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Keep It Quirky podcast
26 minutes | 9 days ago
She’s a Professional Pasta Eater (with Sophie Minchilli)
Hi everyone! I start this episode with some big news: I've moved to Italy! And in the spirit of that move, I'd like to introduce you to someone who knows Italy like the back of her hand, adores it, and will make you want to eat pasta straight away.Sophie Minchilli was raised in Rome, Italy, to an Italian father and American mother (you may know of her mom -- author Elizabeth Minchilli, @eminchilli) and she is passionate about sharing Italian culture. In this conversation, we have a fun, nuanced chat about Italy -- we talk about the huge regional differences in Italy, making friends with the older generation here, and some of her favorite dishes from the part of Italy where I'm living (Puglia).Sophie and Elizabeth team up to do food tours all around Italy! - you can find more information here: https://www.elizabethminchilli.com/week-in-italy/andhttp://www.sophieminchilli.com/food-tours/Follow Sophie on Instagram: @sminchilliWatch her make Orecchiette con Le Cime Di Rapa: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CHdRNgiiLVF/Join my Patreon community for perks & rewards! : https://www.patreon.com/katiequinn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
How a Childhood Nomad Became a Foodie, with Jenny Linford
Jenny Linford is the food writer behind the massively popular Food Lover's London guides, Great British Cheeses, and many more drool-worthy books. Her most recent book is an absolute joy -- The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavor. She currently lives in London, but has lived in Italy, Singapore (where her mother is from), Trinidad, and Ghana. In this episode we talk about the affect travel during the early years of her life has had on not only how she sees food culture, but also how she writes and how she experiences life.We chat about the deeply ingrained cultural aspects of food, writing as a conduits for others, and the satisfaction of doing something you believe in. It was a pleasure to talk at length with Jenny; I hope you enjoy our chat!JENNY LINFORD@jlinford on Instagram@jennylinford on TwitterKEEP IT QUIRKY@keepitquirkypodcast@qkatiePreorder my book, Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France! https://www.katie-quinn.com/cheese-wine-and-bread-cookbookSubscribe to the monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
This Woman Has the Single Coolest Career Path, with Cree LeFavour
Author Cree LeFavour has the kind of writing career many creatives (ahem, myself included) dream of. She's authored four cookbooks (and has ghostwritten countless others), an acclaimed memoir, and most recently -- a novel! She has such an intuitive relationship with her creativity, and it was an absolute delight to talk with her about her path, and the sparks that have led the work she’s done. In this episode, we start by talking about her new novel, "Private Means," which is a fascinating (and sometimes rather sexy!) book that is, on the surface, about a middle aged couple that loses their beloved dog and the unraveling that occurs thereafter...but of course what’s it’s really about is human relationships. It’s funny & thought provoking, dark & wry. We discuss her writing process and how writing a novel was different than writing her memoir, "Lights On, Rats Out," which came out a few years ago. If you're a foodie, check out the cookbooks she's written, "The New Steak," "Fish," "Pork," and "Poulet." How did she become this literary badass from a career in writing cookbooks? We’ll hear all about that, and the twists and turns her life as presented….they seem at one hand so varied, and yet it all seems to weave it together so wonderfully.And of course, we talk about embracing your quirkiness/weirdness (literary and otherwise).CREE LeFAVOUR@creelefavourwww.creelefavour.comKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | 5 months ago
Launching an Album in a Pandemic, with Brian Quinn
Today's guest is Brian Quinn, a professional musician (the creator of this podcast's theme song!), and, yes, he's my brother. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the preeminent music schools in the USA. Since then, he has worked as a professional musician, calling Chicago, IL his base. In this conversation we talk about everything from what it's like to be a professional, performing musician during this time of Covid-19, to discussing whether or not it's a good ideal to go to music school if you want to be a musician. The debut album of his band, bq, is releasing worldwide this Friday, September 4! The album is called "The Inner Solar system," and it's instrumental funk music that is sure to get your feet tapping and hips swinging. (He's also playing an album release show -- FREE and OUTDOORS -- this Saturday, September 5 from 5:30p-8:00pat Chicago's Navy Pier, at Miller Lite Beer Garden.)He gives us some sneak peeks of his songs, and talks us through elements of the music to listen for. It’s my favorite thing to listen to music with Brian; he points out things that my ear would never hear otherwise. He also describes the origin of certain musical techniques (attention, music history nerds!); it's super cool to get a peek into this artist’s mind with all that, and to hear how it evolved.I'm a proud sister. He's got a lot of experiences to share with you -- for other musicians, aspiring musicians, or anyone curious about what that creative process and reality of the industry looks like now. BRIAN QUINNInstagram: @qkatieWebsite: www.bqfunk.comThe Inner Solar System, debut album by bqKEEP IT QUIRKY@keepitquirkypodcast@qkatieSubscribe to my monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Pivot Toward Your Passion, with Hana Asbrink
Hana Asbrink is the Executive Editor at Chowhound, and has an impressive resume that includes everything from being a senior editor at Food52 to working in the kitchen at Michelin-starred chef Jean-George’s ABC Kitchen restaurant in Manhattan. She also has her Masters in Journalism and attended the French Culinary Institute. From behind a desk to behind the cutting board, from working for startups to major outlets and dappling in the freelance game (where she founded Pantry Confidential), Hana has a wealth of experiences that anyone interested in food media will love, and what’s more is that her path proves that there is no such thing as a predictable, perfect path in this industry. (if it even exists at all these days!)In our conversation, Hana talks about being born in South Korea and her earliest food memories there (communal eating, fermented things!) to moving to NYC with her immigrant parents, as well as her love of travel (Paris!). We also chat about how to follow your passions in a way that opens up career opportunities, what it means to her to be an executive editor -- the parallels she sees of being a mom and leading a team of people.HANA ASBRINK:INSTAGRAM - @hanaasbrinkPODCAST 'TABLE TALK' - https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/table-talk-podcast/YOUTUBE videos 'Mood Food' - www.youtube.com/HanaAsbrinkKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Explore the Interconnectedness of Food, with Photographer Patricia Niven
Patricia Niven is a photographer who specializes in food, the people who grow it, cook it, and eat it -- and the interconnectedness therein. In this episode, we talk about how to find your creative "thing" (following your interests each step of the way), and also pushing yourself to continue reaching for new things (she does a 90-day checkin with herself, introspecting on what she's accomplished and what new pursuits she will start action on in the following 90 days).She arrived in London on a one-way ticket from Australia 21 years ago. In her early years in London, alongside being a photographic assistant, she photographed within the music scene. Highlights included shooting portraits of musicians such as Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse & Cyprus Hill, documenting club nights in Brixton, and traveling to post-genocide Rwanda to document survivors, musicians, politicians & entrepreneurs.She’s won many awards, from places like the Association of Photographers, the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards, and the Sunday Times Food Book of the Year award for her work with the Honey & Co cookbook, which is an all-time favorite. She’s also worked on cookbooks by Jack Monroe, including the photography for 3 of Jack’s book covers (and the photography for one full book) and the #CookforSyria book, which was a global project organised by Clerkenwell Boy.Aside from her work in publishing and with restaurants, she also does portrait work and brand work...which all can, of course, be wrapped up into the topic of food! Her art has been exhibited everywhere from V&A Museum to the National Portrait Gallery.“Do a thing you love and believe in.” - Patricia NivenThere's another special guest in this episode! At the top of the episode, I introduce you all to Mark Dyck, the host of the podcast "Rise Up," which is a podcast for bakers. I was so stoked when Mark agreed to hop on a call with me to share his passion for baking and to talk about his show. You can check that out here: https://riseuppod.com/PATRICIA NIVENhttps://www.patricianiven.com/@patricianiven@thechickensoupprojectKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | 6 months ago
I Want This Guy's Creative Drive, with Julian George
Julian George epitomizes the term “creative entrepreneur.” He runs a creative house, Made by Humans, and the company Chef Signatures, which includes videography, photography, and representation for chefs. Julian describes his background -- being raised in Southeast London primarily by his mother, an immigrant to England from Sierra Leone, and how he was on the lawyer path until his early twenties, when he became curious in media production. He started out at IMG Studios, followed by an in-house editing role at Discovery. He wrote and co-produced a short film which won anaward and he also founded a digital magazine, The Maior Magazine, which went on to win an award. He's worked with some of the most renowned figures in the hospitality industry and forged a reputation as a highly respected food photographer and videographer.Throughout his career, he has consistently worked two concurrent jobs -- usually the one day job to pay the bills, and the added job to explore his newest passion. Even when the passion project has become the day job (as it often did, because Julian is a really talented guy), he never stopped chasing his next interest, following his next vision. “If I have the idea, I will find a way to try and execute it.” A father of two young girls, he also talks about how fatherhood has helped him prioritize his creative projects. “If I have an idea, I don’t look at the boundaries, I just say let’s go.” Julian is a great person, and his perspective on his career -- “I’m in it for the learning” -- is such a refreshing and necessary outlook adjustment. I hope you like this episode!JULIAN GEORGEhttp://www.madebyhumans.london/@chefsignatures on InstagramKATIE QUINN@qkatieKEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST@keepitquirkypodcastSign up for my monthly e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | 6 months ago
The "Accidental Entrepreneur” Path, with Patrice Poltzer
Patrice Poltzer is the founder of Patrice Poltzer Creative, a boutique video production company, and she also runs successful video storytelling bootcamps and teaches masterclasses on similar topics. As a self-described “late bloomer,” Patrice shares her story with us, in which she has consistently taken risks, and each risk (whether it ‘succeeded’ or ‘failed’) catapulted her into the next phase of her career. “Get comfortable taking risks,” she says.She also talks about how an element of success is a numbers game, about how stagnancy is the death of creativity. She busts the myth that someone is “born to be an entrepreneur” and she shares practical, useful techniques to jump start your own initiative. Ever heard that motherhood is the end to your career in media? Well, Patrice is proof that not only is that completely false, but she shares how being a parent launched the best things that have happened in her professional life.I’ve known Patrice for years now and it’s been a joy to see her journey first-hand, I think you’ll really enjoy this conversation. Patrice is an open book -- learn from her pages! :)PATRICE POLTZERInstagram: @patricepoltzerTo Sign up for her free Masterclass on Video Storytelling: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/23/9vlo7s6KEEP IT QUIRKYInstagram: @keepitquirkypodast, Host: @qkatiewww.keepitquirkypodcast.comSubscribe to the monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
My Favorite YouTuber is a High School Dropout, with Jen Phanomrat
Jen Phanomrat is an on-camera food personality -- one half of the food & lifestyle video company Just Eat Life. You may recognize Jen from her work with Tastemade, including her hit show Just Jen. She also won an episode on Food Network's Chopped! (She and I competed against each other on that episode ... and she totally deserved that win!)Jen's a dear friend of mine, and I've wanted her have her on the podcast for so long. I'm thrilled to bring you all this conversation because there are so many gems about life as a creative entrepreneur in here. Jen's path is one of courage and persistence, and I hope you find it as inspirational as I do.Follow her: @jeneatslife on Instagram, and on YouTube --> https://www.youtube.com/user/JustEatLifeTVFollow the host @qkatie on instagram, and to follow the podcast it’s @keepitquirkypodcastSubscribe to the monthly QKatie e-newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Traveling Solo as a Woman of Color, with Oneika Raymond (2017)
Oneika Raymond is the woman behind “Oneika the Traveller” -- the blog and Instagram platform -- and she’s also a video host personality and international speaker.This episode was originally posted in 2017 when Oneika and I had just finished shooting a video series together in the USA. It was episode #2 of this podcast!! I LOVE this episode, and am reposting it to give it new life now, as it is just as relevant right now as it was then. If you enjoy this podcast, you will LOVE this episode. Relistening to it made me feel inspired and in awe of my amazing friend Oneika all over again. In this conversation, we talk about travel (of course) and how it’s important for Oneika, as a Jamaican-Canadian, to represent diversity in the travel sector, she doesn’t see much of other people who look like her. We talk about being your own brand, the importance of being open to hard discussions online, and maintaining grace. She reminds us to operate from a position of “can” rather than “can’t.”ONEIKA RAYMOND@oneikatravellerwww.oneikathetraveller.comKEEP IT QUIRKY@keepitquirkypodcast@qkatieSubscribe to the monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | 7 months ago
Why The World Needs Conflict Transformation, with Kirby Broadnax
Kirby Broadnax has years of experience as a mediator, conflict coach, community-builder and facilitator. She has her Masters degree in Conflict Transformation -- which is a field of study similar to Conflict Resolution, but is a bit more all-encompassing and holistic in solving the issues at hand. Kirby is one of my dearest friends, we go way back, and over the years she has opened my eyes on many occasions by sharing her experiences as a black woman in America. It sounds trite to say, but she truly is wise beyond her years. She’s had an enormous impact on my life.The first part of this conversation focuses on the scope of Conflict Transformation and how she was drawn to that field of study and work. We discuss appreciative inquiry and creative ways to address conflict, AND generating excitement around things that are possible. The second part of the conversation is a discussion more specifically around this moment we’re living in, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and how we can make a difference on an individual level, as well as the difference between intention and impact.You can follow Kirby on Instagram @kevab325. RESOURCES (thanks to Kirby!):Tips for how to have conversations about racism, and also gives good guidelines for difficult conversations in general: https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/our-role-as-non-black-people-of-color-in-disrupting-racismA+F George Floyd Uprisings Collaborative Resources List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PCei7GtQQnnnID9D5AguUTTwj_VAvNtgqXlPzSngIZg/edit?usp=sharing Donations (monetary, and supplies): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MBb0zD1Q35pugvhbmj-Ao8LKd9KsZe0QRqAEWBiMMKs/edit?usp=sharing Books:Emergent Strategy - Adrienne Maree BrownI’ve Got the Light of Freedom - Charles PayneHope & Healing in Urban Education - Shawn GinwrightLittle Book of Race & Restorative Justice - Fania DavisAre Prisons Obsolete? - Angela DavisSacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-based change -- Sherri MitchellBeyond Survival: Stories and Strategies from the Transformative Justice Movement -- edited by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna SamarasinhaTo follow this podcast on Instagram: @keepitquirkypodcast, and to follow the host Katie Quinn: @qkatie. Subscribe to Katie’s monthly email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2Thanks to musician @bqfunk for the podcast theme song! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
Why Bangladeshi Food Isn’t Just “Indian Food” - with Dina Begum
Dina Begum is a British Bangladeshi cook and writer. She’s the author of “The Brick Lane” cookbook, a member of the Guild of Food Writers, and she’s hosted Bangladeshi pop ups at Darjeeling Express, as part of their #WomenInFood series. In this episode, we talk about how she found her groove in the food world and the events that led up to her being one of the foremost spokespeople for Bangladeshi cuisine. “This is my time to cook my way out of grief,” she says. We also talk about the importance of distinguishing Bangladeshi cuisine rather than lumping it in with all other SouthEast Asian cuisines as “Indian food.” “I think it’s about embracing everything,” she says, when she describes how she adores both Bangladeshi food and British cuisine, “I LOVE baking, and there’s nothing more British than that!”Dina came on my YouTube channel previously and showed us how to make lentil fritters, or dhaler bora: https://youtu.be/VuHEQCBKwMoShe’s got a wonderful story and she’s full of so much passion and hope, it’s absolutely contagious! I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed talking with her.DINA BEGUM:@dinasfoodstoryhttps://www.youtube.com/dinasfoodstoryThe Brick Lane Cookbook: https://www.kitchenpress.co.uk/portfolio-item/brick-lane/KATIE QUINN/KEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST:@qkatieyoutube.com/TheQKatie@keepitquirkypodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
You've Never Thought of Cheese Like This, with Ned Palmer
Ned Palmer is author of the book A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles, and he's the man behind The Cheese Tasting Company. Ned describes himself as a freelance cheesemonger; his passion for cheese is only equalled with his passion for jazz, philosophy, and theater--which are all fields he has also worked in! The convergence of these things led to a very interesting conversation about cheese, which looks at the foodstuff in ways you've probably never considered!Ned is fascinating, and his passion for cheese and life are palpable. Enjoy the show!NED PALMER:@cheesetastingcocheesetastingco.ukA Cheesemonger’s History of the British IslesKATIE QUINN/KEEP IT QUIRKY PODCAST:@qkatieyoutube.com/TheQKatie@keepitquirkypodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 8 months ago
The BEST Choc Chip Cookies (and Life Lessons from Baking), with Ravneet Gill
Ravneet Gill is a London pastry chef who is behind the wildly popular pop-up Puff Bakery (with her partner Nicola Lamb), she started the technology company CounterTalk to be a community for people in the hospitality industry, and just released a cookbook called "The Pastry Chef's Guide." She's worked as pastry chef in restaurants as impressive as Michelin-starred St. John Restaurant ... the head chef there, Fergus Henderson has said that she's not only incredibly talented, but is exceptional at nurturing a positive environment in any place she works.Her bio says it well: "Ravneet Gill is a bonafide badass and her drive to cut through the crap and not take the accepted norms of the food world lying down is being applauded throughout the industry."We talk about how she gets cheeky with her desserts, the pros and cons of going to culinary (cookery) school, what inspired her to start CounterTalk in the first place, how she got her book deal, and starting an inspired cookie revolution during quarantine.Rav says, "follow a few rules and break a few rules,” -- in pastry, and in life. She truly knows how to KEEP IT QUIRKY!Follow Ravneet Gill:@ravneeteats@countertalk@puffthebakeryHer book: The Pastry Chef's Guide (so good!)Follow Katie Quinn:@firstname.lastname@example.org/TheQKatie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | 8 months ago
Being a Part of Something Bigger, with Susan Quinn
I've wanted to have my mom as a guest on the podcast ever since I first had the idea to do it, and I'm thrilled to say that today's the day!!My mom, Susan Quinn, is so many amazing things rolled into one. She's just retired from a very successful career as an optometrist (yes, she's the original Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman!), but also throws herself into organizations to better our world. She is a passionate gardener and bread baker, and I knew we'd have a fun conversation for all of you to be a part of, too.We talk about how she began her entrepreneurial career (partners in small business with my dad), and investing ourselves in the world in a way that makes us feel proud to be a part of our communities. We talk about that to-do list that's looming over so many of us in COVID isolation and how to deal with it, and we even get a special guest appearance from my 95-year-old grandma :) Three generation on the podcast at once!Happy Mother's Day (in the US) -- to my mom and all the moms out there. <3 <3 <3 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14 minutes | a year ago
What are the World Cheese Awards? (It's as Epic as It Sounds!)
This year in October, I was invited to be a judge for the World Cheese Awards! (Yes, it was as epic as it sounds.) This podcast episode is a recap of my experiences there.The World Cheese Awards are put on my the Guild of Fine Food, and they're in a new country each year. This past year it was in Bergamo, Italy, and 3,800 cheeses were tasted!I talk with Mary Quicke, of Quicke's Cheddar, and she describes why she developed the professional cheese qualification in the UK, the Academy of Cheese.I also got the chance to catch up with Jason Hinds, Sales Director at Neals Yard Dairy. As a member of the international super jury of the awards, he has a unique perspective on the goings on of the event.So, which cheese won? You'll have to listen to the episode to find out!!It's a short and cheerful episode. And on this festive note, I want to say happy holidays to you all! This is my last episode before Christmas and the New Year. Thanks, as always, for listening, and please rate/review if you liked it. Keep it quirky!–Guild of Fine Food–Instagram & Twitter // @guildoffinefoodWorld Cheese Awards // https://gff.co.uk/awards/world-cheese-awards/–Keep It Quirky–Instagram // @keepitquirkypodcastKatie Quinn on Insta & Twitter // @qkatiewww.youtube.com/TheQKatieTheme song music by Funky Brian, @bqfunk on Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
115 minutes | a year ago
Polly Russell's World of Curiosity & the British Library’s Food Season
Polly Russell is a food historian and curates the Food Season at the British Library, an annual series of events. In her role as curator of Contemporary Politics and Public Life at the British Library, she curates a variety of events, but all of her work looks at the world through the lens of food. She has a PhD in Food! (Her doctorate looked at food and the politics of identity in post-war Britain.) She writes a fantastic column for the Financial Times called “The History Cook,” and has presented for the BBC's "Back In Time..." television series.I absolutely loved talking with Polly, and I'm thrilled to be sharing the audio from one of the Food Season events that she curated: Women In Cheese, hosted by Bronwen Percival (of Neal's Yard Dairy), who interviewed Mrs. Ruth Kirkham and Carrie Rimes -- both incredible cheesemakers. So after my chat with Polly, stick around to listen to panel discussion.By keeping curiosity at the forefront and by resisting boundaries in her work, Polly Russell curates events that are fascinating and entertaining, both. Make sure to see what's on at next year's Food Season at the British Library!Thanks to Polly and Susannah Stevenson at the British Library, the audio engineering team there, and thanks to Bronwen Percival, Mrs Ruth Kirkham, and Carrie Rimes.--Polly Russell--Instagram // @the_history_cookTwitter // @pollyrussel1British Library's Food Season // www.bl.uk/events/food-seasonThe British Library podcast: Anything but Silent --Keep It Quirky--Instagram // @keepitquirkypodcastKatie Quinn on Insta & Twitter // @qkatiewww.youtube.com/TheQKatie Don’t forget to sign up for my e-newsletter! Go here: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 Theme song music by Funky Brian, @bqfunk on Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | a year ago
There’s a Wine for Every Occasion, with WSET’s Lydia Harrison
"Go for the weird and wonderful," Lydia Harrison told me, and it just may be the best wine advice I've ever heard! Lydia is a Master of Wine -- the incredibly rigorous qualification that less then 400 people have worldwide. She's also a teacher at the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, WSET, and she taught me when I took my Level 2 Awards.In this episode, I give you sense of what it's like taking a certification course at WSET (thanks to my seat mate Tom for chatting for the pod, too!), and Lydia and I have a more in-depth conversation about the world of wine, and also answering the questions you all sent me on Instagram that you wanted me to ask! We try not to get too nerdy on you (sometimes we succeed, sometimes we don't).To find out more about WSET's qualifications and where to study to go to www.wsetglobal.com.--WSET--Instagram & Twitter // @wsetglobal @wineducationweekWebsite // https://www.wsetglobal.com/Lydia Harrison on Instagram // @lydiaharrisonMW --Keep It Quirky--Instagram // @keepitquirkypodcastKatie Quinn on Insta & Twitter // @qkatiewww.youtube.com/TheQKatie Don’t forget to sign up for my e-newsletter! Go here: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | a year ago
Starting a Food Business in France, with Jessica Hammer
Jessica Hammer founded the company Taste of Toulouse, which gives walking food tours in English in the city center of Toulouse, France. As an American, she and her husband moved to France a couple years ago and she has hit the ground running ever since. We talk about what it was like starting a business in another (non-English-speaking) country, and resources she tapped to make that transition as smooth as possible. We also talk about mental health and emotional intelligence as an entrepreneur (important!). She says she learned time and again what we all know about ourselves: “I’m stronger than I feel like I am sometimes.”Another part of our conversation that I loved was our chat about introversion and extroversion. Either way you swing, we talk about how recognize how you refuel and find energy is key to a happy work life and personal life.The warmth and hospitality in Toulouse and southwest France is remarkable, and I had such a great visit there -- in large part thanks to Jessica’s help in my researching bread in that area for my book. I also had the chance to hop on one of her tours of Le Marche Victor Hugo, which just reinforced the fact that food tours are a wonderful and unique way to get to know a place.You’ll going to love this episode, and will want to book that ticket to visit Toulouse (and take one of her food tours) asap!Don’t forget to sign up for my e-newsletter! Go here: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 --Taste of Toulouse--Instagram & Twitter // @tasteoftoulouseWebsite // https://www.tasteoftoulouse.com/ --Keep It Quirky--Instagram // @keepitquirkypodcastKatie Quinn on Insta & Twitter // @qkatiewww.youtube.com/TheQKatie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | a year ago
An Englishwoman in China, with Fuchsia Dunlop
It’s the 50th episode of the Keep It Quirky podcast! Woohoo! I can't think of a better guest to celebrate the big 5-0...Fuchsia Dunlop is one of my culinary and literary heroes. Her memoir, Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read -- and the fact that it’s full of tantalizing food descriptions and recipes is the cherry on top! The new edition of it has a foreword from the fabulous Bee Wilson (a British food writer and historian). Fuchsia has won 4 James Beard Awards for her work. From Sichuan Cookery (which in the US was published as Land of Plenty) to Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking, and more, she has shared Chinese food culture with the masses. Some of her other work has appeared in the New Yorker, Saveur, Lucky Peach, Financial Times and Gourmet, and you’ve probably seen her as a guest on Netflix’s Ugly Delicious with David Chang, and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. If you can’t tell by now, Fuchsia is a force of nature. Talking with her was a huge honor and her ongoing love for her work -- decades into it -- is evident. Her career began with a sub-editing job at the BBC, which led her to take Mandarin classes and after that she won a British Council scholarship to study a year in Chengdu, China, the heart of Sichuan province. The rest, as they say, is history. Show notes:-Her newest book release: The Food of Sichuan → https://www.amazon.co.uk/Food-Sichuan-Fuchsia-Dunlop/dp/1324004835-She also does culinary tours around China! Check out her website for more info: www.fuchsiadunlop.com-Shout out to Ed Levine, founder of Serious Eats, for connecting me with Fuchsia. You should check out his book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption. And he was episode #8 of this podcast! https://keepitquirkypodcast.com/8-ed-levine-of-serious-eats-on-the-era-of-reluctant-entrepreneurs/--Fuchsia Dunlop--Instagram & Twitter // @fuchsiadunlop --Keep It Quirky--Instagram // @keepitquirkypodcastKatie Quinn on Insta & Twitter // @qkatieDon’t forget to sign up for my e-newsletter! Go here: http://eepurl.com/dNtAx2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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