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Robyn Lee

Robyn Lee

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Robyn Lee takes and edits many of the photos for Serious Eats. She'll also doodle cute stuff when necessary. Read more from Robyn at her personal food blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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  • Location: NYC
  • Favorite foods: bread, persimmons, cake, rice, Japanese curry, zong zi, egg custard tarts, soon du bu, pizza, burgers, ice cream, gelato, dumpling, ramen, arepas, tuna melts, cookies,
  • Last bite on earth: Maybe some pork. Maybe some bread. Maybe some rice. Maybe some cake. And gelato and ice cream. And cookies.

Behind the Scenes in Robyn's Home Kitchen

@tea-and-syncope: Eep, forgot to reply earlier. Professional organizing is definitely a thing—I just found out there's a National Association of Professional Organizers! :D I'd put more thought into how I organize stuff if I were living in a place for a long time, unlike where I am right now. Oh well, someday...

@canihavesome: Thanks for reading!

@Irene-: It's so worth it.

Snapshots From Pizza Town USA, 'America's Favorite Town' Since 1958

@DoggiesLove2Eat: I wasn't going for "sexy," but thanks! I think "slop clap" fits, indeed. It's like your brain was too overwhelmed by awesomeness to remember how to clap properly, so you're just haphazardly flapping your palms against one another.

@rickZ: Yeah, I love that old review! I'm glad you mentioned it; I didn't realize until Googling now that Adam transcribed the review (of course).

For a Taste of Spain, Make Tiger Nut Horchata at Home

Yay, I love tiger nut horchata! The flavor kind of reminds me of soy milk, for better or worse (I love good soy milk).

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

@Tipsykit37, @Teachertalk: Aw, thanks so much! In that case, Erin and I may have to collaborate on more cat + doodles. Or...CATOODLES???

@Amandarama: Heehee, fun photo!

@bleu: Thanks for reading! Glad we can make your day with the random stuff that goes on in the office. :)

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

@hillymae, @Keios: Yeup, we're cool with people visiting! Just get in contact with one of us. We don't get many visitors, but maybe people are afraid to ask. :O Keep in mind that our office is on the dull side most of the time, hehe.

Behind the Scenes in Robyn's Home Kitchen

@Didi: Oh man, I looove having a rice cooker so I don't have to cook rice in a pot. I mean, I know it's not hard, but...I'm lazy. And I love rice.

@Paul: WE SHALL FIGHT TO THE DEATH FOR IT jk, maybe you can get someone to make you one!

@Kaares: Haha, oh yeah. I think I've thrown out some of your old jam. But also kept some in case you wanted to use it? Or I dunno! Jam.

@Lingbo: Thanks!

@Christopher: Ding ding! Indeed, this kitchen (or the whole apartment) was made for extra tall people, and Janet and I are lil'. Not pictured is the step stool we use to reach the upper shelves. We use it quite a bit throughout the apartment. And I too would like to know the story behind the fire-breathing chicken.

@aiyaohno: Hehe, oops, didn't mean to take our kitchen to MEGA KITCHEN 2.0 after you left. ;) Not having the huge table by the wall anymore meant...having to find another huge table. But it also freed up all that center space. Magic! And then we got chairs to go with it, meaning I actually eat in the kitchen sometimes. And mini shelves are a product of spending too much time browsing IKEA. "What's this? Do we need this thing? Let's just buy a bunch of em cos they're cheap, and then hope they fit in our cabinets."

I did throw out a handful of bottles and jam jars after you left, hehe. But no biggie! If I ate more jam I could've just eaten the stuff. But I knew I never would. It would be sad orphaned jam.

For all I know that extra dish rack might be mine, and the one we're using is yours. ...Mysteriiies...

@Dennis: Well NOW I want to see what your kitchen looks like. Beardy produce and dead dreams and all.

Behind the Scenes in Robyn's Home Kitchen

@Kenji: VERY DREAM. MUCH FLUFFY.

@NerdDad: Ah, well, I obviously no nothing about home improvement (nor have I ever lived in a place with such an unlevel floor), thanks for the tip!

Braised Artichokes With Leeks and Peas From 'The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone'

@Cara: I changed it to stem, thanks for the heads up!

Kale Salad With Glazed Pumpkin Seeds and Hot Cider Vinaigrette From 'The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone'

@Kale Shepherd: Post is updated, thanks!

Taiwan Eats: Pork Belly Buns (Gua Bao)

YEEESSSSS this is one of the most glorious foods ever.

Reality Check: Burger King's A.1. Steakhouse XT and a Look at Their New Broiler

@BurgerConquest: Ahhh, no, I totally forgot about it... :( Still a possibility though. Thanks for the reminder!

Taste Test: Dennis Eats All of Cricket's Cat Food

I love you.

I'll also admit I once tasted dried dog food. Not on purpose. I was 12, sleeping over a friend's house. She said, "Hey Robyn, I got some new candy, want to try it?" I was like, "OK I LOVE CANDY!" (Some things never change.) As for why I didn't recognize dried dog food as dried dog food...they came in different shapes and mildly different colors; they weren't just brown pellets, mmk? I was quite confused after one chew. My friend was rolling around with laughter. I spat furiously and felt like an idiot. ...Being 12 was great.

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

@foodlabfollower: I relate to that too well...sigh. Thanks!

Elmwood Park, New Jersey: Pizza-Town USA, 'America's Favorite Town'

Elmwood Park, New Jersey: Pizza-Town USA, 'America's Favorite Town'

I love this place, too! Can't believe my first time here was just three days ago. It won't be my last. Apparently my brother has been living a 7-minute drive from here for years, and I didn't know until last week. (Thanks, bro.) Pizza + fried calzone + zeppoles = dinner of champions. Another plus, the service was really friendly—no "mean, rude, nasty" feelings here. And I looked like an super-tourist (I took a bagillion photos, of course).

Fried Homemade Pickles With Ranch Dressing From 'Kitchen Confidence'

Cute Alert: Two Cats Battle Over Bed That Looks Like a Burger

@kissyfur: Good suggestion, but I'm thinking more a semi-closed, plushy fleece ball that I can stuff myself into. I guess that's less of a bed, more a sleeping bag ball thing. :)

Cute Alert: Two Cats Battle Over Bed That Looks Like a Burger

SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE A HUMAN-SIZED VERSION OF THIS BED. Before I die. Preferably.

Taste Test: British Digestives

@theotherworldly: Oh no! So it's not as good as what I bought a few months ago? Bluuuh...

@Alice: I was expecting a bit more insight from my younger self. SILLY ME, HAHAHAHA.

@Little Miss Nihilist: I have enough leftovers to make a crust. Hmm. [strokes chin]

@bagelgirl: Oh damn! I'd love to try those. I like the description: "A crunchy, crumbly chum for cheese."

@kalirugo: I was shocked, too. Let me know what you think of Sainsbury's!

Burgers and Brews at Gentle Ben's Brewing Co. in Tucson

@shermanhelms: I was wondering about the cottage cheese choice, too, so I asked the kitchen manager. He said...there wasn't a real reason. :\ I'll add that to the post.

Taste Test: British Digestives

@loop d'liu: I was surprised by McVitie's, too. That's the only British digestive I've seen here. Maybe I had to dunk em in tea to better judge them... ;_;

@Helen2783: I like dark chocolate digestives! I mean, who wouldn't? :) But not as much as I love BANOFFEE PIE, my love for which is probably amplified by it being a rare dessert over here.

@Scrofula: Haven't tried jam + chocolate digestive before, good idea!

@AJStewart: Glad you agree! You should try Hovis on its own. Mmmm. Naked Hovis.

@twoflower: I need to try tiffin cake someday, thanks for the info!

@Piers JA: I have most of the brands left...I might have to do a casual dunk test. :) Thanks for the video!

On the stove Burgers

Taste Test: British Digestives

@Chuckswagon: I don't have much else to say about the non-favorite brands besides what I wrote in my post: "Brands that didn't rank highly were comparatively bland and exceptionally dry, some with textures that were more cardboardy than crumbly." Our non-fave brands probably taste fine on their own, but blandness and dryness get magnified when eaten next to so many other kinds of digestives.

@veyron: I picked up a pack of Marias on the way home to give em a try. :) It tastes quite different from a digestive, but it is a nice snacking biscuit!

@Ben: It just looks so much more dignified that way, eh?

@Keios: I have! :D Oaty nobbly goodness, indeed.

@ag3208: I initially thought we could do something fun with the leftover biscuits like, as you said, some kind of cake...but we've actually just been snacking on em over the last two months. They're almost all gone now. :O

New at McDonald's China: German Sausage Double Beef Burger

@Flapingglass: Thanks for the update! Yeah, that looks far less epic than the advertised version. As usual. :[

Serious Chocolate: Brazilian Brigadeiros

@korenni: Sorry about the missing steps! There should be five steps; I added the others back in. Reload the page if you don't see the steps right away.

Easy Stir-Fried Beef With Mushrooms and Butter

It may not be traditional in the strictest sense of the word, but the combination of soy sauce and butter is quickly becoming a favorite both in Asia and here at home. One of my favorite ways to combine them? In a stir-fry, like this simple recipe with marinated flank steak, stir-fried with mushrooms. More

Easy Stir-Fried Beef With Mushrooms and Butter

It may not be traditional in the strictest sense of the word, but the combination of soy sauce and butter is quickly becoming a favorite both in Asia and here at home. One of my favorite ways to combine them? In a stir-fry, like this simple recipe with marinated flank steak, stir-fried with mushrooms. More

The Food Lab: Bringing Home General Tso's Chicken

If the British can proudly call Chicken Tikka Masala their national dish, then surely it's time that General Tso got his chicken in our national spotlight. Everybody knows the candy-sweet take-out joint version, but I firmly believe that it has the potential to be so much more than that. How great would a homemade version of General Tso's be, with a flavor that shows some real complexity and a texture that takes that crisp-crust-juicy-center balance to the extreme? More

Chai Chess Pie

Strikingly dark and delicious, this sweet and spicy First Prize pie uses the complex flavors of chai tea to flavor an otherwise simple chess pie. A plain crust serves to highlight the filling, and big fat dollops of fresh whipped cream are encouraged. More

Carrot Raisin Salad From 'Down South'

Coleslaw and potato salad may be more famous outside of Southern takeout counters, but carrot raisin salad is just as common at picnics and potlucks. In it, grated carrots and plump raisins are mixed with a rich mayonnaise dressing spiked with curry powder. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Whole Grains

Grains have been a staple of the human diet for the last, oh, 10,000 years. And if you think about it properly—by which I mean with a few debatable leaps of logic and some generous omissions—grains are also basically responsible for all the best things: beer, adorable pets, beds, cheesy popcorn, and, yes, internet. In that fertile crescent-agricultural revolution-cradle of civilization sense, that is.

But have you ever listened to someone wax rhapsodic about the delights of whole grains and thought to yourself, meh? Welcome to the club that I totally just quit.

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Yes or No Sexy: Debunking the Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac

My boyfriend and I are coming up on our six-year anniversary, and though we love each other dearly, we seem to have left the honeymoon phase of our relationship back in college. Would a single aphrodisiac be powerful enough to combat our five-plus years of accumulated farts, burps, and dissipating sense of mystery? I did some highly scientific calculations and concluded that our chances of, erm, success would be exponentially improved if we force-fed ourselves all the aphrodisiacs. More