Also, I'm on the board of a large animal shelter/welfare organization in Cairo, and have founded a charitable organization in the US to support that work in Egypt.
I tend towards independent and foreign films. I missed the Chicago International Film Festival this year, but next year I might just try to watch every film. Man of Iron and Man of Steel are two old favorites from Poland. Current comfort films for me are Train Station for Two (a Soviet-era romantic comedy) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (if that doesn't put you in a good mood, nothing will). Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears; Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days. I want to see more Spanish-language movies. I tend to like British television: Coupling, Downton Abbey.
The Chicago Diner, Native Foods, Mexican/Tex-Mex (I grew up in Texas and ate it pretty much everyday, so a black bean burrito for me is confort food), just about anything Asian (north, south, east, or west, such as Indian, Thai, Chinese, Malay/Indonesian), Ras Dashen (no other Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago comes close), sweet potato fries. I will try anything--just not meat. That's just my preference, but it doesn't have to be yours.
Books, movies, music (seems fair to put it all under one heading)
Laptop and blackberry (likewise)
My dog Lola (although she is emphatically not a thing)