Gallery: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

EVERYONE POINT AT ROBYN!!!
EVERYONE POINT AT ROBYN!!!

I wanted a group photo with everyone who was in the office today (a handful of people had already left—hey, it's Friday). I got a normal photo and...this photo. Yup, this one's better.

From left to right: Leang, Kenji, Rabi, me, Daniel, Ed, Niki, Paul, (hidden, oops) Leandra, Max, and Denise.

Good-bye Cards
Good-bye Cards

Besides being my last day in the office, it's also Kenji's last day before he moves to San Francisco. MUCH SADNESS.

Here we are with our homemade going-away cards. I make cards for almost everyone who moves or leaves Serious Eats. The theme of Kenji's card was easy: he loves egg! Niki made an amazing doge-inspired card for me. Seriously, just so good. I will forever hate myself for not thinking of that first. Niki, you shall carry on the card-making torch!

Daniel's
Daniel's "I Love Egg" Chair Dance

Not that we weren't already 50000 percent sure that hiring Daniel to take Kenji's place in NYC was the right choice, but that he loves the "I Love Egg" song bumps that percentage up by a few bagillion.

Robyn's Going-Away Dinner
Robyn's Going-Away Dinner

Ed held my going-away dinner at 99 Favor Taste, an all-you-can-eat hot pot and Korean barbecue joint. It was a memorable experience, not for the quality of the food (it averaged out to all right) but for the amount of it—about twice as much as we could comfortably eat. But it was a fitting way to send me off. Out of everyone in the office, I usually feel the worst after eating too much (or maybe I'm just the most vocal about it) but this time everyone felt awful and bloated. The pain brought us closer together.

Hello!
Hello!

Hi Nick (who was visiting from Chicago)! And Tracie! And Max and Maggie (visiting from San Francisco) and Kenji and Ben!

Distressed Kenji
Distressed Kenji

One of the best parts of the night was when our waiters manhandled the chicken wings, destroying any hope that their skins would stay intact. Kenji couldn't stop staring at the grave injustice unfolding before him. Hell, I'm pretty sure he stopped breathing at some point. Ben lent a placating arm around Kenji's shoulder.

Go, Ben, Go!
Go, Ben, Go!

After gorging on grilled and simmered meats, a few of us popped into Baby Grand, one of our favorite local bars, for some karaoke and drinks. Here's Ben belting out "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant."

Kenji's Going-Away Dinner
Kenji's Going-Away Dinner

Kenji celebrated his move with dinner at the new Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side. Here's Paul, Max, Chris, Ed, and Carey. Dinner was followed by some drunkety-drunk karaoke at Mulberry Street Bar.

Yuba and Hambone!
Yuba and Hambone!

Yuba and Hambone were mega-pooped from Memorial Day weekend. They spent most of their time in the office sleeping.

Switch It Up
Switch It Up
Or Just Both Cram In There
Or Just Both Cram In There
Yum, Foot
Yum, Foot

Yuba likes licking Kenji's feet. Whatever floats your boat, Yuba! (...Or Kenji.)

Pet the Yuba!
Pet the Yuba!

Does she enjoy it? ...The world may never know.

Slice That Salad
Slice That Salad

We don't usually notice when Leandra prepares her salads, but it was hard to ignore the time she pulled out a pizza slicer to chop it up. She sheepishly told us she read about it on someone's blog. Whatever, it works!

Unintentional Pink Day
Unintentional Pink Day

That time Jim, Ed, Ben, and Leandra all wore pink. Lookin' good, guys.

Does Hambone Want Scratchies?
Does Hambone Want Scratchies?

Hambone usually wants scratchies.

Niki and Hambone
Niki and Hambone

FRIENDS 4 EVER.

Smile, Yuba!
Smile, Yuba!
Dumpling Day
Dumpling Day

50 dumplings for $12, one of the easiest ways to feed the office. We got this batch from Tasty Dumpling, just one of many cheap dumpling shops in Chinatown. Here's Rabi and Max digging in.

Hambone's
Hambone's "I Want Something" Position
Hambone Wants a Cracker Bit
Hambone Wants a Cracker Bit
Yuba Wants a Cracker Bit
Yuba Wants a Cracker Bit
Alert Hambone!
Alert Hambone!
Nope, Back to Sleep
Nope, Back to Sleep
Much Flump
Much Flump
So Plop
So Plop
Jamie, the Happiest Person at Dairy Queen
Jamie, the Happiest Person at Dairy Queen

Jamie and I checked out the new Dairy Queen near Union Square (54 West 14th Street) for lunch on opening day this past Thursday. Why? Because Jamie loves Dairy Queen (Blizzards, mainly) to death. We invited the rest of the office, but they were not as thrilled as we were by the prospect of stuffing their faces with Blizzards.

Mega Editorial Meeting
Mega Editorial Meeting

This week's editorial meeting may have been our most populous ever, thanks to Maggie and Nick flying in and the arrival of two new interns.

Pasta Tasting
Pasta Tasting

Say hello to two of our new summer interns, Ethan and Ben! Here they're helping Niki with her homemade pasta taste test.

Blind Pasta Taste Test
Blind Pasta Taste Test

And this is Max helping Niki taste the pastas blind. ...It's things like this that make us all such good friends.

Cricket!
Cricket!

The latest cuteness from Dennis Lee and Cricket:

"C'mon, Dennis. Gimme that. Gimme it now. Gimme gimme."

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Cricket!
Cricket!

"Why do you always have to ruin my fun?"

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]