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fondue friends in Switzerland [Feb. 18th, 2004|04:14 am]
Roy Janik
This weekend was heavenly.

For Valentine's Day Kristin and I went to the Melting Pot It's this fondue restaurant that we went to around Christmastime. Sure, it was in Houston, but the drive was well worth it. Plus, we got to listen to Snow Crash on the way up and way back. We've only one tape left to go.

To get reservations, we had to call precisely at noon on February 1st. It took both of us dialing for 30 minutes to get through. But get them we did, and we even got to request our waiter from last time.

Our meal was five courses:

shrimp cocktail
super large shrimp in a spicy red sauce.

salad
I had the mushroom salad, which was pretty much a plate full of mushrooms... which was fine by me

cheese fondue
an 80/20 mix of melted Wisconsin Sharp cheddar and Swiss, a beer base, garlic, and other stuff. Cubes of bread, apples, carrots, celery, and cauliflower were provided for dipping. It's impossible to describe how good this is.

entree fondue
a wine-based broth for cooking called coq au vin.. huge pieces of lobster, chicken, peppercorn beef, filet mignon, tuna and vegetables all provided to be skewered and cooked. Combine this with about 6 different dipping sauces, and the permutations are limitless. I really appreciated the entree more this time around.. Before it was all about the cheese, but the sheer number of choices in the entree just ruled.

chocolate fondue
This time we had basically what was called a thin mint fondue.. Creme de menthe alcohol, dark chocolate, and other stuff combined together and melted. Pound cake, cheesecake, brownies, strawberries, bananas, and marshmellows all provided for dipping.

And to top it off, commemorative champagne flutes and a photograph. Oh, and they also gave us Melting Pot branded scented candles and bubble bath.

During the trip, we picked up poppyseed strudel and poppyseed rolls from the two Czech bakeries/gas stations on the route. I'd not had the strudel before. It was insanely decadent, but in light of the fondue, it didn't matter too much. I used to hate poppyseed kolaches as a kid, but they're quickly becoming my favorite. Could it have something to do with opium?

And then, on Sunday morning, we beat Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. Then, in a fit of productivity, game night was cancelled so that I might clean. But the moonbase is shaping up.

Take that.
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2004-02-18 05:50 am (UTC)
get dave.
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[User Picture]From: warhol
2004-02-18 06:26 am (UTC)
Mmm.... fondue.

So here's a question: how come fondue restaurants always have such cheesy (umm... no pun intended) names? I think my favorite was a place in Copenhagen called "Baron Von Dy", which is kinda funny once you realize that "y" sounds like "ewww" in Danish.
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[User Picture]From: moregankira
2004-02-18 12:56 pm (UTC)
The Melting Pot is just down the street from where I live... and Misty and Harley. You know, I'm afraid of the Melting Pot.
I want to go... just afraid of its sabotaging abilities.
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[User Picture]From: ogopogo
2004-02-18 01:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds good, but why did all the fondue have alcohol in it?
(BTW- there's also a Melting Pot in Dallas)

Also, if you have a girlfiend who played through Dark Alliance with you,
you can colour me jealous!
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[User Picture]From: valondrya
2004-02-18 02:02 pm (UTC)
Ok, kinda personal, but how much did that night of food cost you? There is a Melting Pot in Indy and I have been dying to go there. I want to know what to expect in the way of money though.

~Star
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[User Picture]From: maozed
2004-03-09 11:03 am (UTC)
I think I saw that place on Food Network.
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