Isosmom - Alameda is such a cute little town! It kind of has that 'beach town' feel like Santa Cruz to me - more so than most of the other cities in the bay area. We are living in northern Colorado now - about 45 mins. to an hour south of Wyoming. We moved here from Oakland (right near Mills College) when our oldest was 4 months old. Where we live now is a very nice place to raise kids, very family friendly, etc., but not nearly as veg-friendly as the bay area.
We will be staying w/ my dh's sister in San Carlos later this summer when we come out that way to visit & I am really looking forward to eating at restaurants, etc. I guess that it is all relative. The first person whom I told that I was vegan here said, "cool, I'm pagan, too!" No one seems to know what a vegan is & my older daughter was the first vegetarian child that her kg teacher had had in 27 years of teaching!
Actually, one of my dh's co-workers thought himself to be vegan, but he eats dairy, egg, fish & poultry
. I guess that he is no longer calling himself vegan since we spoke at the last X-mas party.
I usually bring salads to potlucks. I have a recipe for a really good wheatberry salad that has mint, pine nuts, wheat & rye berries, lightly cooked red onions, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil & maybe some other stuff that I am not remembering right now. It is a copyrighted one, so I'll pm it to you if you want. It usually goes over really well at potlucks even in my less than adventurous eating region of the country! You do have to soak the wheat & rye berries overnight, though.