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.


As Usual The Little People Suffer

I'm sure it has become very tough for the average Ivorian as the situation there grows worse. You do not read a thing about the US and this issue. At first yes but not now. The link below is from Pauline who writes for Bloomberg and blogs at west africa wins always.

Most people here don't know the names of the states that border their own let alone where and what this issue is about. I post this to raise awareness and hope that some how this can be resolved soon.

Yes there are guns in West Africa but not in the numbers there are here. There is no comparison. If there were as many I can only imagine what it would be like. As a society you do not want the dummies to have guns. There are many dummies here with guns who want to use them and have. Imagine a nightmare!

Ivory Coast’s largest city, Abidjan, was racked for a second day by clashes between supporters of President-elect Alassane Ouattara and security forces loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo.


  1. For a second there, Fly, I thought that was a woodpecker. ;)

  2. If it had been he probably would have been confused.