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Below are some observations and random thoughts from a recent trip:

A barrel maker passing on some oolong.

Brimming with an unspecified amount.

An unpretentious piggy.

Astonished by an unobserved restoration.

Fifteen à la mode.

A digit ritually imparting divine grace.

Where could I have seen all of this?

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Clearly you were visiting

California.

A barrel maker passing on some oolong.

Cupertino (cooper, tea? no)

Brimming with an unspecified amount.

Folsom (full some)

An unpretentious piggy.

Modesto (modest toe) -- thanks to GPR in comments and Matthew Barber in his own answer for spotting the toe.

Astonished by an unobserved restoration.

Maybe Mendocino (mend + o-cin = zero + ~seen = unseen + O!)? I can't say I find "-ocin-"="unobserved" very convincing, though.

Fifteen à la mode.

Chico (chic O; O is the 15th letter of the alphabet)

A digit ritually imparting divine grace.

Sacramento (sacrament 0)

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nicely done so far! I will tell you that one of your bold answers is correct. And the other in question will be one word, so no "Hidden X" ;) $\endgroup$ – zeethreepio Feb 21 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ Well, if one of the bold ones is right then my best guess is that it's the "fifteen" one, but the best attempt I can find at a complete explanation is, I think, just plain wrong. But I'll edit it into my answer anyway :-). $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 21 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ For the unpretentious piggy, consider the nursery rhyme, "This little piggy went to market". And note that two Ts combine into one to give you the answer. (Trying not to put spoilers in the comment.) $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Feb 21 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ This clearly has to be right (and means, to my relief, that my other proposed answer that I didn't really believe was in fact wrong). I have to admit that for me it's quite a long way from being homonymous... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 22 at 0:15
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    $\begingroup$ Good luck Solvang this one. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Feb 22 at 7:32
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A barrel maker passing on some oolong.

Cooper tea no -> Cupertino

Brimming with an unspecified amount.

Full a ton -> Fullerton

An unpretentious piggy

Modest sow -> Modesto (this is probably not right). Looking like California

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An unpretentious piggy:

Modesto - with modest meaning unpretentious and piggy as in toe.

Credit to Dr Xorile and Gareth McCaughan for both getting all but that last part of it.

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Partial

Following on form the pattern established by Dr Xorile and Gareth McCaughan

Astonished by an unobserved restoration. is

Encino (unseen awe)

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    $\begingroup$ This is a good guess, but I decided not to include neighborhoods in this puzzle. Just proper cities. $\endgroup$ – zeethreepio Feb 22 at 14:35

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