The two olive oil baked goods offered at Blue Bottle's new Chelsea location are more savory than sweet. A crisp, crumbly shortbread ($1.50) comes with a heavy dose of Salvatore Bklyn's olive oil from Sicily. It imparts grassy, peppery flavors which are then paired with fresh rosemary, chopped right into the shortbread. Perfect for dunking into that latte, or even better, Blue Bottle's hot chocolate. That same olive oil and rosemary flavor combination shows up in their Semolina Buckle ($3.50), which boasts equal parts cake and streusel. The latter focuses on the rosemary while the former is proudly studded with fresh apples, walnuts, and bits of dried plums. Pastries run on the small side, so no one will look twice if you decide to eat both in a sitting.
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About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.