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Help KWilk Pick a Graduation Present

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by kwilkinson, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    When I come back from externship, and am in Chicago for a week for graduation, I will have my choice of a couple graduation presents. I'm relatively stuck between these three, but I'm sure I'd be equally ecstatic about any of them. BTW, this is a gift from myself, not family or anything.

    Vote pl0x.
     


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    Xericx Distinguished Member

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    I voted for the Shuns. What are your current knives?
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    If you pick the meal, I'd not go with a steak house, no matter how good of a steak house it is. Alinea over that for sure. You need to keep on the expansion and experimenting theme.
     


  4. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I voted for the Shuns. What are your current knives?
    Right now, most of my kit is the school-given kit of Messermeister. They're fine, and hold a relatively good edge, but they're a little heavy for my liking and the blade is a bit thick, IMO.
    If you pick the meal, I'd not go with a steak house, no matter how good of a steak house it is. Alinea over that for sure. You need to keep on the expansion and experimenting theme.

    Hell no to a steakhouse. If I get a meal, it will definitely be the kitchen table @ CT or the tour at Alinea. Both are $225.

    Edit: Did you think I meant Charlie Palmer? I mean Charlie Trotter's, a truly great restaurant and a Chicago culinary landmark.
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Right now, most of my kit is the school-given kit of Messermeister. They're fine, and hold a relatively good edge, but they're a little heavy for my liking and the blade is a bit thick, IMO.


    Hell no to a steakhouse. If I get a meal, it will definitely be the kitchen table @ CT or the tour at Alinea. Both are $225.

    Edit: Did you think I meant Charlie Palmer? I mean Charlie Trotter's, a truly great restaurant and a Chicago culinary landmark.


    Yup, I thought you had a steakhouse as a pick. My mistake.
     


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    Charlie Trotter is a Chicago establishment, but Alinea's is way more "foodie"

    If your knives aren't great, a nice knife is something you will enjoy every day for a long time to come...
     


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    Definitely something you will keep over time (e.g the chef knife) over an experience like a great dinner.
     


  8. DNW

    DNW Stylish Dinosaur

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    Get a set of knives. You'll have those for years to come, and you'll always remember who gave them to you and why whenever you use them.
     


  9. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Get a set of knives. You'll have those for years to come, and you'll always remember who gave them to you and why whenever you use them.

    Well, this wouldn't be a set. This would be a single, $300 knife. Plus, it's me buying it. If it were someone else, I'd allow them to choose any of the three for me, because I see good choices in them all.
     


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    Teger Stylish Dinosaur

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    is this your money paying for all of these things
     


  11. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    is this your money paying for all of these things

    Yessir.
    When I come back from externship, and am in Chicago for a week for graduation, I will have my choice of a couple graduation presents. I'm relatively stuck between these three, but I'm sure I'd be equally ecstatic about any of them. BTW, this is a gift from myself, not family or anything.
    Vote pl0x.
     


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    Teger Stylish Dinosaur

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    you would go to dinner by yourself?
     


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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    you would go to dinner by yourself?

    Yeah. I'm fine with that. Or if I had money I'd take Lish. Wouldn't you go somewhere alone?
     


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    Teger Stylish Dinosaur

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    maybe at like a dinner or a coffee shop, but not for some really expensive special meal, you'd want to share that experience

    I would get the knife
     


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    DNW Stylish Dinosaur

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    Well, this wouldn't be a set. This would be a single, $300 knife. Plus, it's me buying it. If it were someone else, I'd allow them to choose any of the three for me, because I see good choices in them all.

    My answer would still be the same, except get yourself a really nice knife. Something you'll cherish for the rest of your career.
     


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