This turned into a giant wall of text when I tried to mention *all*
my favourite things, so I'll try to narrow it down to only a
I have Celiac so everything I eat needs to be gluten-free. Since
many restaurants are hit and miss that way, I do a lot of my own
cooking. I occasionally bake Gluten-free peanut butter/chocolate
chip cookies or yummy banana bread muffins. I like to mix-up my own
Cinnamon-Mocha coffee in the mornings or relax with a Moroccan Mint
herbal tea; I like anything mint &/or chocolate actually.
For breakfast, I love spinach & feta omelets or banana-walnut
pancakes. My favourite dinner is home-made shepherd's pie; the
original recipe was my Nana's but I've come up with several
variations over the years in including a sweet and spicy version
using lamb & yams. Other meals I often make include rice pasta
with thick meat sauce, salmon with a maple-soy glaze, egg fried
rice, sweet potato fries, and various Indian-inspired
Restaurant-wise, I like Thai and Indian since they quite often have
more gluten-free options. Some diners and big chains serve a
handful of items I can eat if I don't mind paying more or eating
less. In a pinch, I'll indulge in a Wendy's salad, baked potato
&/or chilli since they're one of the few fast food places with
decent healthy options.
As a short-hand, assume if it's geeky, dark, musical, &/or
weird, I'll like it. I was actually once a background actor in a
movie that hits most of those marks called SUCK:
Some other notable faves include Repo The Genetic Opera, The Rocky
Horror Picture Show, Sweeney Todd, Moulin Rouge, Cabaret, Chicago,
The Blues Brothers, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Clerks, When Harry
Met Sally, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Evil Dead, Shaun of the
Dead, Fight Club, Kinsey, Shortbus, Interview with the Vampire, The
Craft, Ginger Snaps, V for Vendetta, Coraline, The Nightmare Before
Christmas, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, Serenity, The Fifth
Element, and anything Star Trek or Monty Python.
I read mostly fiction, particularly books that fall into the
now-rarely-used genre of "Speculative Fiction". This would include
all manner of Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as Vampire
novels and other forms of Gothic fiction and many varieties of
Graphic Novel/Comic Books.
My faves range from classics such as H. P. Lovecraft & J.R.R.
Tolkien, through big names like Robert Heinlein, Anne Rice, Marion
Zimmer Bradley, Douglas Adams, Mercedes Lackey, & Anne
McCaffrey, to the lesser known(?) like Charles de Lint, Tanya Huff,
Laurell K. Hamilton, Diana Gabaldon, & Peter David, and modern
giants like J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore
& Joss Whedon. Also, anything Star Trek.
I also read some more conventional literature (mysteries,
historical fiction, best sellers) if the plot or other subject
matter speaks to me, as well as some non-fiction, mostly in the
areas of Politics, Human Rights/Feminism, Anthropology, Poetic
Philosophy, World Mythology, Pagan books, and Parenting. Some I'll
Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. & Cacilda Jethá, M.D. - Sex at Dawn:
The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
Barbara Coloroso - Kids Are Worth It: Giving Your Child The Gift Of
Naomi Klein - No Logo
Khalil Gibran - The Prophet; The Earth Gods
Christopher Penczak - City Magick
Quirky comedy, deep lyrics, awesome vocals, and something I can
sing/dance along with are what I like best.
Stage musicals are great. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the
Opera starring Colm Wilkinson was the first big show I saw and I
eventually memorized every note of the cast album. i don't get to
see as many how as I'd like though.
I especially love classic jazz and blues like Louis Armstrong,
Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billie Holiday, and
Sarah Vaughan, and modern jazzy vocalists like Diana Krall and
Adele are awesome too.
I enjoy a wide smattering of rock from many eras and sub-genres,
including The Beatles, The Mamas & the Papas, Alice Cooper,
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin,
Queen, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Heart, Garbage, Nirvana, Red Hot
Chili Peppers, Green Day, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed,
My favourite musical era might be the 80s, especially Cyndi Lauper,
David Bowie, Pat Benatar, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the Banshees,
The Cure, The Smiths; anything New Wave or Goth.
Other more modern faves of mine include Barenaked Ladies
(especially when Steven Page was still involved), and many awesome
singing ladies like Jewel, Pink, Tegan and Sara, Enya, Loreena
McKennitt, Bif Naked, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, and
You'll also impress me if you listen to any of the following: The
Wet Spots, Voltaire, Jonathan Coulton, Eben Brooks, The Arrogant
Worms, Moxy Früvous, Lisa Patterson, Inkubus Sukkubus, Melanie
Doane, Shibaten, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Eartha Kitt, Lee Aaron,
Lords of Acid, Nightwish. More people know the Doctor Demento fave
"Weird Al" Yankovic, but he's pretty awesome too.
I also love live music, from bar bands to big concerts (when I can
afford it). I grew up going to music festivals and other gigs with
my musician father. Some of my absolute favourite artists are
friends or family friends; I won't mention them all though.
Ok, this is just impossible to keep current or prevent the wall of
text, but shows I've been addicted to (past and present), own
seasons of, &/or that I'm willing to watch over and over
* Science-fiction shows - Doctor Who (mostly the new stuff),
Torchwood, Firefly, Star Trek (all eras), Earth: Final Conflict,
Stargate, Farscape, Sliders, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy,
Lexx, Heroes, Quantum Leap, The X-Files.
* Supernatural shows - Being Human (the British version), Blood
Ties, True Blood, Lost Girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel,
Forever Knight, Hercules, Xena, Highlander, Dead Like Me, Early
Edition, Being Erica [I was an extra in S1E12 of this too].
* Crime & Legal dramas - Dexter, Murdoch Mysteries, Monk, CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law and
Order UK, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal, Drop Dead Diva
(which has some supernatural elements too), Veronica Mars.
* "Sexy" Dramas - Big Love, The L Word, Queer as Folk, Metropia,
Californication, Orange is the New Black, Weeds, Sex and the City,
Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
* Other random dramas - Boston Public, House, Rome
* British comedy - Blackadder, Mr. Bean, Monty Python's Flying
* Satirical News - Rick Mercer Report, The Daily Show, The Colbert
* Animated comedies - The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy,
Clerks: The Animated Series, Daria, Futurama, Tripping the Rift,
* Old nostalgic kids shows - The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, Sabrina
the Teenage Witch, Sailor Moon, Saved By The Bell, Rocky &
Bullwinkle, Tales from the Crypt.
* Some Sitcoms - How I Met Your Mother, Community, The Big Bang
Theory, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Dharma & Greg, That '70s
Show, Arrested Development.
* Older comedies - M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, Three's Company,
Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.