Back in the days of bell bottoms, ironed hair, and harvest gold kitchen appliances, fondue parties were all the rage. The 1970s have returned with a vengeance, thanks to Deal Grocer, and so, it would seem, has fondue. Gone are the simple communal pots in frighteningly drab earth tones—nowadays, fondue has gone gloriously high-tech, complete with LED heaters, fashionable finishes, and even funky shapes, such as one that looks like a Hershey’s Kiss.
But how did it all begin? The word fondue simply means “melted” in French and specifically refers, in the culinary sense, to melted cheese. Here in the Philippines chocolate fondue are preferred over what it originally was. Fondue was originally created out of necessity by people living in remote villages in the Swiss Alps. With only local food sources to sustain them during harsh winters, they found that melting stale cheese rendered it not only edible, but delicious, and that even dried-out bread became quite good when dunked in this creamy concoction.
Many varieties of the Classic Swiss Fondue now exist, with each cuisine adding its own twist—special seasonings, regional cheeses, different cooking liquids. For example, the Fondue Savoyarde of the French Alps calls for Beaufort cheese and Savoyard white wine, while the traditional Fonduta of Italy’s Piedmont region employs a sweeter Fontina cheese and egg yolks. As for American Fondue, well, we’ve evolved beyond the days of melted Velveeta—we recommend using a good artisanal cheese and American-distilled cherry brandy.
During our weekend at Tagaytay, for my daughter's birthday, Bhogs and I luckily found time all for ourselves for a snack, after a light to medium dinner at Shakey's Tagaytay. Armed with a Deal Grocer voucher on our left hand and faith on our right, we snatched a fine moment at Restaurant Verbena of Discovery Suites.
I don't know what really to expect, I could not recall if I had a cheese fondue already, but can dipping your potato chips or garlic bread slices into microwave-melted cheddar count?
As promised by deal grocer, we were swept away by this romantic food-trip that is summer-perfect, with a classic Emmental Cheese fondue. A traditional fondue at its finest, made with ementhaler, kirsch, and white wine.
Restaurant Verbena - Tagaytay
Discovery Country Suites
300 Calamba Road,
San Jose Tagaytay City
+63 46 413 4567 (Tagaytay)
+63 02 529 8172