Gallery: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Wake Us on Friday?
Wake Us on Friday?

Vicky and Niki had a case of the Mondays.

Maggie in a box.
Maggie in a box.

Maggie joined the editorial staff for a pitch meeting via Google Hangout. Whoever is working on inventing teleportation, can you speed it up a bit?

A toast!
A toast!

We decided to have a little bubbly because it was Tuesday, and intern Carolyn offered up a toast to summer.

Toby's commute.
Toby's commute.

Toby loves driving over the Williamsburg bridge to work.

A banana blossom grows in Florida.
A banana blossom grows in Florida.

Daniel worked from Florida this week, and his mom has a banana tree in her yard! According to him, this blossom is actually edible, if one knows how to prepare it.

Daniel's remote office pet
Daniel's remote office pet

I guess Daniel was missing Toby too much, so he went and found a pet of his own in Florida.

Thai noodles...mmmm.....
Thai noodles...mmmm.....

Kenji spent the week in Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, and Bangkok, half way through his ten week trip in Southeast Asia. In Chiang Mai he met up with Austin Bush, Andy Ricker’s photographer and an invaluable resource for Thai food recommendations all over Thailand. Following Austin's lead, Kenji hit up some of Chiang Mai’s best Khao Soi restaurants and spent a long night feasting on grilled pork, pomelo and fermented field crab salads, and other Northern Thai specialties.

I think that hat would actually look better on me.
I think that hat would actually look better on me.

Kenji visited some elephants in Chiang Mai and one got a little cheeky.

One note: If you’d like to visit elephants in Chiang Mai or elsewhere, please do your research and make sure that the company you book with works with elephant schools or sanctuaries that are set up to help the elephants lead happy, enriching lives. In general, those that offer full-day or multi-day visits that allow you to care for and bond with the animals are better than those that offer only short rides or exploitative shows. Two companies to look into in Chiang Mai are Patara and Chang Siam.

Grilled Lao Sausage Salad
Grilled Lao Sausage Salad

Northeastern Thai food is all about the salads. This dish—a grilled Lao sausage salad with young ginger from DD Restaurant in Nong Khai on the Thai-Lao border—is the single best dish Kenji’s eaten in his entire trip. Fresh and savory with a great mix of crunchy, tender, and crisp textures, it had a fiery heat and bracing acidity that somehow managed to make the extra-fatty fermented sausages taste nice and light.

Gai Yang
Gai Yang

Another Isan favorite—Gai Yang—is grilled chicken with a sweet and savory marinade. It’s a dish so tasty that it’s become a roadside staple through all regions of Thailand. Stay tuned for Kenji’s own backyard take on the classic.

So spicy...need more sticky rice!
So spicy...need more sticky rice!

This is what happens when Kenji’s wife Adri has eaten to much spicy Isan food and runs out of sticky rice to sop up the extra heat.

Ahhh...all better.
Ahhh...all better.

The best way to reward yourself for sticking through it? Some fresh squeezed Thai Tangerine juice.

Baby cherry tomatoes back in NYC
Baby cherry tomatoes back in NYC

Niki's tomato plant is so cute!

Speaking of cute...
Speaking of cute...

Meet Jim's new baby girl, Sylvia Rose Lehnhoff!

Welcome Chrissie!
Welcome Chrissie!

Meet our new Creative Services Director Chrissie Lamond! We thought a fitting welcome lunch would be a field trip to Luke's Lobster.

Feed me!
Feed me!
Paul barely waited a minute before taking his first bite.

Delicious.
Delicious.

Why don't we eat lobster rolls every day?

Closeup
Closeup

Feel free to bring us another round.

Pixel finds a new nap spot.
Pixel finds a new nap spot.

Maybe the hum of the computer is comforting?