Grocery Bag FAQ: Whose house do you film in?

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 | Tags: , , ,

We rent a gorgeous home in West Vancouver to film our cook day segments. It has a large enough kitchen to fit all of our crew and equipment!

For other segments, like our post-cook day interviews, we often film at either one of our own homes. Many other segments are filmed around the Vancouver area, or on location when we do a big trip, like to the UK, Tuscany, Northern BC, or Marrakesh.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of the house we used for filming seasons 3 and 4. Many of you have also asked about specific items in the kitchen. Below are answers from the homeowner:

Grocery Bag kitchen area with our crew setting up gear

The wide landscape painting in the sitting area (just beyond the counter peninsula) was purchased at a gallery in Vancouver called Bau Xi (on South Granville) and the artist is Peter Hoffer. The Bau Xi gallery website shows more of his work.

Kristina in Crocs cooking from Babbo.


A nice close-up of the gorgeous brown granite counter tops. These were sourced back in 2005-6 when the homeowner renovated. With some luck, you may find something similar available now. (Chocolate cake by Anna, from Absolutely Chocolate!)


Many have asked about the backsplash tile. Here’s a close-up. The homeowner says it’s typical subway tile you can find at most home improvement stores. (That’s Anna’s hand holding the knife!)


Many have also asked about the kitchen wall clock. The owner purchased it around 2006 at Restoration Hardware. It is no longer available, but we’ve seen similar styles out there so it may just take a little hunting!

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  • Erin Squires

    I’ve always been curious about this! Thanks for this post. Great new site. I’ve been watching you since way back in the day! Happy you recently travelled to my home province of NL for a book review – looking forward to the episode!

    • annaandkristina

      You are welcome! Lots of people have asked about it. It’s a pleasure to work in such a lovely kitchen. The Newfoundland episode airs tomorrow (Tuesday) on OWN Canada!

  • Karen

    I love the “inside scoop” stuff about the two of you, the set, bios, favourite recipes, etc. Love Love Love both shows and will check for you on Facebook. Wishing you all the success in the world and looking forward to the new season.

    Karen from Calgary.

    • Anna Wallner

      Thanks, Karen! We’ve got more inside scoop stuff coming up. Stay tuned!

  • Leslie graham

    I started watching your show about 2 months ago and think you guys are a blast! I watch mostly because you make me laugh. Continued success.

    • Anna Wallner

      Glad you found us, Leslie. Thanks for watching!

  • Kelly

    My PVR keeps recording all of the old episodes (I have seen EVERY one) of the Grocery Bags but it hasn’t recorded any new ones in such a long time! Are they still airing new ones on OWN?

    • annaandkristina

      Hi Kelly, thanks for watching! There haven’t been any new ones for a while. Feel free to drop a note to OWN Canada and let them know you want more! They could use a little nudge. Every little bit helps! 🙂

  • Sally


    Love your show. It is fun and very informative!

    • annaandkristina

      Thanks for watching, Sally!

  • Brenda Adam

    Hi Ladies. I just saw a re-run of Garlic Garlic Garlic and watched you, Anna peeling the tomatoes. I felt your pain. In case no one has mentioned it to you before, there is a better way. Put your whole tomatoes in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let sit for one minute and then rinse with cold water. Pierce the skin and it peels right off. Looking forward to the new season. Happy cooking!
    Brenda in Winnipeg

    • annaandkristina

      Thanks for the tip, Brenda! Will try that next time.

  • Anna Badanjek

    On one of your cooking segments the chef brought a nice shaped bottle of La Bargemone Rose Wine. I checked with the LCBO here in Toronto, 0 results. Could you please tell me where I might get it. Thanks, Anna

    • annaandkristina

      Dear Anna, Thanks for writing! It’s possible there are no more bottles left of the vintage that was brought by our guest chef, but your local liquor store branch should be able to order you in some newer vintages. Here’s the website for the winery http://www.bargemone.com/. Ask the liquor store manager to bring some in for you!
      Hope this helps,

  • Arleen Kristofferson

    Love ThevGrocery Bags. I hope you are filming new shows for the OWN channel. Keep cooking ladies

  • Nancy

    Love love love your show…very informative and really entertaining. Would love to see some new ones, but I will continue to watch the reruns for sure. Keep up the good work ladies..

  • Hindianna Jones

    Love Beauty Call and Grocery Bag. You both seem to find some crazy, but very cool products and always have great ideas to share.

  • http://www.phxhomes.biz/ Gwen Mark

    Just wanted to say I LOVE THIS SHOW! I watch from Phoenix AZ on ION LIFE most every day and love how REAL you ladies are!! I feel like we are best friends!!

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      Hi Gwen, thanks so much for writing in. We’re so happy you enjoy the show!