Is there such a thing as the “A” Table?

Will slipping the maitre d a tip get you a better table? Is it myth or is there any truth to this urban legend? World traveler, restaurant critic and publisher of The Virtual Gourmet newsletter, John Mariani delves into the issue and reveals the actual facts–which you may not like! Get ready! He tells it … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: His Radio Show is Eclectic and Fun!

Besides running his free weekly newsletter, The Virtual Gourmet, and writing books, John Mariani also does a weekly radio show. He discusses how it has changed to become more eclectic and yet keep all the fun and intellectual inquisitiveness he has been know for. For more on John Mariani go to And Listen to … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: The state of Sustainable Seafood

With changes in the oceans, pollution, over fishing and climate change among other issues, the question arises about just how sustainable our seafood sources really are. Food and Travel writer and publisher of The Virtual Gourmet Newsletter, John Mariani, updates John and Art of Celebrating Act 2 and discusses world and industry influences including farming … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Don’t Miss Charming Galway!

Food writer, author, Publisher of The Virtual Gourmet, and world traveler, John Mariani, continues his stories and advice about visiting Ireland with this video about Galway. If you’re looking for a manageable size city filled with Irish charm and great food, Galway is for you. Among other things, he discusses with Art and John of … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Update 2022: The State of Air Travel

World traveler, John Mariani, discusses the state of Airline travel today–mid year 2022– and it’s not good. He goes through some of the historic mistakes airlines made as well as the unfortunate consequences of the COVID pandemic. His well-informed opinions are balanced with commentary on how the airlines can improve. For more on John Mariani … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Dublin’s Best Restaurants

Our world class traveler, John Mariani, publisher of the Virtual Gourmet Newsletter, knows how to enjoy the best any city has to offer. In this video John takes us for a tour of some of Dublin’s TOP spots for fine dining–equal to any cuisine in the world. You may not be able to enjoy every … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Sites to See In Dublin

In previous shows, John Mariani has shared secrets of the best hotels and restaurants in one of his favorite cities, Dublin, Ireland. Now, Art and John of Celebrating Act 2 impose on him to describe some of his favorite things to do in the town. Turns out, Dublin is a great walking city with many … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: The TRUTH About Kobe Beef!

Is everything they say about KOBE Beef true? And what’s Wagyu ? Why is it so expensive…and what are we really getting? In this video John Mariani tell the TRUTH about Kobe and Wagyu and blows up the myth that all beef labeled Kobe is from Japan! If you love fine steak, you’ll need to … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Eat As The Romans Do!

As a visitor to Rome, you don’t have to fall into the trap of eating only large tourist meals of heavy pasta! World traveler and noted Food and Travel Writer, John Mariani, suggests you eat as the locals do…and explains exactly what that means. It’s a very practical approach –and a delicious one as well– … Read more