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.


Think Twice Before Investing In Ethanol

Ethanol giant VeraSun declares bankruptcy. The Brookings, S.D. based company, founded in 2001, went public in June 2006 amid perfect market conditions. Corn was cheap, gas cost a bundle and refiners were clamoring for more ethanol to use as a cleaner-burning alternative to the additive MTBE. After news of the possible Chapter 11 filing was released Tuesday, VeraSun's stocks fell from more than $1 to 73 cents and to 49 cents on Wednesday.

The benefits of this fuel source marginal at best and to be able to produce ethanol at a reasonable price is totally dependent on the price of corn. This bankruptcy proves that and if you've been in the cornfield much you know grain prices have been fluctuating considerably. The local elevator stopped posting the price of corn and beans on a sign along the highway during the day and now put them up at the end of the day showing the closing price for that day.


  1. Ethanol from corn is ridiculous, but better in our tanks than in our veins. PBS showed an independent documentary called "King Corn." I recommend it.

  2. Often wondered what went on behind the scenes in the cornfield and in DC to let this become a reality when the facts showed it was not even close to the best option. Bastards!