If you are looking for something fun and different, head out to the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center this week. The first of two Las Vegas Cutting Horse Association “Cool Off from the Summer Heat” shows begins Wednesday. (Yes, it’s an indoor arena and it’s air conditioned!)
The show, which goes through Sunday, begins at 8 a.m. each day and lasts until the last entrant for that day’s events has performed. Usually that’s around 5 or 6 o’clock, but we hear if there are a lot of entries it could go as late as midnight. Cutting horses are a tough breed and those who ride them are just as tough. They like to finish what they start.
The second show is scheduled for August 16-25.
But, the best part about both shows – they’re free!
And, if you take a break from the cutting action, you can wander by the booths of the many vendors who sell everything from clothes, jewelry, boots and hats to scarves, knick knacks and even horse products.
There’s also a massage therapist manning a booth, ready to work the knots out of your aching back or tired feet. At $1 a minute it’s a great bargain. And, yes, she will give you a one-minute massage if that’s what you want, but we are sure after that first minute you will definitely want a few more. Her name is Eunice and she is one of the best in the business.
GREAT GRILLE: On Lake Mead Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, we found a wonderful restaurant. The Market Grille Café serves a variety of traditional Greek favorites, including Spanakopita (spinach, feta and Romano cheese, baked in buttery filo pastry), Pastitsio (baked macaroni pie with ground beef and tomato sauce), Mousaka (ground beef, eggplant and potato casserole), Pomegranate Chicken and Keftedes (Greek meatballs).
Since we just stopped for lunch and were trying to eat on the healthy side, we ordered the Salmon Wrap, which came with a side of Greek salad. It was delicious. The salmon was plentiful, something we weren’t sure we could expect for $8.75. And the fixings included in the wrap – chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, red cabbage – were all fresh.
The wrap also included a bit of Basmati herb rice, something new to us, and feta cheese. There was a choice of yogurt dill or hummus sauce. We took the hummus, which had a wonderful taste of garlic and lemon with a hint of sesame.
The service is casual, meaning you order your items at the counter, receive a number placard to place on your table, and when the food is ready it is brought out. But there is nothing casual about the food. It is excellent.
FOOTBALL FRENZY: With the NFL Hall of Fame game less than two weeks away on August 4 and the first week of the preseason beginning just four days later, the excitement of football is starting to be felt around town.
One of the early signs was the Palms announcement of their football contest, the $300,000 Pigskin Payoff. The entries are only $25 and, if you buy three you get three for free. That brings the average cost down to $12.50 each with six chances to win.
The LVH is offering their SuperContest again. This one is for the more serious bettor as it costs $1,500 to enter. You only have to select five pro games each week, and the top 30 entrants will collect the prize money, which depends on how many participants are in the contest. Last year the payouts totaled $447,000! That is not chump change.
We’re sure the other casinos will announce their contests any day. Station usually has two Last Man Standing contests – one for NFL and one for college – which in the past were priced at $25 per entry.
There are bound to be more, and in the coming weeks you will read about them in the pages of GamingToday. We can hardly wait. We love football!
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].