King Cake: Magic Time Travel Pastry

When you take a bite of King Cake, you’re home.

Dong Phuong King Cake and coffee. (Ronit Schlam)

I thought I’d heard the door buzzer during the day, but as I walked by the box on the floor in the lobby, I didn’t stop to look at it. It didn’t look like a record— the only packages I usually get— but eBay people box things up strangely sometimes, so I didn’t give it much thought. I checked the mailbox, then grabbed the…