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.


LeStat the Cat aka DOGCAT

I really like cats but don't have one. You will totally enjoy as I did this article on Dogcat.

UPDATE 2/5/15
Putting the text up of the article. Too good to have to go look at.

  — Lestat the cat, also known as "Dogcat," gets invited to parties that his owners, Allen and Kathy Brandon, are not even invited to.
"But we tag along too," Allen said. "Lestat has quite a fan club. He also gets cards and letters and postcards sent to 'Dogcat', because he is so much like a dog."
Lestat was adopted from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. He intimidated the dog and was too playful with the children in the first family he was raised with. The Brandons think he was named after author Anne Rice's character, Lestat.
"I recall in 'Interview With The Vampire', someone told me the vampire became more white after he became more nourished and drank blood," Allen said.
Lestat is a white Ragdoll cat, who likes to ride in the car and the backpack when the Brandons go hiking. He also is "quite the king of watching magpies," and plays fetch.
"He would greet you by bounding in the air and jumping into your arms," Allen said. "He would also do pirouettes and stand on his hind legs and dance around."
His neighbors are so enamored of him that Lestat received a blue leash as a gift from one of them, to match his blue eyes.
"I think it's just because people are so intrigued by him, because he's kind of like a dog," Allen said. "If he was the size of a Labrador, that would be really cool because it would fit his personality perfectly."
Lestat goes on most vacations with the Brandons, and is so personable that he often receives more attention than his owners.
"A lot of our friends, when we run into them, they ask, 'how's Dogcat?' before they even ask how we are doing," Allen said.


  1. i have to say i love my cat -- and he does think like a dog, but acts like a cat

    right now he is sleeping next to the keyboard....

  2. Too funny, I had a cat like that once, Shithead.
    She was a great cat.
    She would fetch sometimes and followed me around just like a dog.
    She would follow me down to the bar and sit right outside the glass door and wait for me.
    If I took her out in the woods she was all over the place, just like a dog, sniffing and peeing. Hysterical to watch. She even got into a boxing match one time with a pigeon that adopted me.
    Unfortunately, Shithead got turned into a road pizza one day, crossing the street going to the bar looking for me while I was out of town one day.
    Great cat.