Happy Valentine's Day - Melting Pot Memories Are Expensive But Worth It
Published 2/14/08 (Modified 3/8/11)
I would like to wish my readers and my lovely girl a Happy Valentine's Day! For those of you who don't have a clue where to take your Valentine's date, I recommend The Melting Pot, a classy fondue restaurant. Fondue is basically a communal type of dinner meal shared around an earthenware pot cooked over a small burner at your table. The light fondue cheese mix inside the pot is usually cooked with traces of wine and kept warm while diners use specially pronged forks to dip bread and other bits of food into it. Although it's deliciously fun, the dining experience can be rather expensive.
Love May Be Cheap, But Fondue Isn't
The Melting Pot is definitely not a place for patrons who are financially squeamish about opening up their wallets wide for a rare romantic dinner. On special occasions like Valentine's Day, expect reservations to be in demand and planned dinner courses for two to cost upwards of $130.00. On other days, the price doesn't fare all that much better - at around $85 per couple. It's amazing how high prices soar for love-related events and merchandise during special holiday occasions like Valentine's Day (just look at the price of online Valentine's day flowers in my last post).
I'm not really a high end restaurant connoisseur (usually preferring to save my money by going elsewhere), but I've been there a few times and enjoyed the food and ambiance. Don't get me wrong - a dinner at the Melting Pot is incredibly expensive, but for that special someone or for that special annual occasion, I think the experience is worth the financial cost. It's not a place I could afford to visit every weekend, but I'd much rather spend money on such experiences than on material trinkets that depreciate over time. Just be sure to snap some photos while you're there to immortalize the memories!
Fondue Restaurants Are a Place For Diners Who Like To Play With Their Food In The Dark
As the restaurant's website proclaims, fondue is a fun and interactive dining experience. If you're clumsy at planning romantic outings (like me), a restaurant like the Melting Pot pretty much does it for you. They keep the place very cozy and the lighting very dim to promote and encourage warm fuzzy feelings. The interactive part is where it gets fun. They pour the fondue broth in front of you and provide you with color tabbed skewers that you use to cook the fresh mushroom, garlic chicken, white shrimp, fillet mignon, ravioli, citrus pork tenderloin, and lobster. Sounds tasty doesn't it?
The reason why I'm reviewing this restaurant chain is because it is where I took my girlfriend to for our very first Valentine's Day dinner. I had a good time and I think she did too. That's the stuffed monkey I gave her. :)