Music: Ray Lamontagne, Pat Metheny, Neil Young, The Band, Led Zeppelin, Yarn, My Morning Jacket, Son Volt, Paula Cole, Christian McBride, Julian Lage, Antonio Sanchez (on drums)...more to follow.
Books/Magazines: The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson), The Corrections (Franzen), Remains of the Day (Ishiguro), The Help (Kathryn Stockett), Ecological Imperialism (Alfred Crosby), Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan), A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy O'Toole), anything by Steinbeck, Mordechai Richler, Milan Kundera, etc. etc.
Movies: anything by the Coen bros., Remains of the Day...many more to follow.
Food: Pizza, Thai, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Cuban, my world famous burgers and pasta, good chicken wings (e.g. at Commercial Taphouse in RIC), etc. etc.