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.


The Mother Of All Mosques

Is in of all places back in the cornfield. In the middle of the United States built in 1934 and situated in and around six churches. And everyone gets along. This is a really good story and worth reading as the monkey from Florida should as well. I see this morning he's reconsidering his barbecue.

This fellow is a RPCV like myself.
 Meet Bill Aossey, 68, a Cedar Rapids businessman — and a Muslim — who can help explain why Iowa is central to the story of American Islam.


  1. Amazing how the concept of live and let live causes prosperity and respect for all.

  2. This was the norm until very recently. Thirty years ago I lived near a defunct private school that was bought by a Sufi group(same sect that wants to do Park 51) for a spiritual center. They have been a welcomed and productive part of the community all these years.

    I have to say that folks in the cornfield confuse me. Cedar Rapids has the "mother mosque" and Iowa selected the first black Miss America contestant and yet they elect clowns like Steve King to Congress. I just can't figure that one out.

  3. The only reason the two faiths arfe not getting along more is the hatred cultivated ny the Republican Party.

  4. Nor I. I think it may have something to do with the area he's from. It's in NE Iowa and there isn't a whole hell of a lot up there and I think that mentality of homesteading and living in such a small world remains similar today.

  5. Without a doubt TC that the biggest reason. They are very good at that.

  6. Fox News, the Opinion Network, does a good job of spreading hatred. Look different, speak another language, or follow a non-fundamentalist religion, and that person becomes a target for Fox News hatred.

  7. Wish I knew how to have my gravatar appear next to my comments. It only seems to work on Wordpress.

  8. I wish I had that answer cats. There are a several profiles I have. It's a pain in the butt and can't combine or seem to get rid of.