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5 Minutes With Katie Quinn of QKatie

For McCool Travel’s 158th travel interview, I am pleased to introduce you to Katie Quinn of QKatie. Katie expresses her love of food from around the world on her popular YouTube channel. I learned about Katie in true internet surfing style, as an automated suggestion when leaving a message on an online friend’s (Rachel Rudwall) wall. Once I saw her slogan, I was hooked!

UPDATE (4 December 2017). Katie told me that she and Rachel Rudwall were roommates in college. WHAT? Now that must have been an amazing room.

Katie Quinn‘s bio:

Katie Quinn is a video journalist, host, and cookbook author. She thinks there is a story to be told everywhere and she believes that food connects people. Every week she posts food & travel videos to her YouTube Channel (which has over 3 million views). Her slogan is #keepitquirky because she thinks life is more enjoyable if you don’t take yourself too seriously. You may have caught her on NBC’s Today Show, as a contestant on the Food Network’s Chopped, or as a judge on Beat Bobby Flay. She attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris and is the author of the Avocados cookbook, published by Short Stack Editions. Before starting the QKatie brand, she worked for NBC, Serious Eats, and NowThis News. After a decade in NYC, she’s currently based in London, England.

McCool Travel interview with Katie Quinn of QKatie.

Katie Quinn of QKatie

Katie Quinn: QKatie

HOMETOWN …

Athens, Ohio

ALWAYS IN MY LUGGAGE …

chapstick

3 FAVORITE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME PLACES …

  1. On Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan
  2. Paris, France
  3. Friuli, Italy

A FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY …
Boating around the Golden Triangle (the confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong River), between Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

McCool Travel interview with Katie Quinn of QKatie.

Katie Quinn of QKatie

3 FAVORITE TRAVEL BRANDS …

  1. Dakine luggage
  2. Airbnb
  3. British Airways

3 MONEY-SAVING TRAVEL TACTICS I USE …

  1. online research ahead of time
  2. setting a budget for a trip
  3. bringing my own (healthy) snacks

3 WAYS THAT I HAVE FUN WHILE TRAVELING …

  1. exploring
  2. taking photos & videos of interesting moments
  3. making a point to have conversations with locals

8 WORD (OR LESS) TRAVEL MANTRA …

Keep your eyes open, and breathe!

McCool Travel interview with Katie Quinn of QKatie.

Katie Quinn of QKatie

FAVORITE NON-TRAVEL WEBSITE …

Food52

MOST MEMORABLE SOUVENIR  …

Whenever I visit Paris, I go to my all-time favorite bakery (Du Pain Et Des Idées) and bring home their “escargot” pastry.

FAVORITE CHEAP EAT …

market food anywhere

I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET …

The Comelli family, who owns a vineyard in Friuli, the northeast region of Italy. They’re so warm and welcoming, and have such passion for wine and food.

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET …
a chocolate maker in South America! Anyone have any leads?! Message me if so! qkatiefood@gmail.com  🙂 🙂

McCool Travel interview with Katie Quinn of QKatie.

Katie Quinn of QKatie


Thank you so much, Katie, for sharing your travel inspiration and tips. Keep it quirky!

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McCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes travel interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Check out McCool Travel’s previous travel interviews. Previous 5 Minutes travel interview: Claudia Tavani of My Adventures Across the World.


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2 Responses to “5 Minutes With Katie Quinn of QKatie”

  1. MikesRoadTrip December 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    I love this segment you do Charles, it’s fun to get introduced to new folks in the travel sector.

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) December 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

      Appreciate the note, Mike. Not sure if you got the memo (I think in a Twitter chat) but after I win a 9 digit lottery, I am treating all of my interview friends to a lavish vacation. You made it!

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