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.


Something Not To Be Proud Of

Even though Colorado is one of the "Happy States" this statistic reported today is depressing as it gets.

Colorado has the second fastest growing rate of child poverty in the nation, according a Kids Count Colorado, an annual report from Colorado Children's Campaign.

Not only that just up the road in Pueblo -

Pueblo and Denver counties had the highest rate of child poverty. Pueblo's average rate for 2011 was 27.3 percent and Denver's was 26.2 percent. Douglas County continues to have the lowest child poverty rate, averaging 5.2 percent.

 I spend a fair amount of time in Pueblo and yes there are quite a few less fortunate who live there for sure. This hurts and as a country we can do better but it we do better for the 1% than we do for "we the people".


  1. Love the header! Just wondering...why do they separate the children from adults??? Wouldn't it be just families??? just wondering...

  2. I'm not sure TMoon but could it be children are more vulnerable.

  3. Actually, I think children might be less affected by poverty than adults, and especially less affected than teenagers. I'm being a little silly here, but think about it. What do little kids eat? If you give them expensive, nutritious food, they'll often pass it up for peanut butter on white bread. You can dress them (as I did) in Thrift Store clothing until they start school. They ruin everything they wear when they're little anyway. And they're better off without expensive toys, they can make their own. The really rich parents I know buy their kids handmade wooden toys. As long as they have peanut butter and stay warm, most little kids are happy. That changes when they hit puberty. There isn't enough money in the world to satisfy a child at that stage, though, so in a way all of their parents are impoverished.

  4. That's a very good point unless for instance there were medical reasons because of that diet. Peanut butter is good for anybody. What about popcorn. A popcorn supper is hard to beat sometimes.