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For almost 13 years, Brian and I have tried to keep the weekly ‘date night’ alive and well in our marriage. While it has certainly been easier for us as DINKs (dual-income, no kids), it can be a challenge to remain creative — there have been months-long stretches of takeout pizza and Netflix ‘date nights’ for example. A year ago, we decided to commit to a season’s worth of plays at the Unicorn Theater, giving us six solid, Friday night dates together. For a surprisingly low cost, we saw six plays (and in the upcoming season that starts in September, seven plays) that we have never seen before. The Unicorn bills itself as  performing ‘BOLD, new plays’ and they range from comedy to drama to musical (sometimes all in one night). Prior to the shows, we’ve been trying out new restaurants, below is the latest find.
Novel will be celebrating it’s first birthday this July, so I was excited to eat there while it is still ‘new’. Located in Westside, up a little hill and inside an adorable house with a front patio and a back deck, is a gem. It’s been awhile since I have been truly impressed with everything at a restaurant but I think they hit it out of the park — the waitress was friendly and helpful, the craft cocktails were yummy and the food was plate-licking good. I had the carrot soup (with kaffir lime, coconut and charred eggplant), the ricotta gnocchi (with morel, porcini, asparagus and nettle), the green beans (with peanuts, soy sauce and ginger) and the flourless chocolate cake (with warm bourbon caramel sauce, sea salt whipped cream and peanuts). So good and you can make reservations through Yelp’s SeatMe service.
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