Real Beauty – by Gary Smolker

Sunday Morning, March 12, 2017

Sunday morning I went to Noah’s Bagel (on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, California)  to get a cup of coffee.

After getting my cup of coffee I sat at a big table.

Soon after I sat down a little girl and her young brother sat down at the same table with their grandmother.

The little girl ran away, disappeared for a moment.

Then she came back a few minutes later with a bottle of chocolate milk for herself and a bottle of chocolate milk for her little brother.

She was so cute I couldn’t resist taking a picture of her.  See picture below.

I recommend Noah’s Bagel on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks as a delightful place to meet families with children.

What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful?

The little girl in the photo above is self-confident and comfortable with herself.

I think that is what real beauty is.

Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2017

Sunday afternoon I went to Fina Estampa (on Winnetka Avenue in Chatsworth, California) to get a bowl of soup.

The soup smelled so good and looked so delicious I took a picture of it and asked a waitress to take a picture of me eating it.  See collage below.

The name of the soup is Parihuela.

Parihuela consists of an array of seafood simmered in a flavorful soup including fish, shrimp, squid, & crab legs.

Smell the cilantro.

I recommend Fina Estampa as a perfect place to sample a variety of authentic Peruvian cuisine.

Not only is the food good, the service staff is friendly, helpful and pleasantly outgoing.

Beauty Everywhere

I am surrounded by beauty everywhere I go.

I discovered Fina Estampa on Wednesday (March 8, 2017) when I met my daughter Leah at a restaurant next door to Fina Estampa.

The next day (Thursday, March 9, 2017), I enjoyed eating and drinking the most wonderful milkshake I have ever eaten or seen.

When I stopped at Le Mervetty (on Cannon Drive in Beverly Hills, California) to meet my lady friend Alanna,  Alanna insisted that I try an Oreo Milkshake.

The master-pastry-chef-owner insisted that it be her treat.

See photos below.

First photo is a collage of three photos showing the milkshake before I ate it, me eating the meringue that came with the milkshake, and showing the frosted glass the milkshake came in after I finished eating and drinking the milkshake.

That is chocolate you see on the edge of the frosted mug the milkshake is served in.

When you are done eating/drinking the milkshake you can eat the chocolate that remains on the outside of the frosted mug is is served in.

Below is a close-up photo of the milkshake.

This milkshake is called an Oreo milkshake.

You are looking at Oreo cookies on the outside of the mug and Oreo crumbles on top of the whipped cream.

“Inside” the milkshake mug is ice cream and chocolate covered coffee beans.

I recommend Le Mervetty as a place to give your sweet tooth the perfect gastronomical treat.

Everything at Le Mervetty is high quality but not stuffy.

The staff is not stuffy.  You can practice your French with them, if you care to do so.

The confections at Le Mervetty are lavish and creative.

Thank Heavens for Little Girls

Life is about being comfortable in your own skin.

Little girls remind me of that.

Thank heavens for little girls.

Every girl, woman and lady in my life is beautiful.

Thank heavens for that blessing.


Copyright © 2017 by Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved







About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail

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