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.


One Who Saw The Light

I have so much respect when people come over from the dark side because they actually took a moment to really think about the issues. This is a good story but not enough of. Face it - people who work the land tend to be conservative more than liberal. This fellow will be able to educate other that he knows and that's the hope.
Michael Bowman is somewhat of an iconoclast in his hometown of Wray — a life-long Republican turned Democrat after a holistic farming seminar put him on the path of renewable energy. When he was in his mid-30s, Bowman attended a Michael Martin Murphy concert in Alamosa where he happened to sit next to a board member of Holistic Management International. This Albuquerque nonprofit teaches a whole-farm planning system for sustainability. 

Holistic Management International Link


  1. This is maybe a little off topic, but something that goes along with your farm mode, and something I thought you'd enjoy:


    And yes, farmers are mostly conservative, with an emphasis on conserve.

  2. It's not off topic at all. That's the difference with this man is that like so many others whose minds are closed his was not and by being open to other ideas he realized there is a better way and hopefully he can show others the importance of this.