Anna Wallner



World’s Best Chili Recipe

There is nothing better than coming across a recipe that is easy to execute, made up of accessible ingredients and turns out to be The Best X You've Ever Had. Well, for anyone who likes a warm bowl of spicy chili on a crisp autumn night, here it is. — Read More —

Your Fall “Reading” List

My love for my dog Lola knows no bounds. The more time I spend with her, the deeper my loves grows. I even let her sleep on my bed.  I would walk across burning coals for Lola and the thought of her getting old and dying makes me want to vomit. That said, she requires a whole lot of walking and I must admit to getting bored once in awhile. — Read More —

The Summer That Was

Another summer has come and gone. Next week on September 23rd, the season officially fades to fall. It was a memorable one for me. There was cottage time, endless sunshine and not enough rain. There were road trips, plane trips and a few good parties. I mastered the charcoal grill, named the Aperol Spritz my summer drink, ran an 8km race, ran a half marathon and went on hike after hike after hike. I saw live music, threw the ball with Lola the dog, played in the sprinkler with my nieces and turned lemons into lemonade. Here is my summer in pics... — Read More —


Peach Pie To Die For

I'm all about cooking with what's in season. Not because I'm a food snob - au contraire. When in season, ingredients are easier to find and taste infinitely better than those that have been shipped from a far away land. I'm referring mostly to fruits and vegetables here. Cooking with local produce makes my life easier and makes me look better as a cook! Flavours are deeper and more intense. Fruit is juicier. At the moment, I'm all about peaches. — Read More —
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Down In Front! Rock Concert Etiquette

This was the view from my second row seat at the Dave Matthews Band concert this week in Vancouver. You would think that with such excellent positioning I'd be able to catch more than just a glimpse of Dave himself. Instead I got a different kind of show. And sadly, these two just didn't do it for me. — Read More —

Lessons In Empathy

When something significant happens in my life, I go to any one of my three sisters to share, ask for advice or vent. The nature of the subject matter determines who I reach out to; like if I score a designer sweater on sale or I need to talk for hours (maybe days) about that person who wronged me, I go to the ever-patient fashion-loving Amy.  Then when I need a behavioural analysis that holds nothing back, its straight to the psycho analyst Lisa. — Read More —

The Dickie and Other Fall Fashion Flops

As all of my friends know (as do the folks at Visa), I love clothes. BIGTIME love. Others who share the passion (or disease depending on how you look at it) know of what I speak. I covet quality and beautiful fabric. I like to be well put together and I appreciate it when others make a similar effort. Unfortunately I'm not sure I'll be doing much shopping come fall. — Read More —

The Art of Good Guesting

In my books, cottaging is a part of what defines a great Canadian summer. That is, the practice of traveling to ones own or a friend or family member’s remote(ish) cottage (or “cabin” as it is called in the west), preferably near a body of water for the purposes of relaxation and enjoyment of each other and the great outdoors — Read More —

Time to Kill….in (sweltering) NYC

A recent getaway to NYC was an opportunity to update my list of must-dos for the Big Apple. It is a list that I am constantly curating and since so many New Yorkers leave the city to beat the sweltering heat, the summer is a good time to return to continue my ongoing research. If you plan on heading there any time soon, read on for a few dos (and one don't.) — Read More —

Time to Kill….in Calgary

Calgary is not usually top of mind when I think of the great cities of the world; places rich in history, art, food and other exciting ways to spend a couple of days. But a recent visit revealed that, in spite of that depressing oil situation, (Or maybe because of it?) Calgary is finding a new groove. — Read More —