My treasure has turned 23! I so clearly remember going to China to get her – how little she was – it seems just like yesterday sometimes.
We celebrate Family Day every July and for the past 10 years or so, we’ve splurged with a trip to The Melting Pot in downtown Minneapolis. (Yes, I completely get the irony that we’re celebrating the blending of two cultures/two races by eating at a place called The Melting Pot).
This year YA had a really hard summer with several summer school classes and a lot of work as well and we could never find a good time for The Melting Pot. With her birthday last week, we decided we should go now.
Usually we take the bus downtown because I really dislike driving downtown, but with the sloshy weather and how long it takes, we decided to drive. Instead of splitting a salad, we each had our own. YA remembered that last time we were there we tried their blackberry lemonade and didn’t care for it, so we just had water. Even though these parts of the tradition were different, we went with the only fondue that will do – the alpine with gruyere and emmentaler. They make the fondue right at the table so you get to see the wine, the garlic, the fresh ground pepper and even fresh ground nutmeg go in before your eyes.
And even after scrapping every bit of cheese out of the pot, we always finish up with chocolate. This year we did the milk chocolate with peanut butter. Little bites of pound cakes, brownie, strawberries, banana and pineapple – YUM-O! A wonderful end to our wonderful little tradition.
What is your favorite fondue dipper?