We had the good fortune of connecting with Andreea Jamotillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andreea, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
When deciding what to do with my life, it was a no-brainer – I wanted to do something I was passionate about and that was fun. Creating tiny delicious works of art wasn’t necessarily the first thing that sprang to mind, but my roads have led me here and I’m so grateful to be doing what I do. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Turning food into an art form was never my intention, so I guess it organically ended up that way. I come from a creative family (photographers, actors, seamstresses, writers) and my husband is an artist, so really, it was just a matter of time before my desserts turned into something other than just a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Getting started, however, wasn’t easy. I didn’t start baking until a few years ago, so it was much trial and error. And turning dessert into art is always a challenge as you’re working with food that can do all sorts of things (such as melt under the blazing sun during an outdoor wedding). But I think it is those challenges that make my work exciting as they push me to find solutions and also collaborate with my clients. Sometimes a little teamwork really goes a long way and I’m grateful to work with open-minded people.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My family from Europe comes to visit on occasion and playing tour guide is so much fun. Some of my favorite spots to take them to are Balboa Park (beautiful architecture), the boardwalk next to Seaport Village, the harbor, Torrey Pines (for hiking), any of our beaches, and Point Loma Seafood (both for the delicious crab sandwiches and also for the view). Speaking of food, I always brag about TJ Oyster Bar which has amazing Mexican seafood (smoked tuna or octopus tacos). We also recommend Taqueria Revolucion for street tacos, Italianissimo Trattoria for Italian food, Nonna & Zucchero for gelato and desserts, the Shakespeare Corner Shoppe for awesome British food you can take home (such as their puff pastry sausage rolls), Tong Sake House for the most amazing Tonkotsu ramen, and Manna BBQ, which is our favorite spot for Korean BBQ. I got carried away with all the food spots, but that’s because I’m so passionate about food. After all the eating and sightseeing, I think an acupuncture session is great to put your body at ease. I’ve been going to Gen Min Acupuncture & Herb Center in North Park for twenty years and can’t say enough good things about Annie, the acupuncturist.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My business is very much a family business, which means my husband, mother, and brother-in-law helped everything get up and running. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything without their help.

Website: www.zaramina.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zaraminadesserts/?hl=en
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/zara-and-mina-chula-vista-3?osq=zara+%26+Mina

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