Thursday Thankful + Happy Thanksgiving


Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

I hope everyone gets to spend this long weekend in the company of loved ones – friends, family, puppies. In the spirit of the holiday, I’ve put together some things here and there that make me truly thankful. In the lowest of lows, it’s too easy to focus on the darkness. But as my lady Florence sings, there’s always darkness before the dawn. Lists like these help remind me of the lightness ahead:


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Spotlight: Jane on Larkin

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Most SF breakfast aficionados are aware of Jane on Fillmore – the Pac Heights locale with gluten-free quinoa toast served on chevron-patterned tables you know you’re going to Instagram.

Jane on Larkin sits in the less ritzy, up-and-coming Tendernob/loin area. It’s an odd spot for a café that’s anything BUT up-and-coming, but in a delicious, addicting way, it works. And when I finally visited a month ago, I’ve since returned four more times, eaten my way through the menu and can’t get enough.


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Happy Diwali & Thankful Thursday


Yesterday was Diwali, the Indian festival of lights and our new year. It’s an occasion to bid goodbye to the old and celebrate the new. We dance, light firecrackers, eat (oh man, we eat), and put our faith in the upcoming year to bring us prosperity and happiness.

I’ve never been a hugely religious person, but I’ve always loved Diwali. It’s nearly impossible to feel sad this time of year – one look at my mom dancing is solid proof of that.

This Diwali, I found myself feeling a little different. As many of my friends know, this past year hasn’t been the smoothest of rides. Looking at everyone celebrating last night, I couldn’t find anything worth celebrating of my own. It scared me, but it also made me realize – I’ve been spending my time comparing myself to others, and in the process losing what makes me ME.


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Weekend EAT – Portland Adventures

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After last year’s trip, it’s barely a secret how much I love Portland. Fantastic food (like seriously, how are people not a million pounds in that city?), the freshness of the outdoors, extremely nice people, and everything within biking distance. It’s a sleepy, magical place where the young go to retire. In our case, it was where we spend the weekend having a mini college reunion and watching Cal football.

It’s crazy that while only an hour flight away, Portland’s landscape vastly differs than SF in that it has seasons. Actual fall, where the leaves change colors and all you want to do is wear beanies and sweaters and eat brunch for 3 hours to escape the cold.


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RECIPE: Double Decker Cake

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“This is Shikha.”
“Oh, you are the one who bakes the cakes.”

This was the exchange that went down at my college graduation when I met my friend’s dad. It’s not the weirdest introduction I’ve ever received (that would go to “Oh you cook? That’s DOPE.”), but it is just as accurate. And honestly, it’s even a compliment.

Because that was what I was known for in college – baking the cakes. For everyone. Any friend birthday between sophomore and senior year of college, I gotchu. Blue velvet, chocolate chip, apple-cinnamon – I loved being able to feed my best friends and make their birthdays that much sweeter.


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