It s Not About The Tapas

After working for four years at a leading London book publisher, Polly Evans moved to Hong Kong where she spent many happy hours as a senior editor on the city's biggest entertainment weekly.

It s Not About The Tapas

After working for four years at a leading London book publisher, Polly Evans moved to Hong Kong where she spent many happy hours as a senior editor on the city's biggest entertainment weekly. But fighting deadlines from a twizzly office chair and free use of the coffee machine seemed just too easy. So Polly exchanged the shiny red cabs of Hong Kong for a more demanding form of transport - a bicycle - and set off on a voyage of discovery around Spain. From the thigh-burning ascents of the Pyrenees to the relentless olive groves of Andalusia, Polly found more adventures that she had bargained for. She survived a nail-biting encounter with a sprightly pig, escaped over-zealous suitors, had her morality questioned by the locals, encountered some dubious aficionados on the road and indulged her love of regional cooking. While she pedalled, Polly pondered some of the more lurid details of Spanish history - the king who collected pickled heads, the queen who toured the country with her husband's mouldering corpse, and the unfortunate duchess who lost her feet. And wherever she cycled, she ate and ate - and yet still she shrank out of her trousers.

Kiwis Might Fly

This became the subject of her first book, It's not about the Tapas, which was
shortlisted for the WHSmith People's Choice Book Awards. She now lives in
London. Visit the author's website at: www.pollyevans.com [
wwwbooksaztnnsworldcoiuk ...

Kiwis Might Fly

When Polly Evans read a survey claiming that the last bastion of masculinity, the real Kiwi bloke, was about to breathe his last, she was seized by a sense of foreboding. Abandoning the London winter she took off on a motorbike for the windswept beaches and golden plains of New Zealand, hoping to root out some examples of this endangered species for posterity. But her challenges didn't stop at the men. Just weeks after passing her test, Polly rode from Auckland's glitzy Viaduct Basin to the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and on to the Southern Alps. She found wild kiwis in the dead of night, kayaked among dolphins at dawn, and spent an evening on a remote hillside with a sheep-shearing gang. As she travelled, Polly reflected on the Maori warriors who carved their enemies' bones into cutlery, the pioneer family who lived in a tree, and the flamboyant gold miners who lit their pipes with five-pound notes, and wondered how their descendents have become pathologically obsessed with helpfulness and Coronation Street. The author of the highly acclaimed It's Not About the Tapas reaches some unexpected conclusions about the new New Zealand man - and finds that evolution has taken some unlikely twists.

Time Out Madrid

For the Spanish, it's not about what you eat, it's about how you eat. TAPAS
TRADITIONS Tapas vary from region to region, and examples of most are
available in Madrid. Galician bars highlight octopus, prawns and seafood,
traditionally with ...

Time Out Madrid

Madrid has gone from shanty town to imperial capital in the last seven centuries. The local writers of Time Out Madrid assist travelers in seeing the city as a native, suggesting where to stay, eat, shop and experience its cultural offerings. Famed for its wild nights and lazy days, Madrid provides a whole lot more, from spectacular opera productions, chirpy folkloric zarzuela, and cutting-edge cuisine to ancient, tiled tabernas, designer-shoe shopping, and numerous flea markets. Written by resident journalists, Time Out Madrid also covers the artistic jewels housed in the Prado, Thyssen, and Reina Sofia, as well as the etiquette of watching a bullfight or joining in with a flamenco performance, as well as where to stay and how to escape the city heat. Also included are the intriguing stories behind some of the city’s best-known paintings, where to find gourmet tapas, the yoga centers, spas, and Turkish baths. Climbing, skiing, and hang-gliding are all within reach of the city, and suggested trips out of town are also recommended.

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door 2009

To sample Spain , consider Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart or It's Not
About the Tapas by Polly Evans . For understanding the Basque region ( divided
between Spain and France ) , Mark Kurlansky's The Basque History of the World
is ...

Rick Steves  Europe Through the Back Door 2009

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2009 is the definitive guidebook for an affordable and unforgettable trip to Europe. Covering all the essentials and more—from packing to transportation to foreign currency—Rick's tips allow travelers to become “temporary Europeans,” saving them time and money along the way. Rick also includes his personal favorites, or “back doors,” throughout Europe that will take you away from the tourist-beaten path and into a unique European adventure. Whether it's surfing in Munich's rivers or finding an Egyptian pyramid in Rome, Rick leads travelers to little-known and unforgettable experiences.

People

... Stellin (a New York Times contributor) serves up smart advice in a reader-
friendly format. st-III- - it's Not About | -- the Tapas - by Polly Evans won abour A
fast-paced but reflec- The TAPA- tive memoir about Evans's six-week bike
pilgrimage ...

People


Fried Eggs With Chopsticks

But on arriving in China she found the building work wasn't quite finished.

Fried Eggs With Chopsticks

When she learnt that the Chinese had built enough new roads to circle the equator sixteen times, Polly Evans decided to go and witness for herself the way this vast nation was hurtling into the technological age. But on arriving in China she found the building work wasn't quite finished. Squeezed up against Buddhist monks, squawking chickens and on one happy occasion a soldier named Hero, Polly clattered along pot-holed tracks from the snow-capped mountains of Shangri-La to the bear-infested jungles of the south. She braved encounters with a sadistic masseur, a ridiculously flexible kung-fu teacher, and a terrified child who screamed at the sight of her. In quieter moments, Polly contemplated China's long and colourful history - the seven-foot-tall eunuch commander who sailed the globe in search of treasure; the empress that chopped off her rivals' hands and feet and boiled them to make soup - and pondered the bizarre traits of the modern mandarins. And, as she travelled, she attempted to solve the ultimate gastronomic conundrum: just how does one eat a soft-fried egg with chopsticks?

Food Wine

Their watermelon salad mixed with arugula , spiky gray hair , wearing blue
overalls and slippers . Uncle red onion , walnuts , ricotta ... Farris has prepared
the dishes Fried Eggs with Chopsticks and It's Not About the Tapas .
FOODANDWINE.

Food   Wine


The Publishers Weekly

In the end, his efforts succeeded: it was Port Authority officers who raised the
steel-beam cross that became the site's ... the light, kooky forE mula she adopted
with her debut *— travelogue (It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on ...

The Publishers Weekly


Ecotextiles

In fact, Hugger Mugger (Salt Lake City, UT, USA), marketer of the most popular
PVC sticky mat the Tapas" Mat, makes no public disclosure about the contents,
other than it is PVC-based. Table 3. Absorptive capacity and tested amount of
water ...

Ecotextiles

This book includes a carefully-chosen and edited selection of 23 papers from the Ecotextile 2004 Conference held at the University of Bolton. Ecotextiles is divided into five main parts. Part one deals with recycling and use of waste as raw materials in such areas as clothing and carpet manufacture. Part two discusses sustainability and eco-design with papers on improved design, use of sustainable fibres and manufacturing techniques. Part three reviews sustainable development and renewables, including discussion of topics such as composites made from textile waste. Part four considers waste management in such areas as dyeing and effluent treatment. The final part of the book assesses novel technologies, including new fibres and finishing techniques. As pressure from governments and consumers continues to grow, Ecotextiles is a valuable reference for the textile industry on best practice in sustainable production. A key guide to best practice in sustainable production Includes expert reviews of current developments in recycling, sustainable production and process optimisation Assesses novel technologies, including new fibres and finishing techniques