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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

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

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

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

Lands End

Everyone needs a happy place. We found one at Lands End, watching the cargo ships sail under the Golden Gate, playing on the stone circle and getting lost in the hobbit holes. Hard to believe it's part of the city. (more…)

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Cirque

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

Fleet Week

Watched the SF Fleet Week aerobatics from Lukas and Nicole's roof terrace in North Beach, an amazing spectacle, flying low over the city. It's pretty terrifying to think that these amazing machines aren't always doing loop-the-loops. Seeing them swooping over downtown really brings out the peacenik in me. Here's a video of the Blue Angels. (more…)

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I’ve been out walkin’

Going for a wander is becoming a solid fixture - here's some highlights; Muir beach with John and Josie, and Mount Tam with Julian and Nina. (more…)

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July the Fourth be with you.

A full ballpark on July the fourth, a lone soldier singing the anthem while fighter jets do a fly-by. Fifty thousand Americans chanting 'USA, USA...". Credit where credit is due - the locals have got national pride sussed. A great way to celebrate our first Independence day. (more…)

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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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