Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

All mine!
All mine!
Too excited to even take out the candles.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Get in there!
Get in there!
1 to 4 pints of ice cream on the counter = normal day at the office. 5 is a party.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Happy Birthday, Robyn!
Happy Birthday, Robyn!
Robyn's birthday isn't until next week, but she'll be out of town, so we threw her a surprise ice cream party. This is Robyn's surprised face.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Free Wi-Fi?
Free Wi-Fi?
Here's a sign we spotted in the window of nearby Panda Dumpling House. Oh, those tricksters. (Alas, the dumplings aren't very good.)
WATERMELON, OH GOD YES!
WATERMELON, OH GOD YES!
Ice cream and cookies certainly excite the office, but they don't come close to the joy of SURPRISE WATERMELON SNACK TIME (brought to us by Max and his cleaver). Everyone flocked to the kitchen, pulled in by the scent of sweet freshness. ...We don't eat enough fresh fruit, obviously.
Red meat
Red meat
We love red meat. ...Watermelon.
Eating sandwiches
Eating sandwiches
Here's something that happens almost every day: sandwich tasting. Ben slices as intern Dana digs in.
Dry ice
Dry ice
Where there's an ice cream shipment, there's dry ice.
The unpacking
The unpacking
Thursday was full of excitement. Carey received a ridiculously huge crate containing a coffee machine, and Erin received a bagillion oat products from Simpli.
Snack time
Snack time
Sam and Ben brought us snacks. One of the best kinds of snacks. Mozzarella and focaccia from DiPalo's, our favorite Italian market in the neighborhood. Sam, we have trained you well.
Rooftop photo studio
Rooftop photo studio
One problem with our otherwise nice office is that it lacks natural sunlight, big time. So sometimes we take food out the back door that leads outside to a roof for a quick photo shoot. Ah, the sound of air vents, the sight of laundry hanging out to dry.
Sam has returned
Sam has returned
Summer intern Sam recently ended his internship with us, but he just can't stay away. THUS IS THE PULL OF SERIOUS EATS.

Or he stopped by because he just happened to be in the neighborhood on a Chinatown/Little Italy food crawl with his older brother, Ben. ...Well. We'll just tell ourselves that he misses us a ton.