Jariel’s Peak via MariLaQue

by Enzo Tacadao

Destination: Jariel’s Peak in Sitio Baguio, Brgy. Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon Province.

I’ve been hearing sweet stories about this restaurant from my former colleagues who are motorbike enthusiasts. Jariel’s Peak is a convenient hub for riders and travelers. Cool breeze. Tasty food. Friendly ambiance. From Pasig, it took us at least two hours to arrive in Infanta. Via the MariLaQue Highway (Marikina-Laguna-Quezon).

Around 3:00 PM, the spot was filled with motorcycle heads and a bunch of Mitsubishi Lancer enthusiasts. Sizzling pork sisig and sizzling mountain snails were the victims of our late lunchtime feast. Tasty and organic. The mountain snail dish is an experience: the owner, Ariel Evangelista, claims that the snails they use are endemic to Quezon Province. The pork sisig is another great tale: it is made of pork of wild pigs or baboy ramo, which were organically grown — no artificial feeds and chemicals. To top it all, the staff are incredibly accommodating and friendly. Jariel’s Peak is a restaurant in the middle of crowd of trees and blanket of mountain ranges. Oasis. The view going to this place is simply refreshing, much more when you arrive there. Good view, even better food and ambiance.

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Somewhere in Rizal.

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Marcos Highway / MariLaQue Highway. Infanta, Quezon Province.

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Jariel’s Peak facade.

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Homey interior. Cool mountain breeze.

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View from our table.

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Pork sisig with egg. Mountain snail.

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That Irish countryside vibe.

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Going down, we had to stop to take mandatory shot of this scenic view.

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Magi.

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Wind power project in Pililla, Rizal.

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It was a good day.

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