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.


Bandelier Is Burning

Bandelier National Monument is still burning or has burnt or what have you as it's hard to find out for sure. It's 33,000 acres and adjoins Los Alamos. From an article a day ago.

Archaeological sites at the northern end of the blaze at Bandelier National Monument hold great significance to area tribes. About half of the park has burned, Bandelier superintendent Jason Lott said.

A picture from there and a bunch of others from going on two years ago now. When Mesa Verde burned a few years ago it uncovered many new sites unknown before. I hope it's not very bad. This was a very cool place and has been on the top of the list to revisit after I move.


  1. Tsankawi, an outlier of Bandelier, was one of my favorite spots for hiking when I lived out there. The view of the Pajarita Plateau from on top of it was one fine view. I hope it remains so, but it isn't looking good....

  2. I'm going to try real hard to get down there in October.