Last year I found a recipe for a pumpkin butter cake that I knew I just had to try. I wanted to wait for pumpkin season to make it, so now that it is pumpkin season, I finally got a chance. Since this is a loaf cake, it also gave me a chance to use my pretty pumpkin loaf pan.

Perhaps I should say “Take Two.” Last week there was a little mix up and some of you got a sneak peek at my new Everyday Eats piece for San Diego Magazine. Others of you were met with a broken link since it was taken down. Now the post is back up at its regularly scheduled publication date. The San Diego Magazine piece published today features my favorite place for take-out chinese combos. If you’re interested, you can read the full post here. Thanks for your support!


A while back, a friend of mine recommended Surati Farsan Mart for Indian food. She thought it was the best Indian food in San Diego when she was living here. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally visit.

I grew up in a part of the Bay Area with a large Indian population and with a lot of good Indian food. Most of the places in San Diego have tasted like a much more tame and watered down version of all the flavors and spices usually used in Indian food. I’ve also found that most of the restaurants are a bit high priced.

When we arrived, the casual eatery was absolutely packed. Definitely a good sign. You order up at the front and then grab a table while you wait for them to call you order. There are menus at the front counter. Surati Farsan Mart is completely vegetarian, but with all the different spices, I don’t miss the meat.

As we browsed the menu, there were quite a few things I didn’t recognize. Another good sign. Everything was priced around $4. With prices so cheap, it was easy to just pick a few things at random  to try. The menu helpfully provides descriptions of all the dishes. In addition to the specialities menu, there are also a lot of desserts and other foods which you can buy by the pound to go.

Masala Dosa ($4.99) A thin crispy rice crepe, stuffed with spice onions,  potatoes, served with vegetable soup (pour over crepe) & coconut chutney.

I love dosa. The thin, crepe-like bread is addicting and I love how big it is. This was quite filling and only $5. The dosa was so long that it barely fit on our table. Inside it was stuffed with a spicy onion potato mash. Rather than pour the soup over the crepe and let it get soggy, I preferred breaking off pieces and dipping it in the soup. I loved all the spice and flavors of the dish. The sweet coconut chutney helped balance out the dish.