Feb 19, 2010

Melting Pot melts in your mouth

If you have a chance to go to the Melting Pot, a unique fondue restaurant in Huntsville and other cities, take it. The experience is unlike anything you'll ever have.
First of all was the setting. Located in a secluded section of Bridgestreet Towncenter on the second floor, it's a quest just trying to find it. Make sure you get there early like we did in case you get lost. The setting of the restaurant is almost a maze of tables and walls making it so each table is sectioned off, giving you a feeling a privacy and romance.
The menu is laid out into cheeses, salads, entrees, and deserts. everything except the salad is partially cooked at your table. I will admit, the cheese was funky, but in a good way. We got a platter which ment we were able to select one item from each thing on the menu. We chose a Wisconsin cheese and it was potent. It used a lot of blue cheese which gave it an odd kick. It wasn't bad, but I don't know if it is something I'd try again. Next up was salads, nothing to marvel at there. Salad is salad. The entree was something like an herb and spices broth with a platter of raw meats that you drop in the broth and cook yourself. We had a selection of chicken, lobster, shrimp, steak, ravioli, sausage, and veggies. The food takes about 10 minutes to cook, give or take, but the longer you leave it in the better it tastes. Each meat sucked up all the flavor of the broth making for an awesoem and interesting taste. Along with that, they provide a selection of dipping sauces for your meat.
But, OMG, nothing...nothing compared to the desert. We got the Yin Yang desert which is a mix of dark chocolate and white chocolate prepared to look like its namesake. To dip we had strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, brownies, marshmallows, and rice crispies. The chocolate was just the right balance of sweet and the way it melts in your mouth was unbelievable. It was hands down the best chocolate covered strawberry I have ever had, and I had to restrain from licking the bowl.
On top of wonderful food was great service. The waitresses made sure our glasses were always full but still managed to give us our privacy. It was kind of pricey but definitely worth it for a special occasion. It was the perfect atmosphere for a night you'll never forget.

Feb 3, 2010

Percy and the Olympians fun and easy read

Recently, I've been seeing previews for the new movie Percy and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The preview looked really good and I remember a friend telling me about the book and being a person who doesn't like to read the book after the fact, I went and picked it up. The first thing you should know is that the reading level is for like 10-15. That didn't really phase me, some of the best books are for young adults. Look at Harry Potter. I found myself proven right. The Lightning Thief was a great read! It didn't feel like I was dumbing myself down to read it. The only young adult theme was that Percy was 12 and there was no sexuality or vulgarity, which is fine by me. Another thing was the the huge elements of Greek mythology. I LOVE Greek mythology so this book was right up my alley. The action sequences were quick but plentiful, and Rick Riordan's twist upon one of my favorite subjects was really interesting. The book was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Greek mythology, a quick read, or just doesn't want to be out of the loop in the movie.