Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Celebration time
Celebration time
Last Friday we broke out the Champagne to celebrate a major ad buy thanks to our new ad sales director Jen Weinberg! From left to right, here's Serious Eats founder Ed, videographer Jessica, ad sales planner Leandra, ad sales director Jen, managing editor Erin, project manager Ben, and some weird guy named Kenji.
Fun time with Yuba
Fun time with Yuba
Hey Yuba, want to read a book? Don't give us any of that "I don't know how to read" crap.
Fun time with Yuba
Fun time with Yuba
Maybe Yuba just needs to feel a little more comfortable. There ya go.
Fun time with Yuba
Fun time with Yuba
Yuba has a deep connection with this stuffed animal dog.
Fun time with Yuba
Fun time with Yuba
It's Yuba looking so very...Yuba.
Fun time with Yuba
Fun time with Yuba
It's Yuba still looking so very...Yuba.
With our powers combined...
With our powers combined...
Chozen ice cream tasting
Chozen ice cream tasting
Interns Gracie and Molly joined Leandra in a Chozen ice cream tasting.
Dry ice = instant productivity killer
Dry ice = instant productivity killer
Party like it's 2000
Party like it's 2000
Despite that Leandra pulled up "Who Let the Dogs Out" on Mulberry Street Bar's digital jukebox, we still love her. ...We think.
Thanksgiving cherpumple
Thanksgiving cherpumple
Kenji examines the turducken layer (that'd be a chicken pie baked into a duck-turkey meatloaf) of his savory Thanksgiving cherpumple, our entry into a little friendly competition with Food52. "Don't worry, mashed potatoes will hide all structural integrity issues."
Cherpumple Stacking
Cherpumple Stacking
Behold the Cherpumple (more on this craziness here). From top to bottom: chicken pie baked in turkey/duck meatloaf, green bean casserole pie baked in sage sausage stuffing, and sweet potato pie baked in jalapeƱo corn bread (with cranberry sauce in between each layer).
Final piping
Final piping
After "frosting" the outside of the Thanksgiving cherpumple with mashed potato, Kenji pipes on a ring of mashed potato around the rim.
Cherpumple audience
Cherpumple audience
Nobody dared miss out on the Thanksgiving cherpumple action.
Fun with mashed potatoes
Fun with mashed potatoes
The most fun thing to do with leftover mashed potatoes is to dab some on a dog's nose and watch it lick the mashed potatoes off. (Watch more Hambone-eating-mashed-potatoes action in this video!)
Still loving those mashed potatoes
Still loving those mashed potatoes
We made things easier for Yuba and Hambone by putting the extra mashed potatoes in paper containers. They nudged the bowls along the ground while licking furiously.
Face battle: Kenji vs. Yuba
Face battle: Kenji vs. Yuba
Because sometimes you just need a face battle break.
Face battle: Kenji vs. Yuba
Face battle: Kenji vs. Yuba
Don't forget about Hambone!
Don't forget about Hambone!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Ice cream snack time
Ice cream snack time
What do you do when your freezer is running out of space? EAT ALL THE ICE CREAM.
Ice cream snack time
Ice cream snack time
New intern Hally helped us put our ice cream supply to good use, along with Max, Gracie, and Erin.
Malcolm and the whale
Malcolm and the whale
Alaina's baby Malcolm dug into some fried anchovies at Smorgasburg.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Malcolm in action
Malcolm in action
Yup, that's the tail.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Satisfied Malcolm
Satisfied Malcolm
All gone. Malcolm devoured his fair share of these fishies.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]