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    Arri London Guest

    Default Lunch at the Casino (a little long)


    March is birthday month for the two of us. We usually take a trip to the
    local Native American casino, gamble a little on the penny slots, break
    even, eat and go home to do something productive. It's not far and is a
    fairly scenic, short, drive along the foothills of the Rockies. There
    are fields housing a small herd of bison (for tourist viewing; the
    larger herd is housed elsewhere on pueblo lands).

    Found out that casino 'members' (costs nothing, get flashy plastic card
    and earn points which would take us 20 years or so to accumulate to a
    useful level) can get a discount for a buffet lunch midweek. Turns out
    the discount is a 'senior' discount and they gave it to me Ah well
    anything for a cheap (USD5.00 per person and no sales tax) meal...

    Food wasn't bad at all but unimaginative. Not much for vegetarians
    (which neither of us are anyway). All looked very clean and someone was
    always cleaning the service counters. It was arranged in stations in a
    loose U-shape. Going in a clockwise direction: salad bar, soup and
    dinner roll bar, 'Asian' food (ie American food with too much soy
    sauce), 'Mexican' food (gringo food really; tacos and the like), 'USA'
    food (meat mostly), baked potato station with toppings, 'Italian' food
    (pizza and sticky pasta) and finally desserts. Sadly no native pueblo
    food.

    Salads were iceberg lettuce plus separate bowl of spinach, with
    trimmings and six dressings plus extra oil and vinegar. Soups looked OK
    but I had my beloved posole: hominy corn cooked with pork and red
    chiles. Not bad but not very spicy.

    Asian was fried noodles, some meat/veg stirfry, some vegetable dish,
    wonton (same dumplings as the deep-fried potstickers LOL) and egg drop
    soups, fried and plain rice and surprisingly excellent half-size crispy
    vegetarian spring rolls.

    Mexican was really Taco Bell style, which isn't necessary around here.
    Had the cheese enchiladas (the rolled sort); the tacos were beef only,
    so no go. Separate pots of green and red chile sauces. There were beans
    and Spanish rice but didn't eat those. Maybe there was corn with red and
    green sweet peppers in it but didn't eat that either.

    USA food was baked chicken legs/thighs, very nice sliced pork loin and
    'BBQ' brisket (again no go, but it smelt good). May have been other
    things but didn't eat them except the green beans. Took a chicken thigh
    and a slice of pork and ladled some green chile sauce over them. Line
    cook at the Mexican station (where the chile sauces were) said that
    obviously I knew how to eat! He also said I must be a New Mexico
    native...not exactly LOL

    Didn't bother with the baked potatoes as that would be a complete meal
    for me, but the toppings looked good enough.

    The real loser (for me anyway) was the Italian food. Couldn't identify
    the toppings on the two pizzas, the pasta looked sticky and of course
    the perfectly spherical meatballs were beef. No vegs at all.

    They did well with desserts; my mother's favourite bit. Cut-up melon,
    tinned fruit salad, softserve ice cream with toppings like most buffets
    around here have, rice and bread puddings, cookies of several varieties,
    lots of pies but didn't see any fruit pies, cakes and unusually for the
    buffets around here, small pastries. All looked decent enough; had
    chocolate cream pie and some bread pudding with caramel sauce. The
    Maternal Unit had more bits and pieces in lieu of real food

    So not a bad morning and even made a small profit on the slots. Also
    learnt that 'Bingo' is a verb: one can Bingo; educational! A good time
    was had by all.

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Lunch at the Casino (a little long)

    >
    > even, eat and go home to do something productive. It's not far and is a
    > fairly scenic, short, drive along the foothills of the Rockies. There


    Hello Arri,
    I'm only a lurker and sometime contributor to rfc, so I may have
    missed something -- your email address is a .uk one but you refer to a
    trip from your home along the foothills of the Rockies... as I live
    there, I'm only aware of Indian gambling in Arizona; or is Wyoming now
    allowing that as well? (I know there is gambling in Central City but
    that's not on an Indian reservation).

    Sorry to all -can't snip his post.

    thanks --Stephanie

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    Beer Drinking Dog Guest

    Default Re: Lunch at the Casino (a little long)

    Arri,

    You pretty much described ANY buffet at ANY casino (native American or
    not) anywhere in the US.


    Arri London wrote:

    <snipped for brevity>

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    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Lunch at the Casino (a little long)



    [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > even, eat and go home to do something productive. It's not far and is a
    > > fairly scenic, short, drive along the foothills of the Rockies. There

    >
    > Hello Arri,
    > I'm only a lurker and sometime contributor to rfc, so I may have
    > missed something -- your email address is a .uk one but you refer to a
    > trip from your home along the foothills of the Rockies... as I live
    > there, I'm only aware of Indian gambling in Arizona; or is Wyoming now
    > allowing that as well? (I know there is gambling in Central City but
    > that's not on an Indian reservation).
    >
    > Sorry to all -can't snip his post.
    >
    > thanks --Stephanie


    Native American casinos are located all through the US. This is in NM.

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    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Lunch at the Casino (a little long)



    Beer Drinking Dog wrote:
    >
    > Arri,
    >
    > You pretty much described ANY buffet at ANY casino (native American or
    > not) anywhere in the US.


    Yes that was the point LOL!
    >
    > Arri London wrote:
    >
    > <snipped for brevity>


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