Hi. I just returned from my week in San Diego. Thanks to everyone who supplied advice on restaurants and farmers' markets.
I loved the Hillcrest market. We bought tons there: the biggest, ripest of avocados, the last of the season's sweet tangerines, some very garlicky hummus, and even a tablecloth imported from Provence. Thanks for turning me on to the place. I'll be sure to visit it again.
I also got in a trip to Extraordinary Desserts (LOVED their passion fruit cake!) and to Bread and Cie for some take-out sandwiches.
My husband and I got away from our extended family one night and headed to Parallel 33, also recommended by one of you Chowhounds. We loved the food and the place, and our waiter (Meyrs) was terrific. We enjoyed their shrimp and potato samosas with banana chutney to start. For main courses we had their garam masala dusted scallops and the escolar. Both were delicious.
The rest of our time there was with family on Coronado, and since it's hard to get 13 people (including 5 little kids) moving, most of our meals were had on the relative culinary wasteland that makes up Coronado island: Miguel's, Coronado Brewing Co., Sawadee Thai, etc. We did have one lovely meal on the patio at the Del (swordfish sandwich for me, crabcake for my husband), but besides that it was family fare. One new place for me was Filippi's: when I saw the huge line, I was anticipating something great, but I found the food to be merely passable. The pizza was really sub par, and the pasta was overcooked. I guess the lines are more about the atmosphere and low prices than the food.
Again, thanks to everyone for their advice. I'll be back for more of it in about 11 months.