Pie Lady

Just when I’m trying to get on my diet and lose a couple of lbs., the Pie Lady comes into my life and screws everything up, leaving me fat, happy, and rubbing my belly. I’m staying in Angeles City in the Philippines for four days, which is known for bars, go-go dancers, ladies of the evening, and basically being a sin city for foreign men. It’s best described as a little sexier and lascivious Las Vegas, but Angeles City is definitely not known for its pie. (Insert “other kind of pie” joke here.)

However, that’s exactly what I found – pie heaven – right next door to my hotel. It’s a love/hate thing because now, instead of going out to the bars and drinking beer and partying all night long, I’m more than content sitting in The Pie Lady Bake Shop & Café and enjoying a freshly baked dessert.

The Pie Lady Cafe and It’s Amazing Food

I guess when I think about it, it might be terrible for the waistline but good for the wallet since The Pie Lady Café is very reasonably priced. Most of their pies go for 80-130 Pesos, or $1.60 to $2.25 approximately. (The German chocolate cake is the only one that goes for $3, and it looks so rich and decadent, staring at me from within its case that I’m sure it’s well worth it.)

In fact, in that case sits their entire menu of pies, cakes, cookies and baked goods – which tells me that everything is fresh from that day and nothing is boxed or frozen. Actually, the pleasant (and cherubic) gal working told me that the owner hand bakes all of the goods in the shop, and just has a real passion for it.

So here is the run down of the pies and cakes they normally have – although the menu can change slightly daily.

  • Banana raisin cookies
  • Chocolatechip cookies
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Peach mango pie
  • Apple pie
  • Chocolate classic cake
  • Cherry pie
  • German choc cake
  • Carrot cake
  • Pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Brownies

My first night here, I tried the apple pie, and it was so scrumptious. To improve it even more, I’ll ask them to heat it up next time and add a dollop of whipped cream (you can add whipped cream or ice cream to any delicacy.)

Tonight (actually, I’m eating as I write this, with crumbs in the keyboard) I sampled the carrot cake, which is their best seller. My new friend here served me a massive piece almost too big for the plate and it’s super moist and the crème cheese frosting is sinfully good.

Tomorrow night, I’ll do my best to stay out of here so I can stick to my diet. Ah hell, who am I kidding? I’ll come in and get the German chocolate cake I think and then dedicate myself to an apple cider vinegar and lemon juice cleanse for the next three weeks.

Aside from having super pies and cakes, the café is welcoming and comfy, with two love seats and two small tables with low comfortable chairs. They have an old-style American theme, from the wood-paneled walls to the Saturday Evening Post poster. Unfortunately, they don’t have breakfast, even though they open at 7 am (curious) but they do have a ton of coffee drinks including huge lattes, meat pies, sandwiches, and smoothies throughout the day.

All hail the Pie Lady!

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Norm Schriever is a blogger, Amazon best-sellling author, cultural mad scientist, and enemy of the comfort zone. His work appears in the Huffington Post,, Good Morning America, The Anderson Cooper Show on CNN, NBC, MSN, Yahoo,, and media all around the world.
Norm grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he was never accused of overstudying. After expatriating to Costa Rica in 2011, he started traveling the world and documenting what he saw. He now lives in Southeast Asia, writing his heart out and working with local charities.

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