Archana Patwardhan


About Archana Patwardhan

My family moved from across the world to the Bay Area when I was a toddler, and the travel bug never left me! After college, I moved to New York City in search of adventure where I worked in the fashion industry and met my future husband. After getting married on the beautiful beaches of Goa, we moved to Dubai, UAE for almost ten years. There, I started my food blog, had both of my children, and had the opportunity to travel to many exotic places. After nearly a decade away, this California girl was ready to move home! It has been fun seeing how much I have “changed” after so much time abroad, and am enjoying readjusting and rediscovering the Bay Area all over again.

Life in the Bay Area as an Indian-American: Then & Now

All I noticed in the movie was the unacceptable racist treatment the white characters showed toward the Asian character…he was constantly regarded as “weird” and “different,” foreign, and mostly un-American. Several memories I had repressed came shooting back, and I was instantly transported back to my youth as growing up brown, as an Indian-American, in the Bay Area.


Customer Service in the US: The Customer is Always Right?

When I first moved back to the Bay Area from the Arabian Gulf, the first places to visit on my list weren’t the Golden Gate Bridge or Lake Tahoe, but instead, Costco and Target! A place where I could get almost everything I needed for my family under one roof? With easy parking and a Starbucks inside? Yes, please! But truthfully, it wasn’t the plethora of wonderful things inside these stores that I had missed, but instead the amazing American customer service that we take for granted while living here, but miss like crazy when we live abroad.

Ahhh, the wide isles of costco