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.

Weekly Steals

The Fall Season Brings Cheap Fares for October

Airlines are offering low prices before the holiday rush.

10/05/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Vegged Out

Top 5 Places to Try for World Vegetarian Day

It’s a happy day for veggie lovers, so why not make your stomach happy as well?

10/01/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Weekly Steals

Once Again, Airlines Are Offering Affordable Flights

The best airfare deals this week take you everywhere from Seattle to Shanghai.

09/30/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Best Private Schools 2015

Paying the Price for Private School

A top school district or private school still digs a hole into parents’ wallets.

09/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Best Private Schools 2015

Stress Test

At many private schools, both parents and students feel the pressures of success.

09/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Education

Best Private Schools 2015

Is private school really worth the price? The stress? The dowdy uniforms? That’s for parents to decide—but we’re here to help.

09/29/2015 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Lonna Dawson and Marianella Orlando

Surreal Estate

Phobia Haunted House Scrambles to Find a New Home for Halloween

Terror has a new address. Maybe.

09/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Save Big

Check Out These Low Fares for Domestic and International Flights

Travel around the country or visit Belize and Hawaii for an affordable price.

09/16/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Coming Soon

Southwest Airlines Soon to Offer New Flights

Travel to Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas this October.

09/15/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Save Big

Weekly Savings on Flights Throughout Fall Season

Plan ahead for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

09/09/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Insider’s Guide

Best of International Houston: China

Massive museums, community centers and, of course, dim sum

09/01/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Insider’s Guide

Best of International Houston: Colombia

Colombian ballet, colorful fashion and, of course, cumbia

09/01/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Insider’s Guide

Best of International Houston: Honduras

Bongos, beers and, of course, baleadas

09/01/2015 By Marianella Orlando

City & Region

The Best of International Houston

An insider’s guide to the thriving local cultures of Houston’s 12 largest immigrant groups.

09/01/2015 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Nick Esquer, Marianella Orlando, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Cake Wars

The Booming Business of Competitive Parenting

Keeping up with the Joneses meets social media.

09/01/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Holiday Savings

Top Flights for Labor Day Weekend

Party in NYC, tour Seattle, or kick back in San Fran.

08/31/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Adventure Time

Lower Airfare Prices? Plan Your Fall Getaway Now

Book a vacation to Curacao, Thailand or China.

08/25/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Act Fast

Travel to Dubai or Nicaragua with This Week's Top Deals

It’s time to book your next retreat.

08/20/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Save Now

Weekly Alert: Snag Cheap Deals and Promotion Codes

Book a trip this week to earn special offers and coupons on flights

08/10/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Vacation in Paradise

Package Deals for an End-of-Summer Getaway in Hawaii

Book these flight and hotel vacation bundles now.

08/06/2015 By Marianella Orlando