Happy Tuesday that feels like Monday!
(Don’t you just love that?)
Once again I find myself playing catch up on blogging. Early last week I started getting major side hip pain that since then has gotten worse. Now the pain is not only in my hip but also at the back of my thigh, my calf, and my foot. The result is that I’m not sleeping, I’m hobbling around the house in the morning, and I’m out of sync on my blogging routine. Gotta get it together…
At first I thought it was sciatica and emailed my wonderful massage therapist – but she was out of town. So then I made the mistake of seeing a random massage person at a local spa. $92 later I hobbled out in tears feeling not only all of the same pain I originally had but now this intense bruised feeling down my hip, my butt, and my thigh. It was miserable. I don’t think I’ve gotten a good night’s sleep since last week Wednesday and since then I’ve had 2 massages and 3 chiropractic adjustments. I’m hopeful I can get this fixed this week and not have another weekend of pain and misery. Plus I’m sick of walking everywhere with my large ice pack strapped to my butt/hip!!
Moving on to more fun stuff, my birthday came and went (it was a middle of the week thing) so we were holding off for a weekend to venture out and try a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try forever: the melting pot.
Have any of you gone to a fondue restaurant before? It was SO much fun! We selected the 4 course fondue feast which started with the cheese course. We selected the classic cheese fondue with gruyere, garlic, pepper and a hint of lemon juice squeezed in front of us. The waiter prepared the cheese right at the table walking us through each step and then left us to dip and chew in delight.
Our second course was salad. Ben and I each went with a different but delicious salad option:
By the time I finished my salad, I was already full – and we hadn’t even gotten to the main course yet!! Oh no! We each picked three entrée options. I went with herb seasoned chicken, filet mignon and teriyaki-glazed sirloin. Ben selected the filled pasta of the day, the sirloin, and cheddar/bacon bratwurst. They came out in raw pieces along with our pot of seasoned broth to cook the meat in.
They load the pot with mushrooms, broccoli, and potatoes as well. Plus we received little trays filled with 6 different kinds of dipping sauces – something for everyone!
I was pretty full so I tried a few pieces and then tossed everything else in and cooked it all so we could take it home later. Perfect leftovers!! 🙂
The pace of the meal is pretty slow – giving you time to relax, chat, and enjoy each course. In addition, since it’s more interactive it takes a bit longer than just eating food already fully prepared. I liked my meat medium-well, so I would cook my beef for 2 minutes. Ben likes his more medium and cooked his for 90 seconds. We each had the stopwatches on our phones turned on so we could monitor cooking time.
Even though I was full, you can’t pass up on the fourth and BEST course: chocolate fondue. We selected a milk chocolate fondue with crunchy peanut butter. It was sooooo delicious!!! It came along with a platter filled with all kinds of delectable dipping items (one for each of us). There were jelly-filled donuts, cocoa-dusted marshmallows, rice krispies, brownie bites, cookie bars, strawberries and (my favorite) bananas.
I wasn’t expecting the bananas to be so good but when they were dipped in the hot chocolate they got this marvelous whipped cream texture that was to DIE for. I could have eaten an entire plate of just bananas!
(yessssss…. food porn)
And since I was the birthday girl:
It was the absolute perfect meal. We just loved it and I can’t wait to go back again. 🙂
The happy dinner folks:
It was a great birthday dinner. Even though I’m getting old now (and feeling it too!) it’s fun to do a little something to celebrate. Plus, I received these beautiful flowers from a certain wonderful hubby.
Nothing beats sniffing fragrant flowers all day long! Happy, happy gal!