Going out to a restaurant is such a treat for me. I LOVE those occasions where I don't have to plan a dinner, prepare it, serve it, and then clean up after it. Unfortunately, going out to a good Italian restaurant (my favorite) is usually a spendy affair and therefore becomes a rare event.
One thing that I adore about some restaurants is the little bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar they put out on the table to dip bread in. It is a nice break from butter and is kinder on the waistline. Feeling inspired, I bought a couple of bottles to dispense my own oil and vinegar at home. And while I still have to go through the trouble of making a dinner most of the time, dipping my bread in these gorgeous condiments can make a meal special ... even fancy.