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.


I Guess It Must Be Me

Been looking around on the internets for places in Costa Rica. I know when the weather turns the other way for me it will be a unwelcome adjustment. Does not mean I'm going but you gotta look around just in case.

There's this site airbnb where I inquired about what looks like a decent place in my price range, Corresponded several times and wanted to take it further with some real conversation. Would never consider something like that without talking.

I find out you can't talk to the person renting what ever it may be without booking dates first. Not only that but you have to contact this airbnd place and then they call the renters and then they call you and then you can talk.

I find that all kinds of screwed up. We're talking private individuals. The two different people I stayed with in Costa Rica and I had several conversations before I went. Talking works real good.

I find having to pick dates without having a chance to discuss things which could very possibly have a bearing on the dates they want you to pick beforehand. I just assume you have to put some money on the table before you can talk. Hell I don't know but I'm not going to take it that far.

I guess people don't have a problem with this. Am I all screwed up or what. SHEEZ!  


  1. I would put that in the category of your landlord has to give you notice if he wants to come inspect the property.

    Still, sound like a genuine PITA.

    Had enough of that freeze yer nuts off in the wintertime eh?
    Can't say as I blame ya Pal.

  2. It's middle men. I don't mind them if they provide a real service, but this sounds like a blocking tactic to keep the two sides apart until they can position themselves to handle the money. My worry always jumps to what if they don't pass it on, a clumsy, stupid middle man who gets things mixed up, has no talent for detail, or is a crook will always deliver disappointment.

  3. Terry really wants to go to Yuma this winter...not something I think I would enjoy. I told him only if we can take the dogs and cats ha :)


    1. I do not think I can find enough warm in the States. A lot of people go to Yuma that's for sure.

  4. I just find it a bit odd and not for the good. I will thank the fellow I've been in touch with and move on.