Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Pre-Gaming
Pre-Gaming

Before heading out for our office shuffleboard holiday party, Kenji, Niki, Lily, Jamie, and Max toasted with some tiny whisky bottles from our Whisky Advent Calendar.

Shuffleboard Time
Shuffleboard Time

Living up to our party animal reputation, we partied the night away with shuffleboard, beer, and barbecue (from nearby Dinosaur Bar-B-Que) at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus. It officially opens in January but hosted private parties this month.

Shuffleboarding
Shuffleboarding
Jim, Leandra, Ed, and Ben, deep in the game.
Kenji Waits
Kenji Waits
Go Rémy and Ben!
Go Rémy and Ben!
Pie!
Pie!

For dessert, we picked up a few pies from Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

Niki and Jen, Hangin'
Niki and Jen, Hangin'
Leftover Lamb Sandwiches
Leftover Lamb Sandwiches

Kenji made us a pile of leftover lamb sandwiches. And thus the whole office was very happy.

Robyn's Excited Dance
Robyn's Excited Dance

This is what I do when I'm excited, apparently. Kenji was observant enough to grab my camera and take these photos to preserve the magic.

[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Cookie Butter Milkshake, Anyone?
Cookie Butter Milkshake, Anyone?

Most exciting use of the office blender: when we dumped in leftover ice cream and cookie butter to make ultra-thick and creamy cookie butter milkshakes. This must happen again.

Ginger Snaps Taste Test
Ginger Snaps Taste Test

Ginger snaps ready to be devoured for our ginger snaps taste test.

Niki Playing CLOP
Niki Playing CLOP

Last week, Niki was all into QWOP. This week, she basked in the glow of...CLOP.

Max and Kenji Playing QWOP
Max and Kenji Playing QWOP

Remember that time we realized there's also two-player QWOP? Aw yeah.

We do work in this office, I swear.

Look, Two Americans!
Look, Two Americans!

After years of bureaucracy, Kenji's wife Adriana was finally sworn in as an American citizen today. First order of business: getting an emergency expedited passport for their upcoming trip to Turkey. More bureaucracy. Wheee!

Celebratory Soup Dumplings
Celebratory Soup Dumplings

We celebrated Adri's new American-ness with three tiers of pork soup dumplings at Shanghai Cafe. GO AMERICA!

Cricket!
Cricket!

Dennis graces us with another photo of his super cute cat, Cricket.

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]