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Anna Wallner

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Game Day Prep

I am the first to admit to being a fair-weather fan of any sport whose season culminates in a big game everyone wants to watch. The excitement in the air, the fascinating stories about world class athletes, behind the scenes drama and most importantly, it’s a reason for me to cook for a bunch of my friends.

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For the Love of Vinyl

On the A&K Christmas gift ideas list last month we included a turntable. As in, for records. The vinyl ones. You remember those, don’t you?

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Eat

How to Salt (and Not Pepper)

Ever notice how much better food from a restaurant can taste, compared to your own home cooking? And I’m talking in comparison to the amateur who actually knows how to follow a recipe. The reason for your cooking missing that certain WOW factor may be simpler than you think.

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What to Watch in 2015

As the final moments of the holiday season are upon us and many look to a month of cutting back, (food, booze, spending) it’s the perfect time for sofa surfing and some serious binge watching on the old ‘tele. Given your choices for fantastic TV viewing now and in the coming weeks, the sofa might be where you stay.

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Eat

Sandwich of the Year

While recovering from a Christmas party this week, I got a hankering for a BLT sandwich. But darn it, I had no tomatoes. As I peered into the fridge for a plan B I spied a jar of pickles at the back and suddenly, I just had to have one. It didn’t make any sense.

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Happy Holidays!

It’s the question heard round the world – “So, are you all ready for Christmas?”

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Will The Real Santa Please Stand up

This is the weekend many parents will be wrapping presents and hiding them from children in closets and under the bed, in preparation for the arrival of the big man in red next week. It got me thinking about how many kids really, truly believe in the story of Santa Claus. Because as I look back on my own childhood, I know I never did.

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Post Office Etiquette

On two occasions this week I found myself standing in line at the post office, mailing presents to friends and relatives in other parts of the world. I do it every Christmas, along with millions of other gift givers. How nice of us. What struck me this year is, we’re all in need of a refresher in post office etiquette.

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The Guest List (and how to get on it)

A freshly single mom friend of mine recently sang the blues about not getting invited to any Christmas parties. “Last year, when I was still part of a couple, I got invited to several parties from friends in my social network”, she said, “but this year the invites have disappeared.” I gave her a hug and welcomed her to her new reality.

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A&K’s Holiday Gift List 2014

It’s no secret that we like to shop. But we actually LOVE to shop for other people. That’s why this is one of our favourite times of year! Here’s a list of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season.

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