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Holiday Guide

Take me, show me, buy me

Orlando Weekly staffers, freelancers and friends tell you what they want to eat, drink and get for the holidays

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Drink: Gin and tonic – I plan on raising my glass every time Dwight Howard misses a free throw.

Get: I already got my wish: no more campaign commercials.

Casey Morell, former Orlando Weekly intern, now a journalism student at University of Missouri


Eat: Given that this will be my first Christmas without a gall bladder, my wife is putting her creativity to the test by whipping up a faux figgy pudding made entirely of sand.

Drink: 2 parts hot cider, 1 part blood of my enemies, cinnamon stick for garnish

Drink: Like many Americans, I was shocked to learn that takers now outnumber makers in our society. So I'm going to let my loved ones make me something for Christmas. (Hint: Spinning straw into gold is not as hard as it sounds.)

Steve Schneider, freelancer writer and blogger, Orlando Weekly


Eat: I'll end up eating three Thanksgiving dinners in three days. One traditional one, with the extended family; a vegan one, with my boyfriend; and one solid kitchen day trying out all the weird or timeconsuming recipes I didn't have time for throughout the year – like Ruth Reichl's poached whole turkey breast with lemon and pine nuts from the Gourmet cookbook, 2006 edition.

Drink: I'll be sippin' on gin and jam made with Big Wheel Provisions Black Mission fig preserves: 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1 tablespoon jam of your choice – try BWP's tangerine-vanilla marmalade if figs aren't your thing. Shake together and strain into ice-filled glass; serve with a spoonful of jam atop the glass.

Get: My fingers are crossed for a Polaroid Z340. I still have five working Polaroid cameras of various models and ages, but with film now $30 for 8 frames and available by mail order only (the-impossibleproject.com), the spontaneity is gone so they rarely come out. The Z340 prints digital images on paper, meaning I'll have a hard copy and a digital file. It's not my beloved SX-70, but it might be … even better?

Jessica Bryce Young, arts and culture editor, Orlando Weekly


Eat: Caramelized Brussels sprouts.

Drink: Caipirinhas, lots of them.

Get: Affordable birth control options and a weeklong vacation.

Denika Robbins, production manager, Orlando Weekly


Eat: Brick-oven fi red pizza from Eternal Tap.

Drink: So Fresh and So Green, Green, Terrapin's annual fresh hop beer. Limited release, so load up your beer closet (or "fridge") while you can.

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