Please join us in welcoming our colleague Bee reporter Bethany Clough to The Beehive.
Many of you probably already follow Bethany on the news blog, Twitter (@bethanyclough) and Facebook, where she shares juicy details about local restaurants and shopping sites. Now she’ll share those tidbits and other musings on The Beehive.
Here’s a little bit about Bethany, in her own words:
I’ve worked for the Bee for 11 years, most recently writing about restaurants and retail, the most fun beat at the paper. Eating and shopping, doesn’t get much better than that (especially when going to the mall is part of your job).
I grew up in the country in western New York (I was a five-county dairy bowl champion when I was 13) and went to journalism school at Syracuse University before moving to California for a volunteer position with Habitat for Humanity.
I still volunteer for them, including on the cookie committee, which makes cookies for the worksite and events. Love to bake and cook.
I’m little but husband got me into weight lifting and now my goal is to bench press my body weight (I’m 68% of the way there).
We wanted to delve a little deeper, so the Beehive crew asked Bethany some questions.
What restaurant have you written about that you think is a must-try for Fresno?
Pinot Wine Bar. Everything I have ever had to eat or drink there was to die for. Plus, you can dress up and or dress down and not feel out of place.
What is the most interesting business you’ve discovered in Fresno?
Creative World Studios. If you need a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, they’ll make it for you. They make all kinds of gigantic sculptures, like giant popcorn for atop concession stands.
How often do people mispronounce your name? (And how do you pronounce it?)
All. The. Time. It’s pronounced “Cluff,” which rhymes with tough. It’s Welsh.
We know one of your favorite places to visit is Death Valley. Have you seen any UFOs?
No UFOs, just plenty of railroad and mining history that thrills my inner history geek. Plus amazing vistas. And wild burros.
If you were on death row, what would your request for your last meal?
Pita chips and hummus from Alla’s Armenian Restaurant, eggplant parmesan from Oggi, a steamed artichoke with lemon butter, a margarita — blended, no salt — made with Patron tequila from Toledo’s, and the pecan pie that Rousseau used to carry on its menu. They don’t really go together, but they’re all fabulous.
If you could be in any TV show that’s currently on the air, what would it be?
I think it’d be fun to kick some creature butt with the blutbad from Grimm.
Since you write about restaurants and shops, what’s one thing Fresno doesn’t have that you think it most needs?
An H&M. They’d do great in this market. There’s one in Modesto and I think it’s just a matter of time before they open one here.
What store are you most likely to max out your credit card?
Anthropologie. Love their dresses and skirts.
What’s your Internet pet peeve?
PEOPLE WHO TALK IN ALL CAPS. WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME?