Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sagada's Yoghurt House and Lemon Pie House

Okay, so we've known Sagada's Yoghurt House since the beginning of time... A little exaggerated I know, but all I'm saying is that this cafe/restaurant has made its mark and the name 'Yoghurt House' has been recited like a mantra by every spelunker who has gone down from Mt. Province.

You can choose from plain to yoghurt with strawberry preserve, banana, or granola - or just mix everything together. An affordable P65-75 homemade, quality dessert! Their meals are good too, prices range from P100-200. Looks a bit pricey for some, but the serving can be shared by two people especially their pasta dishes.

On my recent Sagada trip, we dined at the Lemon Pie House. We saw it en route to our spelunking activity, and we agreed to check it out after we're done with the caves. It's just further down the same road as the Yoghurt House's.

You won't miss it, the house is painted bright yellow, very similar to a lemon's color.

A slice of lemon pie is P20. They also serve egg pie for the same price. You can order a whole box (P150) for a bigger group. Perfect with brewed coffee (P25) or mountain tea (P15). You can enjoy your pie and drink either inside their homey, dim-lit cafe (they got Wifi!) or outdoors under the sun in their pocket garden. You can while away the afternoon watching passersby, locals and fellow travellers.

Too bad we were not able to sample the other meals they offer, we intended to come back in the evening but a heavy downpour of rain prevented us to do so! Sigh. Next time then.

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Anonymous said...
March 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM

ahhhh Sagada food!!! sarap, nakaka-misss!!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
March 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Sagada foodtripping is da bomb! It is always part of the itinerary. Haha!

Napster said...
December 20, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I love backpacking to places in our country more than traveling abroad. I don't expect to be pampered. I don't believe the customer is always right.

But I do resent being treated less than the average diner, local or foreign. It seemed Yoghurt House tried so hard to make me feel like a second-class citizen in my own country. Here are some examples why:

1) I asked for an extra plate so that I can share my food with my kid daughter - the waitress gave our group an exasperated look and blurted, "Oh, my God," as she turned around. (I did not feel the need to react because the English was quite impressive - they say some people do like bitchy types.)

2) A friend ordered yoghurt and asked if we could adjoin two tables together - the head waitress replied that we could not "because we were ordering separate bowls anyway." (I was lost in the moment, I could not react because I tried and failed to process a classic non sequitur).

3) Another friend asked whether the price of the cookies in the box was different from the cookies in the jar - the head waitress gave a prompt "Ciempre" reply. (Semantically, the kind of reply one can get when you go to a autoshow and ask "How much is that?" and you get the reply "Ciempre mahal yan" or "If you have to ask you can't afford it". But, for cookies?)

Compare that to how they treat foreigners. It may be anecdotal but after being verbally abused by these Ilustrados of Yoghurt House, you start to believe the rumors that their wide-open smiles are reserved for people unlike you and those at the next to the next table.

As to the food and the yoghurt themselves, it is difficult to assess it because when you get this kind of treatment, eating becomes reduces to a biological task and dining pleasure goes out the open window.

For the same reason we did not finish our yoghurts, all of them. Or maybe we were afraid - after all we endured - what special concoctions would have come mixed with those yoghurts when they served them to us, as Yoghurt House's coup de grace for us to ensure we don't come back and take those special seats they reserved for their favorite kind of diners.

How do one properly react to the Yoghurt House Treatment? Grim and bear it, after all, you're just a guest right? For those suggesting (boasting) that Yoghurt House would survive because of its foreign clientele and actually don't need local tourists, I salute and congratulate you. For your pride. You need that.

Not seriously, there's something that I overheard one can do. Ask Yoghurt House for your official receipt for the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue). No, I am not thinking what you're thinking that you start looking for that BIR sign asking you to ask for official receipts, otherwise you think it's tax evasion (BIR CAR Region: (074)442-69-60/(074)443-84-19. BIR National Office Enforcement Service: (02)922-4793/(02)925-2693/(02) 925-2693). No, not that.

What I am only saying is that by asking official receipts from Yoghurt House, you can text your entry for Premyo sa Resibo. It's a BIR contest wherein you can win 1 Million every week or every month. When you win, at least you can say with love, "Thank you, yoghurt bitc**s, muah."

Yoghurt House. It'yogs. It Hurts. It's my House.

Mustachio said...
October 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

drooling for yogurt!!!!

Didith Rocco said...
February 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

why not try the lucky's shanghai hauz for thebest food in sagada, lutong bahay talaga n the lucky morels inn, iv'e tried this place two thumbs up!!! i recommend this place for tourists coz panalo ka dito, the place is much visited by the backpackers n mountaineers even foreigners n local, homey atmosphere super quiet, masarap matulog, masarap kumain n very accommodating pa ng owner, pls contact 09107078175 ask for ms lily

noelfy said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

I was dreaming with having a yogurt and felt in love with yogurt house!

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