Here's the first few things that pop into my head: a chef who's crazy passionate about her job and all things edible, I've had a love affair with the written word since I learned to read, I can walk aimlessly around the city for hours and never be bored, equally enjoys long, rambling conversations and periods of contented silence, laughs easily and often, love to get dolled up and go swing dancing or just hear live jazz but don't do it nearly enough, daydreams about living in the 1920s or 30s when New York was in its true splendor. Prefers whiskey to wine and steak to tofu ( actually, I hate tofu. I know I shouldn't and hate is a strong word in regards to bean curd but hey, it's bean curd. Porterhouse trumps bean curd any day).
I read....a lot. Fiction, non fiction, the back of cereal boxes; I'm not particular. And I re read books quite often; a favorite book is like a warm blanket to curl up under when you're cold. Some authors to visit again and again: Caleb Carr, Bill Bryson, Erik Larsen, Ruth Reichl, Michael Chabon, Anthony Bourdain, JK Rowling, Dorothy Parker, Stephan Ambrose. Tend to lean towards historical fiction lately.
I love movies, films, whatever you want to call them. To pick a favorite movie is as difficult as a favorite book, or food (damn this whole section). Classic comedies like the Thin Man, Rear Window I will always watch again, Jaws (especially the scene on the boat when Quint recounts the story of the USS Indianapolis....sends chills up my spine), zombie flicks, disaster movies (I get such a thrill out of watching LA get demolished by a mass of tornados), Midnight in Paris is my favorite dream turned into a movie. It all depends on what I'm in the mood for.
Music....just don't ask me about recent pop. I have no clue. Everything sounds like Rihanna to me. Is it all Rihanna?
Food...I'm a chef so just about anything except eggplant and walnuts (allergies). I never feel as though a meal is complete unless there's some sort of animal protein involved. Quinoa salad is a side dish, not an entree.
Something, anything, to read
The amazing marriage of peanut butter and chocolate....especially in ice cream form.
An overactive imagination
Something new to learn. My brain gets hungry.
You agree that a day off should be a mix of laziness and mad cap adventures. There are hundreds of amazing things to do in this city; it seems a waste to spend all your spare time on the couch.