The bread that I brought home yesterday is excellent: great texture, wonderful flavor and just slightly moist and springy…. A comment worth noting, I think: it has taken me a while to appreciate Ben’s bread because it is different to what we are led to believe is normal, ie., factory bread. I had to clear these preconceived ideas from my head and just enjoy Ben’s bread for what it is; wonderful and authentic. Now I enjoy it the most, slightly toasted, to enhance the flavor, with just a smear of butter on it. Nothing else on it disguise or hide the flavor. It sets the bar, nothing else comes close. Somehow, you have to try to prevent Ben’s bread being lost to the world.
Hello Mr. Manea (Ben),
Just wanted to let you know how much my sister and I have enjoyed your breads– good as anything I had when I lived in New York or anywhere in Europe where I’ve performed.
Last year Jane Shaak brought us loaves of your stellar rye with caraway and, when we returned for Shatford’s music festival last week, she gave us the Pain au Chocolate and more rye breads to feast on! Just finished the last chunk of rye 2 days ago with joy!
Many thanks and we pray that you will be able to continue enjoying life in good health! – Bill Goldenberg
Hello Ben and Sharon,
I first visited Walla around the end of January of this year. To be honest, I wasn’t planning on having lunch. Rather, I was bored from sitting in my office and needed somewhere to go – a place to sit down and ‘get away’ for a bit. Not recognizing many of the menu items, I decided to play it safe and go with the Greek Salad.
Two weeks later, I came back for the Pastrami Sandwich. What I didn’t realize was that I didn’t return to Walla for the food,I came back because of how well I was treated by man who was “just a baker”.
I once heard ‘the baker’ say, “it’s all about the food”. In many ways, he’s right. However, for me, although the food is excellent, I’ve always returned because of the people – you guys.
So thank you. Thank you for being who you are, for your friendship, and for bringing happiness to my family.
I look forward to my weekly trip from Kelowna to Penticton. This beautiful scenic trip alway includes a stop at your Cafe/Bakery to pickup a supply of your wonderful breads, dips and pastries!
C. Rozerov, Kelowna, BC
We just wanted to thank you sooooo much for the most amazing experience of our ‘dessert lives’ ever. My cousin from Vancouver, who has had St Honore Cakes for his birthday every year for many years has never, ever tasted such a masterpiece as yours. There are only 2 bakeries in Vancouver that he is aware of that makes them and neither one of them was as authentic or more delicious than yours. Believe me, he has your business card. We had a group of 12 people in our party who were all salivating and there wasn’t one person that said it wasn’t the best dessert they have ever had. Even our lactose intolerant guests bit the bullet and asked for a piece after watching all of us. Thank you again so much.
We have a family reunion this summer of 35 people. I’m sure you’ll hear from us again. Wow……. the world hasn’t discovered you yet!!
Clark and Maureen Palm, Penticton, BC