Manuel was born in Durango, Dgo, Mexico. He lived there for most of his life, studying marketing at Universidad España de Durango and working in advertising. Like so many of us, he moved to Vallarta last year in search of work and a beautiful life. He came to Sapori di Sicilia looking for a position in the restaurant’s kitchen because he loves to cook and then had the opportunity to manage the restaurant. His polished, professional service sets him apart from many other establishments in town. Drop by and visit him if you need any jars opened.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I can often be seen running in the mornings, exercising at the stadium, relaxing at the beach and I like to go to the movies.
If you could share a secret about Puerto Vallarta, what would it be?
I’m new here, I don’t know the secrets yet.
What is on your bucket list?
Run a marathon. Build a house. Travel more, some of the places on my list are Portugal, France, India, Africa.
What is your signature cocktail?
I don’t drink, I leave the cocktails for someone else.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
cookies! cookies, cookies and more cookies. I love cakes and pastries too!
What things do you not like to do?
I’m a little impatient sometimes, so I don’t like to wait.
What would your autobiography be called?
El entusiasta Sr. Gonzalez
What’s your secret talent?
I think that I am a really good listener and I can open jars.
What always cheers you up when you think about it?
My family and my girl.
What’s your favorite flavor of potato chip?
Onion & spice
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Relax more, exercise more, meditate. I love sleeping though, so I am happy to spend time doing it.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I would love to learn to play the piano.
When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Opening jars. jajajaja
What do you wish you knew more about?
What was the best compliment you’ve received?
I’m proud of you. You inspire me.
Who inspires you to be better?
My father and his life inspired me to live the best life I can and to live up to my potential. And the kind heart of my mom.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
I’ve learned that I need to surround myself with people who think and want the same things as I do. It took me a long time to learn this.
What do you regret not doing?
I regret not working harder in university.