Downtown Sculpture Walk
J. Seward Johnson has created a set of sculptures that capture daily American life in an honest, candid way that few artists can do. These are so realistic that, at a glance, they seem to be real. They certainly liven up the downtown sidewalks. If you walk around downtown, you'll see these.
Hockey, Baseball, and College Sports
Dayton Bombers Hockey plays at the Nutter Center (part of Wright State Univ.), just off I-675. The games are a lot of fun (but then, I love watching hockey), and not outrageously priced.
Dayton Dragons Baseball plays at the newer 5/3 Field, downtown. The games themselves are very entertaining, and pretty cheap to go to. All seats afford good views of the action. The crowds are entertained by the antics of not 1 or 2, but FOUR mascots, local radio and tv personalities, fan volunteers, and even the umpires. Even the food isn't ridiculously priced. Free or cheap parking can generally be found nearby, and many games are followed by fireworks or laser shows (at nearby Riverscape). Numerous promotions are held over the course of the season, including giveaways and reduced admission.
In the area there are many die-hard fans of both Wright State Raider and Univ. of Dayton Flyer Basketball. UD also has a football team, although the players don't reach near-celebrity level. All the events are a good change of pace for an afternoon or evening.
There is pro-hockey (Blue Jackets) and soccer (Crew) in Columbus, and football (Bengals) and baseball (Reds) in Cincinnati. Sports bars abound virtually everywhere.
Erma Bombeck's Way
Erma Bombeck was born in Dayton in 1927 and lived here during her early years. She grew up on Hedges Street, and her father was a crane operator in the city. While still in high school Erma got a job with the Dayton Herald, and her future husband worked at the city's other paper, the Dayton Journal. Later she went to college at the University of Dayton and wrote for the school paper.
From meager beginning, Erma Bombeck gained great fame and success. She wrote some 4,000 newspaper columns as well as 15 books, of which most became bestsellers. At her peak, some 30 million people read her columns in about 900 newspapers.
Erma Bombeck died in 1996 and is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.
A plaque nearby reads:
Erma Fiste was born in Dayton on February 21, 1927. While attending Patterson Cooperative High School, she worked as a copygirl for the Dayton Herald. After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1949, she married Bill Bombeck. She returned to the Dayton Journal-Herald as a reporter. Four years later she left the paper to raise three children, Betsy, Andy and Matt. She continued to write part-time from home. In 1965, Glenn Thompson of the Dayton Journal-Herald spotted her column in the Kettering-Oakwood Times and offered her a twice-a-week column. After three weeks he brought it to the attention of Newsday Syndicate. “At Wit’s End” grew to become nationally syndicated in over 900 newspapers. Erma wrote twelve books; nine made The New York Times Best Sellers List. In 1975 She joined the original cast of “Good Morning America” on ABC-TV and appeared regularly for eleven years.
The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society 2003
The Best Chinese in Ohio as voted by some magazine
It strikes you as odd that this little German building is home to what is considered to be the best Chinese food in Ohio. But once you enter, you in an unmistakenly Asian atmosphere. There is not really a dress code, but a collard shirt and a pair of dockers will make you feel at home.
The good thing about China Cottage is that it has an upscale feel to it, but not the price of a Thai 9 or Jays seafood. There is no bad thing. The service has always been great, and the food even better. This is not a typical buffet or hole in the wall chinese place. People go here for Prom.
The food runs the usual chinese route, everythign from fried rice to General Tso's chicken. But, it is the specialties that make it worth coming back for. Some of the harder to find menu items include a Rock Salt Pork, Mala Beef, and for the seafood types, a dozen ways of serving Prawn. The Mala Beef. Bet without the Mushrooms though. It is a very spicy dish with green onions, beef, hot peppers and garlic in a brown sauce. Makes your head sweat, but makes your mouth happy. If you like spicy, you haven't lived until you have had the Mala Beef.
We were in downtown Dayton's Oregon District searching out dinner when my friend said, "how about some sushi?" I said absolutely, thinking a cosmopolitan city that produced Erma Bombeck must have some good sushi, probably right downtown! We pulled up the nearest sushi restaurants on our smart phones and began driving. Seven miles later, downtown Dayton was long in our rear view mirror, and we arrived at Akashi sushi. From the outside this restaurant is decorated like a traditional Japanese house, and it sits next to one of those suburban kung fu parlors. Inside there is a sushi bar, about 20 tables and a section that looks like Elliot's house from ET, covered in clear plastic sheeting as if it is under investigation for harboring aliens.
We sat at the sushi--where the sushi chefs and waitresses were actually Japanese--and were impressed by the authenticity of the place, with the menu partially in Japanese. We started with a huge Kirin Ichiban beer and miso soup, then ordered several rolls and nigiri. The sushi slowly started to trickle out to us over the next hour. We started with a fried shrimp roll and several pieces of tuna and salmon nigiri, all of which was the highlight of the meal... the rest of the sushi we had only went downhill from there. Our next rolls were the spicy tuna and their beef roll, both of which were horrible. The meal should have been saved by the rainbow roll, the most expensive, and often best item at a sushi bar, but the white fish (sea bass?) was lacking texture and pretty horrible. Finally when we were stuffed and just chatting, they brought out our last huge roll, which was the fried chicken roll. It was tasty, but arrived so late in the meal that we were too full to enjoy it.
The service is pretty good, but the sushi runs on the expensive side with their featured rolls $13 or more, and their nigiri about $2 each piece. At those prices all of the fish should be perfect, but it was of a low quality.