My favorite food in Hawaii? A tough choice, but if I smell barbecue I always stop to see if it’s Huli Huli chicken.  – ISLANDS Magazine

Take a detour. Get out of the car. Stretch your legs. And get inspired by America’s Top Roadside Attractions. – Travel + Leisure

(and MSNBC)

The Best of 2010 lists are starting to arrive and  For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History is on them:

Editor’s Choice Pick for 2010 – Booklist

Best Business Book 2010, History and Biography – Strategy+Business Magazine

Top 5 Gift Books for Moms, 2o1o – Travel Savvy Mom

I’ve been doing some work online:

Mostly as a contributor to AOL Travel.

Read about the 10 under 10: Best Boutique Hotels Under 10 Rooms

Or the Best Bars with a View.

Or the Best Beach Bars Around the World

Or the Best Places to Unplug.

And a few other things, here and there and everywhere.

Costa Rica – The Adventure Honeymoon

Tropics of Taste – The Designer Honeymoon

cropped EV coverMy Costa Rica feature made the cover of fall’s ENDLESS VACATION

I followed Ishmael’s footsteps: go whale watching, from the banks of Cape Cod to the tropical shores of Hawaii – Travel and Leisure.com

Missed my book release party? You can watch it on the new original series Girls Who like Boys Who Like Boys on Sundance Channel, debuting in December.

The plot: I’m a writer, dating in NYC while my best friend, author Joel Derfner, is marrying his long term boyfriend. And it’s all true…

I’m hoping it will sell a lot of books. Have you bought FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA yet?

You can watch the promos HERE

There are all kinds of ways to get your thrills when the ice melts in the Canadian North. – Men’s Journal.

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A new book about how tea forged historical relations between China, India and the West, says that industrial espionage in the 1800s shaped the world much the way it does today. – Fast Company

I went to Belfast, Northern Ireland, ate in 13 restaurants in 3 days – and these were worth writing home about.  – Bon Appetit Magazine.


Surfing might be the state’s best known sport, but Hawaii’s teen cowboys are rocking America’s most competitive rodeo – American Way Magazine.

Five movies, five scene stealing hideawaysBRIDES magazine

Catalyst Backpack

10 lb pack - 3

10 lb pack - 2


Folding Bikes 1Folding Bikes 2

Teach a Man to Fish: the Gift of Cooking Class – Men’s Journal

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Best Chefs in the National Parks – Men’s Journal

Sarah Rose on FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA begins at the 15 minute mark

The Tea Thieves: How a Drink Shaped an Empire

“A wonderful combination of scholarship and storytelling” – Guy Raz, NPR host All Things Considered.

With her probing inquiry and engaging prose, Sarah Rose paints a fresh and vivid account of life in rural 19th-century China and Fortune’s fateful journey into it…if ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it.

Washington Post Book Review

In “For All the Tea in China,” the most eventful era of the tea plant gets the inspired treatment it deserves. – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Pause to reflect that the tea you are enjoying is totally hot — as in, stolen! Nabbed! Ripped off! Nothing more than the subject of international corporate espionage! – Chicago Sun Times

The spy who loved tea. The Express  (p1, p2)

The most fun and exciting new book I have read this year. Beijing Today

Rose has done well. – South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

This story is nothing less than remarkable. San Francisco Book Review

Sarah Rose’s history of how tea came to be cultivated outside China reads like an adventure yarn.That he succeeded, lived to tell tale is nothing short of amazing, Rose does full justice in her appealing book. – Charlotte Post and Courier

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The plot for Sarah Rose’s “For All the Tea in China” seems tailor-made for a Hollywood thriller…a story that should appeal to readers who want to be transported on a historic journey laced with suspense, science and adventure.

19th-century industrial spy stole no.1 drink – Associated Press

All hail the hero of tea:  A Tempest in a Teapot — University of Chicago Magazine

Read excerpts from FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA at Smithsonian Magazine.

FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA by Sarah Rose

For All the Tea in China releases in North America on March 18, and the reviews are starting to arrive:

A delicious brew of information on the history of tea cultivation and consumption in the Western world…a remarkably riveting tale. Booklist, (starred review)

Journalist Rose  is a rarity, an author who skillfully narrates her own lush work, capturing every nuance perfectly. Library Journal, (starred review)

Sarah Rose steeps us in the story of Robert Fortune. National Geographic Traveler

“Written in an engaging and lively tone, Sarah Rose’s book is as much an adventure story as a piece of history.” Catholic Herald

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Dream of going to the Pyramids?  I did, for Budget Travel.

Tropical islands aren’t so great for very long walks, unless you head to Dominica – Men’s Journal

When your soul-mate is your cell-mate, take the ball-and-chain on vacation!  – BRIDES Magazine

The BBC chose FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA as Book of the Week.

Listen to all 5 episodes, with Maureen Beattie reading.

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Oyster.com’s Elie Seidman plans on changing the way the world buys vacations – one online hotel review at a time  –  for Northshore Magazine.

Are New York’s finest chefs building an ark and saving the world by serving up heritage turkeys?  Or on Thanksgiving would we rather sink our teeth into the tender flesh of a supermarket wonderbird?   –  for Men’s Journal

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