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.


Marietou Diabate

Don't have a clue who this girl is but she does have a fan base and definitely not a practicing Muslim.

I ran across this the other day and put it up because I enjoy this music very much the instruments and sounds and of course the rhythm Not so much the singing and don't have a clue what the hell this is about but she maybe telling the girls to stay away from men. This is from Mali.


  1. Next month, my wife and I will be enjoying, at the Granada Theater in Dallas, Bela Fleck and the Africa Project, which is a collaboration between the world's greatest banjo player and a group of Malians playing traditional African instruments. Primo!

  2. Good for you-that sounds like a blast. This music is just plain fun to listen to. Travelling music like this will be playing always from Muslim homes and businesses.To me it seems haunting in a way but also appropriate.

    On the coast of West Africa it's Hi Life and I found at the same site a Nigerian group that has a video posted that is excellent as well. Most of the new videos posted are hip hop that does not appeal to me very much. It's the younger crowd and of course the are the computer literate so that makes sense.