Happy birthday, Yuba!
Kenji: Yuba was adopted and her true birthday and age are unknown, so my wife and I picked April 1 and the random age of 7. That way, when we sing happy birthday to her and her little snaggle-toothed face gets all wide-eyed with joy and her quirky snarl seems to ask, "Is it really my birthday today?!?" we can respond, "Nope, not really. April Fools!"
"Also, you're adopted."
(We give her bacon anyway.)
Even more Yuba!
Kenji: "Oh, it's Yuba's birthday today! Hey Yuba, want some birthday pastrami?"
Yuba: "Yes. Yes I do."
Malcolm and Alaina
For Alaina's last day we took her out for farewell cupcakes and beer. Her son Malcom (aka cutest child alive) joined up.
Ed with Danny Bowien
Ed and Gail Simmons
Gail Simmons is one of Ed's oldest friends. And damn, if that ain't a winning smile!
Paul Qui in the kitchen
Last year's winner Paul Qui plates up a dish of crawfish and potatoes for the hungry guests.
Ed and Ivan Orkin
He's not a winner (yet), but if we were the type to bet, we'd wager that Ivan Orkin's soon-to-be-opened ramen joint will earn him a spot in the lineup next year.
Hooni Kim, White Castle lover
Kenji headed over to Hanjan this week to check out their late night ramen. Turns out that on the night he was there, Chef Hooni Kim was so ecstatic with his (well-deserved) two star New York Times review that he brought in a case of 100 White Castle sliders and passed them out to all of the guests and staff at the restaurant. Incidentally, did you know that White Castle was chef Kim's inspiration for opening his first restaurant Danji?
Happy Birthday, Leandra!
We celebrated Leandra's birthday with a surprise sweet treat. What is she so happy about?...
...Ice cream sandwiches made of City Bakery's pretzel croissant and Jeni's pistachio ice cream.
Intern Lily unveiled a new tattoo on her arm: PIZZA SLICE! Her description:
"I've always wanted a pizza tattoo but never could figure out the right time to do it. Then I went to Di Fara with my pizza-loving friend Danni, whom I hadn't seen in a really long time. We had an amazing pizza experience, and it just finally felt like the perfect time to get it done. I asked her to draw a couple different pizzas, I picked the one I liked the most, then my friend may gave us matching tattoos. I hope my mom never sees this, she's going to kill me."
Kenji in the kitchen
Kenji cooks up some pork for Epicurious's Elite Eat cooking competition.
Niki's new fingernails
They're made of Smash (aka Norwegian chocolate-covered Bugles)! Mmm delicious.
Uh... We didn't take any pictures of hambone this week. But here he is as a puppy to make up for it!
More Lil' Hambone
Did you just feel something funny in your head? That was your brain exploding from cute.