What do you get when you combine art, nature and good food in a single place?
~ A PERSONAL SLICE OF PARADISE ~
Tucked away neatly in the heart of one of Manila's busiest cities is Hillside Cafe.
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It's a hole in the wall establishment that takes up a small space adjacent to a garden center which only adds to the charm.
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Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar is brought to you by the same people behind Pino, Pipino, Burger Project etc but this time, they partnered with cousin and all-around beach babe Noelle Hilario of Flow Surf, Yoga and Samba for a fresh take on their latest venture.
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I've always been interested in horticulture but recent events have piqued my interest even more and I've been on the hunt for a one stop shop that has everything I need to help cultivate my grow and here it is!
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I personally find it more convenient and less stress to visit. Prices are still very reasonable as well.
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For first time growers, I suggest you skip the succulents and stick with the thorny type. They are much easier to take care of even indoors.
Succulents are extremely prone to root rot and need to be kept outdoors or by a window.
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The next reason why this afternoon was perfect: Botanical Watercolor Lessons with Life After Breakfast!
I've tried charcoal, oil and acrylic in the past but never watercolor. I used to be too impatient for it but now that I'm older, I can appreciate the slow process more.
And Alessa makes it really easy to learn with her method of teaching. Even first timers will be able to create pretty pieces by following her simple step by step instructions.
If you've always wanted to learn basic watercolor or calligraphy, I suggest connecting with her on Facebook for workshop schedules.
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Very reasonable too.
The same food in Makati/Fort would cost you roughly around P500-700 per plate for an entree but not here.
The most expensive item on their menu is around P500 and that's for really good steak already.
Most everything will only set you back around P200-P400 and the serving sizes are quite generous. Some even big enough to split for 2.
I got to sample several dishes during the event and none were a disappointment.
I thoroughly enjoyed every single dish but of course I had my favorites...
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This one's a must try: The OAT AND RYE CRUSTED SMOKED LABAHITA (with mussel emulsion, organic baby arugula relish and aglio olio pasta) . I am salivating just talking about it. One of the best dishes I've ever had in Manila. Seriously. So good I can't even put it into words... :P
I would think that breaded white fish is slightly nakakaumay but nooo, it's the exact opposite. In fact this disappeared only moments after it was set down.
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|Another favorite of mine, Organic Roasted Chicken. Served with mashed sweet potato, tapenade, soy honey sauce and roasted vegetables. It's sooo good you can't share.|
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Let me just tell you this...If you've never had pasture raised/free-range/organic/grass-fed meat and veggies, they taste 100x better than mass produce. The conscious manner in which they are raised really does wonders for flavor.
At Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar, you don't have to sacrifice an arm and a leg to enjoy this level of quality and flavor.
It really is one of the must try restos in the Metro.
Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar is located at #57 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.
FOR MORE INFO...
On Life After Breakfast: https://www.facebook.com/LifeAfterBreakfastph?fref=ts
Hillside Cafe and Juice Bar: https://www.facebook.com/hillsidecafeph?fref=ts