Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Birthday Breakfast
Birthday Breakfast

Happy birthday, Niki! We celebrated with some of Niki's favorite things: bagels and cream cheese, pickled herring, and chocolate babka.

Birthday Bagel
Birthday Bagel

We ran out of candles, So...um...here's a birthday match for you, Niki!

Birthday Breakfast Eaters
Birthday Breakfast Eaters

Slather on that cream cheese, Niki!

Bacon Cheeseburgers
Bacon Cheeseburgers

And later, we feasted on Kenji's bacon cheeseburgers.

New Dog Bed
New Dog Bed

Jim's wife sent Kenji a new larger dog bed for Hambone and Yuba! ...Or a very sleepy Robyn.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Fire Those Meat Nubs
Fire Those Meat Nubs

Last week, Kenji was torching marshmallows. This week, it's nubs of short rib cooked sous vide.

Dog Time
Dog Time

Yuba, workin' hard while Kenji does some testing for an upcoming jerk chicken Food Lab post.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Dog Time
Dog Time

Yep, it's a dog's life, being a dog.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Dog Time
Dog Time

We've got it so tough...

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Dog Time
Dog Time

"Ok, I'll help."

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Dog Time
Dog Time

This is all the lazy guys do until the chicken comes off the grill.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]