Well, kind of.  For Ryan's birthday, my parents got us tickets to "The Screwtape Letters" by C. S. Lewis, along with the book.  The play was this past weekend at The Pikes Peak Center and it was incredible!  I am about halfway through the book right now and I don't think I've ever read a book so thought-provoking.

We decided to make a night out of it and got all dressed up, went to dinner and then to the play.  It was a nice evening, so we drove downtown with the sunroof open...

... and I took pictures the whole way down there.

Then we dined at a new place called Nosh that we had been wanting to try.  We'd heard mixed reviews but figured we would give it a go.  It has a unique menu and they encourage you to try the "Experience" if you're dining there.  So we did, and it was awesome.  You get five plates, chef's choice.  It could be anything off the menu and even some things not on the menu.  This was definitely the way to go.  We were about to just order our own meals off the menu because Ryan desperately wanted to try their chicken 'n waffles, but we decided to go for the recommended route, hand ourselves over and see what the chef had to offer that night.  Here are some of our favorites...

This dish above wasn't on the menu yet.  They are planning on adding it soon and asked for our feedback, but there wasn't much to improve.  It was an egg on top grilled polenta with chili sauce, hollandaise sauce, a basil spread and fresh herbs.

This next one was roasted scallops with a dashi broth, scallions, cauliflower and lemon.  You eat the scallops with a bit of sauce and then when they're gone, you pour the rest of the sauce into the bowl and enjoy the soup.

And last but not least, Ryan got his chicken and waffles... and I've been craving them ever since.  We have never had them before and this set the standard pretty high.  Lightly battered chicken with whipped honey butter, basil and smoked serrano maple syrup.  These were to die for people.

We also had one of the most unique cocktails I've had - it was made with cucumber vodka, orange liqueur and spices.  We're going to try to recreate it since it would make a great summer drink.  Hopefully it isn't too hard to replicate, otherwise who knows what we'll end up with and how many trial ones it'll take.

Well the food was delicious and such a fun way to eat dinner together.  But on to the play!  The pictures aren't the best quality, but oh well.  The play, as I mentioned, was great.  It was a one-man act the entire time and that guy had the entire book memorized!  He stayed after the play to answer some questions for the audience also.  Quite a character, no pun intended.

So, I think that pretty much wraps up Ryan's drawn-out birthday celebration.  Must be one special guy...

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