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.


And The Number Is

$47.28 for 171 kwh's of electricity. That includes $3.34 in taxes. That is almost 28 cents a kwh.

The two places I lived previously for the same amount of usage the bills would have been around $16 and $22.

And no body gave a shit at least the ones I spoke with about the impending increase. And for me this particular bill because it's such a small amount is over a 30% increase from the previous rate structure. Last time I called propane was $4.50 a gallon. On 9/19/13 when I filled it was $2.35. I don't know how people can do it if they don't have options about heating.

It's -7 and I'm burning wood like crazy. Next winter I'm outta here and want to miss as much of this as possible. It's a health and mental issue for me. I'm going to try anyway.

My money says there's some crimes happening when you see shit like this. Capitalism will NOT be denied.


  1. Propane is over six dollars a gallon here and going up where I live.

  2. Just the way somebody wants it.

  3. Yes, same prices here and it is highway robbery as far as I'm concerned. Then, they will bring the price down just a little and we will get used to the new norm as it rises yet again ... same as gasoline ... I agree, a warmer clime next year ...

  4. Hi Teresa - in about two weeks driving to La Paz,Baja. The drive through the Baja looks velly velly interesting. Want to find out if this is a place I can hang out for five months say starting in November. I'm missing this crap if at all possible. Kat??

  5. Hey, Tom! How is Stretch? You haven't said for awhile.

    It's a whole 27* here and it's 2:20 in the afternoon. I'm sick of winter.

    *♥´¨) ¸.-´¸.-♥´¨) Happy Valentine’s Day¸.-♥¨) (¸.-` ♥♥´¨

  6. Damn cat - all it wants to do is lay around/eat and have me chase it around the rest of the time.

    It's a cold no sun 11. I went out and will remain inside for the duration. 76 inside and that's fine by me.