Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Melting Pot or Our Engagment Story

Sorry for no posts last for the last month, but my month has been crazy!  My mind was not exactly on my blog!  Here's why: 
On April 6th, 2013, Ian decided we would go to the Melting Pot to celebrate our third anniversary.  He made a reservation ahead of time. When we got there a couple minutes ahead of schedule, we did have too wait in their little waiting area.  Usually, when we go, the wait isn't too long though.  This time, the wait was probably around five to ten minutes.  Ian was acting a little nervous, but not overly nervous.
When we were seated, they took us to a little private room/table that had a curtain to separate us from the rest of the world.  We had sat at the same table last year on Valentine's Day.




When we sat down at the table, this is what it looked like.  As soon as you get seated, the hostess will turn on the burner that's on the table to warm up the cheese pot.  We were then handed menus.  This is when we discovered they had completely changed their pricing structure.  We usually order the Big Night Out meal for two.  Well, now, all of the meals/meat dishes/main dishes are priced by person.  This worried us a little at first.  Then, we started adding it up, and it turns out to be pretty close to the same price per couple. The server took our drink order first.  She went and got those, and after, took our order for dinner.


We started with the Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue.  It is so good!  It has Fontina and Butterkäse cheeses, spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic.  When you eat at the Melting Pot, the server mixes all of the ingredients for the cheese fondue at your table.  I asked our server if she's doing her own personal cooking show every time she mixes the cheese. She laughed at me and said, "Not really!" Usually, you have to wait a few minutes for it to get completely melted.
With the cheese come things to dip in it, of course!  Here are tortilla chips, bread, veggies, and green apples.  The green apples are amazing in the cheese!  The other things didn't stay on the fondue forks very well, but still taste extremely good!

Caesar Salad
Ian had the Caesar Salad. From the web site: 
Caesar SaladCrisp romaine lettuce, shredded Parmesan cheese, crispy croutons and an added touch of Parmesan-encrusted pine nuts, tossed with Caesar dressing.
It is really good.  It had a really tasty dressing on it, and the croutons are crunchy with a great garlicky flavor. 
I had the California Salad.  From the web site:
California Salad
Mixed baby salad greens, Roma tomatoes, candied pecans and Gorgonzola cheese with Raspberry Black Walnut Vinaigrette.
I love this salad!  The cheese is just perfect with the tomatoes and the dressing.  I truly love the candied pecans!  They make this entire salad!  I'm pretty sure that's why I order it every time we come here.
While your finishing your salad, the server will bring out the broth in the cooking style you choose.  The broth needs to come to a full boil before you can start cooking the meats.  That's why there's so much steam! We chose the Mojo style.  The Mojo style is "Caribbean-seasoned bouillon with a distinctive fresh-garlic flavor and a citrus flair." I usually like this one because it has the "citrus flair."  You can watch the server squeeze the orange into the broth at the table.
If you didn't know, your main dish comes to your table raw.  Remember, this is part of the experience!  When the server brings the raw meat to the table, she gives a speech about not touching the raw meat with the fork you are going to eat it with, and definitely don't let it touch your cooked food plate!  When the meat and veggies plate gets to the table, we immediately throw the veggies in the broth.  They will need to cook longer than the meat will.  The plate feature here is the Fondue Delight.  This has "Premium filet mignon and a succulent cold water lobster tail paired with all-natural breast of chicken, Pacific white shrimp, and wild mushroom sacchetti."
You can see here, the veggies are cooking, and I've put my first to skewers of meat in to cook.  The butter for the lobster is left on or close to the heating element on the table to get and stay warm. 
Having so many meat options on one plate can get over whelming. There are also four or five different sauces to dip them in.  I think my favorite is the Green Goddess. It's a yogurt based dip with a few different spices in it.  When you are doing this, you are cooking the meat to your preferred doneness.  I usually just let mine cook until they are Well done!
They give you these cute little plates so you can keep your food separate.  Here, I have the Greek Goddess, an Asian sweet and sour, and a teriyaki type sauce.  I have shrimp, beef, mushroom, and chicken on the plate.
The chocolate is phenomenal at the Melting Pot! If you just want to go there for dessert some night, it is totally worth it! We ordered the Ying Yang chocolate, which is white and dark chocolate together.  You can order milk instead of dark, but we chose dark. 

Before the rest of the dessert came out, Ian got really nervous!  He started saying, "The last three years have been great!"  Then, he said, "I'm just gonna do it!"  He got down on one knee, and said, "Will you marry me?!"
I thought he was going to hyper ventilate! I said yes!
This is the ring!  I love it! 

The server rushed out afterward and said, "Is there cause for celebration?"  We said yes! Then, she brought out a champagne to toast! And the rest of our dessert!
The things that come out on the dessert plate to dip are awesome!  You get strawberries, bananas, cheese cake, rice crispy treats, brownies, red velvet cake, and marshmallows with cookie crumbs on them.  I think my favorites are the marshmallows and rice crispy treats!  The Ying Yang chocolate is awesome!  I would recommend that one to anyone! 
Going to the Melting Pot is definitely an experience!  If you choose to do the whole shebang, it's totally worth it!  We go maybe once or twice a year to celebrate an occasion.  Of course, this was an extremely special occasion!
It is extremely pricey, at least in my opinion.  It ends up being around $100 for the full four course meal for two people, plus if you get drinks, it goes up.  Then, you have the tip on top of that.
I give this restaurant 4 pizza pies out of 4. Don't doubt it until you try it.  You may say, "If I wanted to cook my own dinner, I can do that at home!"  (I've had people tell me this!)  But it really is about the experience!
 After Dinner
We are super excited about the engagement! Thank you to the Melting Pot for facilitating our engagement evening!





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