By KC Santos
SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE – The Lemon Pie House is a favorite stopover by famished backpackers looking for a hearty meal.
Established three years ago by husband and wife Joseph and Katrina Daoas, Lemon Pie House has been offering its Lemon and Egg Pies to the throngs of adventurers in Sagada.
Joseph, who used to work abroad, thought of reconstructing his old sari-sari store into a café. He decide to make lemon pies, which his mother used to bake, as a specialty of the house.
The lemon pies proved to be a hit, and soon neighbors and the whole community knew about this hearty treat.
The bright yellow Lemon Pie House stands out and is easy to spot. Visitors of nearby Lumiang Caves are greeted by the smell of the lemon pies fresh from the oven.
The smell of the pies lingered and we had to cut short our trip to the cave short as we hurried back uphill to finally find out for ourselves what the fuss is all about.
We went through the small door of the café and immediately ordered cups of hot coffee and slices of lemon pie.
The place is cozy despite mismatched furniture. The soft lighting warms the place up and visitors are left to decide whether you lounge and play board games squatting in the mats laid or in the couches.
While waiting for my order, I chanced upon Mang Joseph who was very kind and accommodating. He said he never imagined the café and the pies to be such a hit.
“We’re glad because we are seeing our hard work and persistence pay off,” he says.
The lemon pie combines a fruity flavor and a texture of soft tart and pudding. The crust is also soft and you’ll leave not a crumb of bread in the plate. Combined with native Arabica coffee, it is a welcome treat after an afternoon of walking in cold Sagada weather.
At P18 for a slice, I would’ve eaten a whole lot more if it were not for a heavy dinner I was looking forward to later that night.
There are some places in Sagada where one visit is just not just enough and the Lemon Pie House is one of them.
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