No? I guess that was just me then.
So I picked up an All Clad pan (my very first experience with higher-end pans / stainless steel pans) and having thought long and hard about whether or not I'd ever reach the "perfect" temperature, I couldn't quite wait to test out the Leidenfrost Effect. So once I received my pan, I did just that. I tried and tried and eventually (after adjusting the heat using low, medium and high heat settings), I did it! That magical, floating droplet of water was running across the bottom of the pan all by itself. Hooray, huh? Uh, no. The next time I go to use the pan, I look inside and notice what you see in the pictures below (above?).
Excuse my language, but what the hell happened? Have I officially ruined this pan? Am I looking at any negative short or long term effects or is this nothing beyond an aesthetic eyesore? I returned the pan to All Clad and they said that it wasn't a manufacturers defect, so they didn't replace it.
That said, this one kind of stings - my introduction into the world of stainless steel cookware has been tarnished (sure, pun intended, why not?), so any insight I can get from you guys would be appreciated.