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.


Believe It

This is where we're at and if one thinks good things can come from a country where SO many do not believe in science you would be wrong.

And we think so many other countries are backward.


  1. I have found that one problem with lack of science education evolved because of the education system's insistence on passing higher math first. And then they fail to teach math in a manner that most people can understand (and this doesn't count changing that method every 10 years). When I was in high school, there were no math prerequisites for science. Sure, you might do better in chemistry if you'd had at least Algebra, but it wasn't needed for the biological sciences. These days you can't take science in junior college until you've passed a certain level of math. My son, who is an avid natural science student, is math impaired. It didn't matter that he had a 4.0, he was not allowed to take Biology or Physiology. He took a very strenuous Astronomy class and aced it. Sometimes "dumbed down" science classes are offered for those the ed system determines are not so bright. I worked in that system for almost 20 years and saw no correlation between math proficiency and understanding science. So some of the problem is the edbiz is really f--ked up and is so enamored with its own authority it can't see the effect of denying higher science to the average student.

  2. Very interesting! Thanks for that Jan.

  3. Is your snow gone?

  4. This is for Jan, and I apologize if it's off topic for your post... But I have a theory that high school algebra requirements are putting people in prisons all over America. (bear with me, I'm serious as the clap about this...) You have to pass exit exams in most states, and almost all high school curricula requires Algebra. A lot of kids can't pass Algebra, and many drop out of high school or are denied a diploma because of their failure to pass Algebra. High school dropouts are far more likely to end up incarcerated than those who DO graduate, thus... Algebra is getting Americans locked up annually.

    I'm nearly sixty, and worked 35 years in a tire factory before retiring to start my own photography business. I've not used Algebra ONCE in my adult life, other than in school. Not once. People have insisted that I've used it quite often, but they always end up citing circumstances that required nothing more involved than basic mathematics. It's a bogus requirement we foist upon kids, and it ought to be an elective needed only by those who intend to pursue higher degrees in math or science.

    Sorry. Here's the soapbox, I'm done.