Researching the history of various baked goods; obsessively searching for cracks in the sidewalk that look like food; taking pictures of skyscrapers; eating my favorite three foods: cake, burgers, and brussels sprouts (no, really).
For myself--painting and small scale sculpting. To look at (others' work): textiles, crochet, knitting and costume design.
The Splendid Table, KCRW's Good Food, The Moth Podcast, This American Life, How Stuff Works Podcasts, Only in New York podcast
First thing I can ever remember making is a portrait of my family in which we were all our favorite foods. Such sweet (and savory!) memories!
I love making fake cupcakes (one of my tutorial items); I also LOVE making trompe l'oeil food -- that is, food that is made to look like other things. My favorite thing in particular is to make foods that look like other foods--ie, cakes that look like a steak, cupcakes that look like burgers, etc.
Check out more from Jessie on her blog Cakespy!