Category: QUEST Magazine

A Shopper's Mecca

A Shopper’s Mecca

A clash of modern life and old worlds, there is always something new to love in India’s colorful capital. Writer Martine Bury takes us along on her journey to India. Read the first part of her journey here. Following Robyn Bickford’s sage advice, I did get in touch with Fiona Caulfield—a globe-trotting Australian author, writer, journalist, explorer, sought-after public speaker and entrepreneur living the Artist’s Way in India. A long love story—she fell for the country in 2004, in Calcutta, on the way from Everest Base Camp to the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Having left a lucrative career in New York, her journey ultimately resulted […]

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Galapagos Islands: Above & Below

Galapagos Islands: Above & Below

Charles Darwin once said “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the true value of life.” Michael McQuarn takes this advice to heart on his journey from the Galápagos Islands to the cloud forest of Ecuador. As I board the plane those words from Darwin echo within my head. Ecuador has always been a country on my short list of places to visit with the Galápagos Islands being the crowning gem. I make my way to my seat, put on my headphones and drift into a higher state of consciousness. I awake to the wheels touching down in Quito, […]

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hendrick's Gin Recipes from Around the World

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hendrick’s Gin Recipes from Around the World

In the United States, we’re celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. Traditionally, it’s a holiday characterized by a table full of rich food, time spent with family and friends, and maybe a cocktail or two. To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite Hendrick’s Gin cocktails from around the world. Drink up and have a happy Thanksgiving! The following article by Ryan Crosby first appeared in Ker & Downey’s Spring 2014 Quest Magazine.  Hendrick’s gin arrived on the scene ten years ago with a vibrant twist to the Juniper-dominated spirit our grandparents loved. Mashed cucumber and pressed rose petal infusions create […]

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Layover: Doha

Layover: Doha

On a quick jaunt through a country on the rise, Lesley McKenzie declares the capital of this sovereign Arab Emirate a true “Desert Rose.” Read the article on our blog and in the current issue of Quest Magazine. Doha, the capital of Qatar, sits at the intersection of sand, sea and skyscrapers. Located on a thumb of the Arabian peninsula, this jewel-box of a kingdom sets itself apart from a number of its neighbors with a commitment to promoting tourism (Doha has been selected to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first global sporting event held in the Middle […]

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Retreat: Planet Vana

Retreat: Planet Vana

Veer Singh’s mission is to create the most iconic wellness retreat in the World. Read the article in the current issue of Quest Magazine and on our blog. By Mary Bemis A few summers ago, high above Aspen in a ski lift on my way to dinner, I found myself deep in conversation with Veer Singh, a young entrepreneur from New Delhi. We were discussing his desire to build a retreat that would offer a range of healing modalities and be self-sustaining, but what struck me was his ultimate goal: “the most iconic wellness retreat in the world.” As time went […]

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Hong Kong's Hottest Plates

Hong Kong’s Hottest Plates

Fierce Traveler Scott Goetz serves up the insider’s guide for foodies in Asia’s world city. Read the article on our blog and in the debut issue of Quest Magazine. For more than 150 years Hong Kong has embraced her colonial role as the world’s gateway for Westerners heading East. Now, for the first time, China is experiencing booming wealth, and the tides have opened to the West with a flood of vacationers hungry for international luxuries. Hong Kong is embracing her new era by graciously playing the part of the energetic host who welcomes her guests to revel in the cultural explosion of […]

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Wellness: A World Tour of Spa Botanicals

Wellness: A World Tour of Spa Botanicals

The treatment menu of a great spa is essentially a walk-in guidebook to healing botanicals. Here are a few of my favorites that really feature the local plants. By Mary Bemis Bavaria, Germany A favorite jaunt of mine is the thermal spa town of Bad Wörishofen, the tiny Bavarian village where, beginning in the 1850s, Father Sebastian Kneipp practiced his world-renowned Kneipp Cure. His particular philosophy involved the use of hot-and cold-water therapies in combination with herbalism. Some of the herbs used included calendula, which acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory; juniper to soothe sore muscles; and valerian to promote […]

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The Secret Kitchen

The Secret Kitchen

Kista Simmons takes a crash course in regional Chinese cuisine. Read the article in the current issue of Quest Magazine and on our blog today. It’s a shame that Chinese food has been associated with lonely nights in and hung-over dim sum brunches. The cuisine from one of the world’s most ancient societies is really quite complex, steeped in thousands of years of tradition. In fact, the Chinese are so connected with what they eat that it’s considered medicine. Look beyond the lazy Susan, and you’ll find that what’s cooking in the world’s most populated country is as varied as the […]

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Italy: Tailor Made

Writer Nell Casey takes a satisfying solo trip to fashionable Milan and the enchanting, jet-setting paradise, Lake Como. She finds the perfect fit. Read the full article here and in the current issue of QUEST Magazine. Walking into the Armani Hotel Milano feels a bit like walking into the mind of the celebrated fashion designer. This 95-room hotel is as minimal and sleek as one of Giorgio Armani’s iconic suits—and as elegantly determined as I imagine the man himself to be. The whole setting conspires to make you feel as if you’ve been airlifted out of life, that busy and […]

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The Destination Guru: A More Unconventional Safari Experience

From where to go to what’s in store, Ker & Downey VP and intrepid traveler David Jones scouts the globe and answers burning questions from those who live to go there. Have a question for our destination guru? Email it to us at quest@kerdowney.com or ask us on our Facebook page. We’ve been on safari in Africa several times. On our next trip, we’re looking for a more unconventional safari experience that still allows us to see incredible wildlife and experience the authentic African bush. What do you suggest? C. Hernadez, San Diego, California One of the best things about […]

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