Local Bakery Offers Obama Pan de Sal

There are a number of celebrations planned around town for Tuesday’s Inauguration and in National City, the owner of a bakery is offering a unique way for San Diegans to honor President-elect Barack Obama.

Wilma Ventura, owner of "The Original Richard's Bakery" has reinvented traditional Filipino bread and named it "Obama Pan de Sal" in honor of the nation's next president.

Pandesal is the most popular bread in the Philippines, usually baked as a roll and can be eaten stuffed with chicken or sweet peas.

Filipino native and baker, Wilma Ventura said she did this to celebrate the first African-American President of the United States, and to honor our own diversity.

“Obama Pan de Sal -- we used under his name because it’s a healthy bread and we used 100% whole wheat flour,” said Ventura.

The dinner size rolls are sold, 15 pieces for just under three bucks.

When people asked her why Obama? She has a quick answer “This is our 44th President and the first African-American president. Also, for example, anyone who is Filipino, Mexican, that is a different color, or different skin… it’s a part of history,” she said.

On January 20, Ventura plans to witness history right in her bakery by hosting a celebration for her customers and friends at 9 a.m.

The Original Richard's Bakery.
3400 East H Street
Suite 114
National City
(619) 472-1530

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