New: Zivaz Mexican BistroAt last, Zivaz has opened at 4590 E. Broadway Blvd., across from the Poets Square neighborhood. Zivaz is family-owned by a father and son who both share the same moniker, Felipe Valenzuela. A made-up name, Zivaz stands for zestful living. The son says that you won't find chimis here, but rather, the foods that he grew up eating, like carnitas and mole cooked using a fusion of fresh ingredients for the carnivore, fish lover and vegetarian. So very sleek and modern inside, Zivaz is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 325-1234.
Discount Gift Certificates FrenzyIt's that time of year again when Tucson Originals offers discounted gift certificates from numerous independent restaurants. Spend $15 and receive a gift certificate for $25 worth of food, or spend $30 and receive a $50 gift certificate--it amounts to a 40 percent discount! The date is Dec. 13; there will be no announced start time, as the computer servers become jammed, so keep checking www.tucsonoriginals.com . Certificates are valid for six months from the date of issue.
Hemp for BreakfastNow I have your attention! Xoom Juice has added four new menu items to eat with a spoon. Velvet Amazon and acai soyberry combine acai plus other fruits with layers of crunchy hemp and flax granola. The wake-up is made with layers of fresh yogurt and granola, topped with agave nectar, while the surreal bowl is a simple blend of granola and skim or soymilk that can also be served hot and tastes like warm cereal.