Originally from the East coast, I attended a couple of schools in the NYC area--I used to think NYC was the center of the universe, but it wasn’t until I moved here in 2007 that I realized how wrong I was!
Between NY and SF, I lived in Philly, Hong Kong, and beautiful Seattle. Besides spending time in Napa and Sonoma, I love traveling to new places—Moscow/St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Shanghai, Bali, Santorini, Havana, Bangkok, and Sydney are some of my favorites. Love skiing, too--Tahoe, Park City/Deer Valley, Aspen, and Whistler.
My family and friends say I can find humor in almost any situation and, while I make light of everything and come across as pretty laid-back, I'm deeply driven.
I stay fit and healthy by running and cycling. I've done the NYC and St. Petersburg marathons (and half-marathons in-between) and completed a few bike centuries (Sequoia, Sea Otter, and Marin). I enjoy skiing and snowboarding, too (I do it just for the après-ski drinks!)--17 days last season! ;).
I'm also trying to be the best parent I can be for my amazing 15yo daughter and 11yo son. I'm on very good terms with my ex, so I'm not looking for a mother for them, and have other people to help as well.
Went to The Playa in 2015--amazing experience and can't wait until the next time!
Listen: I pretty much love all music but country and hard rap. I grew up listening to classic rock, but lately it’s been more Coldplay, Phantogram, Maroon 5, Keane, Killers, Silversun Pickups, Train, Passion Pit, The Script, Capital Cities, Two Door Cinema Club, Metric, etc. Even more recently, Kanye, Jay Z, Diddy Dirty Money...still love jazz (seen Wynton Marsalis at the Blue Note, Pat Metheny at RCMH, Herbie Hancock at SF Jazz) and classical like Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (seen Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter). I love going to concerts--this year, I've seen Metric, The Cure, Sting/Peter Gabriel, Coldplay, and The Killers (in Vegas twice), with several others to come!
Watch: Modern Family, Top Chef, Last Week Tonight, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and House of Cards. I love standup comedy--from classics like George Carlin, Robin Williams, and Seinfeld to Ali Wong, Chris Rock, Demetri Martin, Chappelle, Louis CK, and Russell Peters. TED talks. I love movies from Sci-fi to contemporary classics (Glengarry Glen Ross, Usual Suspects) to documentaries (e.g., The End of Poverty? Food, Inc.)...some recent faves include Ex Machina, Her.
Eat: I love almost all cuisines, but my default is any Asian (I have dim sum almost every weekend!). I really love trying new restaurants whether Michelin-starred or the local hole-in-the-wall. And I'm not afraid of the exotic/gamier stuff either--bring it on!
Drink: Yes, it's a separate category! An exceptional wine can enhance the flavors of a good dish, but should be able to impress on its standalone merits, while bringing forth great conversation and laughs! Love Cali's Cult Cabs, but personal faves are Grenache, Cab Franc, and Zin (all three are incredibly hard to do well--lots of producers out there, but most are producing plonk).
Other favorites: Architect: Gaudi; Modern architect: tie btwn Backen, Gillam, Kroeger (exclusive Napa wineries) and Heah and Co. (majestic Asian luxury resorts). Artist utilizing glass: Chihuli.
. Doing meaningful work
. iPhone/iTunes/iBooks/The Interwebs
. Pair of comfortable running shoes
. Wine cellar
. An extraordinary partner