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.


We're Leaving

At the end of 2014 that is. This is not leaving. Until that happens if it does we are still there and the number of our dead for nothing continues daily.


From iCasualties 


  1. We can't leave until the end of our 13th year in Afghanistan. Thirteen is our lucky number.

  2. 2014 is a head fake.
    They are now renaming the "war on terror".
    The O crew has turned the page.
    War is still peace and peace is still war.
    Except that now it will be called and dealt with as a "police action". http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/30-9

    The exit doors have opened.
    No one wants to be out of Afghanistan last.
    Germany just closed two more bases.
    They will be searching for their own "peace with honor".
    Naming it a "police action" does not make it right. It just makes it sound better. Presidents that have not smelled the stench of death. Love being a war of choice president.
    O is no different. His private kill list will continue. The drone attacks will be sped up. Keep your eyes on Africa.