Books: The Handmaid's Tale, The Giver, Lake Wobegon Days, The Professor and the Madman, The Metamorphasis, The Stranger, Ishmael, Steppenwolf, All Families Are Psychotic, Generation X, 1984, George Bush - Dark Prince of Love, etc. Many of my favorites have been friends' suggestions.
Movies: Donnie Darko, Before Sunrise, The Empire Strikes Back, The Princess Bride, Angels in America, most Woody Allen and Christopher Guest films, etc.
Music: I'm all over the place here. I love 80's and 90's alternative music - by far my favorite genre. I also love jazz and international music. Love Bossa Nova. American folk and bluegrass. I love old 70's songs from my youth as well as (I must guiltily admit) a handful of songs from artists like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Food: I love ethnic food of all kinds! I love trying - and making - new dishes with interesting spices. I think Indian and Thai are my favorites but I also like Mexican, Greek, Chinese, Pizza Luce, etc. I tend to prefer quirky and divey places to super nice restaurants. But I can usually find something anywhere I go.
As far as bars go - I prefer the many tap rooms or places like the Happy Gnome or Sweeney's in St Paul. I like Psycho Suzi's in Minneapolis. Really like places that are unique, quirky and preferably low-key.
Sense of humor
Sense of curiosity