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

Hi Cristina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It just felt like the appropriate move. I have been working for other’s for so long, and I have learned so much along the way. I felt prepared to take all those skills, and bring all that energy to my own business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My love is for pastries, bread, dough. I did not start my journey with sweets, I went to culinary school for savory cooking. It has been a ten year journey. I have worked my way up in restaurants, and it was not easy. Being a female in a male dominated kitchen, teaches you a lot. Once I reached a point in my savory career where I was no longer learning, I decided to pick up jobs learning about bread. Starting with rustic breads, sourdough and ciabatta. Then moving on to a working for a famous French chef. I love classic techniques, but I also love my roots. My family is from Central America, so pan dulce was huge growing up . The most simple desserts were the highlights of all family events. Sitting around the table sipping on hot chocolate and conchas. Working on my own full time is new to me. As I continue, I plan on incorporating more nostalgic pastries onto my menu.

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.
We would start the day with coffee. Head to Tierra Mia for the best Mexican mocha. After that hang out in Silverlake, do a little window shopping. Have lunch in Hollywood, at The Village Idiot, a restaurant I worked at that really shaped who I am today. This is a great place to have a wholesome lunch and enjoy a refreshing craft cocktail. Then I would say head over to Malibu. Enjoy some time on the beach, If we need a little snack we can head over to Broad Street Oyster, they have the best clam chowder. At this point the sun is coming down, We can enjoy a nice cruise down PCH, Head back into LA, and stop by Avenue 26 for the best street tacos, and the most flavorful freshly made churros. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I could not have done this without my family and friends. My family has always been there to remind me why I love doing what I do. My friends, well they are the best! Shout outs, reposts on their social media, helping me be a better photographer. My friends are so artistic and talented, they each have a skill that has helped me get better with what I do. When I have any frustrations or doubts, I know my friends will be there to hype me up, and give me the best advice,

Website: www.mijabakes.com

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