The Soul of Sagada Lives in a Pie
by Lauro Polancos
by Lauro Polancos
Located in the outskirts of the town of Sagada, there is a very peculiar cafe that's all painted yellow. I haven't seen this when i was in Sagada few years ago. It was new to me.
Ben and me decided to go to the first ever cafe/restaurant in Sagada after our grueling camping at the peak of Ampacao Mountain where we got stuck for 17 hours inside the tent because we were stuck in the middle of a storm. Arrrghhh.
We walked inside this cafe, and a small gray haired, toothless, happy and charming woman with sparkling eyes that hints sadness greeted us, in the name of Manang Katrina (Madame Katrina). Inside, the Lemon Pie House is so warm and cozy. It's just like stepping into your own house after all in a days work. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the specialty of the house is their homemade pies which Manang Katrina made herself and learned the craft decades ago to support her family. There are many specialties of pies here, like blueberry pie (which she gathers the wild blueberries from the pine forests in Sagada), the lemon pie - which is to die for, egg pie and a seasonal pie - it depends on which fruit thrive in the season.
The Lemon Pie House is constructed of hard pinewood. The smell inside is so inviting, it's refreshing to the mind and the soul. It's dark inside, but the laughter and smile of Manang Katrina brings light to the faces of the customers. There is also a free Wi-Fi inside the Lemon Pie House, and outside is a patio and a garden to hang out.
It is very difficult to sum all my emotions while writing this, because of all the grandeur and beauty of the little town of Sagada, the spirit and soul of the place live in a pie, to which, I found a mother. Where the dedication, talent and skills of Manang Katrina perfected the craft of pie making. We had a good time there, together with her daughter Bogan, who was our guide inside the cave and after a long day, the family served us their home made rice wine." read more...
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