Valentine's Day Dining and Good Reading If You Hate the Holiday

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Because of space limitations or deadlines, some of these places didn't make the Noshing column. Basically everywhere is making an event out of February 14, so if you don't see your favorite place listed, simply inquire.

Zivaz Mexican Bistro is going to show some love with a $30 dinner for two. Each person selects a Platillos Zivaz (entrée) and margarita of their choice, and finishes up with a delicious dessert to share. The Amor de Zivaz special will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations necessary! Zivaz Mexican Bistro is located at 4590 E. Broadway in the Midstar Plaza.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a special three-course Zona 78 dinner, featuring wines poured exclusively on this evening only. And, throughout the night, enjoy live jazz on piano and saxophone performed by the John Hamner Duo. Everything you love about Zona comes together on one romantic evening. There are two seatings: 5 and 7 p.m.; $60/couple without wine and champagne or $75/couple with wine and bubbly; located at 78 W. River Road.

At the Cup Café, Chef Lucius Wesson has come up with a delicious two-course meal with options for couples, served with tempting strawberry mimosas served from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended; $69/couple, not including tax or gratuity; 311 E. Congress Street.

Lodge on the Desert, the gem of Poets Corner, presents a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts for $100 per couple; tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are recommended at 306 N. Alvernon Way.

And for you people who hate Valentine's Day and read down this far in the message, there's a book on Amazon.com called I Hate Valentine's Day.

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