While I was eating my way through the city this weekend (with amazing meals here & here), I started to think about how much I care about the atmosphere of where I am dining. Ha, truth be told, I'm not really a foodie and going out to eat for me is more about the company that I'm with then the actual food that I'm eating. I mean, I love a good meal like anybody else but really hanging with family and friends is what it's all about for me. Oh and I'm sure if you asked my husband what my fave restaurant was, he would tell you something along the lines of, "Myka likes any restaurant as long as it's cute". SO true! The decor of a restaurant is one of the first things I think about when I'm trying to figure out where to eat. A bit crazy, I know, but I can't help it. And a major part of the decor for me is all about the lighting. I love love love a dinner out in a candle lit space. It's cozy and intimate, and my ultimate favorite way to dine. I try to carry that same thought over to our own home and meals at our house. We were once chastised by a former landlord (a very artistic-designer type landlord, when we lived in a loft) that our lights were NOT on dimmers. We laughed, but you know what, we quickly changed all of our lighting over that week. Dimming your lights or eating amongst the glow of candles, is the only way to go in my book.