John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Hotel Dining – Trends & Quality

Just because a large hotel has a good reputation and is well known, does that somehow convince you their main restaurant is top quality? When we’re looking for fine dining and great food can we count on these large hotels who tout the best of everything? Food and Travel writer, John Mariani, publisher of The … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Old School Italian

Italian food may be the most common cuisine in the US but how much of it is REAL Italian? Food and Travel expert, John Mariani, addresses the quality and recipes that comprise Old School Italian food –the original cuisine! Separating the popular chains restaurants from the restaurants who cater to the original ethnic choices of … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: SummerTravel Tips

While it’s the most popular time to travel, SUMMER can also be the worst time. world traveler, travel and food writer John Mariani –publisher of the VIrtual Gourmet newsletter– has lots of important advice about summer travel. There’s also information about dealing with security and long lines which you may not have heard before. …this … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Suburban Dining

Are all the good restaurants to be found ONLY ‘downtown’ in the heart of a large city? Food and Travel writer John Mariani, also the publisher of The Virtual Gourmet newsletter, explains why most suburbs have their share of great restaurants including fine dining. He mostly discusses NY and LA but as he tell it, … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: the 10 Commandments of GRILLING

As Co-Author of the best selling “GRILLING for DUMMIES”, food and travel writer John Mariani, shares his ’10 commandments for Grilling’ –just in time for the warm weather cook-out season! You’ll find a few surprises among them, but follow them all for a successful BBQ and other outdoor fare from the grill! For more on … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Louisville KY, a Vibrant City!

As a world traveler, John Mariani has seen it all and now raves about Louisville KY, a city that was not always worthy of praise by travelers and gourmands. In this, the first of 2 parts on the city, he examines the quaint yet modern and vibrant social and artistic life of the historic American … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Dining Around London

As the publisher of weekly newsletter, The Virtual Gourmet, John Mariani has among his contributing writers, Las Vegas lawyer and gourmet, John Curtas. In this video, Mariani discusses Curtas’ recent 2 part article, Dining Around London, and adds his own observations to those in Curtas’ article. It’s a double barrel look at fine dining (and … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Food Regs OVERKILL!

While Food heath and safety regulations serve a good purpose, the question is, are they too strict? Our Celebrating Act 2 host, John Coleman certainly thinks so and asks the Virtual Gourmet, John Mariani, to back him up! After all, can one size fit all if it doesn’t go to the extreme? This raises some … Read more