$4 buys a round of Tortino Di Zenzero, a homey ginger spice cake, big enough for two at Grandaisy Bakery. The sugar-dusted cake is not so much spicy as robust and hearty, made with whole grain rye flour and offering a light crunch at the surface. Break in and you can actually see strands of fresh grated ginger, a terrific sight. Smell and you'll pick out sweet molasses, cinnamon, and lingering black pepper. The scent, especially when warmed in the oven, is borderline intoxicating. Very holiday appropriate.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.