Last night, we had a very spontaneous, delicious dinner at the Melting Pot.
The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant. We usually go there for special events, like birthdays and anniversaries, since it’s pretty pricey. If you get all 4 courses like we always do, then you will be there for at least 1.5 – 2 hours, it is definitely not a quick dinner out. For this reason, we thought it would be great to go before the baby arrives.
However, this was not planned whatsoever. We WERE going to have homemade pizza for dinner, but as I was putting on makeup for my 38 week progress photo, Brett came downstairs and joked “Are we going to Melting Pot or something” so I said “Yeah, let’s go!”
Two hours later, we were sitting down ready to enjoy the last spontaneous 2 hour dinner for a while!
The first course is cheese fondue. We got the cheddar cheese fondue with aged medium-sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses with lager beer, garlic and seasonings. The cheese fondue dippings include three different types of breads, granny smith apples and vegetables.
The second course is salad. I got the California salad with mixed baby greens, Roma tomatoes, candied pecans and rich Gorgonzola cheese with Raspberry Black Walnut Vinaigrette.
Brett got the Melting Pot House Salad with crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce, aged cheddar cheese, Roma tomatoes, seasoned croutons and sliced egg with Peppercorn Ranch Dressing.
The third course is the main course. We chose the Court Bouillon cooking style, which is vegetable broth hand-seasoned with herbs and spices.
We each chose our own entree and the course comes with various dipping sauces and vegetables. I chose the Land & Sea trio, which came with premium filet mignon, all-natural breast of chicken and white shrimp. Mmmm steak! (On a side note, by this time we started failing at our photo taking – we would dig in so fast before taking the photo – below, I am already missing some steak and shrimp haha!)
Brett chose the Seafood Trio, which came with sesame-crusted sushi-grade ahi tuna, white shrimp and cedar-plank salmon.
Our plan of attack is usually to throw in a bunch of the veggies in the beginning and then gather them out with the search and rescue spoon while we cook the meats. Timing is important so you always have something on your plate and aren’t waiting for each item to finish cooking.
The fourth, final and oh-so-yummy course is the dessert. We decided on the current special, Chocolate Wildberry Crunch Fondue with milk chocolate, crunchy peanut butter with a puree of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. We usually opt for the chocolate and peanut butter alone, but we decided to give this one a try since they say it’s like a PB&J! I’m not usually fond of chocolate and raspberry together, but this was good!
They brought the melted chocolate with peanut butter already in the pot, and the glass of fruit puree separately so we could decide on the level of sweetness we wanted. We pretty much poured the entire thing into the chocolate after my many failed attempts to get Brett to drink it like a shot.
Time to enjoy!
Dessert dippers include strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, rice krispies treats, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies. Here is our fail photo after we devoured half the plate!
Dessert comes with unlimited dippers, so they ask what items you’d like more of. It’s a tough decision since the only thing we don’t really eat are the marshmallows, everything else is so good. We chose more bananas, brownies and pound cake this time.
One of the things I make sure to do is to only drink water during the meal so I don’t get too full. The one time we had soda with our meal, we felt like we were going to DIE after we ate. I went home and literally fell onto the bed and refused to move for an hour. With water, I feel just full enough.
We sure did enjoy our spontaneous end-of-pregnancy dinner outing. When we first sat down to eat, we joked about what would happen if my water broke or something while we were eating. My answer? Continue eating!