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.


It's All Peachy Along Our Southern Border

I call bullshit!


  1. I'm not going to be vacationing close to the border any time soon. I like breathing way too much.

  2. I was down there a little over a year ago and I'll never go close again Andy.

    I started reading this and just said no.

    Let's see if Border Explorer weighs in on this. I trust her judgement a bunch.

  3. I used to love little places along the border like Bisbee, AZ, but now I steer clear. I don't want to go anywhere south of where, on the way back, they stop and ask if you're a US citizen while a dog sniffs your car. It feels like a police state, although they've been doing it for years.

    Love the desolate look of your header photo. I don't know what it is about me, but I like desolate.

  4. With all the hysteria about Iraq's WMDs, the "threat" of terrorism, and the general nuttiness of the war on drugs, I wouldn't be at all surprised if USA Today's analysis was right. The dangers people perceive in our times are often very different from what can actually kill us. I was in El Paso back in 2008-2009, and it actually seemed a lot calmer than when I was there ten years earlier.

    If going by how you're treated by Customs or the TSA is any guide to danger, we should be very afraid at airports. Yet the only thing I'm concerned about there are the TSA and Customs.

  5. TE and Cujo-Maybe the chances of being harmed are down but the perception of danger is very high and that's part of it to. Something out there about an "attack" warning for Juarez or some damn thing like that issued by bama.

    I ran into one of those stops quite a ways from the border and I'm not letting these bastards do that to me again.

  6. And it is desolate with some of these Teresa. This was in Westcliffe which is a fairly well to do small town filled with religious crazy's and so many churches it's hard to count.

    Pictures with snow capped mountains in the back round can be lonely to me at times. This one is although the area itself is not.

  7. T.E.
    We still go to the dentist in Naco which is not far from Bisbee on the Mexican side of the border.
    I feel safer there than in Phoenix..
    Granted it is the smallest of small border towns.

    Legalize reefer and half of these problems would be up in smoke. :-)


  8. Thanks for the invitation to comment on this post, One. I've got two observations. First: USA Today is probably right--regarding the present and past. The political right-wingers flair up accusations of violence that don't have a basis in reality to scare people about immigrants. Second: Regarding the future--my opinion is not "politically correct" among my activist friends, but I think things are about to get a lot worse in terms of violence and corruption on the border. I'm starting to see things happen that frighten me. No wall can stop corruption, and the power and influence of organized crime won't be stopped by weaponry or personnel along a borderline. No justice, no peace. That's my opinion.

  9. And I value that opinion above all others Billie! Thank you so much,