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

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: NYC Steakhouses & BENJAMIN’s

NYC can still claim a large number of truly great steakhouses…even though times have changed as Food & Travel writer, John Mariani, testifies. He describes how the supply of top beef has changed over the years and compares the quality of NY steaks to those of other countries–as well as mentioning many of the classic … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Why Recommending Restaurants is FUTILE!

A professional Food & Travel writer often gets asked for recommendations. But John Mariani, publisher of the Virtual Gourmet newsletter has found it a NO-WIN Situation! You’ll appreciate his frustration as he sounds-off about the futility of trying to help friends with finding something to their liking…and you might ask if you see yourself as … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Update on the World of FINE DINING

Has high-end Fine Dining survived the restrictions of COVID in the last few years? Noted food & travel writer, John Mariani, discusses life, food, and fine dining in our post-Covid world. A good overview of what you can expect from the best of the restaurant business. For more on John Mariani go to And … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Is Wine Now Only For OLD FOLKS?

Despite the rich tradition and history of wine, each generation moves to establish its own tastes. As John Mariani, publisher of the free Virtual Gourmet Newsletter, explains ,wine sales have been dropping among younger generations. He discusses the world market, differences in generations and how wine making has changed. It’s an interesting look at society … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: About Indian Cuisine

Indian Food is one of the more popular ethnic cuisines in the US. But, as respected Food & Travel Writer, John Mariani, takes us on a short overview of India and its incredible diversity, we begin to ask ourselves if we in the US really know much about Indian cuisine at all! This video is … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: BREADS- Important to Fine Dining?

Breads, rolls, etc are often the first thing on the table–but other than a warm welcome, how important is this preliminary course to the Fine Dining experience? Internationally respected Food and Travel Writer,–and we add, Culinary Historian–John Mariani, addresses this in no uncertain terms. You’ll love his well-thought out opinion and professional perspective on the … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Is the Michelin Guide BIASED?

As a world-respected Food & Travel writer, John Mariani certainly knows the culinary and travel landscape covered by the venerable Michelin Guide. In this video he discusses an accusation raised by the esteemed gastronome, Gerry Dawes, that the guide is Biased against Spain. John answers that charge with a historical look at the Michelin Guide … Read more