Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Melting Pot- Valentine's Day with My hubby

Valentine's Day is a day for LOVE and ROMANCE... What better place to celebrate one another than The Melting Pot (in Thousand Oaks). I've tried for MONTHS to convince my husband to take me there! Growing up, we loved doing fondue as a family! It's not your usual meal. You can choose from a variety of items to cook, sauces to dip, and between sweet or savory. It makes for great conversation and can be an exciting social event! My husband had some weird idea about Fondue. After our date at The Melting Pot, he told me he thought it was something to do with tofu lol. Needless to say, he had a great time and looks forward to going again, YAY!

So on our date, We were seated quickly, and were actually given a semi-private booth which I heard is hard to come by at The Melting Pot. Our server was a little slow at approaching our table, but we were enjoying one another's company, so I didn't mind too much. Our server was great overall! He explained the whole menu to us and how the whole fondue process works. He made great suggestions, and seemed to give his genuine opinion. There was a special Valentine menu, but we decided to go with "The Big Night Out- France," which is a four course meal. It starts with a French style cheese fondue. The cheese fondue is then followed by a salad. We went with the ceasar salad, recommended by our server because of the Parmesan-encrusted pine nuts. The pine nuts were awesome, but I found the salad to be a usual cearar salad. For our main course, we decided to go with the Fondue Fusion which consisted of lobster tail, filet mignon, marinated sirloin, garlic and herb chicken, duck, shrimp, and a variety of vegetables. We substituted the duck for more sirloin. Of course they wouldn't let us have more filet mignon. It was all great!!! There were several sauces available for dipping, two different batters, and we chose to cook our items in oil. We were so full by the end of our main course, we didn't have room for the star... chocolate fondue! Thankfully, they gave us a rain check for a chocolate fondue, so I'm sure we will go again in the near future! 






It couldn't have been a better night out. The grandparents were babysitting, and we got all dressed up! I had never been to The Melting Pot, but I've had fondue several times. Can't wait to go back! 

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