Beth Graham

Freelance lifestyle writer - food, travel, wine

6 Can't-Miss Dining Stops Along Florida's Shrimp Coast

North Florida, home to St. Augustine, America's oldest city, lives up to its moniker as "The First Coast" with a plethora of historical sites. But for seafood lovers, it's also known for its coveted Mayport shrimp, named for the 150-year-old fishing village where the shrimp are abundant. These wild Atlantic shrimp are the perfect balance of sweet and savory, with thick meat similar to the texture of lobster. They are available year round but November and December yield the biggest and sweetest

Xcaret Mexico is the Place to Refresh Your Spirit, Soul, and Body

We could all use a little (ok, a lot of) spiritual and wellness help after these past two years. Self-care took a back seat along with travel and socializing. So getting back to your sense of self and reinvigorating your soul now needs to be in the driver’s seat. And I’ve got just the destination that is teeming with spiritual and wellness activities - led by an actual Shaman - to reignite and restore your inner flame. Xcaret Mexico, located south of Cancun along the Riviera Maya, is putting we

An Aruban Classic Gets a Makeover as the Colorful Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Reopens

I often forget that Aruba is part of the Dutch Caribbean, along with Bonaire and Curaçao, affectionately known as the ABC islands. I mean, I knew that Dutch pancakes were a staple on the island but other than the occasional windmill you see among the buildings, I find it hard to look past the white sand beaches against that incredibly beautiful blue-green ocean. But as I pulled up to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, there was no missing the resort’s nod to its heritage. Ask anyone who has trav

Meet The Chef Helping Florida Women Pursue Their Culinary Dreams

During the 15 years Chriss Brown spent rising through the ranks at Applebee's, she always yearned to cook her own food. "I was the only female in the kitchen, which made it difficult to find mentors. If I had a supportive environment back then, I may have found a better, faster path to pursue my culinary dreams," Brown reflects. Then, in 2005, she stepped out on a limb: she opened a café in Jacksonville, Florida, where her fried bologna sandwich quickly earned her a cult following. Brown sold th

Unpacking Netflix’s ‘The Social Dilemma’

Remember when you learned about the concept of subliminal advertising? Movie theaters were accused of flashing subliminal messages about popcorn and soda during movies to increase concession sales. You’re entrenched in a movie and suddenly you get a hankering for a big old tub of buttered popcorn. Was it your tastebuds or your subconscious brain that triggered that craving? The same thing is happening today but on a much larger, and more dangerous, scale. If you haven’t heard of the new Netfl

7 Reasons Panama is Red Hot Right Now

Panama may not be on your radar screen as a vacation destination, but it will be soon. With a newly appointed Minister of Tourism and a hefty tourism budget, the country is hoping to compete with established and desired destinations in Central America. With historic sites, rainforests, luxury hotels, an exciting culinary scene, and spectacular beaches, Panama seems to have it all. It’s one of those destinations that once you go, you’re hooked. In late 2019, Copa Airlines unveiled a new Panama st

How I'm Dealing With My Mother

I’m Mothering My Mother, and I Hope My Kids Are Watching I packed my suitcase and hopped a plane cross-country to spend a week with my mother. I would not leave for another 100 days. In the middle of our visit, my mother had a brain aneurysm that left her disabled. So I lived out of my suitcase, literally, for 100 days. I gave up everything — time with my husband and kids, holidays, my fitness routine and sleep — to care for my mom. I didn’t do this consciously; it was simply what I had to do.

Bucket list how-to: Glamping and trekking in Patagonia

Patagonia is one of those elusive bucket list destinations, one you really can’t appreciate until you’ve experienced it. It’s the Southernmost point in South America, straddling Argentina and Chile against the backdrop of the Andes Mountains. The region attracts outdoor enthusiasts for its diverse terrain, foodies for its hearty and soulful cuisine, and nature lovers who appreciate the flora and fauna. Its distance and geography might make it seem like a difficult trip, but with the right planning it doesn’t have to be.

How a solo trip to Patagonia pushed me outside my comfort zone (and I loved it)

I’m not exactly the rugged outdoor adventurer who seeks out adrenaline-fuelled experiences and destinations. I’m more of the type to order room service from my luxury hotel room and maybe venture out shopping. But sometimes I like to challenge myself, so I embarked on a trip to Patagonia, where I hoped not only to explore a place unlike any I’d previously experienced, but also my own comfort level. My tolerance for discomfort was immediately tested upon reaching the part of Patagonia where I’d

When You're The Only One Keeping In Touch With Friends

“Hello, it’s me … I must've called a thousand times … At least I can say that I've tried,” as famously sung by Adele. Let’s be honest. In this day and age of social media and email, there’s really no excuse for not keeping in touch with a distant friend. So why is it that I haven’t spoken to a few of my oldest and dearest friends in years? I mean, I was raised on the schoolyard song, “Make new friends, but keep the old.”

This Orcas Island Jam Company Transforms Local Plums into Vibrant Seasonal Preserves

If you're driving the winding roads of Orcas Island in late summer, you can smell the ripening fruit all around. On one such morning last year, I stopped the car at my destination and met Audra Lawlor, owner of Girl Meets Dirt, who was surveying one orchard's recent Italian plum harvest in tall rubber boots and a denim shirt. As we walked among the rows of trees with their full canopies spilling over onto the trail, Audra picked up a fallen plum.
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