I find myself in Oakland-ish more often these days, since the vibe is so different. I've always had Lake Merritt love and then, there is Alameda. It is such a wonderful, quaint town with a beach, perfect for a tandem bike ride. In M's words, we were "terrorizing the Alameda beachfront, pedestrians running left and right at the sound of the bell.... No major harm done."
Ha! So true