Visit the RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis to watch one of the most respected and revered National Football League franchises in the country. The Colts play American football every Sunday in the Fall and Winter, but home game tickets are very hard to come by these days with the recent success of the team.
Led by Quarterback Peyton Manning, Running Back Edgerrin James and Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison, the Indianapolis Colts is becoming a powerhouse in the NFL. With an explosive and exciting offense, few teams in the league can match them point for point on a weekly basis.
Hopefully in the next 2-3 years the Colts can win the Super Bowl and bring the first national championship in professional sports to Indianapolis in a long long time.
P.F. Chang China Bistro
The dining hall is rather large with the bar at the center (also the source of cigarrett smokes).
A huge mural of a Tang Dynasty life style high above on the wall, where at the bar, a terra cotta horse style yet modern sculpture was displayed; together with some comtemprary style deco.
Apparently it is a rather popular place.
I was not intentionally dine at this particular restaurant, but stumped into it on my way to another one.
I know P.F. Chang has several restaurants nationwide, since I had never been to the rather popular one in Raleigh, NC, where I live, I decided to give it a try.
I asked the waitress if the menu for the chain restaurants are all the same, she said some items are while each restaurant also would have some regional dishes added.
The waiting staff were rather friendly and helpful. My waitress Meredith did bother spending effort asking the chef where the sea bass was coming from. Two other staff helped with more accurate info on sightseeing. I ordered two dishes:
1. Oolong Sea Bass
I like tea flavored food, and sea bass is one of my favorite fish. The dish was prepared fine, not necessarily a Chinese way, but the tea flavor is mild (almost not noticable), the sea bass was seared to crisp properly so the moist was kept. Generally speaking not bad.
2. Ma Po Tofu
Ma Po tofu is a famous and typical Sichuan dish: basically fresh tofu sauteed with minced pork and hot chilly peppers with lot of peppercorn (make your tongue numb!) and other spices. The legend said the recipe was invented by an old lady suffered from small pox, therefore some spots left on her face, in Chinese, that's called 'ma', po=old lady.
Many times the dish is used to test a chef's skill. Therefore I ordered it despite I am not crazy about hot and spicy food. However, to my biggest surprise, what was served was totally a different thing: ten or so fried tofu cubes with steamed broccholi as base and pured with soyal source on top. It is embarrasing that a dish like this bears such a famous dish name. The taste was mediocre unfortunately.
War Memorial Plaza
The Indianapolis War Memorial is an impressive sight. 210 feet (64 meters) high, finished in 1951. It is one of Indianapolis's most famous buildings. The memorial and museum were built to honor Indiana war dead from World War I, even though construction was not completed until after World War II. The Indiana War Memorial was modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and resembles the Temple of the Scottish Rite in Washington, DC. Six figures representing Courage, Memory, Peace, Victory, Liberty, and Patriotism are found on each side of the structure.
Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
Located between Univeristy Park and Veteran's Memorial Plaza, the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is an impressive tribute to Indiana soldiers killed in World War I. General John Pershing laid the cornerstone on July 4, 1927 but delays in funding prevented completion until 1965.
At its heart is the 210 foot memorial building, which contains a very interesting war museum, an auditorium and two meeting rooms. The museum is free and is open 9 am - 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Indianapolis, the 12th largest city in the U.S., is located in the geographic center of Indiana. The metropolitan area is home to approximately 1.8 million people.
Indianapolis is a safe and decent place to live, with many opportunities. There are many unique things to do downtown, such as watch sports (such as Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts), go to the Circle Center Mall, hang out at festivals such as RibFest, visit the zoo and parks, etc.
Overall, Indianapolis is a great city that has a lot to offer!