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.

Newstonians

Escaped Converts: Marissa Rosenburg

Converting a Bostonian to a Houstonian takes more than just changing a few letters.

02/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Who Says You Need to Win the Powerball to Travel?

Check out this week’s low-priced flights and start your vacation now.

01/15/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Take Off

Frontier Airlines Expands Routes in US

Did we mention new non-stop flights from Houston?

01/08/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Best of Houstonia

On the Road Again: 53 Weekend Getaways for 2016

We’ve got a road trip for every weekend of the year, and every occasion you can imagine.

01/05/2016 By Layne Lynch, Marianella Orlando, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, and Brittanie Shey

Science

The Human Genome Gets Sliced and Diced at the Texas Med Center

Meanwhile at Baylor, the world's first "surgery" on the human genome.

01/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Tattoos

Prison Break Tattoos: Perfect for Those in Uniform

An HPD sergeant dons a different hat to ink public officials.

01/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Start 2016 by Touring the World... For Cheap

Travel to Thailand, China, Jamaica or Paris.

12/30/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Religion 2.0

In a Storied Downtown Concert Hall, a New Church Takes Root

City Church at the House of Blues isn't your grandmother's Sunday service.

12/04/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

Revive With a Trip to Japan, New Zealand or Thailand

Going home for the holidays is tough, but taking a vacay afterward is the best way to rejuvenate.

12/03/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Curiosity Shops

At The Place Upstairs, Gifts for the Weirdo in Your Life

What do you get someone who has everything? How about a human skeleton?

11/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

Airline Companies Give Back with Flight Sales

This week’s top airfare promotions.

11/16/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

A Trip to Sicily, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Is One Click Away

Take a look at this week's top deals for domestic and international flights.

11/10/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

Daylight Savings Brings Several Airfare Deals

Prices are starting to rise but there are still some discounted flights.

11/03/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Mental Health

Anxiety Goes to College

Houston-area campuses are scrambling to meet the mental health needs of a generation of students beset by an increasingly diagnosed condition.

11/03/2015 By Marianella Orlando Photography by Brian Goldman

Charity

When Once-A-Year Volunteers Strike

‘Tis the season for giving back—but what happens when there’s a surplus of samaritans?

11/03/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Meatless Monday

How to Do Date Night Vegetarian-Style

Don’t settle for just pasta or salad.

11/02/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

Fall Flights: It's Cheap(er) to visit Thailand, Cancun, and More

The best weekly airfare prices.

10/27/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Staycay

Take a Staycation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Escape your regular routine.

10/26/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

Take a Trip to Europe and Ireland, or Go Local for Cheap

The latest airfare deals.

10/20/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Deals

Low-Priced Airfare to Dubai, Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas, and More

It’s a slow week for airline promotions, but there are still some deals to be had.

10/13/2015 By Marianella Orlando