Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Happy Pigs
Happy Pigs

Max spent part of this week in Spain to visit the pigs that go into the famed Spanish Jamon Iberico. Cinco Jotas, one of the country's leading ham producers, lets their pigs run around all day eating acorns to fatten up. Not a bad way to be a pig.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Piggy
Piggy

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

More Piggy
More Piggy

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Pigs and Their Shepherd
Pigs and Their Shepherd

This is Juan Carlo, a porquero (pork shepherd) who's been taking care of pigs for 25 years.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

The Ham Room
The Ham Room

And here's one of the many cellars where the hams cure. It's an underground ham maze.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Pata Negra
Pata Negra

Jamon Iberico pigs come with black skin and feet, which is why they're often called "pata negra" ("black hoof"). Turns out our Jamon has an Iberian version, too. Just as foldy.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Happy Birthday, Ed!
Happy Birthday, Ed!

We celebrated Ed's birthday on Monday with a delicious berry frangipane tart from Balthazar and two of Ed's favorite drinks, Diet Barq's and Diet Coke.

It Waffles
It Waffles

For Kenji's latest waffling experiment, he waffled a pizza bianca filled with mozzarella and salami, with great success!

Making Hot Dogs
Making Hot Dogs

Butcher and sausage maker Ryan Farr of San Francisco's 4505 Meats showed us how to make hot dogs from scratch. Grind up beef and beef fat, mix with spices, process into paste, smush into casings, smoke until cooked through, then eat. Mmm, freshly-made hot dogs!

(I made a super short video of the hot dog-making process using Ultravisual, but the video works much better in the app. You can follow us on Ultravisual at username seriouseats.)

Finished!
Finished!

A great rack of wieners, that is.

EAT EAT EAT
EAT EAT EAT

Lunch is served. Yeah, we're spoiled.

Special Beer Delivery
Special Beer Delivery

The Coors Light Explorers came by SEHQ with lots and lots of Coors Light possibly extracted from the depths of a frozen lake.

Serious Eaters From Norway
Serious Eaters From Norway

Serious Eats readers Christoph and Anette of Norwegian food blog innifristelse.no stopped by the office during their vacation in NYC to meet the Serious Eats team and help us eat pizza! Here they are with Ed and Kenji.

Lazy Dogs
Lazy Dogs

Hambone and Yuba stayed home this week, apparently having a luxuriously lazy time on their giant plush dog bed.

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Pixel's
Pixel's "Sidecar"

Erin Jackson really knows how to keep her work environment adorable: "Here's Pixel in her 'sidecar', a drawer located within easy petting reach from the computer I use for photo editing. She'll jump right in as soon as I sit down."

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Going In for the Treat
Going In for the Treat

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Valentine's Day-Themed Bread
Valentine's Day-Themed Bread

Breads Bakery sent us this heart-shaped loaf of bread, awww. It's damn tasty, definitely better than a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

CHOMP
CHOMP

This is probably not how you're supposed to eat it. Anyway, it looks like a dragon, so I gave it a dragon face. And dragon blood.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]