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.


Pioneer To Join Monsanto

I can't help but be a cynic on this.

Pioneer Hi-Bred will follow archrival Monsanto Co. in offering biotech seeds to poor farmers in Africa. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping pay for the Johnston company's $19.5 million project along with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Pioneer announced Wednesday.

When all the better varieties are developed and the African farmer is enjoying bountiful harvests in adverse conditions I will be the first one to come up and bend over to get my ass kicked for not trusting. Until then I remain skeptical you might say.

If you don't know - tomatoes don't grow worth a shit period in West Africa. Never have. These companies want to do a real positive develop tomato seeds that do much better than what is available now.

Now that would be a real accomplishment!


  1. Sounds good but because of the way they are modified these hi tech seeds won't produce seed corn for next year. You have to buy next years crop from the seed company. As long as the seed companies are using Africa as a test bed and providing seed this won't be a problem.

  2. It's my hunch Mont that these farmers won't have anything to do with this. At least for some of the guys I knew anyway.

    If they use this seed and find out seed they save back will not grow they just won't do it.

    These people may use simple methods to raise crops but most are educated and they are smarter than many in our country when it comes to world affairs and how decisions made here affect them in the bush.

  3. It's the way the rich can pat themselves on the back for helping those less fortunate then themselves, or at least they can pretend to and dazzle the citizens over here but it is all BS. They aren't trying to help Africa grow more food, they are trying to enslave them to the corporate state.

  4. I had a great comment, but Montag beat me to it.

  5. Forget that... Monsanto can not only use these farmers for guinea pigs, but can literally can own everything that is grown in the area once the only seed available is a gmo seed. they are ruthless if you educate yourselves to their practices.