For the mornings when an ordinary slice of pound cake won't do, meet the Black Sesame Loaf ($3.50) from Abraço. It's simultaneously dense and delicate, the toasty, warm aroma of black sesame accented with almonds. The seeds are ground and folded into the batter, turning the entire loaf a charcoal grey shade, the edges a nutty brown.
They used to bake this cake with fresh pears (which is even more amazing), but plain and simple is just as good, especially when you have a cortado on the side. Pick up an slice of olive oil cake for tomorrow, and if you spot the Cardamom Coffee Cake, a wedge of that as well!
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.