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.


A Short Fun Story

UPDATE 7/15  Marcy sent me pictures of her orchid and they appear to be slightly different. You can compare for yourself. What do you think.

This morning I open up the local fish wrapper and what do I see but a picture of an orchid just like mine below. That's interesting they must have been at Dinosaur where they are found.

Then I look and here it was submitted by Marcy who lives over the pass and ranches with her hubby Dave I suppose 60 miles away. The reason I know them is that they bought my pickup that I sold when I got my new ride. I totally enjoyed these two. Cool -off went an e-mail inquiring about this. Plus they have trout and they liked me enough that they're going to let me and my bud come over and fish. I've been looking forward to that.

Didn't hear back and after work the second stop I made was at the grocery store and who's there but these two. Nice! We're going to compare pictures to be sure. The ones they found are much closer to here than the ones I photographed at Dinosaur National Monument. I want to see the ones they found as well.

My point is this. I can't tell you how a big a kick I get outta shit like this and it happens every now and then.

In the big scheme of things it may not be much but it's something anyway. Stuff like this is what makes it go round.

What a treat to see you two today!

Marcy's orchid-


  1. Neat story and beautiful photos top and bottom.

  2. it looks like that flower is sticking it's tongue out at me ;~)

  3. It's nice to have fun with this medium at times.

  4. It's the little things in life that we remember...Rosebud

  5. So good to see you yesterday!! Sooo, what do ya think, are the orchids the same?

  6. I think you are correct that they are two different species but are very close to one another. Still a damn good story. Later,Marcy