I love to cook, I find it relaxing and at times a great way to get to know someone as you share in the preparation of the meal. I never turn my nose up at anything and I am always willing to try new types of food no matter how obscure. I have also been known to mix a Hell of a martini, experiment making new cocktails, I love good wines, micro brews (Abita, Avery, Blue Point, etc.) and scotches but know my limits.
I love to explore, whether it’s here in NYC or anywhere I may be. I have no problem hopping in my Jeep to drive out to the vineyards of eastern Long Island, go on mountain bike journeys on Fire Island visiting each of the towns, hiking in Montauk, explore the Jersey coast or head upstate to the mountains. I love to visit new countries and cities but when I am there I like to visit the local spots, restaurants and shops in addition to the important landmarks.
I am a waterman in every sense of the word. I am always happy when I am at the beach or on the water no matter what the weather may be. I love boating and believe a day on the water is great way to relieve stress and enjoy Mother Nature at her finest. I enjoy fishing, both inshore and far off shore for larger species such as Shark and Tuna. I am addicted to surfing though I wish I had more time in the waves then out of them. When I can’t be in the water you can find me on the beach with my camera in hand capturing all of the action. This year I hope to try stand up paddle boarding to experience the ocean from a new perspective.
I believe pets are important and look forward to having another one soon. I grew up with cats though I would love to own a dog in the near future.
I am looking to find someone who is willing to not only get to know me but also my interests as I would like to learn and share in theirs. My ideal is someone who is smart, open minded, caring and thoughtful. Someone who remembers the little things but can focus on the big picture, who can go from beach to formal wear within an afternoon and feel as comfortable in both. A person who is looking for a partnership to enjoy all things that life has to offer and what we can offer each other. A person who can make my legs go cold when they are around and warm my heart.
With books I enjoy historical non-fiction like Under the Old Hotel, surf stories like Captain Zero, the imagination of authors like Michael Crichton, stories about the world around us like the Mole People of New York, but one of my all-time favorites is the Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.
When it comes to movies I am not afraid to admit that if When Harry Met Sally is on I will not turn the channel but at the same time the same thing goes for movies like Goodfellas, Ocean’s Eleven, Billy Madison, Knocked Up and Happy Gilmore though to this day one of my top 5 favorites is The Natural with Robert Redford.
As far as shows go I love the classics like Seinfeld and Friends though it kills me to call them “classic”. I love most of the shows HBO has ever aired like The Sopranos, Big Love, Curb Your Enthusiasm and I am starting to explore the Boardwalk Empire series. I enjoy The Walking Dead, Happy Endings, LOST, Scrubs and The Office. I can be sucked into the Food Network and HGTV for hours coming away with the energy to not only cook a great meal but redesign the kitchen at the same time.
Music I lean toward smaller bands like G Love and Special Sauce and the Beautiful Girls. I love Ska bands like Sublime, The Grandsons, Pietasters and The Skafflaws. When it comes to my Reggae I like grass roots style, classic all the way like Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear and The Skatalities. I enjoy music venues like the Central Park Summer Stage and Escape from New York but I also enjoy a good local bar band with a pint in hand.
There isn’t a cuisine that I won’t try or turn away from, I have eaten rattlesnakes and gator steaks down south and I have enjoyed cricket tacos on the upper west side. I love anything in the category of seafood especially at places like Lure or Esca. Sushi is one of my favorite meals and on occasion I have attempted to create my own rolls at home though somehow I always end up covered in more rice then the fish. I love a good steak wine combo at Quality Meats or beer-n-burger meal at 5 Napkin. I try to eat at places off the beaten path like the Ear Inn or The Bridge Café.
Laughter; I love to play jokes, make people smile, laugh at myself or do my best to make others laugh when they need it most.
Family; I am so fortunate to have my brother and sister counted among my best friends. The romance and love my parents shared until my Mom’s passing has served as guide for what I am looking for in my relationships. My family taught me so much and I am so very fortunate to have them in my life.
My Friends; my second family which seems to grow every year with the addition of wives, children, and new friends. A lot can be said about the people you surround yourself with, this group speaks in volumes.
The ocean; my playground, therapist, teacher, trainer, model and friend, it can sometimes be scary but it’s always exciting.
Adventure; whether I am exploring a new city or my own backyard, trying new foods, creating a romantic getaway or challenging myself in a new environment, I love the thrill of trying new things with an open mind and my eyes wide open.