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.


The Original Coneheads

The first time I saw these years ago my mind immediately flashed back to SNL and the Coneheads. What can I say. These are coke ovens and are located in NW Colorado.


  1. We also had those here in the Appalachians. Snort some of that for forty years like my dad had to do. Still lived to be 80.

  2. Those are actually charcoal ovens, not coke ovens. Same process, different source material -- coke ovens cook coal into coke, charcoal ovens cook wood into charcoal. Mining districts of the West did not have easy access to coal until the railroads came to town, but they had plenty of wood (well, until they cut it all down), and used the resulting charcoal to fire their silver smelters, where silver-lead ore was melted, the lead oxidized, and the liquid silver poured off. Gold used a different process, generally mercury amalgamation at first, then the cyanide process once that was invented, the amalgamation process did require high heat to vaporize the mercury that had bonded with the gold (which was then sent through a distillation coil to turn it back into metallic mercury), but nowhere near what silver-lead required -- mercury evaporates at 357C, zinc mel;ts at 420C and evaporates at 906C, lead melts at 328C and evaporates at 1750C, silver melts at 962C and evaporates at 1950C, you do the math.

    So anyhow, that's just some old-time mining knowledge for your enjoyment ;). The ones in the Appalachians, BTW, generally *ARE* coke ovens. Back in the early days, the coal was fired off close to the mines. Nowadays they just haul the coal down to the flatlands, since they have to coke it in a furnace that has appropriate emissions controls nowadays. A situation that the Republican Party would greatly like to eliminate, since they support the unlimited right for their poisons to trespass onto *my* property (yeah, they respect property rights, as long as it's THEIR property rights, and not MY property rights... what hypocrites!).

    - Badtux the Mining Penguin

  3. Most are calling them coke ovens Tux. I do not doubt what you say.
    This is what I found under one picture -

    BROMIDE CHARCOAL KILNS, aka "The Coke Ovens", Greystone, Colorado vicinity.
    Dating from 1898, the four stone charcoal kilns are the only remaining intact structures associated with the Bromide Mining and Milling Company's smelter facility. The period of intensive operations at the facility extended through the end of World War I. The kilns have been ranked by a researcher of Colorado's coke ovens and charcoal kilns as the best surviving examples of their type in the state.

    There is coal it seems everywhere out here. Could this be a combination of both charcoal and coke?

    Thanks for pointing these things out Bt!