I value good food and nearly all types of cuisine and cooking (particularly making coq au vin or baking seasonal fresh fruit tarts at home). French and Japanese food are among my favorites. I like going for dim sum on weekend mornings. Also love hearty red wines from the Alexander Valley or Central Coast, In this city, I like to try what's new, and there is always some new direction to explore.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, weekend road trips (longer if time permits), meeting up with friends at coffee shops, relaxing with classical music, listening to NPR/PBS, and hanging out at urban or rural oases. My favorites...Yosemite, Union Square, various places in the Napa Valley, the nearby San Mateo Coast (amazing that it remains so beautiful and unspoiled), and the Ferry Plaza Marketplace. Other than San Francisco, I have left my heart in Paris and Switzerland. Travelled to most parts of Canada and Europe too but haven't had the chance to go back for quite some time...aahh work. Also haven't yet had the opportunity to explore Asia, but Japan and China are on my wish list.
I also enjoy spirited conversations about politics and world or local (it can get crazy) affairs, and periodically attend public lectures and discussion forums on issues ranging from local to international. Regarding who interests me, Asian guys usually get my attention first, but I am open to all and love to learn about other cultures and traditions.