It is hard to find decent delivery in San Diego, and Pazzo's rises to the challenge. Located in Scripps Ranch, this pizzeria is inexpensive, fast, and serves great, freshly made pizzas. The only thing some of my family has complained about were the breadsticks, which were slightly undercooked (once).
This store had a pretty good selection of digital and film camera equipment, as well as offering both types of photo developing. Located in the Mission Valley Mall, they are kind of off the main drag and a little hard to find, but definitely worth checking out. 4x6 digital prints cost 39 cents.
I spent weeks last Halloween trying to find a decent pumpkin patch before I heard about Bates. The drive was well worth it. In addition to a large holiday store full of Christmas, Halloween, and pretty much any other holiday's decorations they could think of, the farm has a large selection of local jellies, honey, and other farm products (in addition to their own nuts). They also offer craft and art shows throughout the fall, in addition to their normal business. And of course, a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, which is excellent. Well worth the trip.
Need some good pastrami? City Deli is the place. Located in the center of Hillcrest, they are open exceptionally late at night (midnight most days, 2AM on weekends), serve breakfast anytime, have a fun (if fickle) jukebox, and make one of the best corned-beef sandwiches this side of Manhattan. Not the cheapest place in town, it certainly is worth it. And most importantly, they validate parking at a nearby lot (since parking in Hillcrest is impossible).
The Hard Rock La Jolla has a bit of a laid back, surf feel to it that makes it a nice place to relax. Almost everyone eats on the outdoor patio, leaving the inside (with all the cool memorabilia) surprisingly quite and unstressful. On the downside, the staff can sometimes be so laid back that food can take a long time to come up, so don't plan on spending less than an hour there.
The Natural History Museum has tends to offer something a little different each time you visit it. With frequently rotating exhibits (last year, there was an excellent dinosaur exhibit, this year, something on chocolate), they make up for a lack of space with new and interesting information. Definitely take advantage of the big theater that shows nature documentaries on a regular basis.
It is, however, much smaller than it looks from the outside. There are only two floors of exhibition space plus the basement. The rest of the museum is storage and research facilities (good for the museum, less fun for visitors).
Went to this store around Christmas of last year, and it had some beautiful ornaments and decor. Mostly designer furniture and home decorations, Pomegranate Home has a lot of very nice, but very expensive stuff. I found it much better to go in, get decorating ideas, then buy the pieces at other, less expensive boutiques (like Pier One or Ikea).
There are a few different Living Room locations around town, but the La Jolla one is definitely my favorite. The sandwiches are great, the coffee is hot, and the baklava is spectacular. But what makes this location is the view. Along the back of the dining area are huge windows with a view of the ocean over the houses below. So nice on a warm summer day with nothing better to do than drink coffee and read on a worn, comfy couch.
PROS: Baklava and a large cafe mocha. Need I say more?
CONS: Parking in La Jolla is always dreadful
This hostel has some great private rooms, and one of the better kitchens I've seen in a North American hostel. The staff was pleasant and helpful, especially when it came to where to get take out. Walking distance to a small grocery store and a few restaurants. On site laundry is a big plus. The only major downside is that the hostel is located directly under one of the approach paths for the airport, so it can be a bit noisy in the middle of the day.
The new home of the Padres is a beautiful baseball park with all of the ammenities of a modern stadium. In addition to some really nice (and comfortable seating), there isn't a bad seat in the house. There are tons of restrooms, concession stands and extra-wide corridors that keep things from getting too crowded even on the busiest of days. Now, if only the Padres can live up to their stadium...