Favorite Books: I'm all about non-fiction. I love to learn. I like
stories about things that have happened, or theories on things that
are currently happening. What have I read recently? Anthony
Bourdain's books, Reza Aslan's books, the newest Hawking
Favorite Movies: Seriously? I think I have like 10,000 movies in my
collection. I like many, MANY movies. I DON'T like gore films. I
know, I know. It's just that no matter what happens, I'm not scared
or grossed out. In fact, the only movie that ever grossed me out
was The Fly in 1986. You know, with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis.
The make up and latex work in that film was GREAT. And the
psychological aspect of the film, well. It's still one of the only
movies to scare me.
I tend to lean towards more cerebral films. I like movies (and
anything) that makes me think. I'm also a sucker for a romantic
film. I love romance flicks, ok? Deep inside we all want love, and
when people find it on film, it makes me feel good and keeps that
hope alive that I might find it someday too.
Favorite Music: I like music. I like music created with
instruments, something that requires a level of talent and blows
you away when it is performed live for you. So, no, I'm not a fan
of rap music, or any of the digital genres (techno, dance, trance,
whatever the *&^% it's called.) I was a guitarist/bassist for
like 10 years of my life playing heavy metal, so I enjoy all forms
of heavy music. But again, like romantic movies, my gayness kicks
in and I enjoy many singer/songwriters and indie artists.
Favorite Food: You've gotta be shitting me. I'm a chef. We cannot
legally answer this question or we lose our fluffy hat. I love
SOOOO many things. BUT to make this fun, let me list 5 things that
I personally think everyone should taste before they die:
1) Black Truffle - winter/summer doesn't matter. Just shave some
nice pieces on something creamy.
2) An oyster, preferably just pulled from the water. (A perk of
living 20 minutes from Oyster Bay.)
3) Grass fed beef. Not grass finished, wholly fed. Totally
different than any beef you've ever eaten, unless you've eaten,
well, grass fed beef. (Vegetarians, it's not that I don't respect
your choice.... Actually, yes, I don't respect your choice. Humans
are omnivores (please no arguing), and philosophically I think
people should never give up anything entirely. Instead of being a
vegetarian, try being a normal person who doesn't feel like eating
meat today. I hate that being a "vegetarian" has become an identity
to people. Touchy subject to my chef heart, sorry.)
4) A Fig. Picked fresh from the tree.
5) Raw Milk. Impossible to get in America unless you have a cow.
It's unpasteurized. The flavor is SO much different than what you
get at the grocery store. And raw milk cheeses are a close second.
(NOTE: When in Los Angeles, I saw raw milk for sale in certain
stores. Not sure if it's a local thing or all of California, but
kudos! East coast should catch up!)