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.


Bishop Castle Is Politics

I kinda know the story behind this and I include a short video of the one man who built this amazing structure. This was the first time I've seen him.

I'm glad I got the whole place to myself for as long as I did. There's no music and what you hear is what I heard. A couple people toward the end and me taking a few breaths -sorry.  This isn't that good but I find this kind of stuff fascinating and the staircases must be conquered on the next visit. That and both towers all the way to the top.

This man has been at it for most of four decades and did so because of his distaste for government. Sometime there will be a post about where I come from and what this one man built there something on the same magnitude but done for religion. YIKES to both. I'm going to go get a picture of the grotto so you can get an idea. What people will do.

It's a toss up who's the best here in nuttery - a crazy ass German priest years ago in the middle of a cornfield or a fellow named Bishop in the Colorado Rockies who appears to be going strong to this day.


  1. Oh Lord, this is great. Love that guy. He's getting it right: "an offshore bankrupt corporation." I'm so glad you got to see him, hear from him.

    Like the video of the castle, too. The stained glass reflecting on the floor at the end is beautiful. Love those crazy gargoyles.

    I'd like to see it more lived in, with India cloth draped on comfy worn out couches and cool rugs on the floor. Maybe that's just the Bohemian hippie in me...

  2. Gargoyles?? There's gargoyles. I must be losing it.

  3. Isn't that what you call those mythical animals in metal, or I suppose wood, too, along a roofs edge? You have a couple in your video of the castle. Yeah, gargoyles. Don't Bogart that joint, my friend.

  4. Okay, so it's not Exactly a gargoyle, but those metal dragons are very close...

  5. Yes they are and actually I wouldn't know a gargoyle if I saw one. Tell me - if this is right. In the movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" didn't the guy go up on the roof and sit with gargoyle's? The dragon ain't bad. Thanks Teresa!

  6. Yes, that's right, and they have a function. It's mouth is a a drain spout for roofs originally. I googled them. :) I first saw them in person on a rooftop of an old classic house in Atchison, Kansas. Dang it, now I may have to blog about that. :)