A Very Happy Birthday @ Solstice by Cafe Ilustrado, 8 Rockwell

Last Thursday (April 19) was a time to C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.E. 

  1. It as the birthday of my blogger friend, Aldous. He is also the founder of #teamaldous, a food blogging team that I am a part of.  Happy birthday!! 🙂
  2. He celebrated his birthday with #teamadlous at Solstice by Cafe’ Ilustrado.

The outside of the restaurant builds excitement and anticipation even before you enter. The all-glass facade creates a chic, NY-type look, which I feel, is very attractive to bystanders in the area.

Go in and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a modern, but classily designed restaurant. It has a very accommodating feel, but at the same time, its design practically tells you that you’re in for a gastronomic treat.

Now for the food…

Did the food live up to the restaurant?


This is one of my favorite food blogging events, simply because the food was amazing, and they served a lot of it [brb, going jogging!].

Photo by Janessa Erin

One of the first things I tasted was the Truffled Hummus with Homemade Sourdough Pita and Crudites. Warning: it is highly addicting. I had to stop myself from eating too much before the main courses arrived. The dip goes well with either the pita or the vegetables. It could make a good beer pairing in my opinion.

Photo by Janessa Erin

Their Aligue Pasta is to die for, though it’s better if the dish is divided and conquered.  I love how the pasta has both the fresh taste of the sea with aligue and the sweet taste of tomato.

Adobong Bagnet
Photo by Janessa Erin

Bagnet with KBL (Kamatis, Bagoong and Lasuna) Sauce is waaay good. Give it a go if you need comfort food after a long day at the office.  Its salty-sour Filipino taste will get you every time!

Coconut Water With Strawberry
Photo by Janessa Erin

My drink was Coconut Water with Strawberry. When I saw this in the menu I was kind of skeptical if it would taste good, but I’m so glad it’s what I ordered! The milky sensation of the coconut water goes perfectly with the sweet, refreshing taste of the strawberries. It’s perfect for the hot, summer weather that we have here in the Philippines.

Finally, there’s dessert. Go for their Caramel Macchiatto cake, which is basically like the coffee drink morphed into a cake. I love it! ❤

About Solstice: 

Solstice Bistro and Boulangerie is now called Solstice by Ilustrado, a merger of two great culinary brands offering modern continental and heritage Filipino-Spanish cuisine. This is coupled with a well-curated selection of wines and spirits located at the ground floor of 8 Rockwell, one of Makati’s chic urban communities.

A merger of two well-loved culinary brands.

Solstice draws inspiration from the success of One Way Restaurant, once touted as among Makati’s best-kept secrets. Ilustrado, on the other hand, brings with it its rich history and heritage, with its status as one of the well-established household dining destinations in Manila’s famed walled city. The new management has taken this as a challenge as they reinvented the restaurant’s menu just this year adding new recipes and covering multiple cuisines. They also complemented the refreshed menu with a selection of fine wines carefully chosen to complete the gastronomic experience.

For Reservations, please call (+632) 802 1891 or (+63 977 748 8861), from 11AM to 11PM daily. Follow @solsticebyilustrado on Instagram, and like facebook.com/SolsticebyIlustrado/ for updates.


Reflections Over Lent

image from:  Pintrest

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in You.”- St. Augustine

by Jel Tordesillas

Lent comes and goes every year like clockwork. Together with my family, I do the traditional Bisita Iglesia  and Easter Vigil, and other Holy Week activities mostly in our parish.

As I come from a very religious family, I have no choice but to do these church activities.
But what meaning do these things have if my heart is not in it?

This year, I remind myself that these aren’t merely church activities. They are gifts from God reminding me of what God had to go through so that I could live for Heaven. Before Christ died and rose for the world, Heaven was out of my reach. Now that attaining it has become a gift so generously given by God, what am I doing?

Here are some of the things that I have reflected on. Maybe it can help you in your Holy Week contemplation. 

Why do I sometimes look at hearing mass and saying the rosary as a chore that I painstakingly have to go through instead of something I should be all to joyous to do? 

Why do I sometimes think that my religion is holding me back from living, when it fact is something that should help me live my life in the fullest possible way?

Why do I sometimes feel like putting Christ in a drawer, just listening to his voice whenever I feel like it?

Why do I feel like I’m sometimes more attached to my worldly life than my spiritual life?

Lent is a time to remind us that Christ should be the center of our lives. It’s as black and white as that, there is no grey. We cannot defend ourselves by saying that, “We are only human.” We are humans who are children of God. We are humans who can be lifted by God to be spiritually good and worthy to be called his children. Yes, being human makes us week, but our spirit can make us holy.

When we choose to listen to God, rather than the evil in the world, everything falls into place, everything makes sense. It’s home.

Like the prodigal son who went away because he fell in love with worldly things, we tend to run away too. Now, Lent is giving us a chance to return to God. To stop, examine our lives, and ask ourselves—have I strayed away from my home?

What kind of life am I living?

Am I living the kind of life that Christ lovingly died for? 


Have a blessed Holy Week everyone.