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Snow falling in Cappadocia, Turkey

January 09, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Places, Traveling 3 Comments →

Writing Shit About New Snow
by Kobayashi Issa

Writing shit about new snow
for the rich
is not art.

Translated by Robert Hass

Despite the name there is nothing sinister about the Byzantine church carved into the soft rock. The church is called that because it’s not exposed to direct light, sparing the frescoes from serious damage.

I was wearing four layers of clothes and an overcoat. This cat was taking a stroll in the snow. He accepted some cheese and cold cuts, and a hug.

An interview on cat food with Saffy and Drogon

December 13, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Sponsored 2 Comments →


My feline housemates granted an interview to the distributors of their favorite kibble, Taste of the Wild.

Hi Saffy, Drogon, how are you?

Saffy: Who wants to know?
Drogon: I love everybody!


We’re curious, how did you “meet” Jessica?

Saffy: I was born in her friend’s house and she brought me home.
Drogon: I adopted her! When she opened the door I just ran in.

What do you do everyday? What are your favorite activities?


Saffy: I like to do yoga, take naps, and ponder the nature of reality.
Drogon: I like to explore the house and sit at the window.

Why do you like weird spaces like boxes and nooks and crannies?

Saffy: Because they are snug and cozy.
Drogon: And you can launch a stealth attack.


What’s your favorite flavor of kibble?

Drogon: I prefer Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline® Formula with Roasted Venison & Smoked Salmon. It has deer in it so I feel like a hunter.


Saffy: For me, Taste of the Wild Canyon River Feline® Formula with Trout & Smoked Salmon, because I love a good nosh.


What flavor would you like to try if they can put it in dry kibble?

Drogon: Cheese.
Saffy: Caviar.

Taste of the Wild Feline Formula is available at You can buy your cat food online and have it delivered straight to your house. Get better nutrition for your cat family, and greater convenience for their humans.

In praise of the three-martini lunch

November 26, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Drink, Places, Traveling 2 Comments →

Photos of the library, building and cafe from

Carmen invited me to a three-martini lunch at the Morgan Library. A year like this calls for regular doses of alcohol as a survival mechanism, so I said yes.

The Morgan Library houses the impressive collection of Pierpont Morgan. Listen, if you’re going to be a robber baron, the least you can do is leave a spectacular library.


The library is pretty much the way it was in Morgan’s time, but the building has been renovated by Renzo Piano.


It feels a little jarring to step out of the exhibit of Charlotte Bronte’s papers and into this. One is expecting Thornfield Hall, mud and howling wind.


Carmen, a tech consultant, started Whisky and Books, which pairs books with whisky and meets every month to discuss. This month’s pairing: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Bruichladdich X4+3. What a great idea, we should do this in Manila. Noel and I have long planned a Silence of the Lambs dinner with a good chianti (and fava beans).


I associate martini lunches with this scene from Mad Men. (Coincidentally, I have a ticket to The Front Page starring Nathan Lane and John Slattery.) We did not remake this, probably because I did not eat a bucket of oysters.


As long as we were pleasantly tipsy we visited an altar to literature and drink: The Algonquin Hotel, where Dorothy Parker et al held court at the Round Table.


The Algonquin is now ruled by the imperious Matilda, third of her name.

A classical musician has recorded an album to soothe cats and Saffy likes it.

October 23, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Music No Comments →

“Delightful! I recommend this album to cats everywhere.” – Saffy (Whenever she hears this music she runs to the speakers and listens intently.)

David Teie of the National Symphony Orchestra has made a study of sounds that cats like, and composed music for our feline overlords. He is now working on an album of music for dogs.

“I told Saffy I prefer the Star Wars score by John Williams and she smacked me. She’s a nasty girl.” – Drogon

Too much metaphor: The Brutal War of the Political Cats of Downing Street

September 18, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Current Events No Comments →


Larry (tortoiseshell) of the Prime Minister’s Office in battle with Palmerston (black and white) of the Foreign Office.


Both were adopted from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Other cats have since moved into the offices on Downing Street: whether they will promote peace or join the fray remains to be seen.

Cat Wars: Downing Street upheaval

How to read a pet food label

September 13, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats No Comments →

Information from the Association of American Feed Control Officials

A pet food is the sum of its thoughtfully blended parts, with the quality of the food overall being more important than the presence of any one particular ingredient. Taste of the Wild labels contain such reader-friendly information to guide pet owners on what they’re actually feeding their pets.

But what do the terms on your pet food product label mean?

1. Check the product name.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has strict rules regarding pet food product names:

The 95% rule ­— Pet food meeting the 95% rule has very few ingredients and simple names, such as “Kitty’s Favorite Tuna Food.” This means 95 percent (and not lower than 70 percent) of the food must be the named ingredient. The water added for processing and added vitamins and minerals is not counted.