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.


Serious Business This Driving

One of the many things my friend Mr. Rodger and I have discussed over the years about Ghana has been these driving toys some kids who were lucky enough had probably made by their fathers.

Some were quite interesting in how they were built for instance the length of the pole and I swear some of these reached 10 feet or more. Some were outfitted with a real steering wheel I assume determined by what was at hand. These toys maneuvered quite nicely by the way.

Although this "small boy" is not smiling here the smiles from these kids driving these contraptions around town was fun to see and has stuck with us always.

I found this picture here taken by a retired and now world traveller named
Galen R. Frysinger.

His site is here and you will not be disappointed.

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