And who isn’t on the look-out for some chewy, tender, deeply rich, barely sweet chocolate brownie? Even in a field littered with killer brownies, one stands out bigtime.

Yes, I do mean the heavy, yet tender, intensely dark chocolatey brownie from River Cafe (also available at enlightened farmers markets, like the one on the Westside, Saturdays.)

Made from the deluxe Valrhona chocolate and lightly studded with walnuts, it hits all the right spots. Just barely sweet, this plump, supple, sophisticated square of insanely good chocolate never, ever cloys.


And it runs a mere $3 for more than you can decently consume in a single sitting.