4/16/17
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.

4/16/17

Lo Mismo - The Same

Walking in town the other day I saw ahead on the sidewalk two younger women looking up and across the street pretty intently. I get up there and didn't see much and asked and a one word response from both was "mangos". These below are a few feet away. I will not see these get ripe unfortunately.
So when they said mangos immediately I was taken back to West Africa and the first time I saw these small boys with their homemade sling shots. You can be an older man and still be a "small boy" the same goes for females however these were kids but there you were a small boy not a boy.

So these kids were going around looking up in the trees at what I didn't know and asked. Ah - the one word response was "mango's". So these kids as mango season was just about to arrive were looking up at the top of the trees for that is where the first mangos ripen and would try and knock them out of the tree and did.

Mango season in the tropics is a big deal to many - me too if I was here. Whether in Ghana West Africa or on the streets of Emiliano Zapata in Puerto Vallarta it's the same. Everybody is looking forward to this simple pleasure that falls from the trees just for you.

9 comments:

  1. Me thinks you would love to live there year round!

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  2. I really don't have an answer for that. Gotta give to get. I can say I have never lived in a place meaning back in the states where there is so much crime in my life. I want to change that. A place where people smile easily and are genuinely happy to interact with you and children behave. Stuff like that. Americans got nothing on people here.

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  3. Well I WUDN'T hungry until I got here! That looks mighty good and cheap too! There's a little place near here called La Esperanza that makes a dinner plate looks just like that. Bet it ain't as good, though.
    There's crime nearly everywhere in 'Merica, these days, more and less depending on where you LIVE. S'pretty homey 'round these parts, dood, and most of the crime is carried on amongst the criminals and citizens are left alone. mostly. We do seem to have more than our share of the flim-flam man, scam artist, type roosting in the hills. BUT .... we ain't even CLOSE to the 108th, so there's that, too.
    Hope you are still feeling GOOD, and safely back to home there. WONDERFUL header, my friend.
    enjoy life, everyday, wherever you are ...

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    1. Missed this somehow bj - thanks!

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  4. Looks like it would go down well with a nice, well-balanced cerveza. I tried it in a fantastic Mexican restaurant in Berlin 2 years ago. Magnifico...

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    1. I'm hungry. I've never seen anything close to this in any Mexican joint here. I think much of it is just plain slop but that's what people want for food and their politics.

      Made a vow to myself I'm only eating in maybe three places I know of where there is decent food. It was horrid last year and minimum 10 smacks for crap I couldn't eat. No more! Not throwing away money like that anymore.

      Get this kinda out of the blue yesterday I had a sweet young thing buy my lunch at a Vietnamese joint with me knowing. That's a first.

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  5. Now, that post was pure poetry....I think you may have stolen it from T.S.Eliot.....

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  6. That was very nice of you to say Tony - thank you for that!

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  7. In a place like that, one could almost live off the stuff that just grows naturally.

    When I was 21 and my wife 19 we lived in Carlsbad, CA. 2 miles form the beach, about 18 miles down hwy 78 from Escondido and the avocado farms, 20 miles from Fallbrook and more avocado farms and apple orchards then 50 miles to Julian where apple and cherry orchards grew.

    Just starting out (we’d been married for a couple of months) I worked at an Exxon gas station and Chris worked at Dennys, so we lived on a shoe string budget, to say the least.

    But we did awesome by going to produce stands in Encinitas, Solana Beach and all along the hwys between Carlsbad and Escondido, Carlsbad and Fallbrook and Julian.

    We could even stop and get free avocados if the farmers/pickers were out and we stopped along the way and asked nicely for some that wouldn’t make it to the store before they rotted (the avocados, not the pickers) and we’d sometimes get bags and bags of them. We’ hurry home and make guacamole and put it in the fridge.

    I think the pickers were all in love with m gorgeous wife.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210394544041725&set=a.10200566411064543.1073741828.1286839296&type=3&theater

    We have never eaten so healthy - product stands where could by heads of perfect broccoli and cauliflower for 25 cents, onions, carrots, and lettuce for about the same.

    In Julian, we’d buy tons of apples and cases of apple cider and apple-cherry cider.

    It was very easy to be vegetarian there, although we were not. Many years later, when we bought our home in Costa Mesa, a fisherman who belonged to the “fishing fleet” at Newport Beach. We’d trade some really fresh fish for some of our homegrown tomatoes, carrots, onions and grapes.

    One thing’s for certain, we ate healthy, simply because it was cheeper and easier than the grocery stores, plus, it always had an air of freedom about it - not stuck in a grocery store and easy to get what we liked.

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