When I find myself craving some comfort from Vancouver’s dreary and rainy days, I turn to cheesy fondue. Fondue warms my spirits and brings out my inner child; dunking food into gooey pots of cheese is fun.
Depending on whether you want to make your own or let someone else do the work, here are a couple of options in Vancouver for you.
Burgoo Bistro: http://burgoo.ca
Burgoo Bistro is well-known for serving up food for comfort. This includes not one, but two types of fondue: Fonduemental, with molten gruyère & emmenthal cheese, white wine and kirsch; and the Brie Fondue, with roasted garlic, honey and white wine. Both are served with cut red apple, grapes and crusty bread for dipping.
les amis du FROMAGE: http://buycheese.com
This gem of a cheese shop has two Vancouver locations. Not only will les amis du FROMAGE grate a perfect blend of cheese for your fondue mix, they provide a recipe and you can even borrow a fondue pot. They also have a selection of fondue accoutrements such as gerkins, pickled onions and olives.
When I make my own fondue, I like to dredge big shards of crusty bread, blanched broccoli and asparagus, or roasted cauliflower and potatoes into it. For a little cheese-on-cheese action, dipping cheese puffs or cheese sticks into your fondue will take it to the next level of euphoric comfort. Everything is better with cheese after all.
And don’t lose your bread in the pot! Tradition states that if a piece of bread falls off a man’s fork into the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks. If a woman loses her bread in the pot, she must kiss all her neighbours.
A perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, don’t you think?