Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Pocky-esque snack taste test
Pocky-esque snack taste test

Robyn held a Pocky vs. Pocky imitators taste test this week. Most people were able to pick out the real Pocky.

Tasting notes
Tasting notes

People were pretty restrained with their tasting samples. Result: too many leftovers. ...That Robyn mostly ended up eating the next day.

More...snacks
More...snacks

After people were done tasting, they were allowed to dip into Robyn's "Pocky-like but not regular pocky" stash.

EEEEUUUH
EEEEUUUH

One of the beef chunks didn't make it. Because it had rotted. And now the whole office knows what rotting beef smells like: death taking a noxious poop. Kenji stuck it in a Ziploc bag before vacuum sealing it in a FoodSaver bag and sticking it in the trash.

Beef photoshoot
Beef photoshoot
FLAMES-A-PLENTY
FLAMES-A-PLENTY

Yup, that steak's gonna taste reeeeaaaal goooood.

TASTE THE MEAT
TASTE THE MEAT

And much funky cheese-flavored beef was eaten that day.

Ice Cream Sampler
Ice Cream Sampler

We tried some interesting ice cream flavors from Filipino ice cream company Magnolia, such as mango, avocado, coconut, and ube (purple yam). Hopefully it inspired Max to create his own rendition of avocado ice cream.

Dry ice time
Dry ice time
Ice cream companies, do make sure to send plenty of dry ice with your packages. We take great joy in watching sublimation. Here's Max pouring the hot water in as he and Leandra watch the vapor flow.
Girl Scout cookies
Girl Scout cookies

Oh, Girl Scout Cookies, we're going to have fun with you.

Icebox cake time
Icebox cake time

...Like by turning you into an ice box cake.

Custom banh mi
Custom banh mi

We cobbled together some custom banh mi. Like General Tso's chicken banh mi. And Di Palo's porchetta banh mi. Yeah, that's good stuff.