Alexa finally gets to eat at The Stone House Cafe before the start of a new school year on Monday. The English cakes we were expecting to have were not available, but tomorrow is Eugene’s birthday, so I’m surprising him with two cakes owner Pat Albano Maranan promised to bake. Can’t wait, one tangerine and one coconut, 2 birthday cakes to blow!
Pat has a knack for interior design. Ilocos bricks on a concave ceiling, a lovely nouveau way of using locally-made products!
Dalandan (Citrus aurantium) is a local sour orange some Pinoys enjoy eating with salt. At Stone House Cafe, dalandan juice is mixed with honeydew to make a mildy tart slush.
The cafe is known for coffee and chocolate beverages, but beer or wine with pasta or panini are the most frequently ordered menu items.
Balikbayans, tourists, young and not-so-young professionals are the cafe’s typical diners. I asked Pat if he enjoys the coffee shop, his work and everything that concerns day-to-day operations, and without batting an eyelash he says, “Eh, kasi ang daming sosyal. I get to meet them.” Cute!
As usual, no chocolate cake so it’s got to be pasta for Alexa. Pasta Alfredo. A bit on the spicy side, but she ate more than half of it and brought home the rest for “puppy” Brandon, hahah.
My hot melty grilled eggplant panini (sandwich) was humungous. Had to share it with the hubby who wanted only brewed coffee. I’m glad ciabatta wasn’t used; otherwise that would be pigging out.
Enjoy the weekend, peeps!
The Stone House Cafe Airport Road, Laoag City, Philippines
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