Last weekend Othman and I went to his parents' for dinner, and we had Raclette, a French meal similar in concept to fondue. The table was spread with food-- boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, slices of chicken breast for cooking, lettuce, ham, etc-- and a raclette machine in the middle. On its top is a hot plate that is perfect for cooking meat, and inside there are coils that heat up to a pretty high temperature. Each person gets a little tray on which to melt special raclette cheese, which is flavorful and melts well. You slip it in the opening under the hot coils and wait a few minutes for it to get nice and bubbly. Then you pour it over the food you've since prepared on your plate and gobble it up! It's a fun and communal way to have dinner, plus it's like having a heater in the middle of the table!