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snax Oct 19, 2013 06:32 AM

A girlfriend of mine is getting married in a few months time. She asked me 3 years ago that if she "ever gets married, can you buy me a found pot?".
Do I keep my word? Or do I buy her a dutch oven (or something else) because realistically it's much more practical?

I'm pretty certain she would only use it for dipping strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows in chocolate.

Australia doesn't have a huge choice and they all seem 'for show' but perhaps this is all she needs?
http://www.everten.com.au/fondue-sets...

Alternatively I'm currently in Paris and can drop by E.Dehillerin quite easily. Granted postage to Australia is crazy expensive, perhaps tax to pay, and the fear of the item being broken in transit.

What are people thoughts? Do I just buy a pretty fondue pot in Australia, buy something lovely in Paris, or perhaps pick up a dutch oven instead?

Thanks for any input :-)

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  1. CarrieWas218 Oct 19, 2013 06:36 AM

    I would ask her...

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      schrutefarms Oct 19, 2013 09:15 AM

      I would take her at face value, buy a fondue pot, and include the gift receipt. Maybe remind her that she wanted one. Not sure if they sell these in Austrailia, but I have a great stainless steel one made by Cuisenart.,

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        youareabunny Oct 19, 2013 02:21 PM

        I'd say just get it. She's going to be newly married, is probably a bit young and just wants to enjoy. It's not all about practicality and I think she'll find the gift that much more meaningful that you remembered her request. Can you pack it in your carry on or check in? Will be safer that way.

        And thanks for the note, I will have to see what these dehillerin fondue pots are about! I Will be here til Dec.

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          Hobbert Oct 19, 2013 02:39 PM

          If that's what she wants, get it (assuming its in your budget). It's a bit patronizing to not buy someone an item they specifically asked for just because they won't use it in the way you think they should. However, if you think she just said it in offhand way and didn't really want one, ask! Or just send money :)

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            snax Oct 19, 2013 03:34 PM

            Thanks all. She is early 20's and just wants to settle down and have chocolate fondue with friends on a Friday night. Sounds pretty good to me. I'm travelling for 3 months and am not able to travel with any additional weight, so I'll keep an eye out in France, and on my way East for a really nice fondue pot. Otherwise I'll pick one up in Australia. I might dress it up with a Microplain Grater, as it's one of those items that you never really know how useful it is until you get a good one,

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              Ttrockwood Oct 19, 2013 06:47 PM

              With your gift perhaps on the card say something like "remember that time you said to me.........."

            2. KarenDW Oct 20, 2013 11:34 PM

              depending on where in Australia you will end up, there are some good cookware shops to be found. I'd suggest purchasing there, or else order on-line and have shipped direct.
              Postage/freight costs are crazy.

              1. kaleokahu Oct 21, 2013 04:11 PM

                Hi, snax:

                Here's what I'd do...

                In Paris, buy her a really nice rechaud (the tabletop burner a fondue pot goes on) and set of fondue forks. I would either completely forego the pot itself (have her use a small saucepan), OR get her an inexpensive pot with those maddening notches for the forks when you get back to USA.

                If she likes to entertain, the rechaud would be a treasure she can use for both fondue and other things. Good ones are much cheaper in France than in USA.

                I have the LC fondue set, which I do not care for when doing fondue. The "burner" is not really adjustable; the frame is bizarre; and the ECI pot usually scorches the cheese at some point. I mostly use the pot separately for small-batch deep frying.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

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