Great food is a central part of my life both nutritionally and
socially. I inherited my mother's kitchen last year and to honor
her I've been learning to cook and bake. I make pretty mean pies -
blueberry with lemon zest and lavender, cherry with almond extract
and peach with vanilla and ginger.
My signature dish is Salmon Persephone (my own invention) and when
the ingredients are in season I'm nigh irresistible. If you can
identify the secret seasonal ingredient by the name alone, I'm
already in like with you.
I relish eating in and eating out and making memories over meals.
In good restaurants, I sometimes let the chef prepare whatever s/he
pleases. You can get some of the very best meals this way. Favorite
restaurants in the area include Gather and the Slanted Door.
I avoid the term foodie but the fact that you can go to a dozen
farmer's markets a week in the Bay Area has definitely spoiled me
and made me sensitive to which varietal peach/strawberry/pluot/etc.
is best any given week of the year.
Very high on my list of personal interests is acroyoga and
attending the ballet. We are so privileged to have such a world
class company in SF Ballet. My favorite story ballet is R&J
(especially with SVP) and my favorite choreographers include Chris
Wheeldon and Wayne Macgregor. If you know who these people are,
message me now!
Jorge Luis Borges, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Greg Egan, William
Gibson, Audrey Niffenegger, Rilke, Samuel R. Delany, Philip
Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Christina Meldrum, W H Auden, Neal
Stephenson, Norman Maclean, ...and the list goes on and on...
(N.B.: I haven't owned a television since moving to the Bay
American Graffiti, Blade Runner, 500 Days of Summer, Serendipity,
Serenity, Aliens, The Lover (L'Amant), Let the Right One In, Love
Actually, Kissing Jessica Stein, An American in Paris, The Ice
Storm, Before Sunrise/Sunset, Jurassic Park, Breakfast at
Tiffany's, Broadcast News, The English Patient, Pirates of the
Caribbean, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, City Of Lost Children,
The Professional, The Fifth Element, Resevoir Dogs, Spirited Away,
Iron Man, Finding Nemo, Kung Fu Panda, Ferris Bueller's Day Off,
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Edward Scissorhands,
Stranger than Fiction, Swingers, The Prestige, Forgetting Sarah
Marshall, The Sting, The Last Seduction, Dangerous Liaisons, Bridge
to Terabithia, The Princess Bride, Brick, Beautiful Girls...
(I am, incidentally, a total sucker for time travel themed love
stories - Somewhere in Time, The Lakehouse, The Time Traveler's
Wife - though the book was far superior, The Jacket)
Joss Whedon, 30 Rock, Rome, Modern Family, House, Mad Men, Firefly,
Glee, Bones, The West Wing, Sports Night, Eureka, The L Word, Big
Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot, Dr. Horrible...
Lots of stuff, I'm more open to new music than I am well versed in
what is out there. If you introduce me to something soul stirring,
I'll bake you a pie. Just in terms of regular listening, I find
myself oscillating between a lot of female singer/songwriter types
like Missy Higgins, Sarah Mclachlan, Brandi Carlile, the Story,
Katie Melua, Sia, Poe, Jem, etc. and stuff like Tom Waits, Elliot
Smith, Nick Cave, Zevon, Springsteen, etc.
William Shatner's cover of Pulp's Common People is pure genius.
Michel Gondry's music video for Cibo Matto's Sugar/Water gets me
every time. And when you say "Sex and Rock & Roll" I'm thinking
of Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.