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.


Pigs Hormones And Drugs

This is an excellent article on the way hogs could be raised just as crops could be raised if we demanded it instead of allowing corporations determine what we eat.

State Center, Ia. - The Obama administration would like to see more hog farmers raising hogs the way the Hilleman brothers do - using fewer antibiotics.

You have to use antibiotics early there's not much choice because these animals can and do die in huge numbers. What these operators are doing is stopping the use of them 100 days out from slaughter. They can be marketed as "antibiotic free" and places want their meat because the Berkshires are valued by chefs at high-end restaurants because of the hogs' fatter, darker meat.

Yea no shit it tastes like pork used to taste like and the Chinese don't want our pork as much either.

I don't buy much pork unless there's a bit of fat because if you don't have a some there is literally no flavor unless it's marinated.


  1. I don't buy pork at the supermarket because it tastes just like the chicken they sell which is kinda like styrofoam packing peanuts cooked in chicken flavored fat.

  2. Good post!
    Outstanding photo!
    How can I get a copy?

  3. It really is tough to raise anything vegetable or animal natural I went to an Aggie raised and slaughtered everything. I grow natural veggies and it requires a lot more effort thus more expensive.

    Funny but they use to raise pigs to be fat. Today leaner is the goal. I like a little fat as you know too lean is flavorless that is why I will never understand buying 93% lean hamburger or anything else for that matter.

  4. All meat has changed you guys and it's not very flavorful at all. Give me a 70% lean burger anyday.

    My brother has a big garden going and got big bucks in it and that's only for basics.

  5. I am growing more and more of my own food, and I do not shop corporate groceries. The local is a regional store, and they buy their beef locally.

    Were it not for zoning, I'd probably keep chickens. Oh well..... in time, I'll be able to anyway.

  6. And so it frigging begins Tom: Thousands of fish found floating at MRGO - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV ...
    Aug 23, 2010... found Sunday afternoon at the mouth of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, or MRGO. He says between 5000 and 15000 dead fish were found. The species found dead included crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout and red fish.

  7. Meat just taste like it used to.

  8. Sorry Put doesn't in there..Typing in an awkward position...

  9. I looked for video or anything other on that story Jim but didn't see anything. If anyone know of bloggers down there like us I'd like to know. Thanks

  10. Forgot to mention jeg with two compliments in a row that gets people a long way around here. Going to send that now along with others. Others will be in a small file.

    Soon a short film with these in because this cool place and want to share these. Golfed tonite-the weather is great. But it's coming anytime from now.

  11. Tom if you mean as far as survival, raising food, etc goes we have had numerous discussions and there are a couple dedicated here.