Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Daughter and The Melting Pot

I love fondue. But I'm too lazy to make it on my own. It's why I'm excited when I get to go to The Melting Pot.


It's something I do with my mom every year for my birthday. We've been doing it for over ten years now.





It would always be the two of us. This is because my husband Tom does not like fondue.





I know! I'm baffled too. How can a person NOT like fondue? But I took him to The Melting Pot before, and I'd be all, "Isn't this amazing?" and he'd be like, "No. What the hell is this?"

My son felt the same way. He's never been a fan of melted cheese, so the cheese fondue made him cringe. He has autism, so he's weird about certain foods, and that one seemed to freak him out. He practically sank back into the booth as our waiter prepared the cheese fondue.

So no boys. Fine.

And no Natalie, my daughter, because....well, my daughter has always been...how shall I put it? Stubborn. And wild.




The Melting Pot is no place for a stubborn and wild child because there's a burner right in the middle of the table. I pictured her placing her entire palm against it to prove me wrong when I told her that it was hot.

"I'll see for myself," I imagined her saying, and then the shock on her face as she realized that, oh crap, mom was right. And then we'd rush out for the ER, and I'm sorry, I would NOT want to leave before the chocolate fondue, third degree burns or not.

So Natalie stayed home.

Until she turned ten. My mother said she could join us if I agreed. I said I'd ask Natalie and I won't lie, for a second I debated NOT letting her come because it's nice to go out to eat and not have to deal with children. But as they get older, it gets easier. You can tell them, "Hey, sorry, no iPad," and yeah they might give a dramatic sigh, but they'll understand that they'll have to sit there and, you know, CONVERSE.

"Natalie," I said, "did you want to come with Nona and I to The Melting Pot?"

I thought she'd shriek with excitement and thank me for inviting her. Instead she went, "Maybe. I might want pizza."

Because Tommy was staying home and eating pizza.

"I thought you liked the fondue. You remember the cheese? And the chocolate?"

Natalie's face lit up at that. She is my daughter, after all. "It's the stuff in that silver pot?"

I nodded.

"Oh! Well then, yes! I'll come!" She clapped her hands. "Unless I want pizza that day."




In the end, she decided to come. There was a brief moment of fear when she started waving her poker around, but then she understood that it wasn't supposed to be used to attack.



"It's not a lightsaber," I reminded her.




She did seem happy to be there with us. The girls.





And I was happy when I got a drink. (And yes, that's a Diet Coke next to it, because I need a Diet Coke with every meal.)




Natalie loved the cheese fondue.

"I see why you like this so much," she said through a mouth full of cheese and bread.

"Yes! It's amazing," I answered through a mouth full of cheese and apple.



We always get the four course meal when we go. You get the cheese fondue. A salad. Meats and/or seafood. And chocolate fondue.

Natalie thought cooking the meats and the seafood was a bit strange. She said the broth we cooked everything in was "too spicy." So she didn't eat as much of that. Oh well, more for me.



Not surprisingly, the best part was the chocolate fondue.



I mean, it's amazing. We went with the Yin & Yang, but there are so many fabulous selections:



"If you ever get asked on a date, tell them to bring you to The Melting Pot," I told Natalie as I ate a brownie dipped in chocolate. "And ask if I can come too."

Natalie gave me a Look.

(And I was only semi-joking.)




We had a wonderful evening. By the time we were finished, I was stuffed, but the calories are SO worth it. I can't wait to go back.


Have you ever been to The Melting Pot?









35 comments:

  1. I've actually never been to The Melting Pot! It's definitely on my list of places I would love to try.

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  2. That's it; I'm signing a petition to have one of these restaurants in my city! The food looks delish and I'm a big fan of fondue.

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  3. But fondue is amazing! How can someone not like it?! My dad certainly does like fondue. Spending time with your mum is so important and always so much fun! Mine lives in another country so it's a bit difficult! xx corinne

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  4. I love fondue! And this one looks especially amazing! I will always prefer fondue to pizza! Your little one made the right choice hahah

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  5. I love Fondue too! My children will always have an excuse after excuse to have it. I like that you enjoy spending time with family as well.

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  6. I have never tried Fondue! It is because there is no place to go to in London to get Fondue! This looks incredible and tasty!

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  7. I love Fondue, I'm rather crazy for them..I just tried twice during my vacations & enjoyed it!

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  8. looks so good. Love the light saber comment!

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  9. I love celebrating special occasions at The Melting Pot here in Sacramento, California. Every experience is tasty and wonderful. Three cheers for cheese fondue!

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  10. The Melting Pot looks like a super fun restaurant to visit. I personally have yet to get to a fondue place with my family.

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  11. Oh my god how can you not like fondue. I love it so much I actually imported a traditional fondue set from Switzerland. =D

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  12. You daughter is such a cutie. Also, this plac looks fab, wanna go there one day

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  13. Oh man I should have stopped reading before you mentioned fondue, I should never have read this on an empty stomach. Sigh. I am drooling and can't do anything about it!

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  14. I love love fondue !Chocolate fondue us like a dream!Loved every word you wrote and the pics are super cute 😊

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  15. Jealous of you!! My husband hates that place too.

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  16. I have never been to melting pot but how have I never tried cheese fondue before
    ? You are right it sounds so good and glad that Natalie enjoyed it too x

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  17. I've heard of this place and it sounds like an experience. I think I'd definitely overeat. Those cheese and chocolate sauses are incredible. However, I think it's like Sushi....You have to at least try it once. (and then you'll get hooked and never want anything else ha ha)

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  18. Aww, I love the Melting Pot- my husband and I went there for our first anniversary. The dessert fondue is my favorite!

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  19. Very cute post. I'm not much for chain restaurants like this, but it's great to keep up family traditions!

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  20. Yummmmmyyyyy. Totally starving now! Thanks :P

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  21. I love the melting pot. You guys must had lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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  22. I found this post very interesting to read and I could easy visualise how your son and daughter will react. Loved it. I haven't tried fondue before and I think I'll be more like your son cos I don't like cheese. Lovely read...

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  23. I have not been to the melting pot before. I love the idea of family tradition.

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  24. This is such a cute post. It made me crave for the fondue now and I have to find something similar here. Melting pot looks great.

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  25. I can't imagine not loving fondue!! it's amazing stuff! What a great way to spend your birthday!

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  26. First of all, wish you a Belated Happy Birthday Amber! I love fondue and that chocolate fondue looks divine it! What an amazing way to celebrate birthday with your girls!

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  27. I am not a fun of fondue I am afraid but it's lovely you included your daughter on your mum/daughter duo.

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  28. Love, love love fundue!! I always go out for it as well!! Happy Birthday!!

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  29. I'm obsessed with the melting pot! I used to live down the street from one and would always stop in for dessert. So good!

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  30. Mm... YES. We had one near our work in NJ and we'd go once a month. My friend would get so full he couldn't move after.
    We never ordered actual meals, though. We all shared cheese fondue and then chocolate. There's no locations near here, but probably across the border in Connecticut so I think it's worth the drive.

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  31. Did you say chocolate fondue?! I definitely need to try this! Yummmm

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  32. Wow, first time I've heard of someone who is not a fan of fondue! Love that it resulted though to an all girl bonding activity!

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  33. I am a sucker for fondue and I don' think we have that kind of place here. Now I'm wishing we do and I bet I would go there every week.

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  34. I enjoy fondue once in a while and found myself eating vicariously through your photos. I'm not familiar with the Melting Pot.

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