Gallery: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Oyster Farm Tour
Oyster Farm Tour

Some of which we shucked ourselves.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Oyster Farm Tour
Oyster Farm Tour

The best way to get up close to the oyster nursery is by kayak. Fine, if we have to.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Max's New Best Friend
Max's New Best Friend

That would be New York editor Max Falkowitz's back. He's petting two sea dogs he bumped into while kayaking near the oyster beds.

[Photograph: Erin Zimmer's iPhone on the kayak behind him]

Pepperidge Farm tasting
Pepperidge Farm tasting

Thursday was just one of those days when Pepperidge Farm sent us their entire line of cookies, forcing the Serious Eats office to eat cookies all day. You know how it is.

Welcoming our new cookie family
Welcoming our new cookie family

Intern Sam (whose internship ended this week; sniffle!) coddled the army cookie babies with hugs and kisses. ...And then we ate them.

Cookie tasting
Cookie tasting

Erin, Leandra, and new intern Hally had a loooot of cookie tasting to do.

Doritos ingredients
Doritos ingredients

On Tuesday, Robyn went on a press tour of the Frito-Lay plant in Killingly, Connecticut. Unfortunately she wasn't allowed to take photos on the manufacturing floor, but the Doritos-making process is similar to what's shown in this video except instead of starting with ground corn Frito-Lay starts with whole kernels and grinds them in the plant.

"Winning Together!"

When you work at Frito-Lay, you're in a team that's winning together!

Chichi at Hon Won
Chichi at Hon Won

Chichi grabbed lunch at Hon Won in Chinatown for her next Slurped post. This is her "Yay, rice noodles!" face.

Chichi at Hon Won
Chichi at Hon Won

And this is her "I can't believe no one else wanted this duck leg" face.

Dinner at Lotus Blue
Dinner at Lotus Blue

Some of the Serious Eaters ate dinner at Lotus Blue in Tribeca for an upcoming review. As usual, the table was overly crowded with dishes.

Hambone wants something
Hambone wants something

Here's Hambone, wanting something as usual.

Hambone schnoz
Hambone schnoz

You can almost reach out and touch it.

Hambone still wants something
Hambone still wants something
It's Yuba!
It's Yuba!
Too close, Yuba!
Too close, Yuba!
Leandra and Yuba
Leandra and Yuba

Leandra, happy as usual. Yuba, looking worried as usual.

Let's play with Yuba's face!
Let's play with Yuba's face!

You don't mind if we play with your face, right, Yuba? Ok.

Yuba just doesn't care about anything
Yuba just doesn't care about anything

You don't mind if we turn you over on your back, right, Yuba? Ok.

Paws down
Paws down
Paws up
Paws up
Oyster Farm Tour
Oyster Farm Tour

Carey, Erin, and Max got a tour of Blue Island Oyster Company on Long Island. This was their sweet ride.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

View from the Seaplane!
View from the Seaplane!

We got an up close look at the Verrazano Bridge.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Oyster Farm Tour
Oyster Farm Tour

Many an oyster was slurped that day.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]