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.


Sunday Pat Condell Class


  1. If you like Condell, then there are some books you may enjoy. 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, and 'god is not Great' by Christopher Hitchens are both good reads. Also, the book 'Letter to a Christian Nation' by Sam Harris is a good quick read. Dawkin's website actually has a collection of Pat Condell on DVD. Anyway, if you haven't done so already, I would recommend visiting your local library and giving any one of these authors a try. Dawkins and Hitchens especially. Got to love those British Atheists.

  2. Last nite in Monrovia I had some food at a restaurant where a great live band was playing. There was no one except me and my two Liberian friends, one of whom was so drunk he fell asleep. Then Sweet Mother came on, the song you wrote about. The drunk guy sort of half woke up with a huge smile on his face and began to sway around. So it's still popular -- and thanks to your post I recognized the song.

  3. That's just splendid Pauline. That has made my day so far.tb

    Reached out and touched someone far away in a unique way. How cool is that?

    Pauline is referring to this.