Miguel Martin Gomez, owner of restaurant Pikoteo in Amsterdam
Who are you?
My name is Miguel Martin Gomez and am originally Spanish, but I’ve been living in Amsterdam for almost 12 years. Although my background is in Economics and Marketing, I decided to quit my past career three years ago to try to fulfil my lifetime dream of opening a modern Spanish tapas place. I managed to do that in December 2015…
Where do you call ‘home’ and what do you like about it?
Home is Amsterdam. I love the ‘live and let live’ and open-minded feeling that transpires in the city; the multi-cultural and melting-pot feeling to it.
Describe your favourite place to work and the view out the window.
My favourite place to work really depends on what type of work activity I am involved with. If I need to do something transactional, my home office is best. If, for instance I need to do a creative activity, I love to work in the Westerpark, or in any other park with open space, where I can be inspired with my phone off.
Where do you find inspiration? Where do you ‘get lost’?
I typically find more inspiration in moments than in places. If I had to choose a place, it’d be one really far from where I typically am….the south of Spain for instance, or on an island with hardly any development, like Formentera.
What is your favourite way to get around?
In the city, whilst the best mode of transportation is the bike, I find myself walking a lot, as I don’t really commute much from home to work and vice-versa.
Describe a trend that fascinates you.
Flexible working. The old school way of talking, where we use to describe work as the place we went to, and not the activity we did…that’s the past. We should nowadays segment our work in specific activities and find the right places for those….
Name your favourite spot to hang out when you’re off work.
My terrace with my wife, my in-laws and my nieces…. It all puts a huge smile on my face.
Name and describe your favourite city.
Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid and New York always make me feel special.
Name one object you cannot live without and tell us why.
Nowadays, my kitchen knives…
What’s the most or least exciting thing you’ve got coming up this week?
I am going on holiday to the south of Spain at the end of this week and I can hardly believe it.
You have exactly one minute to share your vision with our readers about anything you want.
I would like to make people more aware of others….We tend to be too focused on ourselves, just exactly what’s in front of us. I’d like to invite people to be more empathetic, to try to walk more often in other’s people shoes. I am sure the world would immediately start to feel different…certainly a better place to live.
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