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.


Petraeus Is Outta There

Replaced by General Ray Odierno. Petraeus the wonder boy credited with all the success in Irak. So when things turn to shit this guy will get blamed. From what I read the situation is so very fragile anything could happen at any time. Money can get you many things and in this case less killing at least for a period of time anyway.

Seven of ours killed so far this month and it's like they are invisible to this country and to these candidates as the entire debacle is. We cannot leave soon enough and it sure as hell will not be anytime soon or if ever you can bet on it no matter what is being said. I'll believe it when it happens and is finished. Until then we've got squat.

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