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.


Thought This Thing Was Huge - But

Got blown outta the water yesterday by a friend that told me they get twice this size in Jersey. In any case we're still going ahead with this.

Walked out to the car this weekend on the front range and here this really good size preying mantis comes crawling out.

Took this picture and then tried to move it but it took off to a
building 50 yards away where of course more were taken. Click on this one if you want a good look.

This is the largest mantis I have ever seen. It's not unusual to see them in the high country but not this large anyway. It may not be much but I sure get a kick outta shit like this.

Weather is great have a good day!!


  1. Looks pretty well fed, the bugs must be big up your way too.

  2. The female eats the male after mating with him so the bigger they are the more sexually active and murderous they are. Obviously, the one pictured is the Madonna of The Rockies. Don't put it in jar by itself or it will panic and start doing what scientists call "mantisurbation" and die from eating its' own body.

  3. They couldn't be as big as they are in Texas.Guess Jersey has got both places beat.

    This ano feller is a bit strange. Probably ate too much corn.

  4. The corn wasn't certified organic but was grown locally. Since I left thirty some years ago they made a series of movies called "Children of The Corn" but there was no mention of praying mantis or if the corn was organic and local. There were a lot of corny scenes with corndudes aplenty but this is surely not surprising coming from out of a cornfield. Neither are other things, I guess.