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.


Another Good One Gone

I just found out my Uncle's pooch Monet died suddenly at the age of 12. We all know how important pets are but this was a Leader dog. When not on the job he was one intense fellow. There was no one in this town who did not know Monet and he was a friend to all just another member of the community.

My Uncle had another leader dog Carlo who was excellent at his job also. Ironically Carlo developed a rare disease and became blind himself living out the rest of his years with one of my Uncle's son's. Here's Monet keeping that ever watchful eye on his buddy. Uncle Rollie has applied for another leader dog and I hope he gets one because it enriches those who need them lives so dramatically. A footnote to this is my Uncle became blind in a simple botched operation at the Mayo Clinic where he almost bled to death on the table and that's no bullshit not even a little bit!

I liked this dog so much and am surprised how sad it has made me feel.


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  2. i am so sorry to hear this
    pets and especially leader dogs are so important and such an integral part of our lives

    small solace --- but think of how much Monet enriched your uncle's life and vice versa.

    my thoughts to you

  3. Our pets can mean just as much to us as the people in our lives. They all help us get through the day somehow, and Monet must have been especially good at that.