My friend Ida invited me out to her house in Victorville for a Raclette lunch/dinner party with her roommates and friends.  I have driven through Victorville on my way to Vegas but I have never actually spent any time in the high desert city.  I have also never had Raclette, a swiss dish where you put melted cheese on top of meats, veggies and breads.  So early this afternoon, I headed off for new adventures in Victorville.

wpid-2012-12-30-15.49.26.jpgIda had tried to explain Raclette to me but until you see the cooking apparatus, you don’t quite understand.  This really is a family style meal and one where you need to bring your appetite.  On the top part of the cooking apparatus, you grill the veggies and meats.  Underneath, there are these little pans that are used to melt the cheese.  When the cheese is ready, you take a piece of bread (or a tortilla), you put the veggies and meats on the bread then you scrape your melted cheese over the top.  You can use different breads, different meats, and different cheeses.  It was really good and definitely a good food option for a party.

As for Victorville, I didn’t really get to explore the actual city but I did like the wide open spaces and Joshua trees.  This would be a great place to do some star-gazing or to watch a meteor shower.  But not on this particular night, it was overcast and only 23 degrees.  I actually had to scrape ice off my windshield when I was leaving Ida’s house.  I definitely want to go back and explore Victorville a little more.