A little more insight into the things I love and enjoy.
Drinks: I’m not much of a drinker these days, although I am often tempted with a good Negroni. Also partial to Champagne or an interesting sounding cocktail that intrigues me, anything with lychee or elderflower. Also a big tea drinker, I love the ritual of making hot drinks.
Food: Vietnamese, Thai, Lebanese, French, Turkish, Chinese, Indian, Etheopian, Japanese, Italian, pretty much everything, I can’t think of any cuisine I dislike. Fine dining is a nice indulgence, but I am really most interested in how the food tastes, and not keen on stuffy service. I really enjoy food, and also love to cook and bake, especially sourdough. Favourite restaurants: Kiln, Xi'an Expression, Hoppers, Som Saa, Morito, Pidgin, Lyles, Mildreds. For something more lavish: St. John, Sketch, Clove Club, The Ledbury.
Turn-ons: KISSING! Anticipation; soft, gentle, drawn out touching, mindful sensuality, intimacy and connection… most of the time I like to experiment and explore and I certainly have done this with regards to my sexuality, but in doing so I discovered that the vitally important qualities needed when I engage in sexual experiences of any kind are intimacy and connection, which requires trust and open, honest communication. For me that is what keeps things fresh and exciting. This is where my interest in Tantra developed as I found it helped develop my experience of sex from being just a way to achieve a quick, empty release into something more fulfilling that can always be developed further. So I do like to indulge myself with variety now and again, but if you took those qualities away I think I find that eventually even the most debauched activities start to feel dull and hollow.
Destination: I’m a big fan of city breaks, I love wandering around exploring, enjoying the architecture, stopping to eat and people watching. My favourite cities are Melbourne, Barcelona, NYC, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Bangkok (and of course London!)
Perfume: Recently I have started to become a bit of a perfume enthusiast and my collection is ever expanding. Favourites are from Byredo (Black Saffron), Diptyque (Vetyverio & Fleur de Peau), Tom Ford (Santal Blush & my current fave White Suede) and Le Labo (Ambrette 9).
Art: Amrita Sher-gil, Lisa Brice, Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Marlene Dumas, Francis Bacon, Philip Gustan, Alexsandra Waliszewska, David Shrigley, Robert Crumb, Egon Schiele, Martin Parr, Ren Hang, Bruce Gilden, Nan Goldin, Noboyoshi Araki (or as someone commented recently, “All the perverted stuff.”)
Writers: I just realised I mostly read non-fiction these days, not sure when that happened! Authors of some of my favourite books are: Vladimir Nabokov, Milan Kundera, Oscar Wilde, Oliver Sacks, Sylvia Plath, Iain M. Banks, Alan Bennett, Emily Bronte, Roddy Doyle, Donna Tartt & Cormac McCarthy.
Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi, Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke, Nicole Holofcener, David Lynch, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Alexandro Jodorowsky, Asghar Farhadi, Paul Thomas Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki, Celine Sciamma, Wes Anderson, Agnes Varda, The Coen Brothers, Terry Zwigoff.
TV: I don’t seem to have time for TV these days, especially as they often release it all at once now and I am a terrible binger, so I try and avoid exposing myself when possible, lest I (inevitably) fall in and lose a few days/weeks and my schedule goes to pot. I loved The Wire (my favourite), The Sopranos, Louie, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, The Thick of It and anything to do with Chris Morris.
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, fine and not so fine dining, learning new things, Psychology, Anthropology, Neurology, new places, Kundalini, fermenting, films, photography, hiking and long, aimless walks, I like exploring, whether it is with my brain or my body, I try to stay curious.