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Birthday Weekend

September 26, 2010

Yesterday I turned the big 2-4 (exactly 3 weeks after Dear Husband). I woke up to coffee and breakfast:

Mushroom, Organic Bacon, and Cheese Omelet

We spent the day in Charlotte due to the fact that dinner reservations were at The Melting Pot. Before dinner, my sister-in-law and I got a mani/pedi and she took me to Trader Joe’s!! Yes, it was my first time, and no, I didn’t tell them (remember the whole bell ringing thing…). But it was lovely! I was only sad that I couldn’t get any cold items (they would not have lasted the two hour drive home).

I did rack up on some goodies, though:

  • Dried Mango
  • Orange Flavored Dried Cranberries
  • Israeli Couscous
  • Harvest Grains Blend
  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix
  • Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Mix
  • Reduced Guilt Brownies (2)

I am most excited about this:

PUMPKIN BUTTER

“We suggest using Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter as a pastry filling, poultry glaze, ice cream topping, on toast or mixed with fat free cream cheese for a unique spread.”

I already have some ideas about some awesome Pumpkin Pancakes…

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures at The Melting Pot (I was too focused on the meal and spending time with Dear Husband). I will let you know that we enjoyed the Big Night Out four course menu, which included:

  • CHEESE: Fondue à la France. A rich, smooth combination of baby Brie, Fontina, Gruyère and Raclette cheeses accented with Nueske’s bacon, onions, white-truffle cream and fresh chives. Dippers included granny smith apples, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and assorted breads.
  • SALAD: 
    The Melting Pot House Salad. Crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes, crispy croutons and sliced egg with Peppercorn Ranch Dressing.

  • ENTREE: Fondue Feast. Filet Mignon, Peppercorn-Crusted NY Strip, Chicken Provencal, Roasted-Garlic Shrimp, Maple Leaf Farms Duck a l’Orange, Ratatouille & Goat Cheese Ravioli and Fresh Vegetables (Mushrooms – YUMMM, Broccoli, and Red Potatoes).

  • CHOCOLATE: Cookies ‘n Cream Marshmallow Dream. Dark chocolate topped with marshmallow cream, flambéed, swirled together and garnished with Oreo cookie crumbs. Dippers included fresh strawberries, bananas, rice crispy treats, brownies, cheesecake, pound cake, and marshmallows.

It was an amazing experience and our waitress, Kristin, was phenomenal! A classy combination of service and a sense of humor. Too bad she didn’t inform me of the chocolate down the front of my shirt, she would have hit a home run if she had! Despite that, we signed up for the Club Fondue and entered a sweepstakes to win free fondue for a year (cross your fingers for us)!!

Now, let me get my hands on some pumpkin pancakes!! 🙂

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