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.


Short Story

Was in Mexico and have been home since early March and since Feb have not posted. Wanted to but just hasn't happened and today will tell what I think is a good story from there.

Shortly after arriving a situation arose that this fellow needed a tooth pulled. Took a couple days to reach that conclusion and an appointment was scheduled. Dentist office with Hernon which was a few steps away from where the bus stopped in Vallarta. It got done along with some in office denture work at the same time. There was no assistant. There was a later visit to tweak things a bit. Yes it was inexpensive and all is good today as Hernon was a decent dentist.

Sometime later maybe a month or more developed a cough mostly at night. Many people had coughs especially children. This was just part of it. My friend/landlord/hiking partner Andres was struggling with the same. Was not a good deal at all. Finally Andres said he was going to the doctor and do I want to come with. Declined as I always or should say generally get better. It was a series of three antibiotic shots sufferer's was given. Think most got the same.

After a couple days and a couple shots Andres is feeling totally better. Me I'm struggling bad at night. Not feeling particularly bad but very difficult to get decent rest. Still thinking it will get better. Andres keeps telling me how good his doctor is and he'll take me into see him anytime. Decline several of those invitations and after a week ten days it's "Andres will you please take me in to see your doctor" hopefully to get the shots he got that fixed him up quickly as I am struggling.

No problem and jump into the pickup and take the short ride into town. Locals refer to Puerto Vallarta as town. We walk right in - Andres explains to the doctor that I have the same thing he had.

Hernon proceeds to give me the first shot in that series of three. It fixed me up and feel good to this day.


  1. We need medicine like that here.

    Your header is a good one.


    1. We do. Again a third of health care costs lie in the paper work alone. Corporations will NOT be denied.

  2. "All's well that ends well". Luckily, you had a good friend and a good doctor.

    1. Don't know if he was a better dentist or a better doctor. Getting help like that seems to work pretty good.

  3. "The more things change .... "
    the Dr. that everyone went to when I was a kid .. and probably the only family practitioner around back then ... was known right up until the day he died as "Three Shot Shacklett" for the trio of potent pokables he prescribed and administered to everyone anytime they had a cough and ran a fever. I received several of those injections(and the dum-dum pop rewards, too!) as a kid.
    I managed to avoid all things flu-ish this year(the first time that I took a flu shot in 12 years!) but my adorable partner, Ebenezer Potter, who still smokes cigarettes, came down with a nasty, chest/throat thing accompanied by a nagging cough and low grade fever. Her Doctor, who is also my Doctor, gave her a series of three pops to the hip(and pocketbook! thanks to those new year deductibles!) with some highly prized injectable serum that knocked it out in about five days. I was reminded of ol' Three Shot then as I am now by your post ...
    welcome back. Glad yer good .....
    love that colorful header!

  4. I agree with Linda, that's what we need. We ALSO need to have advertising from drug companies totally banned. Not in print, not on TV. All the drug companies are doing is trying to convince people they have some "special" condition that requires pharmaceuticals. Buy! buy! you stupid consumers, is their attitude. Oh, and ignore all the fatal complications listed at the end of the commercial because, you know, it's more important to have physical perfection.