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.


Will We See The Same During This Depression

Update: Gramps has an excellent depression story at his place that is a fun read.

This has been on my mind for awhile and I'm going to try to pound this out before I go to work.

During the Depression years back in the cornfield both of my grandparents helped others by taking individuals into their houses. One lived with and worked on the farm and got paid a small amount from planting season till the harvest was over. Stayed there during the winter and continued to work for a roof over his head. Another did the same living with the family and working at my other grandfather's business of course eventually moving to his own place but continued at that job until he retired. He was part of that family forever.

Another friend's grandparents did the same thing. Recently a cousin told me his grandfather who farmed south of town made small cubicles in the barn and relatives from Chicago came lived and worked on his farm during these times.

So since I'm in a hurry-simply as more people are losing their houses and incomes being forced out into the streets and with no end in sight of the bad shit will there be the same generosity shown during these times as there was back then. Also I'm curious if you have stories similar to these in your families history.

My brothers and I were sometimes picky eaters and Mom was always telling us and threatening about how she was going to feed us some of the stuff they ate during the depression. On a couple of occasions she did. One thing she made was chicken feet-yea chicken feet. Truthfully they weren't all that bad which brings us to the these sweet old lady who is the 'Depression Cook". But keep that damn liver and those beets away from me!!


  1. This is gonna take up more space than I wanna use here, One Fly, so I'm gonna put a post up about what I heard from my parents about the Great Depression.

  2. Good-Looking forward to it.

  3. Now there is a grand old lady! I hope folks start to pay attention to stuff like this.
    How many of us personally know folks who couldn't boil water on a bet? Hell, I know folks of all ages who would absolutely starve to death without ready-to-eat food.
    We should all be thinking about stocking up on basic long-term foods but I've got an addendum to that - we'd best be thinking about more ammunition while we're at it.

  4. I´ve just returned from , among other places, Cambodia. One of my photos is of a riverfront park promenade street food vendors wares. On sale for the discerning friday nite gourmet is grilled shrimp and chicken feet.

  5. I expect people in rural areas will come through again! Good luck to those in the cities. I was just at Betmo's and watched that and other video's I grew up eating like that and still do. Here is my response to her!

    I have to laugh! I eat like that every day. Have my entire life. When I was a kid we all stole something from our parents gathered in the fields mixed it together and called it hobo stew.
    I will always eat like that and love it! I drive my sons crazy with the things I eat.
    Funny, when she started I was thinking why peel it that is a waste. Then when she added the oil I was thinking just use a little water that is what I do.
    These days I just nuke it all but those 3 things are great together uncooked!
    What a coincidence, I told you I was going to just plant a bunch of potatoes! We had one hot meal per week when I was a kid and that was Sunday.
    It was a torture session and I much rather would have been out foraging as usual. My father's thing was "fill up on bread" as it was cheap.

    I almost forgot! You will like this! When she was peeling the potato I was going to say try what I do.
    Leave the peel on and make mashed potatoes. A whole different consistency and they are delicious. Did I ever tell you or do you know the huge vitamin c level of potatoes?

  6. I'm gonna have to make my kid read the "Little House" books. They were my favorites as a kid.

    Little House on the Prairie is a children's book by Laura Ingalls Wilder that was published in 1935.

  7. average patriot - I used to make mashed potatoes with skins still on. They taste really good. Sometimes, I would add a carrot or two and mash them along with the potatoes. The finished product was pink in color so my children would call them pink mashed potatoes :)

  8. Love the pictures in your header. You are always changing them.

  9. Your comments could all lead to extended fun bullshit sessions. Thanks.

    Pictures are cheap and fun Carol.Thanks for visiting.

  10. I hope the things you describe are the things that actually happen. Stephen over at Drinking Liberally In New Milford has an article on what's going on now in the cities where newly homeless are forming tent cities. Here's the linking url.

  11. Thanks for that Rocky. Glad you're doing okay. t