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.


Back To A Balmy 5* This Morning

That's the real world here that a snow that will not go away until sometime in the next century. We got done what we intended to do meeting up with three great guys who blog and live in Albuquerque. Russ,Woody and Patrick were our hosts and we thank them for the great time we had bullshitting about many things and hope to do it again sometime.

Around here there is more shit for sale along the road something that was never like that. I see that most places I've been in Colorado but it didn't seem to be the case in New Mexico. The conclusion was from we braniacs from the north was that many who live there just never had that much to buy all kinds of shit they didn't really need but what do we know.

Another thing that stood out was the lack of horses. The boys from Albuquerque said there were plenty but I saw more horses the last 20 miles to home than I saw all the time in New Mexico I shit you not. There's so much money here but now some are squealing as the shit continues to hit the fan.

Have to go and the picture at the top is from Bandelier National Monument and this place is way too cool and came away with a bunch of interesting pictures. Have a good day!


  1. Looks interesting from the maps,etc. Best time to visit would be in May or late Sept. I went thru this area some in 1989 in early July coming from San Diego. It was very hot and bone dry. Makes for good black and whites, tho.

  2. Glad you had a good time with your blogging buddies, welcome back!

  3. Did you go to Bandalier this trip?

    I absolutely LOVE Frijoles Canyon, and the whole place...True story: Last time there, I wanted beans for lunch but they were out...in the bottom of Frijoles Canyon....go figger, hunh?

  4. Glad you guys had a ball! Man hearing the temp kind of amazes me. You guys usually have a short summer however this summer it seems to have gotten lost.

  5. Thanks friends and yes we did go there Woody and need to go back again. It was lost Jim and with 54 frost free days summers goes quickly no matter what.

  6. Welcome back from your adventures, expect to be reading about them soon.

    5 degrees, I've forgotten what that feels like, it was a chilly 52F at sunrise and a balmy 75F in the afternoon. No heat bills, no aircon running, windows open, but man do I hate July/August.

  7. Actually Holte don't have a whole lot to say cept it was good to be around people who are also friends and you think alike.

    Came away with quite a few pretty decent pictures of Bandelier a place I'd not been to and want to return. I need someone to pay me for doing this.

    One of us was hurting and what was interesting about that was he had a handicapped sticker. What a big help that is.