This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


African Soundz For PCat

PCat- Could not find anything on Mohammed Bellemou but there is much out there. These two programs came from KGNU in Boulder. The program is "African Roots" and airs on Saturdays. It's not unusual to have artists in studio. Some of their programs can be downloaded as these were but not recently. There are some good cuts in these two but I can't emphasize enough KSUP's "Rhythm Afrique" program on Fridays at 8PM PT.

I am partial to stations that stream because one never knows what will be played next. Mabonakude is from Zimbabwe and has its moments but right now listening to "Ghana Beats" something I just found that seems to be live and supposedly streaming from Kumasi in Ghana. Actually pretty good. At present it is not on.

Below is a video of what I consider traditional Highlife that got it's start at the old port of Takaradi also in Ghana.

This is kinda fun.

Like this because it's a cross between traditional and hip-hop that's nicely done. Hip-hop seems to dominate the videos from West Africa. Maybe there is something here you or others may enjoy. tb


  1. Damn, did I forget to say thank you? What a classless craphead. Thank you!

  2. You are more than welcome PCat.