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.


As The Locals Say At Times

"Se monto enn la carretta" that started here in Atenas many years ago and is still used. I saw this just the other day.

Oxen are used to pull ox carts and they still do. For a long time many plied the roads hauling mostly coffee and and other goods. I've only seen one ox cart. Two with this one at a small park.

Atenas is know for it's ox carts and this is the only real cart I've seen and it's on the road to town.

Barrio Los Angeles where I stay is actually the old road into Atenas. It dead ends about a half mile away where it begins a rather steep descent to a river. Moon shining was going on in days gone past and I understand recently somebody was making some. A friend and I made it down on what is left of the road. We took machete's and if it had not been for a fire I doubt we would have been able to discern where the road was. It was on this not too long of a hike saw a sloth which was nice.

There were as many as 400 carts a day using this road. So there was some drinking going on and when some guys got too drunk to walk along side their team of oxen to direct them they got on top of the ox cart.

In present day when the local's see an inebriated person they say that phrase "se monto enn la carretta" which translates to "looks like that person is on top of the ox cart".

I think that's is soooo funny. You can go here and see some real ox carts just the way they used to be back in those days.

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  1. Nice post!
    There is a infamous picture of my then not so old sergeant as atop a water buffalo while drunk down to the bone marrow!
    I wonder is ox any good to eat? Now, I know I have eaten water buffalo that the Thai's claimed to be Kobe beef....

    I have eaten other things - all center cut meat-
    that could have killed me.


    1. Thanks for that Sarge. I bet it tastes pretty damn good actually. What the hell is a castrated ox called anyway. A steer ox? I doubt it.

      Other meats here as well that most don't want to hear about. They all tasted pretty decent to me.

      What was Lewis and Clarke's favorite. It was dog and they had many choices but jumped at that when ever they got the chance.

  2. And yet Lewis and Clarke didn't eat their own dog.

    Did you get to ride the ox? I bet that feels a lot different than riding a flexible horse.

  3. No they did not eat their own pooch and that needed to be said.

    And no I did not ride this animal Jan.

  4. During one especially long period between being "resupplied" we called in a fire mission on two 'oxen' that looked very similar to the one in yer photo, there, 'Fly. They wouldn't let us get close enough to do the job with small arms, and kept moving into suspect tall elephant grass, sooo ..... There was no accompanying SP pack, but we were resupplied for a day or two. Tastes Great .... More Filling. We didn't eat OUR dog, either ....

  5. Most of the carts in that parade look like they don't get a lot of use. Guess the car is taking over there, too.

  6. Now I'm hungry bj. I'd try some so quick I tell you.

    They don't Cujo. There's so much traffic I tell you and that is an observation only. I stay on a road that is about a half mile from where it ends. There are short roads that go off from it with houses. The road carrys a lot of vehicles in a day. It surprises me how many. You have to pay attention when walking without a doubt.

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    1. Late in the afternoon the drinking starts here. That is I share a beer a friend.