I’m a big believer in favorites.  Below are some random lists and links to some of my favorite things.  This is a work in progress. You can never have too many favorites.

Favorite Cereals

Life - A classic. Julie likes it.

Smurfberry Crunch (defunct) - I remember this as being wonderfully sweet and pretty.

Cookie Crisp - It's like eating cookies for breakfast!

Favorite Candies 

Swedish Fish - The best gummy candy around. My only question is: why are they made in Canada?

Peanut M&Ms - Such a perfect blend of taste and texture.

Candy corn – Traditional Halloween flavored, as well the Valentine and Easter varieties.  If they made Fourth of July candy corn, I’d probably eat that, too. 

Favorite Chips

Doritos – The regular kind, not Cool Ranch.  Cool Ranch give you the worst possible breath EVER (although not the reason I don’t like them as much as regular).

Favorite Foods

Cheese Pizza - Depending on my mood, I favor different styles of pizza.  Lou Malnati’s is my fave of the Chicago places, but I’ll pretty much eat any kind of thin crust.  Just cheese, please, although I will tolerate green pepper, spinach, or the occasional pineapple.  

Broccoli Spinach Casserole – A Halpern Family classic.  I could eat bowls of it.  But I shouldn’t because it results in major gas. 

Corn – Mmmmm.  I don’t eat enough corn.  I like it on the cob, creamed, loose (Is that what you’d call it?  You know, just out of the can).

Cake – How could I forget cake? I know it's not cool, but I prefer yellow or white to chocolate. But I'll eat that, too.

Favorite TV Shows

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I love Buffy Summers with all of my heart.  She is the bravest, most beautiful, most resourceful vampire slayer ever.  Creepy?  I think not.

Battlestar Galactica - Sometimes I painfully miss these characters. I bought the fancy blu-ray box set. If I had all the time in the world, this would be the first show I rewatch (again).

Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High - Read my essay (not like an essay for school, but something I wrote for the website) about my history with Degrassi. 

Beverly Hills 90210 - I was the same age as the characters on 90210 until they had them repeat their junior year.  While not as classy and realistic as Degrassi, and while pretty inconsistent, I am still devoted.  Keep ‘em comin’ on DVD!

Freaks and Geeks - I have now watched the entire series three times, so I can safely say it is officially a favorite.

Supernatural - My friend described this as "Buffy's stupid younger brothers." I started watching it while I was pregnant with my son. His name is Dean. For fans of the show, you know why.

Runners up:

The Adventures of Pete and Pete
(I was an intern on this show, so I don't think I can technically count it as a favorite)

Northern Exposure


The Monkees

Favorite Games 

Trivial Pursuit 


Dungeons & Dragons  



War (the card game) 

Rat-a-Tat Cat 

The Sims (any and all) 

Favorite Books

I chose books that I love, will always love, and have read multiple times.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel

The Tomorrow series by John Marsden 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina 

My Perfect Life by Lynda Barry

Favorite Movies
(don't judge me by my tacky taste)

Sixteen Candles

National Lampoon's European Vacation


The Neverending Story

Basketcase 1, 2 and 3

Dead Alive

Best in Show

Revenge of the Nerds

Grease 2

True Stories

Before Sunrise/Before Sunset

and many more!

copyright 2015 Julie Halpern