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.


IKEA - - WTF ???

I admit to being a bit isolated in life and a bit particular about what I ingest for swill and until this morning I never heard of this store before ever! This is a HUGE deal to many apparently. Meatballs -again WTF.

About 40,000 people a day are expected to flood the Ikea store during its grand opening "weekend" that starts Wednesday.

This store is on many peoples minds on the front range and what's bad is the chances are good most don't know who Karl Rove is and still think our old partner Saddam turned his back on us and attacked us on 911.

It appears consumerism is on it's way back in some places. We live in a state where there are literally several million acres of wild open space and beauty but going to some a dumb ass store opening is of the utmost importance.

No wonder the dark side is winning.


  1. People are not recognizing their own unhappiness and the dysfunctional way they move through life. Dysfunctional government s(is that redundant?) doesn't help. We all could use some time in the Church of the Blue Dome.

  2. That was a good laugh the woke me up the rest of the way early this morning TE.

  3. The only good things at this store are .. the swedish meatballs and the swedish half bread that serves as bowl for soup:)

  4. Hi Duta-in the article they didn't say anything about the bread but it seemed to me they implied the meatballs might be free. That can't be the case is it?

    Free meatballs still wouldn't get me in the door.

  5. Thanks for the smile and chuckle.

    I've been searching up and down both sidebars trying to find something to click to subscribe to your blog by email, but no joy.

    Nice blog. Maybe I just have to bookmark it to find it again, but my dialup connection assures I'll need to plan ahead for some contemplation time while I wait for it to load.

    Thanks for this one, anyway.

  6. Jules -that is a done deal for you now and I never saw that until now and need to look around a little bit on blogger.

    Thanks for the visit and glad you stopped by. After work I will look your place over real good as it looks very interesting. Happy you got a yuk as well!

  7. Ok...I'm not proud of this, but I still have IKEA furniture (two of the most comfortable chairs in the universe) that made the trip from CA with us. I can't imagine getting all frothed up about ANY store opening, but I have to admit that once in a while,when we lived in NOCAL, I'd use IKEA as entertainment. The fact that it had its own entrance like Disneyland was a little creepy, but instead of leafing through a magazine, I would roam around the displays for design ideas. We never called it IKEA, we always called it 'some assembly required'.
    Besides meatballs, they had ice cream cones, too. I always like that in a retail establishment. At this point, anything that isn't Walmarket or Sam's Club (really big here!) catches my attention. OK, go ahead and say it...I'm a slut.

  8. Forgot to mention...photo today was so beautiful! All I'm growing with success here is grasshoppers. Where was it taken?

  9. IKEA's factories in Swedwn are unionized and and excellent examples of good worker/manager relations. Well, they opened up a factory in Virginia and have treated the workers like shit since it opened. They employ illegal anti union tactics while they short overtime pay on what are shitty rates to begin with and other forms of worker abuse. There may have been something special about IKEA once but now they are just another corporate oligarch.



  10. Thanks amigo. Got it signed and sealed. All I have to do is sit back on my haunches and wait for the deliveries.

    Obliged to you partner.

  11. Nope - I don't know you well enough to use the s word on you SP2. What you told is enough though if I needed something to do I would consider going in and looking around. Ice cream is important.

    Thanks to Mont after I read what he contributed I might go in because it sounds interesting but probably won't spend any money unless the ice creme looks particularly good.

    Appreciate that friends.

    Rule 1 about pictures here is if someone asks they get a good answer. I'm glad you asked.

    It's less than a hundred yards away from my work area and I feel like I have it all to myself because for the most part I do.

    When a new entrance was put in to the club house a small path was included as well between the street and the new entrance road. It is 700' long and at one point is I'd say 12-15' above the street.

    Anyway not many know it's even there and I encourage cyclists to ride it. It's plenty wide for my little Kawi 4 wheel scooter too. It's a way to avoid the road getting around to the back nine of the golf course.

    Now for the meat of it if you're still here. Why - because when this entrance was done a huge amount of wild flower seed was included. This has got to be one of the prettiest places to stroll down in the whole city and I tell no lies. The sun in the morning plays a part as well. It's so pleasing and relaxing and there is a fair amount trees so you are somewhat secluded even though your kinda close to a street.

    It's just a favorite place of mine.

  12. Thank you for that...I can see why it would be a favorite spot. It's a lovely shot. Who needs IKEA when they can look at this?

  13. Thing about Ikea is that their furniture is inexpensive, as well made as any of the junk in "real" furniture stores, and is pitched towards younger people rather than the elderly dowagers who apparently pick the overpriced overstuffed sofas and shit sold in "real" furniture stores, the majority of which anybody under the age of 70 will be embarrassed by as hopelessly out-of-date. They also occasionally have some good deals on things like bed sheets, glasses, and kitchen utensiles. My two big white book-cases in the living room came from Ikea, and you simply can't get anything like that from local furniture stores -- all they have is somber serious shit that looks like it was designed to go in the library of a 90 year old man (and none of it is any better built than the Ikea pressboard bookshelves).

    So yeah, if you've been at the mercy of rapacious local furniture stores that sell unfashionable overpriced *crap* for five times what it costs them to import it from China, an Ikea coming to town IS a Big Deal. Just sayin'.

    - Badtux the "Some folks DESERVE to be out-competed" Penguin

  14. Thanks for that BTux! I will make a point now of going in and looking around.