Thursday, March 31, 2011

Playing Hooky

Every now and then, one should play hooky from work. 

I am not an advocate of shirking your duties, but sometimes you just have to do something fun & spontaneous. Now just a small caveat, Fcat & I are both self-employed, so it's a bit easier for us to play hooky, but surprisingly, we rarely take advantage of it where we do something fun. However, when the opportunity arose in the form of extra MoMA tickets from a neighbor that were expiring soon, Monday morning became Ferris Bueller's few hours off!

We didn't "borrow" a Ferrari to crash through a modernist home's window...but we definitely do like our modern musuems- soaring space highlighting the pieces displayed.
Can you spot Fcat? That is how he takes a photo, work or not. Really loved two of the Frank Stella pieces in this room...
We only had time for one exhibit, so Abstract Expressionist in New York was it.
Here were the requisite Warhols, which are always fun:

Loving the cow wallpaper...
This piece by Lee Krasner really drew me in- her secret language & hieroglyphs of love, frustration & pain. The painting's texture captures the layers of emotion & turbulence, yet ultimately there is a sense of order.

Here's a Pollack piece that I've never seen before & so different from his famous drip works:
We also loved the Rothkos:

We could have spent another hour or two in that exhibit alone, but we have priorities- lunch! The Cafe On 2 (it's on the 2nd flr) at MoMA is a perfect place to relax & have some yummy eats after looking at all that intense art. The executive chef was so friendly & helpful- she walked around chatting with all of us in line. It's kind of upscale cafeteria style- get in line, place your order & servers will bring your food. The food has an Italian/Mediterranean spin, which makes it very vegan friendly! And when I place my order, the person ringing us up took the time to make sure that my order indicated vegan on it and she did it with a small without me asking!

Look at all yummy vegetable offerings:

Love having lunch here at these long tables- the numbers are for the servers to bring your food:
Iced teas to start:
At the Cafe, they are collecting digital wall art from anyone who wants to participate & leave them a note:
I had a trio of bruschetta- butternut squash puree with sauteed shittake, peppers, squash & microgreens (this was absolutely delectable), hummus (ask for it w/o the prosciutto) and a white bean puree with root veggies. These were seriously veggie dishes done well!
Also got side order of olives, these were also delicious!

I love lunch at Cafe on 2 at MoMA, it's not inexpensive, but it certainly is a nice treat in a great space. Was especially impressed by how friendly & gracious everyone was at the Cafe- guess it does stem from the executive chef on down. They are very vegan friendly and if I still drank coffee, I would have ended my lovely little meal with a soy time, am going to ask if they have any vegan desserts, if enough people ask, it could happen- especially since they are so accommodating.
Spontaneity & art & delicious vegan food are good for the soul. I want to play hooky at MoMA more often!


Noelle said...

Sounds like you had a great day to play hooky! Yummy eats too!

JL Goes Vegan said...

What a great way to spend a Monday! It's been ages since I've been to MoMa -- must get there an have lunch, too!

VeggieGirl said...

I've never been to MoMa - gotta get there!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

What a fun day!!! I am totally in favor of hooky days. They are necessary for mental health. :)

That bruschetta looks deeeelicious!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Wow.. what beautiful, lovely food for a cafeteria... I love that concept!

It's great you two took a day off and had fun!

Elisabeth said...

The cow wallpaper is cute! I love the olives, they look so good!

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