This past Sunday Evening, my Fiance and I had the most amazing experience at the Melting Pot in Jacksonville FL.
To start things off, let me give The Melting Pot a proper Introduction for those of you who have not experienced the Interactive Dining Night Out.
The Melting Pot is a Fondue Restaurant, that serves a variety of customers with choices on cooking styles: Meats, Seafood, Salads, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Chocolates, drinks and so much more. (details to come) The Melting Pot is Perfect for the following:
- A Casual dinner with Family
- A Proposal (read about “Lovers Lane” Below)
- A Business Meeting to entertain clients
- A Birthday Party
- A Date Night
- An Anniversary
- Or Just because you LOVE the Melting Pot
You do not have to have a 4-course meal every time. (Although it is so amazing) Running short on time? Visit during Weekday Happy Hours and enjoy half off cheese and Chocolates with a refreshing drink. ( Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm at the Jacksonville Fl Location)
Something worth noting as you arrive to the restaurant, is to make a reservation. Making your reservation is important because it allows the staff to better serve you. It was just myself and my Fiance, so we had a reservation in “Lovers Lane” as they would call it. This is very special, because your seating is very intimate and you are sectioned off as if you have a private room. (VIP status right?) Lovers Lane is perfect for Celebrating an Anniversary and even a proposal! When you make the reservation be specific on what you are celebrating, they will make it their mission for you to have a PERFECT night. (Like showering your soon to be Fiance with Roses on the table prior to you dropping on one knee).
So we sat down in Lovers Lane, a table for two with one burner and started to take a look at the Menu. We chose to do the 4-Course Experience: Both Choosing “The Classic” which consists of the following meat selection:
- Certified Angus Beef® sirloin
- Memphis-style dry rub pork
- Pacific white shrimp
- Herb-crusted chicken breast
- Teriyaki-marinated sirloin
The Four Course Experience means that you get a Cheese Fondue, a Salad, an Entree (Listed above) and a Chocolate Fondue. (Yum!)
A Special Menu Item to Jacksonville is the “Jacksonville’s Big Night Out” which entails:
- Cold water lobster
- Teriyaki-marinated sirloin
- Memphis-style dry rub pork
- Cranberry habanero chicken
- Honey cinnamon pork
- Wild Mushroom sacchetti
For Drinks, we started with waters and lemon, until I came across the Sunshine Sangria (I was sold) so Joseph ordered a Cider. Not only was my Sangria amazing, it was too cute to pass up on a picture. #SangriaSelfie
Cheese Fondue: We went with the Bourbon Bacon Chedder (Featured Cheeses: Aged cheddar, Emmenthaler Melted with: Lager beer, bacon, dry mustard, garlic, Worcestershire, bourbon). It was nothing short of amazing, the tiny pieces of bacon are so flavorful and who doesn’t love bacon? It was definitely a struggle, for all the cheese lovers out there some other options are: Wisconsin Cheddar, Classic Alpine, Bacon and Brie, Fiesta… and so much more. For anyone with Food Allegeries or dietary restrictions, the Melting Pot will melt down your own cheese! (How awesome is that?)
With the cheese Fondue, you get a variety of dipping options. Bread, Green Apples (My FAV), Broccoli, and Carrots. Don’t be shy! If there is something in particular that you like to dip (Any Bread Lovers out there?) just be sure to tell your server. They will bring you more, or even replace the options you don’t want with the items you love.
Salad Time: I love salad, and it was so hard for me to resist my ususal go-to… a Caesar Salad. I was sold on the Melting Pot House Salad, with the Sweet and Tangy house made dressing! (I wanted to bottle this up and take it home with me. SO GOOD). Joseph got a Caesar Salad, with Pine Nuts on top! For anyone who just loves KALE they have a Kale Caesar Salad too.
Cooking Style: Next we chose our cooking style for the meats. Seasoned Court Bouillon was the winner, it is a light seasoned vegetable broth. It was so easy cooking our own meats at the table. There are a few ways to go about it. The table is set with the meats (or Seafood etc.) that you chose off the original Menu, along with some vegtables. it is recommended that you cook the vegetables in the pot for 2 minutes and the meat for 3 minutes. 3 min being well-done. The pieces of meat are small, and you cannot “burn” them, so feel free to leave them in there a while longer. There is a “Search and Rescue Spoon” that is given to you, just in case you lose that piece of food in the cooker. Some People (Mostly Men) who love to eat instantly and not wait around, will dump all of there food in at once. Then using the search and rescue spoon, retrieve everything and devour it. I made Joseph eat slowly and enjoy the experience, although I am sure he would have opted for the “dump everything in” method.
Attention Sauce Lovers: There is a multitude of sauces served with your course, from tangy to sweet, you can mix it up or try one of every kind.. like me!
As you can see we thoroughly enjoyed the cooking experience. The slow-pace dinner gives us time to really unwind, enjoy the food and just enjoy being in each other’s company.
THE BEST FOR LAST…
Chocolate Fondue: The best part of the four course meal was hands down the chocolate fondue. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach when it comes to sweets. Out of all the delicious choices of chocolate, we agreed on the SMORE’S Fondue (YES, they really have that). The chocolate Fondue is served with fresh strawberries, blondies, bananas, pineapple, marshmallow treats, pound cake and brownies. (*Gluten-free dipper plate available upon request.) With everyone having different food preferences, The Melting Pot will accommodate vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free etc. You can bring your own Vegan Chocolate and they can make the Fondue for you!
That’s a wrap on my experience dining at the Melting Pot. (I am already thinking about going back this week to try another course selection) The quality food, delightful service and experience is what makes it all worth it.
Before I get to my GIVEAWAY details…
The Melting Pot is a unique dining experience. Something that sets them above the rest is there options on table settings. They have a intimate table for two with the single burner (like my experience) They offer a table that two burners, or three burners etc. and as if you couldn’t have a bigger party they have rooms that comfortably open up to seat 48!
The Captains Room:
This room is like no other, and the perfect setting for a large family, a business meeting, or to celebrate with friends. The walls are filled with wine of all sorts, and you are sure to feel special.
There are rooms within the restaurant with walls that can be removed for larger parties as well.
At the Jacksonville Location, we happened upon the plaques on the wall that recognize their individual employees and give recognition for outstanding work performance. I think it is clear that The Melting Pot cares just as much for its Employees as they do their Customers.
The Bar Area:
Don’t forget, the Chocolate and Cheese Fondue is 1/2 off during Happy Hour!
GIVEAWAY (Runs from 8/24-8/27)
The Melting Pot has been gracious enough to give away 3 GIFTCARDS ($45) to my readers. In order for you to enter you must go to my Instagram: HERE
Follow the Instructions and GOODLUCK!
Winners will be announced Here: Allison, Kristina and Niki! Congratulations!
The Melting Pot Jacksonville FL Full Menu: HERE
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A big THANK YOU to the Melting Pot for Sponsoring this Post
What is Sweet Pete’s?
In one sentence: The Sweetest Destination on Earth
- Candy Factory
- Restaurant & Bar
- Dessert Bar
- Retail Shop
- Perfect Place to Host a Party
- Candy Making Classes
- & so much more
What is Candy Apple Cafe?
- Restaurant Located inside Sweet Pete’s
- Full Bar
- Known for their AMAZING Candy Cocktails
- Light Dinner Entrees
- (P.S. they serve BRUNCH)
So, let’s get to my GNO with my two of my best friends Peyton and Cierra!
After a long work week, we all met at the the Candy Apple Cafe 6pm sharp to unwind with a delicious Candy Cocktail. Let me warn you, it was so hard to choose which one I wanted to get. Their Cocktail Menu is amazing, I resulted to asking our server what the sweetest Cocktail was… final decision: Sweet Pete’s Watermelon Sour. Cierra (left) got the Golden Ticket and Peyton (right) got the Blackberry Basil Mule.
What I love about the cocktails is that they are not all overkill Sweet… it gives you and your girls the perfect variety to satisfy your individual drink style.
What makes the Candy Apple Cafe a destination for a GNO is obvious when you walk through the doors. The decor is eclectic, fun and Instagram-worthy. Cozy up in a corner booth, take a seat at the bar or socialize in a center table. We spent an hour in the cafe before our Candy and Cocktail class, and it flew by. Catching up over CANDY cocktails, is hands down the best way to start your weekend.
Take a look at the adorable interior:
Next up, we made our way to the Candy and Cocktails Class.
Sign up for a class: HERE
This Class is hosted by both Sweet Pete’s and the Candy Apple Cafe, you will learn how to make candy as well as a cocktail. The class that we took part in was learning to make an Old Fashioned Bourbon and Twisted Lollipops. The class was incredible, interactive and now we can make this cocktail at home for our friends and family. During the class, you receive a drink ticket for your choice of Wine or Beer as well as “Little Nibbles”. (Cheese, Fruits, Crackers, Flatbreads, Dips..etc)
The Candy Making Experience:
I have never in my life made any type of candy, all three of us were blown away at how fast, few ingredients and simple technique it took to make a lollipop. (Like the ones you see at Disney World).
Fun Facts we learned durning the Candy Making:
- All Candies are made with the same Ingredients but the temperature you cook them at is what makes the different types.
- The Lollipops that we made are cooked to 310 degrees and then harden after 60 seconds from the air.
- Sweet Pete’s uses natural stone during this process.
- What makes Sweet Pete’s the best place to make and purchase candy… it is all made by hand. Most companies use machinery to produce different candies, Sweet Pete’s is unique and they are all about the candy making experience.
- To get that “Swirl” effect you see in the candies (red and white) we learned that you have one square block of the white and cut long rectangular strips and place it on top of the white. The light and stone allow the sugary goodness to melt into each other, and by twisting this together, there you have the swirl.
Take a look it the visuals:
Everyone in the class got to go up and make two lollipops to take home. You will have to take a class yourself to fully experience the candy making process, we already want to go back!
The Cocktail Making Experience:
This was the fun part, we started with a glass that had a few ice cubes in it. Then we took the jigger and measured out the Bourbon, added the shot of whiskey, had the option of two different flavored bitters (orange and berry) and lastly added in a small piece of the candy we made!
Tip: The longer you let the candy sit in the glass, the sweeter your drink will be.
A big thank you to the best Candy Maker, we had to get a picture with him afterwards. One thing I will compliment, is that the staff genuinely loves their jobs which makes your night out Amazing, it is like one big party.
Dessert Bar Time!!
As if we weren’t in a sugar coma yet.. off we went to the DESSERT BAR.
I had a Birthday Cake Milkshake with EXTRA sprinkles on top, Cierra had a Dipped Key Lime Pie Bar, and Peyton had a Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cone.
Something special about the Key Lime Pies, and Dipped Pie Bars, they are from a sister company ~Key West Key Lime Pie Company
Last but not least, we had to take some of these sweets home with us. So we headed over to the Candy Shop and filled up our CYO (create your own) candy boxes.
Just like this perfect take home box, our Girls Night out was PERFECT. We got to catch up, learn how to make candy, cocktails, laugh and just have fun. Sweet Pete’s and the Candy Apple Cafe give you the perfect excuse to hang out with your girls, dress up, and have fun.
Plan your next night out, class, or sweet treat.
More photos from the store on the first floor (you will thank me later!)
Follow Sweet Pete on Instagram: HERE
Follow Candy Apple Cafe on Instagram: HERE
Follow Key West Key Lime Pie Company on Instagram: HERE
A big THANK YOU to Sweet Pete’s and Candy Apple Cafe for having us! A GNO we will never forget.
The Salt Life Food Shack in St. Augustine FL is known for it’s Savory Sea Food, “Take it Easy” atmosphere, and Live Music. The location itself is completely multifunctional, whether you are bringing your kids to grab a bite to eat (Patio Seating), entertaining a business client (Inside Seating) or celebrating something special (Roof Top Deck)… there’s a seat for you.
Patio Seating (Level 1): This is where we enjoyed our food, listened to live music and just relaxed. The outdoor patio is very casual, bench style seating is available, each table has an umbrella (blocking that Florida sun) and the Live Music is set up in the corner. Directly in front of the Music there is a first come first serve seating area (cushioned seating) where families and couples can sit and wait for their table, or even enjoy a full meal. The staff will bring you drinks, food and even help entertain those little ones who can’t sit still at a table.
Arriving at Salt Life Food Shack, you have the option to vallet your car or find the additional parking on the back side of the building. We got lucky, and found a spot as soon as we pulled in. The building itself is one of a kind, and highlights the versatility of the restraunt, before you even walk through the doors. As we walked in, we were immediately greeted by the hostess and shortly after brought to our outside table where live music was already playing. Something worth noting, is that the staff is really there to serve you and make the experience as memorable as possible. You won’t mind the wait, appetizers are brought out to the parties waiting to be seated on busy nights. (are you hungry yet?) Once seated, our waitress started us of with the Drink Menu… I ordered a glass of Sangria and My Fiance Joseph ordered an Angry Orchard Cider (so exciting right?) If you aren’t a plain jane like him, you will love the fruity island concoctions from the bar. ~Happy Hour Information: Happy Hour (4-6:30 pm) Monday through Friday. $1.00 Off All Liquor Drinks, House Wine & Drafts.~
Now it is time for the Teasers (aka Appetizers), I ordered the Fried Calamari and it was amazing. The calamari was fresh, tender and best dipped in the Shack Sauce. This was my first time trying calamari, so thank you Salt Life for hooking me!
A few Teasers that might interest you:
- Bahamian Conch Chowder
- Tuna Tostada
- Shrimp and Chorizo Nachos
Now onto the Main Menu, I went fried for the appetizer so I decided to go fried for dinner too. I ordered the Southern Fried Shrimp: Seasoned Hand-breaded Shrimp Fried to absolute perfection.
And Joseph ordered the Wood-Grilled Mahi Fish Sandwhich with a side of Black Bean Orzo… which he devoured in 3 minutes.
After we listened to a few more songs on the patio, we found ourselves eyeing the desert menu. Pineapple Upside Down Cake won my heart. Hands down, the best I have had in my life. For those of you who are not sure what it is, let me break it down: Rum soaked yellow cake served warm, infused with crushed pineapple. (Basically short definition: Heaven on a plate)
After we finished our desert, we got our picture taken and placed on a Salt Life Post Card! This is something that is free to all customers, on the post card itself you will find your picture in the center, the current specials, and a coupon for a Free Appetizer during your next Visit. Your photo is also available for Purchase. See ours below!
This guy was amazing, and usually plays on Wednesdays and one Saturday a month.
Did you know?
The Salt Life Food Shack is a SCRATCH kitchen. They can cook anything and everything you want, however you want it. Food allergies? No problem Gluten Free Menu: HERE
Excuses you can use to eat at Salt Life Food Shack:
- Your Birthday
- Date Night
- Girls Night Out
- Engagement Celebration
- Retirement Party
- New Job
- Just Because
Full Menu: HERE
Visit Salt Life Food Shack’s Website: HERE
Follow Salt Life Food Shack St. Augustine on Instagram: HERE
A Huge THANK YOU to Salt Life Food Shack St. Augustine for having us, and Marcos, you and your team were amazing!