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Lately, we’ve taken to food metaphors for Theodore’s benefit, since he sees most everything through his food loving lens. And in that vein, when describing this voracious canine’s idea of a perfect Sunday, we’d say it’s like a pot au feu: a vibrant mix of hearty and good-for-ya ingredients infused with delectable spices.
More specifically, his ideal Sunday stew includes:
1) Quality time with Me and his Other Favorite Human.
2) Experiencing something new.
3) Making new friends.
4) Eating something memorable.
If Theodore had written the list above, he might have considered re-ordering the list to place ‘Eating’ in the Number One slot. (In fact, in the photo above, Theo finds himself lamenting why literal pot au feu is not made available to him on a daily basis. But I digress)
In the end, for Theodore, his Humans win out over food. Most of the time. Depending on the food in question.
But we first took a detour to a Prospect Heights resto we’ve since dubbed Taco Town, because it’s so good, we wished we lived there. The joint’s real name is Gueros and the fare is Tex-Mex and terrific.
Between the three of us, we chowed down on a wide array of tacos including Grilled Hanger Steak with Avocado and Cilantro Cream, Fried Shrimp with Slaw and Chipotle Mayo, Fried Chicken with Refried Beans and Jalapeno Buttermilk, and Fried Avocado and Jalapeno with Fried Pickled Jalapenos.
In addition to their regular fare, fans flock to Gueros for Breakfast Tacos served Saturdays and Sundays until 4pm. And though the nice folks tending the place made hanging around long enough to rest, digest and order up another round of crispy, tasty, taco goodness so very appealing, we decided to mosey on and make our way to the Brooklyn Museum for the second half of our quest.
Keith Haring: 1978-1982 is a wonder. For me and countless others, I’m sure, Haring’s work is a memorable visual marker from the wild 80’s, and to see so much of his work collected here is invigorating.
There are over 155 works on paper, 150 archival objects and a number of videos on view and the punk and New Wave soundtrack buzzing throughout the exhibition space sets the mood quite nicely.
It’s his early work, including collages, sketchbooks and early drawings that we found most captivating, since much of these works were unfamiliar to us until now.
The exhibit greatly expanded our perspective on Haring’s work. He was so many things: a social commentator, a cartoonist, a video artist…not one term could possibly define him. Strolling through the exhibit, you get the sense that these paintings and sketches might just come alive, their characters leaping off their canvases, dancing through the gallery space.
The imagery was so dynamic That Theo found it necessary to take calming-cuddle-breaks as we moved from gallery to gallery, which he likes to think of as soothing palate cleansers for the eyes.
And in a stroke of interactive genius, the museum even set aside a nook where visitors could use erasable tablets to create their own Haring-esque works.
The exhibit is well worth the trip from other neighborhoods and cities, however far flung. And the Brooklyn Museum always has a wide array of other exhibits to capture visitors’ attention as well.
Out on the terraced lawn of the museum, Theodore made a handful of new friends, including Lisa Jean Moore and her adorable daughter Greta. Lisa, a professor at Purchase college fascinated us with tales of her soon-to-be-released book about urban apiaries. She has many stories to tell about beekeeping in the city and we listened with rapt attention.
Theo also took a shine to a lovely young woman named Shayna, and her sweet friend, whose name, sadly we did not note. Theo always puts on his best smile for the ladies…
…But never forgets to spread the love, as he does here with Efren.
Our pot au feu complete, we headed back to Manhattan, but not before downing some doughnuts at the Doughnut Plant in Chelsea.
What’s a weekend without doughnuts, I ask you?
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