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.


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This increase in land values back in the cornfield is dramatic the biggest one year increase in over three decades. Increases such as this cannot be sustained and there will be consequences similar to inflated home prices. These guys get dollar signs rolling in their eyes at times and this is one of them. The economy crashed before in the 70's when farmers encouraged by the feds to expand their operations with easy money. They did and many went bust forever changing who owned what. It is a bit different this time in that some of these guys are paying cash for land.

On 4/07 wrote this about how much land values had jumped and that an acre of land was selling for $4000 an acre and we thought that was an amazing number.

The part of the cornfield I come from land now sells for at least $8000 an acre and sometimes more. Friends who own land say and this is not a stretch at all that if they told someone in the morning they were going to sell land when they come in the afternoon they wouldn't be able to get in their driveway because so many want it. I think my one friends land would sell for 9K an acre and maybe more.

Eventually this will all come crashing down as numbers such as this cannot be sustained. The linked to article is a wealth of information.

Fueled by increases in livestock and corn prices, the value of Iowa farmland jumped 24.5 percent since March 2010 — the biggest annual increase in more than three decades. A survey by the Iowa Farm and Land Chapter No. 2 of the Realtors Land Institute shows the average value of all tillable cropland in the state as of this month was $5,708 per acre.


  1. So, do you think these are people who are buying it up knowing more and more folks are going to want/need to go "back to the land" and they will stand to make a profit? Or are these folks who are actually buying enough for themselves to do so, with an eye on a frightening future? Either way, the price is beyond absurd. I will say, I sure am glad I bought my place when I did last summer.

  2. No Teresa I think it's the bottom line of making money only. That's the way it's always been. Just think 1.3 mil for a quarter section. You must be seeing some of the same in Minnesota.

  3. This is Wall Street speculators and traders fucking everyone they can in order to try to step on ppl on their way to the top. Remember I said that.

    This is banksters trying to fuck everyone so they are the the ones with all the power.

    As long as they control food, water, electricity and oil
    they can do that. http://politickybitch.blogspot.com/2011/02/congratulations-commodities-speculators.html

  4. I hope to get out of this world never having owned any real estate. But I've been lucky to have farm-land connections. Sometimes I linger over the thought of joining a commune or a land-trust group--as close to land owner as I'd want to be.

  5. My bil said the same thing when we were up in Nebraska. He thinks the farmers have made so much money that they're parking it in land instead of putting it in banks. Banks won't loan more than 4,000 per acre because it can't produce more than that. Which is why they're paying in cash. Of course these are the farmers that voted for Bush and McCain and their Senators held up the health care bill talking about death panels.

  6. Bingo Patrick! Thanks for that.