Fresno Journals

"What the heck's in FRESNO?"

A travel journal to Fresno by popoki_girl

Revue Cafe Photo, Fresno, California More Photos
Quote: Fresno has been best known for being the butt of many a Hollywood joke (next to Bakersfield), but it's steadily working its way from cowtown to respectable status.

"What the heck's in FRESNO?"

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Overview

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Fresno's downtown has seen better days, but is undergoing a gradual renovation, with a new convention center, and new federal buildings going up. The Fulton Mall used to be the focal point of the once bustling area, now catering to a mostly Hispanic shopping crowd. It's worth a walk as it retains some of the more interesting architectural structures and scattered outdoor artworks. The centerpiece these days is the new Triple A baseball stadium. It's been compared to a scaled down version of San Francisco's PacBell Park (the Fresno Grizzlies are affiliated with the Giants). If you're looking for plays, cafes, and cute shops where colorful young people and well-heeled theatergoers mix from time to time,...Read More

Revue Cafe

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Restaurant

Revue Cafe Photo, Fresno, California
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For those who prefer individuality over Starbucks, this very cute cafe is done up with huge vintage posters, unobtrusive lacy white curtains, and maroon walls with glossy black ceiling and trim. Use the traditional black cafe tables with two chairs per table, or sit along the booth against the far wall. There are small tables outside as well. Nice for sipping a hot tea or cafe mocha -- or iced mochas and smoothies in the summer -- while watching the alterna-crowds and other foot traffic pass by. Small selection of desserts, pastries, bagels and cookies. Students like to do their homework here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2002

Revue Cafe
620 E Olive Ave
Fresno, California 93728
(559) 499-1844

Livingstone's Restaurant & Pub

Restaurant | "Livingstone's"

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Located in the Tower District, people come here to meet up with friends and grab something to drink at the bar. With lots of dark wood, it's candlelight dark and prone to be noisy. They serve appetizers, main course dishes, and desserts. The beef and chicken nachos are good. So are the cheesecakes and amaretto sours. There's also a covered outdoor patio for the smokers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2002

Livingstone's Restaurant & Pub
831 E Fern Ave
Fresno, California 93728
(559) 485-5198

Fresno Art Museum

Attraction

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The Fresno Art Museum is the most contemporary of the city's few museums, with collections ranging from photography, paintings, pottery, and sculpture. There are occasional lectures, poetry readings, ballets, and films held in the modestly-sized, but nice, auditorium. The only thing lacking--as I find with most of Fresno's museums--is not enough major exhibits, though the Art Museum has had works from Auguste Rodin in the past.

More info can be found on their website: www.fresnoartmuseum.com

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Fresno Art Museum
2233 North 1st Street
Fresno, California 93703
(559) 441-4220

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Not for the claustrophobic, and best experienced with a child's sense of wonder. The gardens are a series of underground tunnels surrounded by various fruit trees that offer a cool respite during the hot summers. An architectural feat, the gardens were hand-carved over a period of 40 years by Baldasare Forestiere, a Sicilian immigrant, who actually lived in the dirt labyrinth to escape the Valley heat. Holes in the ground act as windows and skylights from which underground fruit trees would grow up through. His bed and kitchen still remain, though the large aquarium does not. The tunnels originally covered a large area, though parts of it are closed off to the public. For tour informat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Forestiere Underground Gardens
5021 West Shaw Avenue
Fresno, California 93722
(559) 271-0734