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5 holiday-themed foodie festivities in Atlanta

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Atlanta Botanical Garden holiday
Marshmallow roasting at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Photograph by Jason Getz

Marshmallow Roasting
Atlanta Botanical Garden
After wandering the garden’s sparkly light displays, warm up by making s’mores, then wash them down with a signature cocktail. November 12–January 7. Prices start at $23 for adults and $17 for children; children under 3 free; discount for members.

ICE Holiday Market
Yaarab Temple
Shopping for the locavore who has everything? Find cool gifts at the Indie Craft Experience’s last pop-up market of the season, and refuel with a cookie sandwich from Ashley Sue’s Baked Goods. December 11. $5; children 12 and under free.

Rinkside Hot Cocoa
St. Regis
You may think the elegant ambience draws droves of skaters to the Astor Holiday Ice Rink at the St. Regis, but insiders know it’s all about the cocoa. Generously topped with rainbow sprinkles, fluffy marshmallows, and real whipped cream, it’s a mug of rich, creamy holiday cheer. Adults $30/hour, children
$18/hour.

Tea with Santa
Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
Everyone knows that St. Nick loves milk and cookies. Turns out, he also goes for fine teas and savory sandwiches at the Ritz. Join His Jolliness for a traditional tea service in the lobby lounge. November 25–December 23. Adults $59; children 5–12 $52; under 4 free.

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Holiday Pops Delivery
Anywhere
Ice pops aren’t just for hot summer days. In winter, King of Pops produces limited-edition flavors inspired by eggnog, candy canes, blood oranges, and cookies. And if you live within their 20-mile delivery area, elves will bring the treats right to you. $15 for a 4-pack.

12 cool vintage sodas you should try

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Coca-Cola will always be the city’s most popular soft drink. But lately we’ve noticed lesser-known retro sodas sharing shelf space alongside Coke’s signature curvy glass bottles. Why not wash your lunch down with a gulp of vintage fizz?

1116_sandwiches016_oneuseonlyMoxie Original Elixir, est. 1885 / Ticonderoga Club, $2.50
Blenheim Ginger Ale, est. 1903 / Minero, $3
Fentimans Curiosity Cola, est. 1905 / Star Provisions, $4.10
NuGrape, est. 1906 / Fred’s Meat & Bread, $2.75

1116_sandwiches015_oneuseonlyTriple XXX Root Beer, est. 1908 / Fred’s Meat & Bread, $2.75
Hosmer Orange Dry, est. 1912 / Fred’s Meat & Bread, $2.75
Cheerwine, est. 1917 / Fred’s Meat & Bread, $2.75
Bubble Up, est. 1919 / Collier Candy Company, $3

1116_sandwiches017_oneuseonlyNesbitt’s Honey Lemonade, est. 1924 / Collier Candy Company, $3
Ale-8-One, est. 1926 / Fred’s Meat & Bread, $2.75
Frostie Cherry Limeade, est. 1939 / Collier Candy Company, $3
Jarritos Tamarind, est. 1950 / Minero, $2.50

Photographs by Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appeared in our November 2016 issue.

The quiet dominance of Sarah Donuts

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Sarah Doughnuts
Sarah Donuts has shops in Duluth, Johns Creek, Norcross, and Suwanee.

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

If you think lovingly crafted, Instagram-worthy doughnuts are fairly new to Atlanta, think again. Foodies in the know have been getting made-from-scratch doughnuts for more than a decade from Sarah Donuts, a family-owned business that recently opened its fourth location in the metro area (in Suwanee).

Jong Park’s family started making doughnuts more than 30 years ago in Texas, opening their first Atlanta-area shop—called Sara Donuts—in 2004 in Duluth. There, as at all of the bakeries, the doughnuts are made with as little mechanical help as possible. The result: a slightly crisp outside and an extra-fluffy inside.

The acclaimed sunflower doughnut features knobs of sugary goodness blooming from a cinnamon bun center. Fans also rave about the apple fritter, the sour cream, and the glaze twist.

This article originally appeared in our November 2016 issue.

8 Fahrenheit brings Thai “rolled” ice cream to Atlanta

Thai ice cream
Every ice cream flavor, including these Oreo and chocolate rolls, comes with up to three toppings.

Photograph by Andrew Thomas Lee

Buford Highway’s 8 Fahrenheit is reshaping how we eat ice cream—literally. Forget scoops and cones; think Instagram-perfect frozen curls. Here’s how it’s made: Workers pour a creamy base onto a metal plate chilled down to a frosty -8 degrees, then use a spatula to squish and spread, sometimes mixing in toppings like graham crackers or bananas. In about two minutes, the ice cream is scraped into a roll and garnished with more toppings (ask for marshmallows). “Rolled” ice cream was initially popularized by street vendors in Thailand, and 8 Fahrenheit, which opened in March, is the first to bring the trend to Atlanta. Flavors range from a tart Life of Pie key lime to a rich, brownie-laced Black Humor. 5090 Buford Highway, 678-585-3818; $6 for a six-roll cup

This article originally appeared in our July 2016 issue.

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