Friday, July 17, 2015

Follow-Your-Art Friday: Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar

My cousins and I love getting together over good, healthy food. Whenever we travel together, we always make it a point to dine out...and dine well. :P Cool dessert places, lining up for cruffins on cold mornings, Michelin-starred restaurants, organic cafes by the beach... Noelle and I have our Ates Ria, Ricci, & Rizza (who are all based in the US) to thank for exposing us to this art of living well. We all get together for a few weeks about twice a year, sometimes more, and every time, we never fail to talk about our dreams. Future collabs. Design projects. Product lines. We have a long *mental* list. Oh, if only we all lived closer to each other.

Luckily, we were able to spend lots of cousin-time (with Tita Ditas!) during our trip to Siargao and Lake Sebu. We were island hopping---and still talking about our dreams :P ---when we really decided to push thru with one plan: a healthy and organic restaurant.

PJ had been eyeing a spot already, and we thought the timing was just perfect. With the help of Chef Raydel & the Pino group, and even more cousins (Hi, Tobit & Nico!), the Manila-contingent cousins, Noelle, Ralph, PJ and I, put up Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. A little trivia: we decided to call it Hillside because we are Hilario cousins. Coincidentally, the place is located inside CedarHills Garden Center! Everything just fell into place. :) 

Marble table tops, white brick wall, macramé wall hanging, stamped wall pattern, green surroundings. Stuff that our artsy dreams are made of...and now they've come true!

Cold-pressed juices & Comfort food.

Natural  |  Fresh  |  Local  |  Sustainable  |  Organic  |  Whole

We even have a little library filled with our favorite magazines, healthy recipe books, and our Monocle subscription. Guests are welcome to pick their read while they dine.

Wellness shots (with hand-stamped labels) that serve as energy boosters.

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.
- Hippocrates

A rainbow of Detox Juices made fresh daily

Superfood Smoothies that are better, yummier, and more nutritious than any summer shake you've ever had!

This month, we've teamed up with two more guys who are also crazy-passionate about good food: PJ's highschool buddies Chefs Niño Laus and Isaac Bravo of Ninyo Fusion Cuisine in Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights. When passionate people unite, the possibilities are exponential!

Chefs Niño and Isaac created six new reasons why you must plan your next visit to Hillside :)

with mussel emulsion, organic baby arugula relish and agli olio pasta

glazed with miso, set on a bed of organic arugula drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, topped with beancurd chicharon

braised corned beef short ribs , polenta, and buttered vegetables

with mashed sweet potato, tapenade, soy-honey sauce, and roasted vegetables

with cassoulet of chickpeas, edamame and sweet corn, set on zucchini spaghetti aglio olio

with organic fried rice, pumpkin sour cream sauce, and roasted miso roasted vegetables 

Good food = Good life.

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Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar
at CedarHills Garden Center
#57 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City
between Sct. De Guia & Sct. Dr. Lazcano
(beside St. Mary's College & Crossfit Infinitas)

Open DAILY, 11:30am-9pm

Call (02) 374-1117 for table reservations & food pick-up / (02) 87878 for delivery