Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Birthday pie
Birthday pie
Happy birthday to editor Erin Zimmer! We celebrated her birthday today with a Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, one of our favorite pie shops in the city. A pie with oats in it was a natural choice for Erin; she's our resident oat fanatic, so much so that by coincidence her boyfriend bought her the same pie last night. Can Erin handle this much oatmeal pie?
She's so ready
She's so ready
Oh yes. Yes she can.
Birthday candles
Birthday candles
We don't often get pies for people's birthdays, but we definitely should.
Let's get some meat
Let's get some meat
Because we needed normal food to go with our pie, we went to DiPalo Selects to get a bunch of awesome sandwiches, bread, and burrata. Here Erin and fellow editor Robyn sample prosciutto at DiPalo's counter.

[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Birthday sandwiches
Birthday sandwiches
Robyn took on the task of holding all the sandwiches. And now we know what she looks like when she's holding too many sandwiches.

[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Dumpling tasting
Dumpling tasting
While walking around Chinatown, editor Kenji and intern Zoe stop into Prosperity Dumpling for a quick bite.
Candy tasting
Candy tasting
Our interns were probably happier when we told them to eat a bunch of candy and write about it for our Candy A Day series.
Ting-a-Lings
Ting-a-Lings
What are Ting-a-Lings? Crunchy little bite-sized, chocolate-covered, corn meal-based clusters. If your favorite kinds of chocolates are the ones with crunch, these candies are for you—all crunch with good chocolate flavor and not too much sweetness. We got some samples in the mail and ate them pretty quickly.
Locanda Verde leftovers
Locanda Verde leftovers
You know it's a good day when SE overlord Ed comes in with a box of leftover baked goods from Locanda Verde, home to some of the best baked goods in New York City.
Table of food
Table of food
It's not everyday our table is covered in Chinese leftovers, breakfast leftovers, roast duck, candy, cookies, and toffee. Just ... that day.
Kenji in Ohio
Kenji in Ohio
Kenji's currently on a taco/food tour of Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Lexington. Here the owners of Fresh Street (@freshstreet) in Columbus, Ohio, made him wear a wooden boat for a hat after serving him some awesome hybrid Japanese/Korean/American bulgogi cheesesteak crepes and Japanese sausage-flavored takoyaki (the small spherical Japanese pancakes usually filled with octopus).

[Photograph: @freshstreet]

Meat column in Columbus
Meat column in Columbus
To quote Kenji, in all his shouting glory: "HOLY COW FRICKIN AWESOME AL PASTOR FROM GAUCHOS IN COLUMBUS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!" Thanks to Columbus Food Adventures (@cbusadventures) for showing Kenji to the city's awesome eats!