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.


For A Friend

I returned to Mexico 1/7/17. On the 4th received a call that Andres had collapsed in Puerto Vallarta. He is the one sitting and the photo is from this post. He never regained consciousness and passed away on the 18th.

Never would I have thought this guy would go out like this. Just figured he'd be around like forever. Many took a big hit losing him. It's a different place around this tiny burg but the shock is wearing off. We had a lot in common and this has me seriously looking at life and what's left of it a bit differently.

So this ones for you mi amigo! He would have liked this. Adios.


  1. My deep sympathy. Yes, those we feel so close to--it seems that they should always be there. This second half of life is as difficult as the first half was. Just hard in a different way.

    1. Nicely said Billy and I agree. This getting older is not easy and I pretty much have my health or think so.

  2. Sorry for the loss of your friend. My sincere condolences.

  3. Sorry about your loss, Tom! We are now at that point in our lives where the Obits are full of those our ages. It tells me we (all) must live and do and be to the fullest for time is growing short.

  4. Yup! All that and more Linda.

  5. You know, I can think of several worse ways to go out with much more drama and 'to do' about it. and you know one thing for certain; we all goin'. Funny in a way how one's perspective about that changes over time, too. Truth is, few choose their own time and place for that. We rightfully concern ourselves with the living of our life and not the ending of it. You Keep On Keepin' On, Pardner.
    Props to both You and Andres

  6. Condolences, my friend. My two closest friends died suddenly while still in their early 50s. But they're always there....