NO WAY! I live here (although I'm currently on exchange in Germany). I find it so ridiculously difficult to be vegan, let alone vegetarian in Waterloo. Zehrs, Sobeys... they're ALL so expensive! Where do you guys shop?
Deni - Umboshi plums and the sea vegatables are the main ones that I can't find. Most others I have been able to track down.
Andie - I mostly shop at Zehrs and Sobeys as well as the St. Jacobs farmers market. I can generally find some local produce and some on sale tofu. There are a few health food stores too I shop at but for the life of my I can't remember the name!
I am a student and I recommend The Healthy Haven by the Fredrickton cutoff in Kitchener. Fiddleheads and Kara's Foods are located in there and it is a great place for vegans. Lots of fresh, organic fruit! Also there is a health food store downtown Waterloo but I cannot remember the name of it. For dining out Ye's Sushi in Waterloo is great the only issue I have with them is whether they prepare the fish separate from the veg orders.
Brianne - You should try either the Old Kitchen Cupboard in Belmont Village or Full Circle near the bus terminal in KW for some hard to find items like those. I know the OKC has lots of different sea veggies and I seem to be able to find some rare stuff at Full Circle that is not carried in other stores. I am pretty sure that I have seen umeboshi plums there.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be reading this! I'm new to the area (doing my Masters at UW) and don't know a single vegan here. I have had trouble finding the plums and almost all of the sea vegetables as well. I had not heard of any of these stores you all are mentioning so I'm excited to have a bunch of new places to explore. Yay!
I'd like to second Deni's suggestion of planning a potluck or even just meeting for tea to start with. Any takers?
My personal email is email@example.com. Please feel free to write me anytime. I'd love to get together asap with fellow KW vegans/vegan wannabe's. I'm working to get to 100% but definitely not there yet - the support would be hugely appreciated :)