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.


Stay Away From The Border

The story linked to below is sad and violent but also very interesting.

There was a dispute over this lake that straddles the border and warnings issued to stay away that were not heeded. I understand the curiosity this man had but dammit anyway you just can't ignore shit like this in these times down there.


  1. One Fly,
    I followed the article, thinking it was some kind of Fox thing.When it mentioned "Zetitas", little Z's, it kinda rang true. Crime is horrible throughout Mexico for so many reasons. Even though Fox types will likely make this a political issue, we can't ignore the suffering of this poor couple who intended nobody harm.
    Good post man, glad you're back unscathed and didn't opt for the "fall off a cliff" route in you journey!

  2. Thanks for the kind thought Oso! Been back two days and all I can think about is that I want to be back in the desert. It's 10 and I have to go do something and it doesn't seem right to drive a bunch of miles. The conservative side showing I guess.

  3. What a harrowing experience. But I do wonder what these two were thinking about by disregarding all the warnings! Having said that, which I realize sounds callous, I don't understand why the Mexican government doesn't put all their resources into declaring war on these criminals.

  4. Is suppose it's similar to those who take it to the limit in various ways and perish. Then we're supposed to feel sorry and if we're not we become instant assholes. Many times these people are parents as well. Personally in this case I would have stayed away but I understand why he felt he could get buy with it. Quite a story.