Monday, December 15, 2008

The Melting Pot update, and SantaCon!

So...I forgot to bring my camera to The Melting Pot. Whoops! Though I didn't get any faux fondue, the meal was definitely filling and pretty good, though the price was pretty outrageous (still full price of $50 something for me); luckily I wasn't paying!

We were a group of 11, seated around a large table with 4 fondue pots in the middle. The first course was 4 different kinds of fondue accompanied by bread, tortilla chips, apples, carrots, and broccoli. The server thought there was some vegan mushroom pate for me, but it sadly had sour cream in it. Next up were our salads, mine was a mix of baby greens, walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette. It was pretty tasty. My parents in law ordered a different salad which came with a shallot vinaigrette and was served in a gravy boat, which I stole and used to dip the leftover bread in. I wish I would have thought to ask for oil or something while everyone else was eating fondue!

Next was the entree course. The server was really nice and always asking, "how's my vegan friend? Getting enough to eat?" and made sure everyone at the table knew not to dip meat in the pot in front of me. Each pot had a different broth in it, and I got a huge platter of good stuff to cook in mine. Tofu (frozen and thawed), mushrooms, eggplant, potato, broccoli, asparagus, and Jesse had the vegetarian plate which also included some cheese ravioli. It was a LOT of food and I was totally stuffed. And then there was the final course... dessert!

There was a large menu of chocolate fondues, and many of them included dark chocolate. I was very hopeful that I would get to chow down, but sadly, all of the chocolate fondue had dairy in it. The server made me a beautiful bowl of fruit, though, which pretty much made up for it. Bananas, strawberries, and blackberries, tossed in a sugar glaze and garnished with mint leaves and powdered sugar. Everyone was jealous of my blackberries! Overall, it was a very nice (3 hour!) meal, and they went out of their way to accommodate my veganness. I would definitely not recommend seeking it out for a special vegan dinner, but if friends or family invite you there, have no fear - you will leave stuffed like everyone else!


Santacon is a worldwide event that has many different incarnations depending on locale and culture. Here in Portland, it's a fun-filled day where thousands of Santas take to the streets, interact with strangers, do crazy (but legal) things, and get drunk. I went to a baby shower that afternoon, so I could only go out for the evening, but it was fun! I went with my girlfriend who it took a few drinks to even get a Santa hat on, and we started out at the Holiday Ale Festival. I had already been with Jesse on Thursday, so we didn't need to buy new mugs, and I ended up not having to spend any money at all! How is that possible, you wonder? While we were waiting in line to get in, 3 different people came up and gave me their extra tickets as they were leaving. At first I was kinda shocked and just said, "thanks, uh, ho ho ho!" but after a few people I became more comfortable with my alter ego. More people gave me tickets inside, and I had so many I even gave my friend some! I took lots of pictures with tourists, started a few Christmas carols, and had quite a jolly time. Yay Santacon!

My last minute Santa costume!

Mmmm Barleywine!

All that beer made us hungry, so we ventured to the Tube for nachos, tacos, and ham and cheese sandwiches (all vegan, of course!). Oh, and whiskey. :)


VeganView said...

Whoo hoo, thanks for the details on the melting pot! They really should start a vegan fondue, who needs dairy in dark choc anyways, and next time I go I will def ask for oil, ,good idea to replace the cheese...I am impressed their bread was vegan!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Whoa, the tube nachos are insane! I have been wondering about them for a while now and no one ever orders them!

Melynda said...

Guess what? You don't need the Melting Pot. I have a fondue cooker and I know how to make vegan chocolate fondue so f*** the Melting Pot. I have been there and it is way too over priced. Yes the food is good, but why go there when you can come to my house and eat slices of bananas, strawberries, angel food cake, etc dipped in vegan chocolate fondue. I still need to try making a cheese fondue. Let's have a fondue party! :)

Bianca said...

Oh, I'm so glad to hear about the Melting Pot having tofu. Next time, I'll know. So was the broth with the tofu and veggies like a soup that you got to make at your table?

And you look adorable in your Santa suit! We had a Santa Pub Crawl last year in Memphis, but I couldn't go because I had to go out of town. I haven't heard if its happening again this year.

Chelsea said...

Bianca - the idea with the broth was to cook your veggies and tofu and then fish them out and put them on your plate. If I would have had a bowl, I probably would have done it soup-style!

VeganFabulous said...

You look hot in a santa outfit!

What dipping sauces at Melting Pot were vegan? I walked by there just the other day and didn't think twice about having the option to eat there!

Jeni Treehugger said...

*wolf whistles*
Ain't you the sexiest santa EVER!!
Sounds like you were well cared for at The Melting Pot. 3 hours for dinner is insane!!
And those Tacos look divine!!

If I don't get the chance again I want to wish you and all your loved ones a very Happy, healthy and safe Yule, Christmas and New Year.

Cody said...

I've seen all sorts of fondue Christmas gift sets around that look so awesomely yummy, but all the chocolate melts contain dairy. I suppose it's not hard to do it myself... but, gifts sets make everything seem more fun.

Holy crap, those nachos. Seriously... Want.

alaina said...

holy jeez i want me some of those nachos.