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.


Where's The Popcorn??

UPDATE: A friend left some hints and a recipe on cooking popcorn in the comments. It's pretty good.

It may seem like a issue of little importance but to those who like popcorn just about anytime it's a bigger deal. Not just any old popcorn but just plain 'ol white popcorn which is better because it has the best flavor and the least debris so to speak.

Little known facts. You can live on popcorn if you had too. There is nothing wrong with a popcorn supper and they are always tasty and can fill an empty void quickly and tide you over for quite awhile.

Where the hell did this yellow stuff come from anyway? It's full of hulls and tough and the kernels are huge which not a negative. I brought back some white popcorn from the front range and lo and behold it's white but the same as the yellow and never seen so hulls in my life.

Last weekend brought back from the ranch a bit of white popcorn that were small kernels. Never seen it before. Popped quickly and was 2/3 the size of regular white popcorn and tasted great. I would buy this so quick if I could get it and that's the point.

It's hard to get white popcorn anymore. The white I mentioned before came from this huge store on the front range and that variety was the only choice. Locally I can not buy a bag of plain old conventional popcorn the stuff I've ate my whole life.

The one choice is below in a bottle for $4 that I bought once and it's okay but I feel people stole from me because of the cost and how much you get. Going on line to look around.

Tasted some movie popcorn recently and it was sooo bad! Notice I didn't say I bought this crap. It was like $5 or so for the tiny container. Sheez-now I'm hungry.


  1. Funny that you should bring up Popcorn, just had some for dinner last night. Since I have been the designated "Popper" since back on the farm outside of West Bend, (where we grew our own) -- Popcorn-- I might have a little insight into what I think is the best corn.

    Always use a Whirley Popper, for the cooking liquid use 1 Tablespoon of Saved Bacon Fat, (Never throw away the bacon fat, EVER) and the rest Veggy oil, Canola or whatever. The exact quantity is kind of like Grandma's cooking. As long as it tastes good.

    The amount of Popcorn that I use is Two FULL "Dick's Other Place Shot Glasses" of White Popcorn. You Tom of course are right Yellow Popcorn sucks.

    Make sure that the oil mixture is smokin a little bit about 400 F on the electric and then add the popcorn. Stir unless you are taking a drink, but be sure and stir the mixture as it pops, as the popping slows down remove the popper and empty into either a large bowl or a Grocery Store sized paper bag.

    Into the hot pan place 1/3 stick of butter or margerine, do not put it back on the hot burner unless you are watching it carefully, when melted pour it over the popcorn a little time and shake the bowl or bag to distribute and then repeat until finished. Sprinkle Parmeson Cheese and repeat the shake thing and do the same with salt to taste.

    No One has ever complained, as a matter of fact it has become expected.

    For some popcorn info


    White popcorn is readily available on the WEB, if not let me know and I will be happy to supply. Most of the grocery stores here in KC have it on the shelf. The cheap shit seems to work the best, screw Orvil.

    The best popcorn that I have ever had is a Blue or Purple Indian corn that I used to buy in New Mexico when we lived there. Smaller kernals but worth the effort. A little pricey also.


    Tim in KC

  2. Thanks Tim! Never used bacon grease but will next time. Agree about the cheaper stuff.

  3. Forgot to add, Fuck Micro Wave Popcorn, pure shit.