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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Thursday PM at Paoay Church, Stone House Cafe and Tayamen’s

A glimpse of Paoay Church

It’s mid-summer in the Philippines… the height of the Ilocos heat, but what the heck, I wrapped my head in my Red Dot silk scarf and cajoled Alexa to go with me to Paoay. Although I’ve posted photos of Paoay Church a few times, I realized I’ve never shot the inside except for a casual midnight mass 2 Christmases ago.

We parked by the Herencia Plaza and checked out the souvenir shops. At Nazarene, I got beautiful, colorful summer cotton scarves — one in tie-dyed rainbow and another large one in vibrant tribal print I intend to wear as a sarong. Alex and I each got a Sagada friendship bracelet. I also picked a cute bamboo ear reliever:)  All in all, we spent 400 pesos, which means, we still had 100 pesos (a little more than 2 US dollars) for merienda.

A rainbow of scarvesAlexandraPrintscolors of friendshipdainty crochetIlocos garlic

The nearby Strasburg Coffee serving fine blends

Paoay Church

The Paoay Church aka St. Augustine Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful churches. In earthquake Baroque style, surprisingly, it’s made of coral stones, bricks, egg whites and lime. Construction of the church was started by the Augustinian friars in 1694 and was completed and re-dedicated in 1894 during the Spanish era..

I honestly don’t like the newly installed official marker. For photographers, it is a serious annoyance. I like a clean view of the church and the bell tower with just the foliage enhancing the gorgeous panorama. More often than not, less is more.

Bell Tower and ButtressesTo churchAngel of Holy WaterConfessional BoxPrayersJesus in Stained GlassInto Paoay Churchthe young once and the young onesAt a glance...yellow bellsUnhurried Thursday

I guess Stone House Cafe (by the Airport Road in Laoag) doesn’t like Alexa. The door was open, but no one would welcome us. A little better than last time.  A nice thing, though, ‘coz our remaining 100 pesos won’t be even enough for two cake slices perhaps.

The colors inside were so refreshing that we took photos of each other. I promised Alex to take her some other time.

white wallscute guinea pigSOOC Portrait

We hopped to Tayamen’s, where surely, we can relax and eat fishballs, kikiam and isaw (barbecued pork intestines) to our heart’s delight. Tiong and Tiang were cool as ever serving street food (outside the streets) to their well-dressed and hip patrons. Mind you, the no-frills Tayamen’s is always full. We paid a sick 92 pesos for our 4 sticks of isaw, and 4 servings of fishballs and kikiam plus ice cold soda. A filling Thursday jaunt;)

Kikiam at IsawFishballs and Sukang Iloco with Sili
[Tip: Better eaten with well-aged sukang Iloco (vinegar) and sili (chili).]Barbecued Pork Intestines aka Isaw

Photographed by Alexa and BlauEarth
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