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.


What You Get When You Do Business With The US - In This Case Costa Rica

Nothing new really. US companies and of course other are all over this country. Several countries in the region want legalization and the US to stop funneling funds for a decades old private corporate war into Central America.

Not Costa Rica though as they support the war and continue to accept blood money to "fight it". And this is what you get then.

Drugs are the driving force behind Costa Rica’s highest homicide rates so far this year in the provinces of Limón and San José, according to sources when asked about a recent crime analysis published by the OIJ.

Homicides are up in many cantons around the country, with San José reporting 97 killings from Jan. 1 to July 31, a 22.8 percent increase in killings over the 79 reported during the same period last year. The spike in slayings was the largest in the country.


  1. A shame, Costa Rica has been the crown jewel of Central America, why did we have to corrupt it with anti-drug money?

  2. Its the Merican way these days Pat and it sucks to see shit like this. The fact the banks are floating credit out to people who should not have it will be a giant negative as well real soon.

  3. I'm reminded of the lyrics in a song by Joe South; 'Hey Redneck', when it comes to the Almighty Dollar screwing up other countries in the rest of the world.
    "I've done all I can do
    tryin' to get along with you.
    You're too much,
    everything you touch
    turns to somethin' else."

  4. Fly -- found this info on Wikipedia. Our crimes rates are down even though the news acts like it is around every corner! Costa Rica's stats are alarming.

    Wikipedia -- "Crime rates have varied over time in the United States. American crime rates generally rose after World War II, and peaked between the 1970s and early 1990s. Since the early 1990s, crime has declined in the United States,[5] and current crime rates are approximately the same as those of the 1960s."
    ~~ barbara

  5. Thanks Barbara. Check out the next post if you get a chance. I was alarmed and it fits right in.

  6. My goodness! Are you still going back? Terry says we are taking a small trip to Yuma this winter.


    1. I understand many are headed for Yuma. For me I think there has to be headed for somewhere warmer at some level and longer than shorter.