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 for the invite One Fly

When the best photographer west of the Mississippi asks you to stop by and write a paragraph or two on his blog, you don't say no. When the most adventurous old geezer in the Rockies says "no pressure, any time you want" you don't say no.

So, I will be leaving my footprints here from time to time. Thanks for asking Fly.


  1. what a great picture, very fitting!

  2. Your pictures leave me perplexed. You're very good at taking shots.

  3. Like the pic, Holte, even if it is a little corny. ;-)

  4. First let's understand that Mr. Ender is being way too gracious but it is nice to have things like that said about you. A VERY BIG thank you for that.

    Now to the appropriate corny foto.

    I wish I could say that were mine but I can't. That's a great picture.

    Again thanks for the great post Holte!!

  5. Look forward to your contributions. Buildin' quite the guest list Tom, good job.

  6. You betcha and basically it's you and him Russ.

    Getting older and not as sharp- need a bit of assistance now and then ya know there.