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NotBlog is Aled Williams’ preferred blogging arena.
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Blogging takes place between San Francisco
and Wales, with Rosie.

aled@notjones.com

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The Pelican Inn

The Pelican at Muir Beach does a damn good impression of a British country pub; fish & chips, London Pride and a dartboard. If they could install some sticky carpets and a quiz machine I'd move in. (more...)

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Mr Pelican

Clipper St. rainbow house

The houses in San Francisco are pretty colourful. This one is the winner. (more...)

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Rainbow House

St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick was a Welshman. That aside, the locals like to celebrate the day in a big way. We headed to the Plough & Stars for traditional music, pints of Guinness, and portraits of Gavin Henson. Sláinte! (more...)

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As addictive as Craic

Japantown Displays

The lacquered hyper-real resin foods in the red and black displays of the restaurants in Japantown. The Mifune logo is a beast. (more...)

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Noodling

Mount Hermon Zip-lining.

Tarzan never wore this much safety gear, but then he fell out of a tree and crushed his monkey. Zip-lining through the redwoods at Mount Hermon is a fine way  to get the blood pumping on a sunny Saturday afternoon. (more...)

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Ziptree

Year one, done.

Our first year in California, my 100th NotBlog post, and a big day at work. Iechyd da! (more...)

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Year one, done.

Cheese vs Beer

As part of the SF beer week, we headed to the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in SoMa for an evening of artisanal grilled cheeses and accompanying Firestone beers. We made sure the brewmaster knew all about Otley beers before we left (you can take the boy out of Ponty...). (more...)

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Cheesebeer

Nightlife

Nightlife at the Academy of Science means an evening of albino alligators, live music, planetariums, drinks and aquariums. Lovely to have the folks back in town too! (more...)

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Claude

Garrapata State Park

Beautiful coastline, the sound of seals barking on the offshore rocks and a trail full of cartoonish cactus leading to some hefty coastal redwoods. Good hike. (more...)

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Garrapata

There’s only one Owen Williams

It turns out my brother has an unquenchable appetite for smoked turkey bagels. Also, if you make him drink until 3am whilst jet-lagged, he'll fall asleep on a dime. Big love to you brother, it was a blast. (more...)

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There's only one Owen Williams