Plus, something is blossoming at the Flower Fields.
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🍕 It’s a pizza shop faceoff
A bracket with the text "Pizza Bracket" and two grids with space for four nominees.
Give us a pizza your mind. | Photo via 6AM City
With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments just around the corner, we’re joining the fun of bracket competitions with a faceoff of our own with our SDtoday pizza bracket.

But first, we need your help nominating the pizzerias you think should be in the bracket.

Using the nomination form, submit the local pizza restaurant that has your favorite slice of pie, and we’ll use your nominations to create a bracket and battle it out in our newsletter and on social media.

Need help brainstorming? Check out our pizza guide to get started.
Which pizza shop should be on our bracket?
Monday, Feb. 26
  • SDSU Aztecs vs. Utah Men’s Baseball | Monday, Feb. 26 | 12 p.m. | Tony Gwynn Stadium, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego | $12 | SDSU takes a swing against their opponents from Salt Lake City.
  • Afro-Mexicanos: Mexico Officially Recognizes Its Black Citizens | Monday, Feb. 26 | 6 p.m. | New Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego | Free | The WorldBeat Cultural Center’s Afro-Mexican program ambassador Jorge Gonzalez discusses 500 years of people of African descent in Mexico.
  • Mark Cullen | Monday, Feb. 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach | $20 | The local Christian rocker celebrates the release of his album “Bright Horizons.”
Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Foam Rolling Workshop | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Wellness Lounge Mission Bay LLC, 1548 Quivira Way, San Diego | $45 | A physical therapist teaches the fundamentals and benefits of foam rolling.
  • “By George” A George Harrison Birthday Celebration | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 8 p.m. | Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach | $18-$32 | Charlie Phillips, Clay Colton, and Greg Douglas celebrate the late, great Beatle.
  • Jenny Lewis | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 8 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $57+ | The singer, songwriter, and indie darling performs her “Joy’All Ball.”
Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Stay & Play Storytime | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 10 a.m. | College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd., San Diego | Free | The San Diego Public Library branch hosts a bilingual, Lunar New Year-themed reading session.
  • Craft Beer for a Cause! | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Original 40 Brewing Company, 3117 University Ave., San Diego | $10 | Enjoy the release of Page Turner — a craft beer that supports the good work of United Way of San Diego County — alongside snacks and live music.
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News Notes
  • The county Registrar’s office will start sending registered voters reminders to submit their March presidential primary election ballots. If you plan to vote in-person, 39 vote centers are open daily this week, and 179 more will open this Saturday, March 2. All sites will be open through Tuesday, March 5.
  • A fresh grocery store is coming to downtown San Diego: Whole Foods has submitted plans to open at 201 W. A St. The grocer will open a ~50,000-sqft store on the ground floor of Front & A — a 34-story residential tower set to open in 2026. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Let’s go, Mojo. San Diego’s new pro women’s volleyball team won their first-ever home game 3-1 on Friday, Feb. 23. The team played to a crowd of 6,000+ fans at Viejas Arena, but if you missed the fun, the next home game is this Thursday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m.
  • 40.1 cents per kilowatt-hour. That was the average price of electricity in San Diego County in January. Shockingly, that ranks SD No. 3 in the country for highest electricity prices — behind Hawaii and San Francisco. Prior to this, San Diego was in the top two for over a year, usually having the highest rates. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Coming Soon
  • A 4,400-sqft space in University Heights will be transformed into two vegan restaurants, set to open this summer or fall. The majority of the space will become the romantic, fine-dining establishment Vulture, while “micro-diner” Dreamboat will have a smaller footprint, mostly serving takeout food and drinks. (Eater San Diego)
  • You haven’t heard Norah Jones like this before. The jazzy singer and pianist will perform at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park on Aug. 6. If you want to see the show, we “Don’t Know Why” you wouldn’t grab tickets — general public sales start this Friday, March 1, 10 a.m.
  • Two of the most viral indie coffee shops in the US are located in San Diego. According to this top 10 list, Communal Coffee ranked at No. 3 while Mostra Coffee was No. 7. The study looked at Instagram hashtag usage, TikTok views, and total search volume. (Betway Insider)
  • Want to know how Joe Musgrove and Jake Cronenworth are doing during the start of Spring Training? Go beyond the scoreboard and behind the scenes of the San Diego Padres with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    🌼 A bevy of beautiful blooms
    SD Flower Fields Carlsbad
    Each spring, the hills are alive in Carlsbad. | Photo via Marcie Gonzalez + The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
    Spring is in the air in Carlsbad — and about to be in full bloom.

    North County’s springtime staple, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, will reopen for the 2024 season this Friday, March 1, running through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12).

    The fields blanketing the rolling hills of the coastal community have been rooted in Carlsbad’s history for 60+ years. The working farm features 55 acres of colorful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus that have become quite the backdrop for gorgeous photos and self-guided, relaxing strolls.

    🌷 Blossom basics

    • First things first: The Flower Fields are open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Purchase your timed-entry tickets online (the price includes parking), arrive within 30 minutes of your time slot, and stay as long as closing time.
    • While the first blooms have sprouted, the season’s peak is late March to early May, so plan your trip accordingly.
    A close-up of yellow Giant Tecolote Ranunculus at the Carlsbad flower fields, with pink blooms in the background.

    A close-up of the beautiful blooms.


    Photo via Marcie Gonzalez + The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

    🌸 Plant it here

    • Don’t miss the fun, family-friendly attractions like the wagon ride, sweet pea maze, gemstone mining, Butterfly Garden, and new Illusion Garden — a nod to “Alice in Wonderland.” Santa’s Playground is also a great spot to let the kids run around.
    • Bring a picnic or grab a bite from the vendor stands, which include pizza, soft serve, popcorn, tacos, coffee, lemonade, and the beloved Strawberry Shake from the Strawberry Shack.
    • The 2024 activity calendar is full of special events including yoga sessions, live music, wellness workshops, crafting classes, and Kids Day on Saturday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pop-up Picnic Co. is also bringing back its luxury Picnics + Flowers experience every weekend — March 23-May 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — with a picnic-themed lunch, seating, and live music overlooking the flowers.
    The Buy
    Spring vacation clothes to bring some color and life with you on this year’s vacation. We’re liking: Santa Barbara Design Studio’s “Le Beach” bag and this crochet swimsuit cover up.
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    Good morning, San Diego. I’m still so happy to hear that the San Diego Zoo is taking steps to get new giant pandas. I remember making a special trip to the zoo in 2016 — when I was just a tourist, not an SD resident — to see the bears. I loved them, and I hope I can soon share that joy with my non-local friends.
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