! I’m always excited to discover another Canberran blogger. One of these days we’ll all have to have a big meet-up! Looking forward to checking out your blog 🙂

  15. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

    ok loving all the chocolate talk on this blog!!

  16. Rach

    Just ran across your blog and I’m so glad I did! How cool that you got to travel around so much and I love that you kept your blog even after your traveling ended. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more!

  17. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Hi Hannah! That sounds so lovely and inspiring! What’s the focus of your studies?

  18. C & MSP

    I wish I had a sweettooth coz I’m probably missing out whenever friends go gaga about dessert. Such is life..a box of chocolates.

  19. sophie

    i so can’t wait to get out of college and begin on my worldly travels..
    new places and people + chocolate seem just aboout perfect 🙂

  20. Hannah @ LOVE{alllisfair}FOOD

    Fellow blogger named Hannah!

    Just thought I’de let you know there are other blogging Hannah’s out there who also LOVE chocolate and puppies!


  21. Food lover

    I’m really enjoying to read your blog, although I think seeing (and therefore craving) so much chocolate will do no good to my waistline…
    Have added your blog to the list of food blogs I follow 🙂

  22. Kaliesthoughts

    CAn i email you a question?

    1. Hannah

      Sure! 🙂

  23. Jackie Clark

    Hi Hannah,

    I have a question for you regarding your blog. Please contact me when you get a chance.



    1. Hannah

      Hi Jackie,
      My email address is above if you’d like to send through your question!

  24. Mrs Pat Rowden

    hi hannah happy new year from pat in s.a hope you had nice xmas
    and a cool new year, mine was very quite, but nice.
    did i tell you about the australian company in queensland that I have been
    geting some of my groceries from mostly the stuff I have problems getting
    like my wheat glutin and dairy free products, there have the sweet william
    chocalate that i like and the orgran pasta that i get.
    all the products are boxed up and delived to my home, that is very cool.
    found the company while i was surfing the net, i am learning so much since
    got this computer a laptop,
    address of this company is 1/37 queens rd everton hills brisbane queensland
    australia 4053 phone number is 07 33535787 this company is totally australian
    owden and operated i like that very much. bye for now pat

  25. Wendy

    Hi Hannah, I saw one of your comments over on Wannabe Chef where you mentioned using coconut flour to make a coconut “cream”. I was wondering if you would share your recipe for that? Thanks!

    1. Hannah

      Hi Wendy! The coconut “cream” is hardly a proper recipe, and I think I heard of it over at Heather Eats Almond Butter. It’s basically one part coconut flours to three parts liquid (I use non-dairy milk) with sweetener (stevia, agave, maple syrup) to taste, stirred together until it thickens. Delicious 🙂

  26. rhiby

    cute dogs, and vegan cheesecakes – I love your blog! haha

    1. Hannah

      Thank you!

  27. elise

    hi hannah! just stumbled to your site via who knows who else’s but im so glad i did!
    my sis is about to move (back to) australia, so its neat to have a random food blogger connection to down under 🙂 your humor is so fun and your granola recipes look stellar. cant wait to read more!

    1. Hannah

      Thank you so much, Elise! You comment means the world to me 🙂 And how exciting that your sister is coming back here; what city is she moving to? If she’s ever in Canberra… 🙂

      1. elise

        she moving to sydney. she lived in coogee beach before, but moved back to the states for a while in between. im kinda jealous 🙂

        1. Hannah

          Clearly you need to visit her frequently 😉

  28. Gary
  29. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey

    Cute blog 😀 That’s amazing how you just took 4 months to travel 🙂

  30. Melissa

    You have a standard poodle and love chocolate and other healthy lifestyle cooking! We’re BFF’s already and we didn’t even know it. Can’t wait to try your recipes.

  31. Francesca

    really enjoyed my visit! and drooling at your chocolate

  32. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Just stumbled upon your blog . . . so much fun here! And I see you were just in Chicago?!? I live in a suburb just outside of Chicago. I hope you enjoyed the city! 🙂

  33. Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia

    Hi Hannah! I loooove your blog. I live in Ottawa Canada, so I especially enjoyed reading your post on How To Fall In Love With Toronto in 12 Easy Steps 😀 Hilarious! I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and YOU WON! Check out the rules and pass the award on to other bloggers by going here: Thanks for sharing a part of your world with us by the way! xo

    1. Hannah

      Aw, thank you Maria! Your words are so sweet, and I’m thrilled to learn of another Canadian blogger. I do hope to visit Ottawa sometime in this next year! At present, I’m a bit swamped with my travel posts backlog to take part in the blog award meme, but I truly appreciate having been nominated!

  34. Lea

    Dear Hannah,
    I happened to stumble on your site and discover an adorable comment on the product that I make. It is the Croquants de Cordes that you bought in France, in Monoprix, back in 2010. I can’t thank you enough for such a comment. It is for people like you that I continue running the family biscuit factory. It would be a pleasure to show you around the factory if you ever come to our area in Southwestern France. If not, let me know where I can send you some biscuits as a thank you!

    1. Hannah

      Oh Lea, I am so happy that you happened across my post about your biscuits! I can still remember that first moment of crunching into the sweetness and feeling utterly overwhelmed by the deliciousness. I’ll send you an email now 🙂

  35. Bek @ Crave

    Oh yay! Another Aussie blogger 🙂 Loving your site- especially the chocolate, travel and your fun loving-ness that comes through it.

    1. Hannah

      Thank you Bek! What’s life without loving the fun, really? 🙂

  36. Heidi Walter

    Hi, I love your site! I wonder whether you ever do joint ventures with people. If so, please check out my chocolate recipes book and email me if this appeals.

  37. Maira

    Hannah! I’m glad I found you! I’m here with my cousin who is a nutritionist is São Paulo. We are loving your blog and your recipes are inspiring her to do some cooking. I am getting excited to try whatever she makes =) Hope Toronto is treating you well.

  38. Maira

    Gosh, sorry about the seven pillows!

  39. Catherine

    Hi, I’ve left comments on some of your posts before.. but quick question for you – have you ever tried ‘Bear Bar’ Chocolates? It’s made in BC, and is insanely good – especially the dark chocolate with toasted almonds. I believe it’s only about 56%.
    Try it!!

    1. Hannah

      Oooh, I haven’t even heard of Bear Bar chocolate before! I’ll definitely keep an eye out; thank you for the tip, Catherine!

  40. Heidi Walter

    Bear Bar sounds wonderful. I’ll see who has it in the Chicago area.


  41. Julie

    … follower here 🙂

  42. Kris Kellens

    Hi Hannah,

    What a wonderful Blog you have going on here! I’m fairly new to “real” chocolate ( a shame being Belgian and all) and while trying to get some info on the web I stumbled upon your site. I just love to read your view on different chocolates and snuggle secretly while reading your “horrible snack adventures”.

    Keep up the good work!

    I’ve started my own little blog, just about chocolate, Just to keep my attention high when tasting chocolate. And hey, whenever you’re interested in some products you can’t find overthere, just give a yell, I might be able to help. 🙂

    Have a great day!

    1. Hannah

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Kris! It’s always wonderful to meet other people passionate about chocolate 🙂 (Funnily enough, I wasn’t exactly blown away by the chocolate in Belgium, but I fell hard for pain d’epice and Speculoos cookies!)

  43. Natalia

    I’ve stumbled across your site thanks to the blog ‘Hungry and Frozen’ and I’m so glad I did. Your loves are all the things I value too (coffee! chocolate! warm things for the limbs!) and I will definitely be reading often. x

    1. Hannah

      Thank you for the lovely words, Natalia! High five for toasty extremities and delicious things in the colour of brown. 😉 x

  44. Quincy @ Shugurcän

    Hey, I just found your blog through Ricki’s site! I’m looking forward to following it. PS I want to visit Australia so badly! And I love Canada too (:

    1. Hannah

      Thank you, Quincy! Ricki, Australia, and Canada are all pretty amazing, I must say 🙂

  45. andy

    “I believe in the power of stardust, sparkles, semicolons, conversations with loved ones that eddy into the depths of secret truths, coffee, language, kindred spirits, and warm socks” –> you just warmed the cockles of my heart <3

    1. Hannah

      And you, in turn, have warmed mine! Thank you, Andy.

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  47. laurasmess

    Oh you lovely thing! I’m obviously stumbling upon your site way to late as you’re pausing the blogging game and… whaaat? You’re back in Australia, too. What an amazing adventure. I’ve only been to Canada once (a very long time ago) and it was stunningly beautiful. Anyway, I guess the one benefit of finding your blog late is that i have years of archives to read through. You’re lovely. So glad we’re friends now xxx

    1. Hannah

      Oh, look at this beautiful comment that I totally missed on account of aforementioned blogging break! You gorgeous dear – I can’t wait to snuggle over coffee and cake one day xx

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