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.


Confirmed-Palin Is A Post Turtle

I saw this in a thread about Failin in the local fish wrapper. Had never heard of this expression before and laughed my ass off.

An old Texas rancher was discussing Sarah Palin's bid to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. He said, “Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.”
Not being familiar with the term, I asked, “What's a post turtle?”

The old rancher said, “When you're driving down a country road and you spy a fencepost with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle.”

He saw that I looked puzzled, so he continued, “You know she didn't get up there by herself; she doesn't belong up there; she doesn't know what to do while she is up there and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.


  1. excellent observation. me being who I am, I'd try to get the turtle down off that post and put it back where it belongs--they same thing is needed in this case as well.

  2. Never heard that one, but I have no doubt that came from Texas