Gallery: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Bye, Lily!
Bye, Lily!

Today was Lily's last day in the office as our intern. :( The editorial crew took a group shot with her so the memories could last FOREVER (or as long as this photo lasts).

Top row: Max, Daniel, Jamie, Rabi, and Niki; bottom row: me, Lily, and Kenji.

Note: Our longtime intern Miki also left this week, but we don't have a photo. :( BYE, MIKI!!!

Group Hug/Smush
Group Hug/Smush

Lily is a powerful hugger, as seen here with Max and Niki.

Hot Dog Taste Test
Hot Dog Taste Test

Today's lunch: Papaya King (NYC) vs. Vienna Beef (Chicago) hot dogs. The results will be posted soon!

Hot Dog Thumb
Hot Dog Thumb

Kenji has a case of Hot Dog Thumb.

Caesar Salad Dressing Rainbow
Caesar Salad Dressing Rainbow

Along with hot dogs, we also tasted 11 kinds of bottled Caesar salad dressing. Yuuh...uuh...mmy.

Hot Dogs and Caesar Salad Dressing, Together at Last
Hot Dogs and Caesar Salad Dressing, Together at Last
Goat Glee
Goat Glee

What's got Jamie so excited? Ahh, just a video of a lil' goat in a wheelchair. (WATCH IT. AND FEEL. MANY FEELINGS.)

Pasta Set Up
Pasta Set Up

Daniel cooked many batches of pasta to test whether adding pasta water makes a difference. This was the last round of penne cooked with olive oil and water with different starch levels.

Daniel, Master of Pasta
Daniel, Master of Pasta
Special Pizza Delivery
Special Pizza Delivery

Williamsburg Pizza popped by to share their pizza topped with grapes, hazelnuts, Taleggio, and truffle oil. Yup, that's good stuff.

Happy Birthday, Jim!
Happy Birthday, Jim!

We celebrated Jim's birthday with a banana cake from Momofuku Milk Bar. Yup, this cake is awesome.

Kenji Loves Egg
Kenji Loves Egg

This is Kenji's "Omg I'm listening to the 'I Love Egg' song!!!!" He is obsessed with this song. Understandably, because it's awesome.

Nugget Time With Pixel
Nugget Time With Pixel

Erin Jackson worked on a chicken nugget taste test this week, with help from Pixel!

"In case you were wondering, the answer to the question 'Does Pixel like chicken nuggets?' is yes. Here she is grabbing one off the counter."

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Nugget achieved!
Nugget achieved!

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Queen Cricket
Queen Cricket

The latest cuteness from Dennis Lee and Cricket:

"As you can see, Cricket is queen of her kingdom. Er, queendom."

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Queen Cricket
Queen Cricket

"She is a benevolent ruler."

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Smell It
Smell It

"Also, Cricket does not like the 'Smell My Finger' game."

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Hambone Wants Steak
Hambone Wants Steak

Hambone, eyeing a big steak suspiciously while Kenji was doing some recipe testing (stay tuned for a smoked steak recipe later this summer!)

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Hambone Still Wants Steak
Hambone Still Wants Steak

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Hambone at Rest
Hambone at Rest

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Hi, Yuba!
Hi, Yuba!

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Kenji, Amazed by Steak
Kenji, Amazed by Steak

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]