Rita Cook

A History of Pizza Straight From Naples, Italy

by Rita Cook on February 15, 2012

margherita pizza at Da Michele, Naples, Italy

Some folks eat pizza once a week, once a month, even once a day in some cases.  These days with the smorgasbord of pizza options out there, the history of a good pizza often gets lost. However, the truly modern pizza we eat today begins with the infamous Margherita pizza straight from the pizza capital […]


Marfa, Texas: Little Town With a Big Attitude

by Rita Cook on February 9, 2012

Donald Judd - Marfa, Texas

If folks outside of Texas have heard of Marfa the first thing they’ve likely heard about are the infamous “Marfa Lights.”  The second thing, an art community that rivals most big cities in the United States.  The town has also been featured in a number of movies over the years beginning with a visit by Rock […]


Historical Bars of Washington DC

by Rita Cook on January 25, 2012

Blues Alley Washignton DC

With an average age of about 35 years old, folks in Washington D.C. like their bars.  While there are numerous bars and lounges to consider when hitting the scene in the nation’s Capital, the eight bars below will take you through a smorgasbord of the city’s history one drink at a time.  If you don’t […]

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Free Things to Do and See in Dallas/Fort Worth

by Rita Cook on January 5, 2012

Mustangs at Las Colinas

Who said you have to be a millionaire to live in or visit the Big D or its neighbor the renowned cattle-rich city of Fort Worth.  While just minutes away from each other, both cities are different and offer their own version of how to have a no-cost good time. There seems to be a plethora […]


The Best Beaches on 6 Continents

by Rita Cook on December 29, 2011

Trou aux Biches

You want a beach vacation, but you just don’t know where to go.  With the exception of Antarctica, there are plenty of  beaches on the other six continents and one of them is probably just right for you.  So here are six continents, with my top beach recommendations for each, along with a few runner […]


Shopping at London’s Harrods Department Store

by Rita Cook on December 22, 2011

shopping at Harrods in London

When in London there is one place that most visitors have on their list of places to visit.  The infamous Harrods in Knightsbridge is not only about shopping till you drop, but the store also offers restaurants and a personal shopping service too. In true Harrods fashion the store even has a dress code that reads: […]


Daytona Speedway

With so much to love in Daytona Beach, Florida where do you start?  How about with the 4 S’s? Speedway At the top of the list of things to do in Daytona is a visit to the Daytona International Speedway.  On some visit days, you’ll have the chance to see the drivers testing the cars.  That’s […]

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Learn How to Dog Sled

by Rita Cook on November 11, 2011

Dog Sledding is one of my three favorites things to do, period!  I have done it many times around the world, but there are several “wow” moments that I still think of every time I get on the sled and have the chance to mush. Those wow moments start with remembering the first time I […]

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Shopping on London’s Pimlico Road

by Rita Cook on November 9, 2011

Pimlico Road London

London anytime of year is perfect, but during the colder months when you can’t hang around outside and play, there is really nowhere better to spend time than in the Pimlico Road area. Afterwards, duck into nearby Harrods for a shopping excursion. It’s the place to see and be seen for the chic and elegant […]


Belize Celebrates Mayan 2012

by Rita Cook on October 28, 2011

The big buzz for the past year or so has been the year 2012 and what it means.  A special date to many people and the theme of countless books and articles the date December 21, 2012 also known as the winter solstice particularly holds interest.  After all, that is when the ancient Mayan calendar […]