Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Goodbye lunch at Toby's
Goodbye lunch at Toby's

The whole SE crew feasted on pizza at Toby's Public House for Erin's goodbye lunch.

Speech, speech, speech
Speech, speech, speech

Ed was prepared with notes for his goodbye speech.

Erin smile!
Erin smile!
Sad card
Sad card

No one leaves Serious Eats without a sad, cute farewell card. Erin, you made the alpaca cry! YOU MONSTER.

Zzzz
Zzzz

On Erin's last day, she and Robyn took L-shaped naps.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Happy birthday, Jim! Here are some burning sticks.
Happy birthday, Jim! Here are some burning sticks.

We celebrated our ad sales director Jim's birthday with lots of steamed buns from Golden Steamer, but we didn't realize until the last minute that we didn't have candles. ...So Kenji stuck skewers into the buns and torched 'em. Yeaaah HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIM!

That time Kenji caramelized a crapload of onions
That time Kenji caramelized a crapload of onions

The office stank of onions for a few days. Good times.

Bouncing the light
Bouncing the light

Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman holds a light reflector for San Francisco photographer Wes Rowe during a first look photoshoot at the new rooftop bar at Lolinda in the Mission. She was rewarded for her efforts with a pina colada.

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Chocolate delivery
Chocolate delivery

Valrhona sent us bars of their new Dulcey chocolate, which tastes a whole lot like caramelized white chocolate. In a market full of sad white chocolate products, this is something we're digging.

YUBA FACE, IN YOUR FACE
YUBA FACE, IN YOUR FACE
More Yuba face
More Yuba face
Another Yuba face
Another Yuba face

Robyn: "Does Yuba enjoy it when you do that to her?"

Kenji: "...It's hard to tell what Yuba enjoys."

Pooped
Pooped
"What is this creature?"

Yuba and Hambone inspect the body. Is it safe?

ALL CLEAR
ALL CLEAR

Behold, Hambone's new favorite resting spot.

Really, Hambone loves those fluffy bear legs
Really, Hambone loves those fluffy bear legs
Hambone pile
Hambone pile
Aaand back in the crotch
Aaand back in the crotch
Dog struggles:
Dog struggles: "HOW BADLY DO I WANT THIS COOKIE?"

We wanted to see if Hambone would get up if we put a cookie shard in front of him. He struggled for a while, then decided it was worth the trouble to get up.

Helllooooo, prime rib
Helllooooo, prime rib

Kenji is really into his prime rib.

Yuba, want some prime rib?
Yuba, want some prime rib?
It's the end of the day, so...
It's the end of the day, so...

Time for Max to lie on Mr. Bear and Niki to twirl around in her chair.