Banh mi party
We had a party for our Sandwich Festival volunteers consisting of lots of banh mi. To go with the lots of banh mi: lots of booze.
This may have set a record for most people in our office.
Hambone, party dog
Hambone was at the party too, of course. He's getting bigger every day.
Run, Hambone, run!
Look at that fierce face. Someone must have dropped a banh mi crumb that he's after.
Laptime with Max
Our Spice Hunting columnist Max attempted to contain Hambone on his lap, but Hambone was a bit too squirmy to contain.
First rule of partying: Don't pee on the party floor. Hambone has some learning to do. (Maybe we didn't need to include this photo?)
String Cheese Taste Test
We tried 12 different brands. Turns out string cheese color and stringability does vary. Stay tuned for the results.
Behold, the cheese plate you will never find in a restaurant. Ever. Unless it was a restaurant specifically targeting second graders after school.
SE editor Carey Jones spent eight days on a culinary tour through Malaysia with a gang of four NYC chefs. Here, they're learning how to make roti jala, a lacy crepe-like pancake. (After about 50 of these, she started to get the wrist technique down.)
Char kway teow
Carey's new favorite 2 a.m. snack would be char kway teow, rice noodles stir-fried on a screaming hot wok with soy, chilies, shrimp paste, cockles, shrimp, and egg. Here's a wok man in Penang who roared through two wokfuls a minute.
There's no way to forget what you're eating when you buy meat in Malaysian markets; live and dead, heads and tails, the animals are on full display.