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.


In Case It Slipped Your Mind

There's was a suspected terrorist we trained who needed to be killed and we assisted the Philippine military like we have for the last ten years in a air strike that killed "Marwan" the bad guy we used to like and a bunch of others too. Unfortunately the $5 mil reward had no takers.

We've kept 600 "advisers" in the Philippines since 2002. This article covers a lot of ground and there are plenty of bad guys to worry about from "unnamed sources".

What struck me was the depth of our involvement now and the length. I'm going to venture a guess at a 100 years or how about closer to a 100 than 75.

Point being we ain't leaving and we're never leaving where we are at now "over there" and there isn't a fucking thing we can do about it. Not a fucking thing.

Rule #1 for Humanity. Empires not allowed.



  1. We've been in the Philippines since 1899. That's 113 years, in case you're counting. The first thing we did was thank the Filipinos for defeating the Spanish Army and bottling them up in Manilla so that Admiral Perry's cannon could blow them to smithereens. The next thing we did was turn our cannons on the Filipinos and blow *them* to smithereens for daring to want to be independent, eventually killing around 1,000,000 Filipinos to impose our colonial rule if the last Spanish census and the first American census are correct. The American-Filipino War has been conveniently written out of the history books that our children are taught from, indeed the first time most people hear about it is when they investigate the origins of the 1911 ACP and discover that it was invented because of the inability of the revolvers then in service to stop charging Filipino warriors. Interesting how that works, eh?

    BTW, we gave'em their independence after WW2, but then installed dictators to rule them until Ferdinand Marcos finally had to run for it. Yeppers, we sure do leave countries after we invade'em, don't we?

    -- Badtux the Helpful Penguin

  2. Thanks for that Penguin! A little history never hurt anybody.