The beginning was rough. It was something totally different than I expected. Of course I was familiar with the city only through movies, TV shows and music. However really going here was different and I knew I had to watch documentaries more often instead of movies. That is one of the best lessons I could give.
Life is harsh and in the end you will become harsh as well, otherwise it’s true but you don’t survive. Life can be a little painful as well as everything here is linked to money. In general time is money, instead of time is life. And that for me is a bit painful.
The country itself is quite beautiful, and don’t get me wrong I am starting to understand why so many people tend to go here in on a holiday and want to capture their American Dream to ultimately start to live here. The downside however is, is that you are always fighting for your little piece of money. Competition is fierce and there is no turning back the moment you entered the ring. And that is a good thing, it creates opportunities and innovations.
When you are a tourist you view is very different. The moment you become an inhabitant a real New Yorker you view changes dramatically. It’s not always a negative thing, again don’t get me wrong on this but your view just changes.
You want to focus on the most important things and only go straight to the point. Back in my home country when we go out to dinner we could talk with the helps and waiters, it’s always a happening. But here in NYC time is so much of value that you have to make sure the helps are trying to get rid of you really fast to get your tip and they’ll be off to the next client. It’s fast and fake in my eyes.
That’s why I’m already focusing on these parts as a tourist. I want to see if they treat their market differently. My background is in the restaurant business and my dream is start a restaurant here and provide the guests with great food, both local market as touristic market. But my entry is a little bit different. Many restaurants here don’t spend much on maintenance and want everything done as fast and cheap as possible.
Who better to help them with these services than me. The Latino Kitchen guy.
Before moving to America I stayed for a year in Hong Kong. It’s on the completely different side of life but I had the pleasure of being outsourced from another company. Life there was good but short. I had to work hard as well, I learned the Hong Kong and was being prepared for the New York mentality. Staying safe was important. I had a great Hong Kong insurance which took care of me very well and my company provided me all the benefits I needed.
After Hong Kong I learned a lot about the kitchen and restaurant business. All this motivated me to follow my dream and going to New York City, which I did in the end.
Food is important but even to me, it comes on a second place. If you food is ok, but the restaurant is cozy, friendly and most important clean clients will already come to you.
I want to take a break, go home and watch some dumb cartoons like I did when I was younger. But it’s not possible, I invested now a lot and this is the time to pull through.
I know my family back in Argentina are missing me, but they are so supportive in everything I do. My little Kitchen Shop is doing pretty well, better than I expected. And I think I can almost try to hire the first employee. I need to look at the legal paperwork first but this will be a big thing for me.
And..yes I think I finally met someone. At least I had a couple of drinks with her and we had a great time. She is also part Latin American which is great, but she is a powerful one who doesn’t take no for an answer. Just what I need.