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“Charlie Brown My Way to Hell…”

July 19, 2010

Matt – 

Thanks to some extremely frustrating technical difficulties, a broken down truck, and a full work day, this blog is coming to you a “little” later than usual.  

Some people aren’t into the minor anniversaries of a relationship. More power to you, but Ash and I really like to celebrate what we have. Does it make us naive or childish? We don’t think so. To us, two and a half years is special. Time in a relationship is totally relative. Plus it gives us a legit opportunity to have a date night. 

You can only do Olive Garden so many times. For that matter, Italian gets old really quick too. What’s different? What’s new? What’s fresh and hip, yo? 

Fondue. Fondue, in theory, is the best way to eat anything: either covered in cheese or chocolate. 

We had been wanting to try out The Melting Pot for sometime. Why not tonight? I made reservations early last week (I was excited), and we headed up to Westheimer this afternoon. 

We get in, and while I knew this place was nicer than your average restaurant, it still impressed me with how classy it was. Great lighting, good looking bar, and really friendly people. I say this, but since I hadn’t eaten in about 7 hours, I would’ve been impressed with a clean McDonald’s. 

This is pretty close to what it was like, but with darker lighting.

We were seated and promptly given 23426 choices of fondue and entrees and chocolates and more fondues and salads. It was just way too much to digest at once. Ash and I, being the intelligent, critical thinking, problem solving individuals we are, managed to figure out what we wanted to order. The first course? A “Fiesta” fondue pot with jalapenos, onions, peppers, etc. that comes with bread, veggies and Granny Smith apples (which were surprisingly good, second only to the bread). The waitress told us she would be bringing out our salads when we were about halfway done with our appetizer. Clearly she had no idea with whom she was dealing. As we finished the fondue, she passed by. We looked up at her with hungry eyes. She had no idea anybody could demolish cheese that fast. 

A piece of bread being readied for sacrifice to the cheese.

Our salads were very solid. Nothing to celebrate, but then again it wasn’t the reason we came there. It was definitely a break from boiling hot pots of semi-liquids…like we really needed one. After the salads had disappeared (in much the same fashion as the fondue…except without the fun little poker things…not that we didn’t try), they finally brought out the beginnings of our main course. 

Dinner is served. Plus, you can see here our "Search and Rescue" spoon for difficult pieces of food.

For those unfamiliar, an already boiling pot of broth is brought to the table. Ingredients (if desired) are added for flavor, then small portions of meat or seafood are cooked for a couple of minutes each until done. We decided to go with the Coq au Vin cooking style, which included mushrooms, chives, wine added to the broth. We ordered the “Signature Plate” which included two or three of each: shrimp, chicken, teriyaki beef, salmon, and filet mignon. Veggies and stuffed mushrooms complemented nicely. A couple of sauces were there for dipping, but the meats stole the show by themselves.

I just can’t contain myself anymore. I have to get to the best part of the night. A chocolate fountain is something I’ve lusted after for so long, and something very similar was about to happen to ME in a few mintues. I was estatic. And it isn’t just ho hum, here’s some plain chocolate. The have EIGHT different kinds of chocolate fondue. Amongst chocolate and peanut butter, bananas foster, and a few others, we chose the “Cookies and Cream” style of chocolate fondue. Dark chocolate base with marshmellow creme and oreo pieces all flambeed. But it was the dippers that stole the show. All were included, and it was made very clear that we got an unlimited amount:

  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Oreo covered marshmellows
  • Graham cracker covered marshmellows
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Cheesecake
  • Pound cake
  • Brownies

I hate this picture. It makes me taste it all over again. The bananas were by far, strangely enough, the best thing to dip.

It was overwhelming, but in a good way. We ate all the dippers. All of them. Every last one of  ’em. And then we got more bananas (they were by far the best). Remember Ashley’s food baby? She gained a twin.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2010 9:07 pm

    haha, the last line cracks me up. Glad you both had a great time! I haven’t been to the Melting Pot in forever but it’s such a fun way to shake things up and enjoy some time with your loved ones. Congrats on two and a half years together 🙂

  2. July 25, 2010 1:08 pm

    I’ve always loved fondue and wish we had something like the melting pot here in Calgary!
    I somehow ended up with two fondue pots, so last Halloween, I decided to hold a fondue party. I invited all of my friends, told everyone to bring some food to dip and served cheese and chocolate fondue. It was definitely a hit! We had so much fun.

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