While Marianella was born and raised in Philadelphia, the cheesesteak city, she’s a lifelong vegetarian. She earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University and, two weeks later, in June 2015, came to work at Houstonia.

She splits her time between contributing to Houstonia each month and heading up custom projects including District magazine, the Galveston Visitors Guide, and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Kids’ Health Annual.

In her spare time, Marianella loves listening to Drake, cooking, and hanging out with her Betta fish Brody.

We <3 Houston?

Houstonians, Are You Happy?

According to a recent WalletHub study, you aren't. We set out to investigate the real truth of those results.

05/25/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Alternative Medicine Guide

Cupping Is Making Its Mark in Houston

This ancient Chinese practice gets the blood circulating.

05/25/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Open Road

Finding Mother-Daughter Compromise in San Juan, Puerto Rico

While I wanted to see the parts of San Juan that weren’t in the guidebooks, my mom was looking for a luxurious respite.

05/25/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Charity

The Bayou Preservation Association Raises More Than $50,000

The funds will go towards programs that preserve and protect the city's various bayous.

05/11/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Thirsty Thursday

Alcohol Delivery App Now Brings Booze to Your Door in One Hour

Starting today, Drizly will transport everything you need to get the party going.

05/11/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Charity

Locals Go Head-to-Head in Scrabble Competition to Promote Adult Literacy

More than $35,000 was raised in support of Literacy Advance of Houston.

05/09/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Immigration

Local Legislator Gives Impassioned Speech on Senate Bill 4 Debate

“Some are here as refugees, some are here as citizens, some are here without papers, but they’re all my people.”

05/03/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Hill Country Guide

Climb to the Sky in Garner State Park

The trails might be challenging, but they're worth it.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Hill Country Guide

Your Seventh-Grade Texas History Class Will Come to Life in These Hill Country Towns

What you learned will all come back to you.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Hill Country Guide

Chasing Bluebonnets, a Texas Tradition

Bluebonnet fans and photographers only had a short window to enjoy their beauty this year, but there's always next year.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Hill Country Guide

Waltz Across Texas in These Hill Country Honky-Tonks

These old-school, floor-stompin' dance halls are the soul of the Texas Hill Country.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

H-Town Diary

My Two Moms

This Houston man will be wishing two parents Happy Mother's Day this month.

04/17/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Beer-asana

Now You Can Do Downward Dog and Have a Drink, Too

Houston breweries are now offering yoga and beer classes.

03/21/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Ice House

How Did the Houston Children's Festival Become Such a Big Freakin' Deal?

With 50,000 annual visitors, the downtown fest even made Frommer's 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World.

03/21/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Higher Learning

Find Your Inner Warrior

Take your mind and body to the limit, whether by land, sea or sky.

02/20/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Higher Learning

It's Never Too Late to Learn a New Language

In Houston, the only real problem is picking which one to learn first.

02/20/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Super Bowl Parties Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled Turn up the Heat at Club Nomadic

Michael Strahan, CeeLo Green, Mark Cuban and more were in attendance for the Super Bowl weekend concert.

02/07/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Drizzy Beat

Drake Opens “The Ballet” for Super Bowl Weekend

Tickets are currently on sale for the hotly anticipated pop-up club in EaDo.

02/01/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl 51 By the Numbers

Average ticket price through history, top state buyers, and more.

01/26/2017 By Marianella Orlando