I Study T-shirts by Gary S. Smolker

“The Man Who Grasps Principles Can Successfully Select His Own Methods” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gary Smolker, Cultural Anthropologist

I am a cultural anthropologist.

Below are copies of two photographs I posted on Instagram @garyspassion in the past two weeks and an edited summary of the comments I made in each post.

Q. As a cultural anthropologist what do I do?

A. I study people, especially the state of mind of people.

I study how their state of mind is reflected in their actions.

I am fascinated by how the sate of mind of a person is influenced by the culture that person comes from.

I am intrigued by the fact (my theory) that a person’s state of mind is reflected in t-shirts that person wears. Often people wear t-shirts which say things the person wearing it would never say out loud.

Q.  How and where do I go to get information – where do I do my field research?

A. Everywhere I go, I keep my eyes open for interesting things to think about.

For example, on February 7, 2018, I found myself in “Abraham Bagels Cafeteria”, in Encino, California, for the first time. While there, I ate a bagel lox and cream cheese sandwich.

I told the owner of the store, that his bagels were the best bagels I had ever tasted. He told me that his bagels are out of this world.

That inspired me to create a post, on Instagram @garyspassion, which I posted on February 7, 2018.

At the time I had a couple of outer-space pictures that had been sent to me in connection with a lecture I was going to attend on Friday night, Friday 9, 2018, about the existence of liquid water in our solar system.

In my post on Instagram I combined one of those pictures with various comments, including the comment that Abraham Bagels Cafeteria has the best bagels in the universe

See two photos below.

By the way, what do you know about water and oceans on planets and moons in our solar system?
Quoting from the flyer I received advertising the lecture I went to on Friday night, February 9, 2018:
You’ve heard about the discovery of liquid water on Mars.  But did you know that Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn, has geysers that spout liquid water into space contributing to the formation of one of Saturn’s rings?
Getting back to our story: I posted the top picture above on Instagram @garyspassion on February 7, 2018 with comments.  Below is a reworked summary of what I wrote/posted in that post:
Imagine you live here and you order a bagel from Abraham Bagel Cafeteria in Encino, California.  Abraham Bagel Cafeteria’s bagels are the best in the universe and beyond. ADVICE: Use evidence and rational decision-making to achieve the best results, the most good.  Appreciate the value of thinking consequentially.  People move to Los Angeles for the weather and the bagels.  The temperature here in Los Angeles at this moment (at noon) is 80 degrees.

For details see Instagram @garyspassion post posted on February 9, 2018.

People from out of the country who read my posts on Instagram @garyspassion might come away with the idea that Los Angeles is the land of bagels and tacos.

Below is a picture I took of a woman standing in line behind me at the Bank of America branch on Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks, California.

I posted that photograph with comments on Instagram @garyspassion on January 30, 2018.

Below is a reworked summary of what I wrote/posted on that post.

In Los Angeles, California, Tuesday is called “Tacos Tuesday” because on Tuesdays Mexican Restaurants have special promotions.  For example, my favorite local Mexican Restaurant charges $2 per taco and $2 per beer on Tuesdays. The above photo was taken by me today (January 30, 2018) of a woman standing in line behind me at the Bank of America bank branch on Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks, California. I study and follow how modern day culture is depicted on t-shirts.  I believe what is depicted/shown/expressed/communicated on t-shirts symbolically represents and celebrates on-going current day external influences in society and is a reflection of the pressures of social, economic, and political tensions and circumstances.  QUESTION: Is fashion modern or the tool of towering taste makers and indelible personalities?  Oftentimes t-shirts explore moral dilemmas and spiritual torment with unabashed painful honesty.

For details see Instagram @garyspassion post posted on January 30, 2018.

I have a lot of fun studying what is written on t-shirts.

For details see Instagram @garyspassion post posted on July 22, 2017.

For details see Instagram @garyspassion post posted on July 13, 2017.

I have a lot of fun doing field research.

Below are photos of a few more t-shirts I have studied.

Copyright © 2018 by Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved

 

Profound Performance by Gary S. Smolker

“The Man Who Grasps Principles Can Successfully Select His Own Methods” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gary Smolker, Cultural Anthropologist

I am a cultural anthropologist.

Below is a copy of photographs I posted on Instagram @garyspassion, in the past two weeks, and an edited summary of the comments I made in each post.

Q: As a cultural anthropologist what do I do?

A:  I study the state of mind of people.

I study how their state of mind is reflected in their actions.

It is my belief that the actions of people in a society define the state of culture in that society.

I am fascinated by how the state of mind of a person is influenced by the culture that person comes from.

I am also fascinated by the fact that a person’s state of mind is reflected in the t-shirts they wear, and sometimes they wear t-shirts that say things they would never say out loud.

I am intrigued by the way things people do and the actions they take reflect what is going on in society.

Q: How and where do I get information?

A: As a cultural anthropologist, I interview people on the street, complete strangers, who I don’t know, who look interesting to me.

For example, yesterday morning (Friday, February 9, 2018), I met two people (43 year old Dave and 23 year old Emmy), who looked so interesting to me that I asked them if I may interview them, take photographs of them, then post pictures I took of them and my comments about them, on Instagram and on my “Idea Exchange Blog.”

They said yes, and gave me permission to post their photographs, etc.

I then took their photographs.

I showed them the photographs I had taken of them.

They approved the photographs I had taken.

Then I interviewed them.

Q1: How did I meet Dave and Emmy?

Q2: Where did I meet them?

A1: Dave and Emmy sat down at the same table I was sitting at in a Starbucks.  I was drinking a cup of coffee when they sat down at the table I was sitting at.  That is how I met Dave and Emmy.

A2: That Starbucks is located on Van Nuys Blvd., in Sherman Oaks, California.

I told Dave and Emmy that I am a cultural anthropologist.

I told Dave and Emmy I would like to interview them because they smile a lot and they have exceptionally attractive smiles.

I showed showed Dave and Emmy a series of photographs I had taken (as a cultural anthropologist), the previous morning (in the very same Starbucks), of a young attractive woman who was sitting at a table reading a book.

Below is a photograph of the woman I met the day before.

Below is a photograph of the cover of the book she was reading.

Getting on with our story: Below is a picture [photographs I took] of Dave and Emmy.

Dave and Emmy

 

 

After I interviewed Dave and Emmy,  I then posted the picture shown below with my comments on Instagram @garyspassion.

 

For details see Instagram @garyspassion post on February 9, 2018

Below is a reworked summary of what I wrote/posted in that post:

Emmy and Dave (the woman and man in the photo above) have an interesting personal life story, which they told me this morning.  In my interview with them I discussed the following: Often all that stands between you and what you want want is a better set of questions and/or a smile.  If you want uncommon clarity and results, ask uncommonly clear questions and project positive energy. SMILE. If you want to build (or foster) a world class network, you need to interact in a way that earns it. PERSONAL: I was attracted to Emmy and Dave by their great smiles. Their smiles lulled me, relaxed me, charmed me and pulled me towards them. While talking to them I discovered: (1) They are both charming. (2) They are both great story tellers. (3) They have lived extremely interesting lives. Dave told me about his business.  Dave provides “hot” (attractive) bar tenders to people who are having a party and to organizations that are having an event. Emmy told me about the customs practiced by an 84 year old woman. When she (the 84 year old woman) was a young beauty in Hong Kong she would require any man who wanted to take her out on a date to first take her to a jewelry store and buy her jewelry. [By the way, I have been told by a multitude of young women: that custom is prevalent among groups of men and women they know in Los Angeles.] Emmy added that Emmy does not want to live in a gilded cage, Emmy wants to pay her own way, to earn her own money, to be able buy herself her own airplane, etc. etc.  rather than have a man buy her jewelry before they go on a date.  Emmy is 23 years old. [ASIDE: I often see this independent streak in action when I am with beautiful women in Los Angeles.] ACTION IMPLICATION POINTER: Don’t worry about your flaws.  Humans are imperfect. Worry about your character, ambitions and principles. You are the author of your own life.  The most effective people look at their life’s journey as 25% finding themselves and 75% creating themselves. You can write your own story.  Do it and don’t forget to smile.  Smiling projects positive energy.  Positive energy is contagious.  Don’t let anyone take your happiness away.  It is yours, keep it.

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Below are more photos of the woman I photographed  – the day before – reading her book, a book titled “The Gifts of Imperfection.”

Talk Less, Eat More Ice Cream

On January 29, 2018, a little more than a week ago, what I saw written on truck caught my fancy.

I couldn’t resist taking a photograph of that truck.

Below is the photo I took of that truck.

The sign on that truck inspired me to post my photo of that truck with comments on Instagram @garyspassion.

For details see Instagram @garyspassion post on January 29, 2018

Below is a reworked summary of what I posted in that post.

BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF.  Note to single women: Life is to be enjoyed. Be a connoisseur.  Don’t think all ecstasies are the same.  You have good taste.  Each man you come in contact with my appear to be a delight.  Taste with caution.  Hook-up with a a man who comes with all working parts fully assembled.  You can’t fix the world and you certainly will be unable to fix a needy man with low self-esteem who lacks self-confidence.  NOT TO SINGLE MEN: The same rules apply: Be a connoisseur.  Each woman you come in contact with may appear to be a delight.  Taste with caution. Testosterone is not your friend.  Beware of Beautiful Sexy needly women.  Beware of women adulterated with fear.  Beware of women who need to do something/anything quickly. ADVICE: Your world is what you make it and what you create with it.  Make the best use of your time by being the best version of yourself all the time. Be positive.  Stay away from fatalistic people, fatalism, negativity and negative people.  Above all, the quality of your relationships will determine the the quality of your life.

Copyright © 2018 by Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Tenderness Is the Secret Sauce – by Gary Smolker

“The Shape of Water”

I love the theme of the movie “The Shape of Water”, tenderness.

It is a great movie about convictions.

In this movie people with strong convictions go where their convictions take them.

On top of that, “Shape of Water ” is a life affirming deep love story about the preciousness of life and love.

The love story at the heart of this movie develops slowly then flows smoothly from scene to scene, keeps the viewer in suspense and keeps viewer’s attention at all times.

This film is a cinematically perfect presentation of the actions of a variety of characters telling a story seamlessly through their actions and interactions –  whoever wrote the script is a genius, whoever made this movie is also a genius (probably the director) because the actions of a variety of characters, each one of whom is a well defined character type, are weaved together flawlessly.

In “The Shape of Water” the viewer is shown what love is and how love is (and can be) expressed and felt in real life situations and conditions which sometimes are desperate, painful, challenging, and often awkward.

Throughout the movie, each character remains focused – doing what he or she believes is the right thing to do – while beset by extreme problems which seem unsolvable.

This is a well made movie and an entertaining movie.  It oozes with greatness.  It is an example of what a great movie is.

I identified with each of the characters in the movie and I always wanted to know what they were going to do next.

While watching this movie, I was thrilled by how the people/characters in the movie time after time rose to deal with the situations in which they found themselves.

Summary

This movie is a film that tells a story about passionately motivated conscientious people who interact with each other, in one life and/or death adventure after another, who experience – in their own minds – the kind of happiness that comes from doing what they are convinced they should do.

The screenwriter, the actors and actresses, the director and the producer of this movie have shared their enormous talent with the world by their joint efforts making this movie.

Good Friends

I saw “The Shape of Water” with good company.

My Friend Bob

I saw this movie with my good friend Bob, in the media center at my friend Bob’s house.

Bob is an open-minded critical-thinking conscientious extroverted agreeable individual, who is not in the least bit neurotic, who seems to always have an intuitive knowledge of what the right next step is.

Below is a picture of my friend Bob with SiSi.

Aren’t the two of them a perfect picture of contentment?

Instagram Post

I predict members of the cast, the screenwriter, the director, and the producer of “The Shape of Water” will be nominated for an Academy Award.

Immediately after watching “The Shape of Water”  I posted a movie review on Instagram @garyspassion.

Below is a copy what I wrote in my movie review of “The Shape of Water” on Instagram @garyspassion:

“I saw ‘The Shape of Water’ tonight in my friend’s Bob’s Media Room. ‘The Shape of Water’ is a love story about TENDERNESS.  A man and a woman in each interaction treat each other tenderly.  This leads to them becoming addicted to each other, fully protective of one another, and loyal to each other.  It is a beautiful movie. #Gary #Smolker #MovieAddict “BookAddict “AdrenalineJunkie, #Adventurer #Traveler #Technocrat #poet #Warrior-distrupter #financier #RiskTaker. ADVICE: Be true to yourself: Build the kind of world you want to inhabit, do what you love being, and be what you love doing.#Passion is everything.  Photo of my friend Bob sharing tenderness and contentment with SISI – a Parisian world-wise woman of the world.”

In my Instagram post I included a copy of the photograph above, of Bob and SiSi.

I Am A Movie Addict, A Book Addict and A Story Teller

I am a movie addict.

Tonight I am going to a private screening of “The Darkest Hour” at Bob’s home.

I am also a book addict.  At all times I am reading four or five books at a time.

Currently I am reading:

  1. “Tribe of Mentors” by Timothy Ferris
  2. “An Appetite for Wonder” by Richard Dawkins
  3. “Merchant Soldier Sage” by David Priestland
  4. “S*P*Q*R” by Mary Beard, and
  5. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

I am also a writer and a story teller.

At the moment I am writing an Appellant’s Opening Brief which is due on January 25, 2018.

I wrote this movie review on an hour break from writing that Appellant’s Opening Brief.

The complaint in that case was filed in 1997.

MY THOUGHT FOR TODAY: In order to ‘have’ you must ‘do’, and in order to ‘do’ you must ‘be.’

Each of the characters in “The Shape of Water” knew who they were, knew what they must do in order to get what they wanted, and did it.

Copyright © 2018 by Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved

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Red, White and Green Dinner Plate – by Gary Smolker

Red White and Green are the colors of the Italian flag.

Below are photographs of the Red White and Green Dinner Plate.

In the foreground of one photo you are looking at a dab of red Marsala Sauce and a dab of Green Pesto placed on a slice of White Mozzarella Cheese, in the background you are looking at Farro covered with green pesto and miscellaneous slices of mozzarella cheese and various sliced/cut tiny slices of tomato.

Also, I photographed the bag the Farro came in.

Farro is an ancient grain of the Mediterranean.

Farro was a mainstay in ancient Rome.

 

 

Two responsive descriptions I received after sharing the above photographs:

  1. This dish is light digestible and super delicious.
  2. So delicious love the ingredients.  I did not know about Farro before.  I’m going to going to forward this onto my daughters Laure and Morgan who love good food like this and enjoy cooking and preparing the this type of nutritious yummy food like you’ve thoughtfully shared. Thanks. Sounds so yummy.

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Sunday Morning Bachelor Breakfast – by Gary Smolker

Sunday Morning, October 29, 2017

 

Breakfast Pie

The pie pictured below is not a quiche.

It is not an omelette.

It is a savory cake made with eggs spinach and yummy top secret ingredients.

I found it on my kitchen counter when I woke up this morning.

It can be eaten as a breakfast or as an appetizer.

It can be cut up in various shapes and eaten straight up or on bread.

  

Pesto with Two Slices of Bread

  

Chef AninA

My yummy breakfast (pictured) above was prepared by my Italian chef Chef AninA.

Chef AninA, life many serious chefs, has secret recipes which she doesn’t disclose.

Last Night

Chocolate Cold Brew Coffee Candy Bar

I had a delightful fun date last night.

The high point of my date last night was discovering the Candy Bar at Trader’s Joe’s pictured below.

My date and I went out to dinner, then we went to Target to return something, then went to buy foodstuff at Trader’s Joe’s.

I discovered the candy bar show above while in the checkout line at Trader Joe’s last night.

While in Target and while in Trader Joe’s I saw many beautiful bouquets of fresh cut flowers.

Below are photographs of some of them.

Flowers

I love looking at fresh cut flowers on sale at grocery stores.

After we had dinner, my date and I went to to Target and to Trader Joe’s to do some chores.  While she was doing those chores I looked at bouquets of fresh cut flowers on sale at Target and at Trader Joe’s.

Fresh Cut Flowers for Sale at Trader Joe’s

  

Fresh Cut Flowers for Sale at Target

  

Last night I discovered Target and Trader Joe’s sell fresh cut flowers.

The photos directly above are photograph of three bouquets of  beautiful fresh cut flowers which I saw were for sale at Target last night.

The three photographs above those three are photographs of beautiful bouquets of fresh cut flowers I saw on sale at Trader Joe’s.

Bachelors

What was going on in your kitchen while you napped on Sunday afternoon?

While I was napping Sunday afternoon, Chef AninA made two different kinds of gluten free walnut cookies from scratch in my kitchen.

Below are photographs of Chef AninA’s fresh baked cookies she put in a cookie jar on a counter top in my kitchen while I was napping.

Here is a yummy question: Is the cookie jar on the left half empty or half full?

 

 

 

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IMPECCABLE FOOD – by Gary Smolker

Create the Catalyst Moment that Brings You the Person You Want to Be – Make and Eat Good Food

Below are photographs I took as my dinner was being prepared at home in my kitchen by my Private Italian Chef this evening.

Photos of shrimp being cooked in White Wine Sauce with Parsley and Garlic.

    

Photos of salad — cooked shrimp were placed on top of this salad

  

Photos of shrimp placed on salad.

  

Photos of Asparagus Side Dish

  

Asparagus cooked in water, butter sauce and garlic.

Velvet Soup

A variety of vegetables were pureed to create a smooth velvety soup with no lumps.  Afterwards Feta Cheese was added and stirred in.

Report on Instagram @garyspassion

I post on Instagram @garyspassion.

Below is a photocopy of my post reporting on this meal on Instagram @garyspassion, taken within a few seconds of posting.

  

Food is more than pure art.

Food touches all the senses.

The Italians have a saying that applies to preparing and eating food, “Mettere i puntini sulle i.”

When translated means, “It is important to put all the dots on all the “i”s.

 

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Refinement – by Gary Smolker

THE CONTEMPLATION OF BEAUTY ENHANCES THE SOUL

There is nothing wrong with admiration.

Every meal you eat should be delicious.

Each bite should be so delicious it makes you to stop to savor the taste of what you are chewing.

Eat slowly, very slowly, chew each bite many times before swallowing.

Savor what you are about to read and see what is presented to you solely for your enjoyment, below.

Overview

Knowing brings you knowledge.

Knowledge makes you savor life, makes you savor every moment.

Knowledge is like a diamond.

When it is raw it is beautiful.

When it is cut it is magnificent.

When a diamond is cut it brings in the light.

Refinement is the end result of a quest for knowledge.

Refinement Is About Completion

Below is a description of a complete meal.

A Refined Meal

Thursday night (October 19, 2017) I ate a complete meal.

My complete meal consisted of:

  1. First dish: Soup – velvet zucchini soup.
  2. Second dish: Entree –  lamb, stuffed zucchini, salad
  3. Third dish: Desert – crepes stuffed with honey and walnuts Serbian style and topped with ice cream.

Below are photographs I took while that meal was being prepared.

Velvet Zucchini Soup

Velvet zucchini soup is a soup with no lumps; the zucchini has been pureed.

Below is a photograph of the pureed zucchini (with other ingredients in the pot it was cooked in) which I ate as the first course of my dinner last night.

Below is a photograph of the velvet zucchini soup in a soup bowl after parmesan cheese and pepper added to the zucchini puree shown in the first photograph, the photograph above.

The first course of my dinner last night (the soup pictured above) was absolutely delicious.

Lamb

Below is a sequence of photographs I took as the lamb (I ate for dinner last night) was being prepared.

The lamb was marinated for 12 hours prior to being put in a skillet.

The lamb was sautéd in its own juice, with no oil added.

  

  

Stuffed Zucchini

Below is a photo of the stuffed zucchini (which was baked in tin foil in the oven in my kitchen) just before it was completely taken out of the tin foil in which it had been baked.

The stuffed zucchini was crunchy tasty and yummy.

Salad

Below is a photograph of the salad, I ate last night, on the plate it was put on before the zucchini and lamb chop was placed on the same plate.

This mixed Italian salad has tomatoes, radicchio, crescenza, spinach and arugula.

The Second Course

Below is a photograph of the second course, the entree.

Each component (the lamb, the stuffed zucchini and the salad) of this entree was made from scratch with love.

Dessert

My dessert consisted of a crepe stuffed with honey and walnuts Serbian style.

I put several scoops of McConnell’s Peppermint Stick Ice cream on top of my crepe.

My chef put several scoops of Alden’s Organic Vanilla Bean ice cream on top of her crepe. 

 

Advice

Eat food from all over the world prepared from scratch with love.

Be romantic.

Love life.

Love yourself.

Be refined.

Refinement is elegance.

Be elegant.

Live elegantly.

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Dessert – by Gary Smolker

Eat Well, Live Well

Through a series of random events I now have an Italian Chef creating delicious meals for me, from scratch, in my kitchen, in my apartment.

The photograph above is a photograph of the entree she prepared for my lunch today.

She prepared that entree while I was working at home.

While the shrimp in that entree were cooking on a skillet on the stove in my kitchen, my workspace was filled with the aroma of breaded shrimp cooking in cognac with garlic, parsley and a pinch of salt.

She also prepared a delicious dessert.

  

  

 

YUM.

Yummy things are not created “just like that.”

It takes time to create yummy things.

My chef created the lunch pictured above in 15 to 20 minutes, more or less.

Not all great meals are created/prepared that quickly.

Last night my chef created a dinner for me that she took six hours to prepare.

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Sex Education on Instagram @garyspassion – by Gary Smolker

Sex Education on Instagram @garyspassion

Male and Female Vegetables

Are there male fennels and female fennels?

Were you aware that there are male fennels and female fennels?

If you followed me on Instagram @garyspassion you would know there are male fennels and female fennels.

Cooking Is A Way of Getting In Touch with Yourself

You need to be connected to food.

Your connection to food echoes in all aspects of your life.

Be sure to get your children a “Colossal Carving Kit” if they don’t already have one.

Women Should Go Where They Are Celebrated

Many women over 59 years old lose confidence in themselves, they fear men no longer find them attractive.

That is ridiculous.

The most sexually attractive thing about a woman to a real man is how a woman caries herself.

There is nothing more sexy than a woman of valor, a Sabbath Bride, the Sabbath Bride that Orthodox Jewish Men sing about in their prayers every Friday night.

or whether you have large breasts or small breasts or how you smell is not as important as how you carry yourself as a woman.

WOMEN: Go where you are celebrated, not where you are tolerated. Don’t go where you are only tolerated.  Go where you are celebrated.

Would You Like to Try Something that Is Really Yummy?

Would you like to try something that is supper yummy that will touch all your senses and make you lose your memory?

Taste a spoonful of Vanilla Yogurt with Blue Berries and Raspberries and a spoonful of love.

It really will touch all your senses.

 

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Best – by Gary Smolker

Dinner Party

I went to a dinner party in Beverly Hills Friday night, July 28, 2017.

Seven of us sat around a table in the kitchen, eating dinner and talking to each other.

Dinner was Buffet style – serve yourself.

Shiny Shoes

The hostess wore the shiny shoes shown above.

Painted Ceiling

While going from the driveway to the front door one passes under a painted alcove.

See photos above.

Guests

One of the husband-host’s and wife-hostess’ daughters and the daughter’s husband were guests.

Myself and two other people who are not members of the host and hostess’ family were also guests.

Technology

During a discussion about how the use smart phones to instantly exchange information has changed everybody’s life one of the guests, Kevin, who is an Internationally Famous South Korean florist, told of about a recent experience Kevin had.

While in Manhattan (which is on the East Coast of the United States),  Kevin was invited by the head/chief chef at “Per Se” to come into the kitchen.

Kevin told us about his experience in the kitchen at Per Se.

  • The kitchen at Per Se is immaculately clean, orderly, and organized.
  • All the people working in the kitchen are also immaculately clean, orderly and organized.
  • The work flow is totally organized.
  • A screen on a wall in the Per Se kitchen in Manhattan in real time shows what is going on in the kitchen at the French Laundry.
  • The French Laundry is located on the other side of the United States, on West Coast in Napa Valley.
  • Both Per Se and The French Kitchen restaurants are owned/operated by 5 Michelin Star winner Chef Tom Keller.
  • Kevin was told the kitchen in the French Laundry (located on the West Coast) has a screen which has a continuous feed showing what is going on in the Per Se kitchen in Manhattan.

The Palate and Its Pleasures

    

   

Various dishes (pictured above) were set out on a counter in the kitchen.

Each guest served themselves, buffet style.

It was a delicious meal.

Persian Culture

The host and hostess come from a culture where it is not unusual for an entire day to be spent preparing one dish that will be served at dinner.

Dessert

After everyone finished eating their dinner, dessert was served by placing different dishes on the kitchen table.

Each guest served themselves — buffet style — whatever they wanted to eat for dessert.

   

The Best

The best is achieved by attention to detail.

The dinner described above is a Persian style “home cooked meal.”

The meal I enjoyed for dinner Friday night was cooked with love, craftsmanship, skill and quality control by the hostess.

Her husband is a very lucky man.

It is am grateful to be his friend and her friend and to be their frequent dinner guest.

Luxury

Mere luxury quickly becomes boring.

 

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