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.


Second Iowa Ethanol Plant Declares Bankruptcy

Pine Lake Corn Processors of Steamboat Rock has become the second ethanol producer in Iowa to file for bankruptcy. The 30 million-gallon-capacity plant opened three years ago and shut down operations on Dec. 1.

There are still 29 other plants operating more than anywhere else. In the end this may turn into a major boondoggle.


  1. It IS a boondoggle. Corn-based ethanol is ridiculous. It hikes up the price of food.

  2. Can you guys imagine what went on behind the scenes at federal/state and even county level to get these things built? It seems that all of a sudden they were just there. Then there's the bio-mass plants as well.

    Used the wrong words may turn into because you just can't win with this stuff.

    Thanks Dusty.

  3. There are much saner feedstocks for ethanol than corn. Consider the cattail: Typha spp.. It costs nothing to grow, grows on otherwise useless land, and drastically outproduces corn. It is worldwide, and in some places (e.g.Africa: Lake Chad) it is a disastrous nuisance, needing clearance. These are the biomass resources to use first- troublesome weeds.