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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.

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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

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

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

Thanksgiving

When the Pilgrims met the Wampanoag Native Americans on Plymouth Rock, they gave gifts of turkeys and Pantone™ books - thankfully this tradition has continued. Many thanks to Chris and Jenna for being the kind hosts, great eats and fun games - I think I'm just about recovered from that second helping... (more…)

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Panturkey

Smith Farm Pumpkin Fest

A day out with Nadav and Yocheved to the slightly surreal Smith family farm pumpkin festival. We got shouted at by an angry tractor man for walking with our pumpkins, but that's ok, we did some dancing to hide our shame. (more…)

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Violumpkin

Heart of the City Market

The civic centre's Heart of the City farmer's market is remarkable amongst SF markets in that it doesn't require a remortgage to buy a few spuds. Here's a selection of some of the more mysterious fruit and veg.

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L’acajou

I cannot stress enough how awesome this Pulled Moroccan Lamb sandwich with harissa and cabbage 'slaw was. Go to L'acajou. Buy a sandwich and take home some of the monumental bread rolls.

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House of Prime Rib

A San Francisco institution - and now fairly popular after Anthony Bourdain dropped by with a film crew. Holly's 30th birthday celebrations were kicked off in style at the somehow still-classy House of Prime Rib. Salads in spinning bowls of ice, crazy Russian waitresses, and what looked like a quarter-scale model of an Airstream caravan delivering steaks the size of a shoebox to your table. (more…)

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Krunch

Saturday afternoon in the Inner Sunset - a quick and tasty lunch at Arts Cafe Korean BBQ. Grilled beef, rice, kimchee. (more…)

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In, then Out.

Our first sojourn to In'n'Out Burger - a gastronomic temple of epic proportions; "like the best McDonalds you've ever been to" and then some... (more…)

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