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.

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

Bayougraphy

The Art of Crime

Lois Gibson, forensic artist for HPD, has helped catch thousands of criminals—and now puts her skills to use in unexpected ways.

08/04/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Check it out

Amazon Travel Site Expands to Houston and Other Metro Areas

Users can plan local getaways.

07/30/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Act Fast

Top Vacation Packages of the Week

From Tokyo to Montreal, flight and hotel deals are never-ending.

07/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Go On

Jump on July Flight Deals Now

Bargain prices for international destinations

07/08/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Flight Deals

August Promises Cheap Plane Prices

Snag tickets now for an end-of-summer getaway.

06/30/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Rock Talk

A Little Bit of Rock 'n' Roll

Houston sax player Grady Gaines talks about life on the road and his autobiography I've Been Out There.

06/30/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Drink It Up

Barringer Bar Joins Houston’s Nightlife Scene Once Again

Bigger, better, ready to serve

06/26/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Travel News

New Direct Flight Alert: Tokyo

IAH gets a new route to Asia.

06/22/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Act Fast

Flights Deals: ¡Vamos a Visitar México!

Check out these airline prices and get some much-needed sun.

06/19/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Strong Pours

Laid Low at Lei Low

Drinking yourself toward the vibrant Polynesia inside your head

05/15/2014 By Timothy Faust

Finger Lickin’ Good

Southern Fried Sensation: the Best Fried Chicken in Town

A classic dish fascinates Houstonians all over again.

03/03/2014 By Robb Walsh Photography by Kate LeSueur

Concert

Sea Wolf Makes Landfall at Fitzgerald's

Local singer-songwriter Chase Hamblin opens for Sea Wolf's Alex Brown Church in a concert of contrasting styles and attitudes.

02/17/2014 By Dean Davis

Style Stitcher

Meet the Seamstress: Sallie Barbee

A Galveston-based blogger stitches her way to the perfect wardrobe.

01/27/2014 By Sarah Gabbart

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 24–26

Where to go, who to see, and what to do.

01/22/2014 By Michael Hardy

Theater

TUTS Announces 2014–2015 Season

From old chestnuts like The Music Man and Victor/Victoria to contemporary Broadway hits like Kinky Boots, the new season of Theatre Under the Stars has something for everyone.

01/20/2014 By Scott Vogel

Citrus Garden

Kumquat Season

Every year, I receive the gift of kumquats.

01/16/2014

Mardi Gras Spotlight

The Bold and the Statuesque: A Mardi Gras Fashion Preview

A Saks Fifth Avenue event offers a sneak peek of Galveston's favorite excuse for dressing up.

01/15/2014 By Sarah Gabbart

List

12 Best Jazz Albums of 2013

From Marc Carey to Jonathan Batiste, Terri Lynne Carrington to Carla Bley, our guest jazz critic picks the top recordings of the past year.

01/02/2014 By Justin Mitchell