Melted Cheese and Chocolate

Plus great company, what more could you ask for? Some tasty bubbly perhaps?

We went out last night to the Melting Pot for dinner with our friends Danielle and Tom. Always excellent to see them, especially over a fun meal. Restaurant week is now over until August, but we took advantage of it again last night.

For dinner we had a melted cheese fondue of swiss cheeses served with various bread, veggies and green apples for dinner. The second course was meat fondue in a vegetable broth, served with terrikayi steak, chicken, shrimp, gorganzola and shrimp ravioli and assorted vegetables. Finally, we had a dark chocolate fondue with marshmellow cream and Oreo crumbles. Yum. Excellent food!!

The meal was pretty much fixed, we could change the cheese and chocolate, but that was about it. So I figured with the mix of food and flavors I would pick a sparkling wine. I haven’t had a Cava in a while, so that’s what I went with. A Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut. The restaurant price was $28, 11.5% alcohol by volume and a traditional champagne closure. I see that it’s available around $10 online, so not a terrible markup for a restaurant.

In the mouth, there were apples, pears and spices, with a hint of either a nectarine or a peach. There were nice little bubbles in the mouth and a good finish. I liked it, and would get it again if I could find it again for $10!

3 Responses

  1. Cava — a great idea for fondue. Sounds like a fun time.

    You were mentioning heartburn before and if you don’t still feel it after that meal, I’m sure you’re free of it. I rarely get it, but I find the richness and excess of the holidays are perfect instigators. (Like this or more of this this — know what I mean?)

    I have friends who very much enjoy drinking wine yet frequent acid reflux has forced them to change their habits, even their lifestyle. Sad… skipping that glass of wine with dinner is no fun at all.

    There is treatment for chronic acid problems that have been proven effective and I’m not sure if your investigation last week came across it. It is a probiotic thing called Bio-K+ — pharmacies and health food stores likely it. I have one friend who swears by it and figures there’d be no wine without it.

    In any case, I look forward to more wine with dinner reviews from you, and the next 100 posts!


  2. Hi Marcus-

    Thanks for visiting. I’ve been heartburn free for nearly 5 days now. I don’t know where it went or what brought it on in the first place, but I’m really hoping it was just an adjustment period to eating at a different hour now that Matt gets home quite a bit later with his new job.

    If it comes back again I will look into your Bio-K suggestion, but for the moment, I’m just going to hope it stays away!!


  3. Glad to hear it. And, by the way, that soup you’ve just uploaded looks good and hearty.

    I posted a hearty meal to my blog today too — I guess it’s the season calling for it. Enjoy!


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