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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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Eat: A nice vegetarian alternative would be nice. Save the turkeys!

Drink: I'd choose egg nog, with a generous helping of rum.

Get: I hate to be boring, but the old standby, an Amazon gift card, is usually my topchoice.

Cameron Meier, film critic, Orlando Weekly


Eat: Pie. All kinds. Pumpkin pie (especially cold, for breakfast). Apple. Pecan. I actually made it my New Year's resolution for 2012 to learn to make the perfect pecan pie, and I'm pretty damn happy with the results. So now I'm onto the next challenge: I'm going to learn to make a Momofuku Crack Pie. It's going to be awesome, and I'm going to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Drink: When I'm with family, I'll probably be drinking white zinfandel out of a box. But after I've eaten all that pie, I'll probably want to settle down on the couch with the dogs and sip some Knob Creek bourbon. And I'm totally looking forward to at least one visit to the Courtesy Bar downtown this holiday season for a Sazerac or two. Or maybe a Betty Ford bloody mary. You know, for the day after.

Get: I thought I already had all the Mac products a girl could ever want, but then Apple came out with the super-adorable, thin and light 11-inch MacBook Air ($999-$1,099). A tiny computer that could fit in my purse. I want it. So badly. Even though I don't really need it. So, more realistically, I would be thrilled to get more local artwork to hang in my office – I have too many favorites to name.

Erin Sullivan, editor, Orlando Weekly


Eat: No idea what I'm going to eat, but whatever it is, I'm going to take the time to find out where it comes from. I recommend you all do the same.

Drink: My liver will be subject to my latest tradition: drinking in the tibetan Book of the dead while drinking Winter Park Distilling's Bear Gully Classic Whiskey. This will take from December until my Christmas tree dies. And it's aluminum.

Get: Give me peace on Earth and a really fantastic Armageddon on Dec. 21 so that I don't have to spend any money on my family and friends.

Trevor Fraser, freelance writer, Orlando Weekly

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