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.


Lo Mein Friday In The Shop

I think this is the fourth time Chinese has been cooked here this winter. The first time did it in the lounge and even with a bunch of windows and the door open it only took a bit and it set the smoke alarm off and a cop and the fire dept. rolled in but not with lights going. We called right away and every one knew someone else or two. One of the fire guys had worked here and they all said it smelled real good.

In any case we made some lo mein today and it gets an 8.5 out of a possible 10 from me. This is probably the best video with the wok and the hi-def is a plus. Here's how I cook this dish. And I know every Chinese cook I've talked to tells me what they do and very seldom do you ever get the real thing. Mine isn't like theirs but it is better than most and that is a fact. Sometimes it's better than other times and once in a while it's the best ever. I know these guys are lying to me and are withholding an ingredient known only to some and not talked about in cookbooks. This wok is over 30 years old and a wild guess without thinking too hard I'd say there have been several thousand meals cooked with this along with other uses as well over those

Of course there is a mistake right out of the box but for the most part the mouth is kept closed.


  1. Man, I love Chinese, but I am terrible at cooking it. Kudos to ya :)

  2. What a yummy post! I wonder: Are the noodles linguine? Or are they something particular to the lo-mien?

  3. These are actually "Iron Man" Chinese style egg noodle. They are very good and cool in five minutes.

    I have used linguine just as much as any Chinese noodle. Most pasta works just fine but I prefer linguine.