Friday, January 27, 2012

Family Night Fondue

So I am IN LOVE with the melting pot and have been dying to go back. The melting pot is a Fondue restaurant. We been talking about going and taking the kids cause we really thought it would be something fun for them to experience because it is such a fun experience. I also find that finding something fun will help encourage them to try new foods..especially for Parker..he is so picky!
Since Gabe worked a double shift on Monday he got Thursday off so we decided to do family dinner night.

 We went to the Melting Pot in Torrance. I love this one. It is in a cool round Mid Century style building. This melting pot is always dimly lit and the bar is fantastic.
 Our Pot! Since it is DINELA going on right now ( DineLA is like restaurant week in Los Angeles..lots of restaurants having GREAT deals)  Usually for the 4 course special that we got it is about 90.00 a couple. DineLA was only 34.00 per person just for Gabe and I..the kids ate for free. We just ordered and extra portion of the cheese and chocolate fondue since we knew that is what they would eat the most off.
 The starter of the meal was of course the cheese fondue. There is a big selection of different types of cheese fondues..we got the spinach artichoke cheese fondue. They brought a basket of breads and chips, a bowl of fresh veggies and sliced green apples for dipping in the cheese fondue.
 Ava liked dipping the chips best
 Parker dipping a piece of apple
 Ava then was really enjoying dipping the apples in the cheese
 After cheese fondue we got our salads. I love the cocktails they serve at Melting Pot but since it was a work night and we had the kids with us Gabe and I just brought in our own bottle of wine from one of the wine clubs we belong too.
 Waiting for the main course
 There is a few different types of broths they let you choose from to cook your meats and veggies. We got the Coq Au Vin style. They prepared the broth in front of us with sliced mushroom, scallions and garlic and some red wine. They brought out our meats ( which are raw since you cook them at your table) Here we have Shrimp, terriyaki beef, Peppered steak, Tuna and seasoned Chicken.
 You also get this array of dipping sauce such as terriyaki, ginger and plum sauce, a creamy curry, cocktail sauce, a blue cheese type dip and another white cheesy dip.
 And a bowl of Mushrooms,potato's and broccoli
 Parker loved the terriyaki beef and the chicken..he would not try the other items :/ . We were cooking up the foods for Ava's plate..
 She did not want us to cook it for her she wanted to do it by herself  so she started to pout
 Ok Ava here you go can cook your own...which she LOVED doing.
 Parker is so picky..he only wanted the terriyaki beef..I had to force him to eat a potato and broccoli
 Ava was getting the shrimp tails and putting them on her fingers and then saying she was a crab LOL
 After the main course came the DESSERT!! Chocolate fondue..there is several to choose from.
These are the items they give you to dip in the chocolate fondue..cheesecake, rice Krispie treats, bananas, strawberries, brownie bites, red velvet cake and coconut and chocolate dusted marshmallows.
 They even brought Parker his own little plate. We choose the Original chocolate fondue which was chocolate and chunky peanut butter
 I knew the chocolate would be the fave of the kids...and MESSY!
 Parker scarfing down
 ofcourse I liked the strawberries and bananas best..however the red velvet actually may have been my fave!
 Once all the dipping items were devoured Parker just starting eating the chocolate with a spoon
Once we were done it was time to make a B LINE to the restroom to clean up Ava's chocolate face and hands and dress. It was such a fantastic dinner...I can't WAIT to go back..maybe next girls night will have to be here!

1 comment:

Thelma said...

That is the ultimate indulgence! I'm ready to go there!