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.

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

Super Bowl LI

Houston Bcycle Offering Free One-Hour Rides for Week of Super Bowl LI

Visitors can enjoy 10 days of free rides, thanks to BBVA Compass.

01/26/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Ice House

Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Forget Tinder and OkCupid. These niche dating sites are where you need to be.

01/23/2017 By Marianella Orlando

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

Diplo and Nas to Perform at Rolling Stone’s Annual Super Bowl Event

The top acts will take over the MFAH for the night.

01/20/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Super Bowl 51

Tickets Go on Sale This Weekend for Club Nomadic's Super Bowl Bash

The Chainsmokers and Sam Hunt are performing at this year's roving nightclub during Super Bowl weekend.

01/18/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Super Bowl LI

Every Super Bowl Party in Houston You Need to Know About

Our constantly updated, go-to guide for all the Big Game-related events happening in Houston, whether free or fancy (or both!)

01/12/2017 By Marianella Orlando

Ice House

Meet the Man Who Turned an Airplane Into a Home

Two planes, actually

12/30/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Travel

7 Reasons to Visit Still-Sleepy Tulum Right Now

Everything you’d want out of a Yucatan vacation—minus the tourists.

11/21/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Child Star Makes Comeback

Aaron Carter Really Loves Love

The pop star, who performs tonight at Proof, discusses his upcoming album and what relationships truly mean to him.

11/16/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Jokes Aside, Airline Companies Are Offering Flight Deals to Canada

Reports also add that searches to the country have spiked in a day.

11/09/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Politics

At a Loss: The Aftermath of Two Very Different Election Night Watch Parties

Neither a local politician's race nor the presidential election provided the results these parties watched for last night.

11/09/2016 By Adam Doster and Marianella Orlando

Election Day

Houston Women Rock Pantsuits To Encourage Voters on Election Day

Members of the Pantsuit Nation are meeting around the city in support of Hillary Clinton.

11/08/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Ice House

Inside Houston’s New Rage Room

The owner of Tantrums, Houston’s first rage room, knows that sometimes you just need to break stuff.

10/24/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Hidden Houston

Behind the Scenes at Three of Houston’s Most Private Clubs

A glimpse of what the initiated aren’t missing out on at the Petroleum Club, the Briar Club and the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

10/24/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Hidden Houston

Island Time: The Ideal Galveston Itinerary

Everyone has their secret island haunts; we’re sharing ours.

10/24/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

The Only Thing Between You and Australia is $1,095

Check out this week's top airline promotions for trips to Sydney, Melbourne and more.

10/11/2016 By Marianella Orlando