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My self-summary
"I'm walking through the aisles, and all I see is tofu hot dogs, tofu bacon, tofu turkey...and I'm like, 'tofu..., man..., just be yourself'"

New York native (though I’ve bounced around for the past few years) settling back in for the long haul of grad school. I waffle back & forth between the creativity of the humanities and the brute force of will of keeping my ass in my seat when I'd much rather be out running around outside for new experiences with new people (i'm losing the battle more and more each day, but how can I complain when I get to read random cookbooks all day!) But I’m happiest when I have someone to dig into the city with & get out for a drink/bite and a random conversation. When I’m not hitting the books, you’ll find me getting my hands dirty in the kitchen or the pottery studio, or you won’t find me at all 'cause I’ll be out traveling & exploring new parts of the world. Maybe you’d like to explore them with me!
What I’m doing with my life
All of us in academia ask ourselves this question on a daily basis! I like to tell myself that I’m a grad student in Japanese history & the history of food at Columbia, so the idea is to write and teach for a living (which I love, so that works). I wised up several years ago and decided I didn’t want to cook for a living anymore, but I do still love to whip something up for people I care about. I work on the history of nourishment and sustenance, so hopefully I can at least keep myself fed! I’m on a new ceramics kick recently, and I’m basically into anything I can do with my hands.
I’m really good at
Map turning. One of my favorite things to do is hop on the train to a random stop, wander around until I'm lost, and then try to find my way back. Seoul, London and KL are at the top of my list of favorite cities to get lost in. What's on yours?
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm more casual than the average bear (even Yogi wore a tie!) Not really the suit & tie type (though I've been told I clean up pretty well for the right occasion), and I generally prefer girls who impress with their brains and smiles more than their wardrobe.

The freckle in my eye might be the second thing. It's the only one I have...freckle, not eye :P
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have an unfortunate soft spot for B-budget action movies & sequels to things that don’t deserve sequels... I love to go out to the movies & summer is definitely my movie season (though I am getting tired of superheroes). I swear I like some good movies too, ‘80s comedies, Woody Allen flicks, stuff like that.

I’m a bit behind the times on TV, but I’m into West Wing, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men (and other old shows that I’m still catching up with on Netflix), Japanese cooking shows are my guilty pleasure (Dotch, Iron Chef, etc.), Rachel Maddow & Bill Maher (don’t judge my liberalism), etc. Walking the city was made for podcasts, and the Slate Gabfests (Culture and Political), NPR shows, This American Life, etc. are some of my favorites.

I’m not so into the word “foodie,” but I do love to eat great food and share a great meal. 8 of my 10 best meals have come from stands on the side of the road (and usually not from the States), but I also enjoy something fancier with the right atmosphere & the right person. My love for meat makes me inherently skeptical of vegetarians, but it’s far from a deal-breaker.
The six things I could never do without
1. Old books & eyes to read them
2. A conversation to get lost in
3. My chromed-out kitchen equipment
4. Pork
5. Clay between my fingers (but not all the time!)
6. My passport & an open visa slot
I spend a lot of time thinking about
why so many people on here have taco in their names...and where i can get a delicious taco
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been told I have a "lost-in-her-words face" that only comes out when i'm listening to beautiful & interesting women. Also, I'm incapable of eating and holding a conversation at the same time, so if I'm into you, you'll know by the look on my face & how much food is left on my plate :P