Do You Fondue?

by Jenn (eating bender) on January 24, 2012

Why yes, yes I do. :)

Actually, I had never been to a fondue restaurant until Sunday night. My friend Lauren recently spotted a Groupon for Geja’s Cafe, a Lincoln Park area restaurant known not only for their amorous atmosphere (which we found amusing) but also their amazingly melted foods.

Unfortunately, the dim lighting left me with some very orange pictures, so we’re getting a little creative with the sepia tint. 😉 After perusing the menu, I decided on the Cheese and Chocolate Fondue dinner, which includes a Geja’s salad to start. It was perfectly light with lettuce, cucumbers and Italian-style dressing. No better way to ease into a waterfall of cheese and chocolate.

Then it was time for the cheese portion of the meal. Geja’s cheese fondue is an imported Gruyere blended with white wine, Kirsch cherry brandy, and spices. In a word, it was mouthwatering.

For dipping, we were given a basket of red and golden apple wedges and sweet grapes, plus French, pumpernickel and pretzel breads. My favorites were by far the apple wedges and the pretzel breads. They paired perfectly with the gooey cheese.

Our waitress also brought out a plate of raw veggies for me: broccoli, onion, potatoes and mushrooms. When Lauren’s entree came out (she went with one of the meat platters on the menu), I was also given a choice of red, green and yellow peppers. Delish!

We happily munched and chatted for well over two hours. Lauren also enjoyed a glass of prosecco.

Then it was time for the main event: flaming chocolate fondue!

The flame is thanks to the orange liqueur that is mixed in with the chocolate. It gave the whole thing quite a kick, that’s for sure! This fondue was served with strawberries, apples, banana, pineapple, graham cracker crumbs, pound cake, rice krispies and marshmallows for roasting.

My favorites were the fruits and the pound cake. The extra sweetness from the rice krispies and marshmallows was a bit too much, even for this sweet tooth. But I’ll never turn down chocolate with fruit or cake – they make perfect pairs.

We left with happy and full bellies, pausing to take a slightly awkward picture near the front door.

I definitely will be making a return trip to Geja’s – it would be a great place to bring Bobby!

Thanks for scoping out the Groupon, Lauren. :)

Do you use daily deal sites to check out new restaurants? If so, which have you tried?


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emilie January 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

LOVE fondue. It’s so fun!


2 Jenn (eating bender) January 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

Agreed! Can’t wait to go back!


3 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I love fondue! It’s so fun!


4 Jenn (eating bender) January 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’m excited to go again. I also want to check out The Melting Pot. Have you ever been there?


5 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

Yup, it was fun! The interior design of the one i went to was awesome. It was like a cave.


6 Megan (Braise The Roof) January 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Back when I was a server, I had regulars (a couple) who used to come to us once a week and to Geja’s another day. Every week! They always told me how amazing it was, but I never checked it out- I know I absolutely should! Melted cheese and chocolate complete me. :)


7 Jenn (eating bender) January 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

You definitely need to — you will absolutely fall in love with that cheese. It makes me drool a little just thinking about it, not going to lie… :)


8 Erica January 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

mmm fondue is amazing! I’m not sure if I like the cheese or chocolate better!! Love groupon and living social


9 Jenn (eating bender) January 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

It’s definitely a tough choice!


10 BroccoliHut January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Hah! The first line of your post made me giggle aloud. I love a good pun :)


11 Jenn (eating bender) January 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

Haha – thank you! You know I love ’em, too. :)


12 Melissa @TryingtoHeal January 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Oh….I’ve never had fondue but always wanted to try the chocolate..there used to be a fondue place down the street from me in college. I should have gone then!

I haven’t used those sites for food related stuff, but several times for traveling/hotels! So cheap!


13 Jenn (eating bender) January 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

Well we’ll just have to go sometime, lady!!


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