Monday, January 14, 2008

In Review

Drinkers....really, how do you do it? My brother, sister-in-law, Jeanie and I went to the Melting Pot Friday night. We were super excited because we had never been there before. I had every intention of eating my weight in fondue-y goodness, but that never really happened.

Well- I did eat my fair share, but the goodness factor is up for debate, for a number of reasons. The cheese was kind of a wreck because the taste of the alcohol in it made me want to gag! So, so, so very gross. I am no scientist, but the alcohol was the only thing in the mix that I don't regularly consume...and therefore, the culprit of the nasty outcome. I am, for sure, sticking with apple juice and broth when I make fondue.

The meat course was kind of suspect because they told you that the meat was to be cooked about a minute and a half-two minutes. None of us had watches, so we had to estimate. That really freaked me out. I don't enjoy playing salmonella roulette.

The dessert on the other hand.....that was DAMN good. While there were various and sundry jokes about the name, we did get The Flaming Turtle. Oh my land- it was insanely good.

We also went down to San Diego to see my grandparents. My grandpa has a 65 Chevy truck that he gave to my little brother. We have affectionately named it the Green Bean, because at some point, the truck was painted a nice shade of sea foam green. I really don't understand boys and their desire to restore old cars. I can't even begin to list all of the idiosyncrasies of the old truck, but rest assured that it is hilarious to see my dad and brother driving it. The entire trip home I was fighting the urge to call and hum the theme to Sanford and Son. Fine- once or twice I didn't completely resist the urge to do it, but it was all in good fun.

Oh and the truck has a gigantic spot light mounted right outside the drivers side window. Pretty sure it's illegal to use while driving, but it's a good time.

And I nearly got kicked out of a pet store because I asked if the dogs ever got to play or go for walks. Apparently, that pissed the worker girl off because I got several rather snippy responses. She swears that they are 'very well loved.' Poor little guys.


Sara said...

I never even knew they put alcohol in fondue.

Jillian said...

Yeah- most cheese fondue is made of cheese and wine. The one that we ordered apparently had a splash of Brandy in it as well....I nearly choked.

I have always just substituted apple juice for the white wine and it is way better, in my opinion.

Rachael said...

I have always wondered about the poor big dogs in those small crates. It is so sad to see a Golden Retriever ina small if it were a poodle...who cares! :)
The main dish at The Melting Pot is a big waste of time and money. I love the cheese (yummy alcohol!!..just kidding, it doesn't bother me) and the dessert is the whole reason to go isn't it?

becky said...

The constant need to ask "is it cooked or not cooked" about the meats made us decide it was way too much guess work and effort for a meal made of tidbits and morsels. We have concluded this is a stop in for dessert only sort of joint... we have yet to go back a second time though! I am all for the "mini crock" all the same melty goodness and I can enjoy it as often as I like in my pj's, in my home; and thanks to Target for only $14!

Maursupial said...

Yeah, I think I'd rather have my meals cooked for me if I'm going to pay.

Jillian said...

Seriously....I felt overwhelmed with all the responsibility of it and we had to pay for it!!

Sherpa said...

I adore wine in fondue...but I have my limit. I've had too much in fondue and its a little too much.

Jillian said...

I don't think it was the wine that did me in. He splashed in some brandy and I think that was the culprit.