Hi again 'hounds,
Thanks so much for the many responses to my request for asian cookware/grocery stores in SD. I visited Mitsuwa, and about every other market in the Kearney Mesa/Convoy area... but I am still missing several Thai ingredients to complete my new kitchen.
Most notably being thai curries. Every grocery store in SD seems to carry the Thai Kitchen brand name - which I find terribly overpriced - but I have yet to find the plastic buckets (yogurt container sized) of green, red and panang curries that I have become accustomed to. I'd even settle for Knorr's curry pastes, but they don't even seem to be available.
Again, most places on Convoy have a bottle/sachet of Thai curry and maybe some fish sauce - however, there's got to be someplace that has a variety of those items. I'm also having a heck of a time finding Kefir lime leaves (I won't mention how many good intentioned little asian ladies have tried to sell me bay leaves in past week).
For those interested, I was really quite fond of the 1st Korean Market on Convoy for grocery needs - much better pricing than Mitsuwa with a large selection - and Silver City on Convoy for dishware and rice cookers/gadgets.