Blue Cheese Plate
We tried 11 kinds of blue cheese dressing for this much anticipated taste test. Would you look at that rainbow of beiges and...beiges.
Fat-free, Sugar-free, Calorie-free
While shopping for blue cheese dressings for this week's taste test (stay tuned for the results!), we spotted this specimen. Um. It basically has the same nutrition facts as a piece of gum. Ingredients include: triple filtered water, white vinegar, cellulose gel (yum!), sour cream flavoring, salt.. ah, we'll stop there. It was not included in the tasting.
Doughnut Tape Dispensers
Food blogger and cookbook author Maki Itoh of Just Bento visited our office for the first time and came bearing doughnut-shaped tape dispensers from Japan. Thank you, Maki; now the process of taping things together in the Serious Eats office has become 1000% cuter! The non-bumpy version is also sold in the US, but the doughnut-shaped tape dispenser world is considerably more intense and cute in Japan.
Obligatory Dumpling Shot
Looking googly-eyed as usual.
The Hug Bot
One afternoon while Dumpling was whining in a most pitiful way, Erin and Robyn had this IM conversation:
R: WARBLY CRIES. OH GOD. crushes my soul. instant tears
E: whimper fest
R: he needs some kind of..hugging..robot..machine..thing. to give him endless hugs
E: yes. that lives in the bathroom and comes out during the warbly cry hour
R: haha..i just..envisioned something strange. like. a big white fluffy happy thing sort of hobbling out of the bathroom with its arms spread wide. walking towards dumpling
E: soft and plush but makes robot beebop noises. waddling
E: and scary eyes? to match dumplers?
R: GOOGLY EYES
And then Robyn drew this doodle.
That's no ordinary paper-bag-within-a-plastic-bag. It's full of leftover salsa from our salsa taste test. Yup.
Buffalo Wings Sauce
Kenji's desk became Buffalo Sauce Central in preparation for our Buffalo wings taste test.
Got Wet Naps?
We ordered a bucket of 100 plain (sauce-less) wings and held a blind tasting with different storebought Buffalo wing sauces: Anchor Bar, Texas Pete's, Crystal, and Frank's Red Hot. Many pounds of celery were consumed in the process.
Bonus Dumpling Photo
Aren't you happy you kept clicking to the very end? Here he is, admiring what's about to be French Onion Dip for this week's Food Lab.