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.

Charity

Bayou Preservation Association Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary With Special Gala

The organization raised over $175,000 to help aid Houston's bayous and streams.

10/11/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Festive Drinking

Moody Gardens Creates New Bar Made Out of Ice for Holidays

The family-friendly resort's annual "Ice Land" event will bring a new hangout spot for parents.

10/07/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Mumbai and More Are Dirt-Cheap Right Now

We've rounded up the week's best airline prices and travel deals; have you started packing yet?

10/03/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Start Planning Your Winter Getaway with This Week's Top Savings

Snag all-inclusive international packages for less than $1,000 and domestic flights for less than $400.

09/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Culture

Everything You Need to Know About Día de los Muertos

Isn’t the Day of the Dead just like Halloween? (No. No, it is not.)

09/19/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Find Flights Around the Country for Less Than $200 This Week

Plus: Rounding up September’s average airfare prices

09/12/2016 By Marianella Orlando

HAW FTW

Drake Tops Off Houston Appreciation Week with a Special Appearance at Warehouse Live

Also: The Canadian rapper dropped some info on a new club coming to town.

09/06/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Welcome Fall With a Trip to Dubai, Costa Rica or Thailand

Make those last-minute Labor Day plans now.

08/31/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Travel Deals

End the Summer Season in Costa Rica or Canada

Kayak.com is offering flights under $500, along with many more deals.

08/22/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

This Week's Top 10 Flight and Vacation Package Deals

Visit Belize, Grand Bahama Islands, Panama City and Italy—all for under a grand.

08/17/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Spend Less than $100 on Flights This Week

One-way flights to Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver or Vegas

08/10/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Take Advantage of This Week’s Flight Discounts

Plus promo codes you don’t want to pass up.

08/01/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

It's Time to Take an Affordable Trip Out of Houston

Upcoming rainy days calls for an affordable trip to Vegas, Mexico, Dominican Republic and more.

07/26/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Play It Cool

Ways to Stay Cool This Summer: Tex-Mex Treats at Magnolia's Ice Cream

Who wouldn’t be charmed by a strawberry snow cone topped with Sour Punch belts and gummy bears on a hot day?

07/25/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Play It Cool

100 Ways to Beat the Houston Heat

Summer may be our winter, but at least no one has to shovel the sunshine, so chill out—we’ll show you how.

06/20/2016 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt With Ellie Sharp, Marianella Orlando, Layne Lynch, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Jeff Balke, and Alice Levitt

Pretty in Pink

At MD Anderson, Putting on a Prom for Teen Cancer Patients

With a Great Gatsby theme, skyline view and catering by eight of the city’s best restaurants, this prom was nicer than our own.

06/20/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Liquid Courage

Houston’s Hottest New Hangover Cure Comes in a Bag—an IV Bag

ThrIVe Drip Spa is the city’s first to offer a much-touted “multivitamin-in-a-bag.”

06/20/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Who You Gonna Call?

Houston’s 311 Calls: The Common, Unusual and Service Requests

Who’s still picking up the phone to complain about the Ashby High Rise?

06/20/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Warm Welcome

Jeanne Lyons Davis Joins Houstonia Staff

Meet our new arts editor!

06/10/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Charity

St. Luke's Foundation's Donor Dinner Preview's New Medical Campus

Baylor St. Luke’s presents designs of the upcoming $1.1 billion McNair medical campus.

06/08/2016 By Marianella Orlando