Turning 26 must be something special, as this birthday was a lot nicer than last year’s. I got a bunch of stuff, mostly bought with my own money (you know, buy yourself your own presents keeps the humble ego at bay) although I did get a nice present that I didn’t buy myself. Here’s what I got:
Steinhausen Marquise SL Watch – Given to me by my roommate’s best friend as a way of saying thank you for being so good to her best friend. I haven’t worn a watch since I was 12, and it was a simple Thundercats watch. This is a $200+ watch that is nice, and simple. No advanced features, just an antique look and beautiful functionality. Doesn’t even run off a battery, instead relying on your body’s movement to provide energy.Turns out this was a fake.
- Wusthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block Set – The ultimate knives for all cooking needs, these knives are the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of the cutlery world. These kind of knives mean less accidents, greater control over your cuts/slices/dices, and a lifetime enjoyment in the kitchen. With my old knife, doing any knife work was a chore and a bore, but with these, my confidence and productivity has increased tenfold. Well worth the investment.
- Henckels Premier Series Opus 45-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set – To replace the embarassing set my roommate bought for $1 (no, that is not a typo.) I’m a minimalist by nature, I favor simple, elegant, and clean styles. This flatware set emphasizes that and I think guests will love it too.
- J.A. Henckels Flatware Tray – To store the new flatware in. The cheap blue plastic one I’m using would make even the best silverware look horrible.
- Corelle Just White 34-Piece Dinnerware Set – This is to replace the very heavy set we’re using now. They have flower designs on them, and are distracting when putting food on them. Which is why I favor white plates; they highlight the food and not distract the eater’s attention. Should look nice with the new flatware set too.
- Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Everything Pan with Dome Cover – It’s hard to find a pan without aluminium (possibly causes Alzheimer’s), and even more difficult find a quality non-aluminium pan that suits my needs. Fortunately I found this pan, at a great price, and will meet my needs everyday.
- Komachi Series 6-1/2-Inch Vegetable Santoku Knife – My roommate has been using this old Japanese vegetable knife for too long. This knife will replace it, and at least start a few conversations about how odd the Japanese are, although you can’t deny they may be odd, but focus on quality too. You won’t find much of that here in America.
- Matfer Exopat Nonstick Baking/Roasting Sheet – No need for aluminium foil when you have this on your cookie sheet. It’s non-stick, to boot.