Cats of the Mediterranean

On our recent retirement-celebration cruise, we marveled at all the cats of the Mediterranean. It seems that everywhere we went we saw cats lounging. Cats on window sills, doorways, sidewalks, alleys. Since we are cat lovers, I thought I’d share some of these felines with other cat-lovers. Enjoy…

Rub My Belly

Rub my belly! Pet me, look at me, love me.

 

I love you, please pet me!

What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
― Charles Dickens

 Leave Me Alone

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

~ Winston Churchill

 

Swimming Pig

 

Step Kitty

Never try to out-stubborn a cat.”
― Robert A. HeinleinTime Enough for Love

Mediterraneans Love Their Pets

Kitty Water Bowl

A random water bowl… A sure sign that very friendly people live on this Greek island.

Jailhouse Cat

Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”
― Mary Bly

 

Cat Nap

Cats are cats . . . the world over!
These intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran”

 

Hitchhiker Kitty

We need cats to need us. It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us.” 
― Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

 

Scarlett's Look Alike

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
― Leonardo da Vinci

 

Jay Cheating on Ohara

This black cat looked exactly like ours. I accused 007 of cheating on O’hara. But like most cats, he completely ignored me.

Time spent with a cat is never wasted.”
― Colette

 Cat Nap

To err is human, to purr is feline.”
― Robert ByrneThe 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

 

Felines and Canines

3 Legged Dog

I know I’ve mixed the lines with the nines! But, this canine had my heart at hello! Only 3 legs, but ran happily beside his master .

“You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his dog….” 
― Peary PerryManuel Muldoon

 

Pooped Pup

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” This little guy has figured that out!
― Robert A. Heinlein

 

Wild Cats

Two Wild Cats

One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted ‘these two’.”
― Bobbie Ann MasonShiloh and Other Stories

 

Wishing you a purrrfectly pawsome day!

Just One More Bite

Isabella's
Isabella’s

Scott Dumas has done it again.  There are so many good restaurants in Fairhope, but one of the best is bound to be the Italian steakhouse, Isabella’s.  The grand opening was Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and Scott says it went very well.  Jay and I can’t wait to try it out because one of our favorite places for lunch or dinner is Pinzone’s, where Scott is also chef.

Chef, Isabella's and Pinzone's in Fairhope, AL - Scott Dumas
Scott Dumas, Chef at Pinzone’s and the new Isabella’s.

Scott and his business partner and co-chef, Mike Pinzone opened Pinzone’s  to bring authentic Italian food to downtown Fairhope and now they are continuing that tradition with an Italian Steakhouse.

Great cuts.
Great cuts.

The interior of the restaurant has a gorgeous, Mediterranean feel and the decor is warm, natural, and somewhat rustic.  The whole of the area makes you feel like you’re in a small village in Italy.

A vaulted wood ceiling, iron chandeliers and sconces carry you away to the Mediterranean.
A vaulted wood ceiling, iron chandeliers and sconces carry you away to the Mediterranean.

Another thing we love about our dining experiences at Pinzone’s is the personal touch that is felt with every meal.  Scott always comes out and speaks to us and the servers are always fun and attentive.  Laughter is a common ingredient.  My tour of the new restaurant was no exception.

A little fire.
A little fire.
A little salt.
A little salt.
A little lunch.  Shrimp with kelp noodles and few seasonings.
A little lunch. Shrimp with kelp noodles and a few delicious seasonings.

The menu is just as impressive.  When I asked Scott how he determined what to add to the menu, he said his goal was to have diners leave with the same feeling they have when they’ve just seen a fantastic movie or finished a wonderful book.  It occurred to me then, that he has achieved that goal with one pair of diners.  Jay and I often talk about how delicious his Sausage and Polenta al Gorgonzola was or my Eggplant Sicilia.  We always laugh at some quip from our waiter or Scott, himself and it is truly a fun place to spend an hour or two.  I expect the same experience at Isabella’s.

I’m sure we’ll soon be discussing Sir Walter’s Oyster Asparagus Champagne Soup or the Lamb Prime Rib.  I can’t wait to try the Filet Isabella, a garlic stuffed filet with wine reduction.

Scott, Jay and I wish you the very best.  Here’s to you.  May all your diners wish that there was just one more bite.