Take Back Your Vacation

A vacation might be the most highly anticipated event of the year. It is a reward for hard work and a much needed respite from the stress, weather and general demands of every day life. Personally, I get so excited during the planning stage – anticipating all that I will do or not do, what I’ll wear, eat, read and the fabulous people I’ll meet –  that by the time I arrive at the airport, train station or rendezvous my expectations are sky high. And nothing can bring all that crashing down faster then arriving to a far less than acceptable place to rest your weary head.

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Anna’s 2-minute French Omelet

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Anna’s tried & true cookbooks

My favourite cookbooks change often, but here are three that I go back to again and again.

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Anna’s 5 must-have kitchen gadgets

When I’m cooking at home, these are the items I always have on hand. One of them I love so much, I’ve been known to take it with me on vacation!

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Kristina’s 5 must-have kitchen gadgets

We’ve tested so many kitchen products over the years, and we’re often asked about our must-haves. I head into the kitchen to show off my favourites:

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My best glass of wine in Italy

Two things we love: WINE and TRAVEL. So when our story producer Lauren headed to Italy for her honeymoon, we asked her to bring back one story of an incredible glass of wine in this vino-obsessed country. She travelled far and drank lots to bring back this gem! -A&K

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The Small Space Workout: Part 2

Part 1 of our small space workout gave us 5 moves to get our endorphins pumping, all with just our own body movements (and a little help from gravity). And now part 2 adds 5 more muscle-burning moves to the mix!

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The Small Space Workout: Part 1

Travelling for work or for pleasure can put a damper on anyone’s workout schedule. (And you know what, once in a while, who cares, that’s what vacations are for!) But if you do want to get the blood pumping and you didn’t bring your workout gear or don’t have access to a gym, there are ways to get those endorphins up even in the smallest of hotel rooms. (Get your minds out of the gutter!)

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CASTING CALL for KIDS!

CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you everyone for your submissions!

Kids are so genuine, even when they are acting! Like Henry Thomas in his audition for E.T. when he stole Spielberg’s heart, and has since stolen ours. Do you know a kid with that kind of magic?

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Marrakesh, Morocco: Dar Les Cigognes

Because the outside world of Marrakesh, Morocco is so busy and bustling with people, staying somewhere quiet and serene becomes that much more important. We checked in at Dar Les Cigognes, a former riad (great house) turned into a lovely boutique hotel.

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Make-Up Secrets (part 3): Eyes

For hot weather eye make-up, M•A•C Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan shares her tips on prepping and layering your shadow, liner, and mascara.

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Fun FAQs: Anna

We get a lot of questions from viewers so we put together a list of some of the most fun frequently asked questions. This week: Anna. Who says you have to choose between dogs and cats? What’s Anna’s greatest fear? Find out!

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Fun FAQs: Kristina

We get a lot of questions from viewers so we put together a list of the top 10 most frequently asked questions. This week: Kristina. Send us your questions and we may include them in an upcoming webisode!

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Grocery Bag FAQ: Who cleans up the kitchen?

We sure play hide the dishes a lot on Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag! And at the end of the day, there’s often quite a mess to clean up in the A&K kitchen…

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Grocery Bag FAQ: What happens to all the leftover food?

On our series Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, we often end up with a lot of extra food after doing the taste test with our guest chef. The burning question: what do we do with it all?

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A&K’s Closet: 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know (ep. 66)

We’re often asked about our clothes on our TV series Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. Here are some of the things we wore during the episode 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know.

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Grocery Bag FAQ: Which celebrity do you most want to cook for?

If we could invite any celebrity over and cook a perfect meal, it would be…

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Grocery Bag FAQ: How do you decide which recipes to use?

If we only made our favourite foods on Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, our menus would be full of pizza and dessert!

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Grocery Bag FAQ: Which country’s cuisine do you like best?

We’ve both tried many different cuisines, but if we had to choose just one…

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Grocery Bag FAQ: Is it really you two as kids in the show intro?

We love this question! Here’s the answer:

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Loafer Love in Marrakesh

If you find yourself anywhere near Marrakesh, Morocco, be sure to visit Atika Shoes!

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Grocery Bag FAQ: What’s your favourite cookbook?

Many of you have asked us this question over the years since we started filming Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. Here are our recommendations for cookbooks that’ll never let you down!

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Make-Up Secrets (part 2): Skin

Striving for flawless-looking skin? M•A•C Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan shares her tips on preparing your face with primer and foundation before applying make-up. Big secret: less is more!

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Home Made: Lychee Martini

Looking for a delicious drink to share with your Valentine? I’ve got just the cocktail to start off an evening of romance!

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Make-Up Secrets (part 1): Basics for Hot Weather

Looking fabulous in the sun can require a trick or two! We enlisted M•A•C Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan to share the secrets of how to guarantee your make-up glows (not goops or greases) in the heat!

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Travelogue: Bellagio, Italy

Last summer, I escaped to Bellagio on Lake Como in the northern lake region of Italy. It is famous for being the most beautiful lake in Italy – and for its celebrity inhabitants like Mr. Clooney! If you find yourself on these breathtaking lake shores (or just dreaming about them), I’ve got some recommendations for you!

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How to Tell if a Steak is Done

Rare, medium, well-done: how do you like your steak cooked? Here’s a good rule of thumb for checking doneness.

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Kristina’s Travels: The College Hotel, Amsterdam

Last summer, on my way to Croatia for my annual visit, I stopped for a few days in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

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Behind the Scenes: Camel Riding in Morocco

Ever dream of hopping on a camel and racing around the Sahara? While filming in Morocco, we did! But the fantasy didn’t quite turn out exactly as planned…

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A&K’s Closet: Babbo (ep. 69)

For all the fashion lovers out there, we take you on set to find out more about the outfits we wore in Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag episode 69: The Babbo Cookbook.

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Behind the Scenes: Hot Air Ballooning in Morocco

This season on Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, we went to the heart of Morocco to put Mourad Lahlou’s New Moroccan to the test. Although the trip was mostly spent cooking our butts off in…

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Cooking for TV Critics

Cooking for anyone can be hard, but cooking for TV CRITICS – now that is stressful!

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Behind the Scenes: Mary Walsh’s Newfoundland

One of Newfoundland’s finest, the hilarious Mary Walsh, dishes on the term “Newfie”, nosiness, and why you should never underestimate a Newfoundlander!

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What Kind of Cook Are You?

Are you a recipe follower or rogue warrior in the kitchen? While filming our series Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, we find out that we both have very different cooking styles. Recipe for success, or disaster?

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Home Made: The Perfect Steak

My step-by-step guide to making the easiest, most delicious steak in 15 minutes. You canNOT mess this up!

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Grocery Bag Season 4: We’re back on OWN Canada!

Season 4 premiered September 4, 2012, 6 pm PT | 9 pm ET on OWN Canada (Oprah Winfrey Network).

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December 2011: Happy Holidays!

From Anna & Lola, and Kristina & Ruby

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Anna’s Closet: The Ski House Cookbook (ep. 59)

Here’s what I wore for my post-kitchen day interview during our season 3 episode “The Ski House Cookbook”, filmed up in Whistler, BC.

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Kristina’s Closet: The Ski House Cookbook (ep. 59)

Here’s what I wore on kitchen day for our Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag season 3 episode “The Ski House Cookbook”, filmed up in Whistler, BC.

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Kristina’s Closet: Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill (ep. 55)

Here’s what I wore on kitchen day for our season 3 episode “Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill”.

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Anna’s Closet: Canyon Ranch Nourish (ep. 63)

At Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC, here are the details on my outfit for the interview segment for our season 3 episode “Canyon Ranch: Nourish”.

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Anna’s Closet: Jamie Oliver 20-minute Meals (ep. 64)

Shazam! Here’s the outfit I wore during our kitchen day time trials of Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals app.

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Kristina’s Closet: My Father’s Daughter (ep. 65)

Here’s what I wore during cook day for our test of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook in season 3.

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My new puppy Lola (October 2011)

Practicing our training! Read my blog all about it: “Puppy love?”

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Anna’s Closet: My Father’s Daughter (ep. 65)

Here’s what I wore during the interview segment for our post-cook day discussion of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.

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Kristina’s Closet: My Father’s Daughter (ep. 65)

This is the outfit I wore (including my new favourite jacket) during our post-cook day interview segment for Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.…

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Anna’s Closet: Where People Feast (ep. 51)

Here’s my outfit from our trip up to Northern BC for our season 3 episode “Where People Feast” (episode 51).…

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Kristina’s Closet: Where People Feast (ep. 51)

Here’s what I wore on kitchen day for our Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag season 3 episode “Where People Feast” (episode 51).…

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Kristina’s Closet: Canyon Ranch Nourish (ep. 63)

At Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC, this is what I wore during the interview segment for our season 3 episode “Canyon Ranch: Nourish”.

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Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag promo reel (seasons 1-2)

Promo reel for our series Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag featuring seasons 1-2. We continue our Shopping Bags theme and narrow our focus to conduct tests of cookbooks and kitchen products from the perspective of the average person. Our main goal: to see if the chosen cookbook delivers on its promises as we try to recreate the servings in the photographs and produce delicious, or at least edible, meals.

More about us at http://www.annaandkristina.com

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Anna & Kristina: it’s shopping like you’ve never seen it before!

We’re Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic and together we’ve earned a reputation as North America’s foremost shopping experts, revealing the real story for shoppers all over the globe.

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