I fell in love yesterday, that is, in a totally platonic way. After taking my cousin for a nice hike to Rancho San Antonio (photos are on my phone, but I can't figure out how to e-mail them to myself), went up to Oakland to join Tony
and his friends for a fourth of July BBQ. He had expounded on his roommate's incredible baking prowess. I had to taste it for myself. The bread, a rustic, crusty french loaf, was among the best I've ever had (probably as good as La Brea Bakery's thicker loaf).
But, the brownies! I had long decided that brownies from scratch were overrated, and Duncan Hines brownie mix was as good, if not better, than anything else. Oh, was I wrong. This guy must have used magical chocolate or something--it was not too sugary, but the flavor was so intense, it washed over you in layers, rising up through your sinuses and filtering all through your brain. Extraordinary. Anyway, I got a few to-go, but what I really want is the recipe =)