Dinner with My Two Boys

Hot Hero and Garlic and Cheese Pizza

Shakey’s has left me with fond memories of my youth. In every summer, there was always a nice Shakey’s story.

Ever since it arrived in the north, I’ve always known where to take my boys. The love for thin crust pizza has become a family thing. The flavors have evolved through the years, but the old favorites remain the best. I can’t have Manager’s Choice and Friday Special as often as I’d want to, yet simple garlic and cheese (the only pizza for Eugene) is enough to satiate the appetite for pizza

No Shakey’s dinner is complete without a Hot Hero, still the zingy sandwich that leaves you craving for a second one.

CalamaresShrimp Scampi

New on the menu, Shrimp Scampi bathed in olive oil and herbs and extra-crispy Calamari Crrrunch with two dips didn’t disappoint. But if you’re eating with someone like Brandon, I guess you have to order more.

Empty Plates
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Saturday Night at The Stone House Cafe

Stone House Cafe (the garage)

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!

Stone House CafeWarm ColorsBricked Concave Ceiling

Pat has a knack for interior design. Ilocos bricks on a concave ceiling, a lovely nouveau way of using locally-made products!

The Stone House Cafe in LaoagWhite CornerDalandan Honeydew Slush

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!

Stone House Cafe Pasta AlfredoGrilled Eggplant Panini

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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