Slideshow: Staff Picks: The Best Things We Ate in February

Bún chả
Bún chả
"Oh man, bún chả. My favorite of the bún (rice vermicelli) dishes, with grilled pork meatballs, tons of herbs, and nước chấm. This particular bún chả, from Quán Bún Chả Hàng Mành in Hanoi, just did everything right: the meatballs were juicy and smoky, the normal chopped chilies were joined by chopped garlic, the nước chấm was just the right balance of fish sauce and lime, and the herbs were served in a towering mountain, which we ate and ate and hardly made a dent in." Carey Jones, Senior Managing Editor
Ramen
Ramen
"The Tokyo Fixer, Shinji Nohara was our food guide in Japan last week and he took us to some amazing places. One of my favorites was a soba noodle place called Muto (we could barely find it since it doesn't have an address). The place has two tables and served some of the best soba I've ever had. He also took us to his favorite old-school ramen place and the ramen and gyoza there was insanely delicious. All very simple flavors with tons of spicy condiments. Also, the ramen had a chicken broth instead of pork which I haven't really seen before." Jen Weinberg, Ad Sales Manager
Lamprei
Lamprei
"I'm eating my way through Sri Lankan cuisine on Staten Island, and though it's all been great, this lamprei from Lak Bojun stands out. Lamprei is a Dutch-influenced dish of rice, curried meat, nuts, and vegetables like caramelized eggplant and plantains that are all stuffed in a banana leaf and steamed. At Lak Bojun they make sure those plantains and eggplant are really caramelized, and the rice has a delicate warm spice and herbal perfume. Best lamprei I've found on the island." Max Falkowitz, Serious Eats New York Editor

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

"Foot Boule"
"Well if by best you mean most awesome pun, then it has to be this 'foot boule' I bought at Amy's Bread in Manhattan for the Super Bowl. Plus, the slightly tangy sourdough complimented the pumpkin turkey chili I made." Carrie Vasios Serious Sweets Editor

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Roast Goose Leg
Roast Goose Leg
"Sweet mother of fatty fatto fat-to-the-tenth-power goodness, Yat Lok's roast goose leg is delicious. I tried it it once during my recent press trip to Hong Kong sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (more posts about the trip coming soon); if I lived in Hong Kong I'd probably eat it too often." Robyn Lee, AHT Editor and Photographer

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Marshmallow-Chocolate Cookie Cakes
Marshmallow-Chocolate Cookie Cakes
"Marshmallow snack cake thingy from Liddabit Sweets. Rich chocolate, firm marshmallow, slightly salty crumbly cookie inside. INCREDIBLE." Leandra Palermo, Ad Sales
Baguette
Baguette
"I have sworn (more than once) that I'd stop gushing about Tartine (on the site and in real life) but then this happened: an armful of baguettes from Tartine Bakery. I am pretty certain I have never had a better baguette in the US than this one from Tartine's Chad Robertson. Incredible crust (miraculously crackling but not stiff or scrape-your-mouth-y), incredible flavor, incredible tender crumb." Maggie Hoffman, Serious Drinks Editor
Gyutan
Gyutan
"Ordering beef tongue is always gamble. For every time I've had it tender and luscious, it's also come out tough, stringy, and overly funky. But the beef tongue at Sumi Robata Bar, called Gyutan ($6) on the menu, is none of those things. Instead, it has the texture and taste of an extra beefy skirt steak—no excessive chewing required. Remarkably, chef Gene Kato claims that he does nothing to the beef tongue besides slice, season, and grill it." Nick Kindelsperger, Serious Eats Chicago Editor
Vegan Mapo Tofu
Vegan Mapo Tofu
"Oh man, this is a tough call. With the vegan experience in full swing, it means I've been cooking A TON, which makes for some interesting food, some poor food, but also plenty of great food. I'd go with my Better-Than-The-Real-Thing Vegan Mapo Tofu if I had to pick. It's going to be a regular dish in my rotation from now on." J.Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

[Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]