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Friday, July 27, 2012

My Summer Sojourn- Do You Fondue?

It's no big secret that I love food.  Hot food.  Cold food.  Sweet food.  Spicy food.  I don't discriminate.  Of course, I have my favorites, and that which I just won't eat, but for the most part I'll eat anything.  One thing I'd never tried, though, is fondue.  I'd heard plenty of good things about the art of cooking your own food in hot liquid.  My week in Myrtle Beach presented me with the opportunity to check it out for myself.

My wife and I decided to make the night after our wedding a night out for just the two of us.  We wanted to go for a nice relaxing, romantic.  Her sister mentioned the area had a restaurant called The Melting Pot.  It's a nationwide chain of fondue restaurants.  We scoped the restaurant out on the internet.  The reviews were mostly glowing.  Although it sounded a bit pricey, but we were willing to open our wallets in the interests of doing something different, and trying something new.

We had reservations for Tuesday evening, and were seated at a cozy booth in the back of the restaurant.  Our waiter went over with us what was in store for the evening.  This was not going to be a "pick your meal from the menu, eat, then you're outta here" type dinners.  He reviewed our meal similar to how a boxing analyst would review the fight card.  We were filled with anticipation before the first plate of food even came out!



The first course of the evening was the cheese fondue.  The lager-infused cheese fondue was very tasty.  We were offered a plate of items for dipping, such as a variety of breads, vegetables such as carrots and celery, and apples.  Much to my amazement, cheese and apples go very well together!

Salads were next on the agenda.  We both enjoyed a large Caesar salad.  Even my wife, who traditionally is not a fan of the Caesar salad, found it to be delicious.  I think it had to be the croutons.  They were sweet, and I couldn't get enough of them!  It was around this time where Holly ordered her Ying Yang Martini.  This adult beverage was a work of art.  From what I understand, it tasted as good as it looked!




It was now time for the entree plate.  To my surprise, Holly selected the Caribbean mojo flavor to add to our fondue pot.  Our waiter fired up the fondue, and added some vegetables into the mix.  He also brings out the plate with several meat selections- fillet Mignon, pork tenderloin, chicken, shrimp and mahi mahi.  As if that wasn't appetizing enough, a plate of dipping sauces was also brought to the table.  Anything from sweet & sour sauce, to Gorgonzola cheese, curry, Dijon mustard and cocktail sauce.  There was a sauce fitting for each type of meat.  We leisurely cooked our food, trying each of the sauces along the way.  As we found or likes and dislikes of the meal, we bartered with each other and successfully ate everything on the plate, and in the pot.



The first three courses alone offered a memorable dining experience, but we weren't done yet.  It was time for dessert.  We selected a chocolate and marshmallow fondue base from the extensive list of options.  A short time later our waiter returned with a new pot, and a healthy amount of chocolate.  Our dipping options included strawberries (which we subbed out for brownies), marshmallows coated in chocolate and rice krispies, graham crackers, and cheesecake.  Words cannot possibly describe the dessert.  It was hands-down the best dessert I've ever had.  the chocolate was unlike anything I've ever tasted, but to eat it warm, and drizzled on other tasty treats is something that must be experienced!



The fondue experience isn't for everyone.  Some don't have the patience for a two hour dining experience. We saw children at the restaurant when we were there, but both agreed we couldn't see bringing our own children.  It would have been a disaster.  But, for us newlyweds, it was an evening to remember.  It wasn't just dinner, it was a dining event!



4 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That sounds really delicious! I'd be willing to try that.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

A couple of things:
* This is the first time I have read in your post, "my wife and I". It brought a smile to my face!
* I love that we post about food at CacheCrazy.Com! And somehow it fits!
* I love restaurants that have a specialized technique to cooking! I want to try this!
* Now you need to try a Brazilian restaurant! It's a meatfest of skewered goodness.
Nice post, thanks!

Big_Dog1970 said...

Great story Smithers.
Now I'm hungry :D

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

It's Sunday morning and I'm sitting here before breakfast reading this Smithers, I'm now absolutely famished but I will have to do with boiled eggs to dip my bread in, not quite a fondue unfortunately, but I can pretend.

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