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.


Thanks President Carter

He and Nicholas Kristof  for both raising awareness and for what looks like the eradication of one of the scourges of the world Guinea worm.

So many people had the worm when I lived in West Africa to think it may be coming to an end is next to amazing and much of the credit goes to a former president who puts people first over the bottom line.

Carter and Kristof rock!

Not often there is that much good news but this is one of those times.


  1. Thanks for this, Fly. I had never heard of it before. Good news is welcome, rare as it is, thses days.

  2. Carter, Kristof and Outta The Cornfield Rock!

  3. Thanks men but you're probably being too nice.

    What I forgot to say is Carter was president when I was in Ghana.

    The other biggy is sleeping sickness caused by a black fly.

    Lived right on the Volta River and you just paid close attention. When you did get bitten it would swell pretty good.

    I have not forgot about another Africa story Holte.

    Hope you guys are good.