Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Carey birthday lunch
Carey birthday lunch
Happy birthday, Carey! We celebrated her birthday with Malaysian food from Nyonya.
How to light a candle
How to light a candle
Kenji couldn't find matches, but he did find a torch.
Massive barbecue and fried chicken lunch
Massive barbecue and fried chicken lunch
Southern Hospitality (aka Justin Timberlake's restaurant) sent us enough pulled pork, beef ribs, fried chicken, mac and cheese, banana pudding, and corn bread to feed about three times the number of people in our office. Leandra was especially enamored of the super-spinachy spinach dip.
Ikea, again
Ikea, again
Last week Kenji and Leandra picked up some much needed furniture from Ikea; this week they went back for more. Max didn't hurt himself, despite what he looks like in this photo.
Ikea'd
Ikea'd
Ben tested out our new Ikea-enhanced reception area. Comfy!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Hambone, the vacuum cleaner
Hambone, the vacuum cleaner
After Kenji accidentally dropped some tortilla chips on the floor, Hambone rushed in to clean up. With his mouth. What a good dog.
Gimmegimmegimme
Gimmegimmegimme
CHOMP
CHOMP
Hello, Alec!
Hello, Alec!
Former Serious Eats contributor Tam Ngo visited our office for the first time with her 6-month-old baby Alec in tow. Much aw-ing ensued.
Alec, meet Hambone
Alec, meet Hambone
We were hoping for a grand new friendship to form, but Alec and Hambone weren't very into each other.
Alec, meet Robyn
Alec, meet Robyn
Tam: "Robyn, I think it's time you try to hold Alec!" And then Alec cried. :C

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Just another day of random food on the kitchen counter
Just another day of random food on the kitchen counter
What, you don't eat macarons with manchego?
Celebrity chef tomato sauce taste test
Celebrity chef tomato sauce taste test
Just make sure you take notes as you taste.
Every flavor of CoffeeMate
Every flavor of CoffeeMate
Uh oh, did that just happen? CoffeeMate sent us every single flavor in their catalog (EVERY ONE) and now they all live on the bottom shelf of our fridge.
Happy birthday, Leandra!
Happy birthday, Leandra!
We wished a happy birthday to Leandra this week with the help of every trifle/pudding from Sugar Sweet Sunshine.
Hambone vs. Banana Pudding
Hambone vs. Banana Pudding
How to increase the entertainment value of your dog: dab a splodge of banana pudding on his nose.
New cooktop
New cooktop
Kenji poses with our new cooktop. ...Don't ask why he looks like that.
It's time for that ol'
It's time for that ol' "toss the pot" game
The cooktop came with some ultra light, flimsy cookware. Probably not that good for cooking, but fine for tossing.
Llamas!!!
Llamas!!!
While visiting Ernesto Catena's gorgeous vineyards in Argentina, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman came across these confused llamas, who were very curious about the motorcyclists who were also there enjoying an afternoon of wine-drinking.

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]