Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Ed's dumpling face
Ed's dumpling face

Ed tucks into Max's favorite dumplings on the streets of Flushing.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Peking duck faces
Peking duck faces

When Chicago editor Nick comes to town, we take him for Chinese food in Flushing. To start off: $1 Peking duck buns with Jamie.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Niki, ham
Niki, ham

Niki came across ham at a Portuguese grocery in Newark. Love at first sight.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Hand washing
Hand washing

When you're eating dumplings in the park, things get messy. Improvise!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Off-site at Balaboosta
Off-site at Balaboosta

This week we held our second annual full day off-site meeting at one of our favorite restaurants, Balaboosta, to usher in a new team of Serious Eaters.

The best office lunch
The best office lunch

Omg Balaboosta, we love you and your hummus and falafel and pita and fries and salads and dips so much.

The Serious Eats team
The Serious Eats team

Say hello to the Serious Eats team! (Including Yuba and Hambone, but you probably know who they are already.) The only one missing is Niki, who had to leave early. Aw.

[Photograph: Therese Steiner]

Niki and Yuba
Niki and Yuba

Niki fit in a bit of Yuba time before she had to leave. This girl's got her priorities straight.

Stretch those arms/front legs!
Stretch those arms/front legs!

Yuba is a calisthenics master!...with a little help from Kenji.

Oh, Yuba
Oh, Yuba

Here's a Yuba close-up because aw.

Too much dog?
Too much dog?

While Niki was cuddling Hambone, Kenji noticed something was missing.

Yuba, master of Niki
Yuba, master of Niki

Yup, that looks about right.

A new friend?
A new friend?

Hambone and Yuba sniffled around the lobster for a bit, then...ran away.

Yo Doc Ricky!
Yo Doc Ricky!

Dr. Ricky, the man behind Science Based Cuisine stopped by the office during his trip to New York to help us taste sandwiches and pizza. He poses with fellow science-lover Kenji here on his way back to Houston.

Everyone eat the closest thing!
Everyone eat the closest thing!

Mostly pizza, or Hambone, in Kenji's case.

Mm, buttery burgers
Mm, buttery burgers

We put our Food Lab kitchen intern Luke on burger duty this week. Shove a few lil' blocks of butter in there. Yup, that's good stuff.

Playtime with Hambone
Playtime with Hambone

You want the squeaky toy, Hambone? Yes you do!

RAWR
RAWR

Whoaa, Hambone!

Yuba, probably getting pulled by Hambone
Yuba, probably getting pulled by Hambone