VIRTUAL GOURMET is the Travel & Food newsletter from journalist/author John Mariani. For Celebrating Act 2 interviews John shares adventures, advice and tips on travel, culture and cuisine based on 40 years of globe-hopping and traversing the US. His motto is, Go Everywhere But Go Prepared!  You can subscribe directly to his newsletter at his website   CLICK HERE to visit his website

How Italian Food Conquered the World

Ever notice how Italian cuisine seems to be everywhere–and the most popular! Why is that? Food and Travel writer, John ...
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About Detroit!

One of America’s great cities has fallen on hard times–and not just because of COVID-19. Food and Travel expert, John ...
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See The USA…Travel Regionally!

Veteran Food and Travel writer, John Mariani of the Virtual Gourmet newsletter (free), says we don’t have to give up ...
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Eating In Parking Lots

Eating In Parking Lots With a new round of restrictions on restaurants due to COVID-19 many places are allowed only ...
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Eating In Parking Lots

With a new round of restrictions on restaurants due to COVID-19 many places are allowed only to serve food outside ...
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Travel Writing -The Mariani Touch

Writer John Mariani has been writing professionally about Food and Travel–and much more –for well over 20 years. As a ...
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Develop Your Wine Palate- Start Here!

Food and Travel writer, John Mariani talks with Celebrating Act 2™’s Art Kirsch and John Coleman about the idea of ...
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Wine Myths Which Waste Time & Money

Based on his article in Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet newsletter, Food and Travel writer John Mariani shares three of the ten ...
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NYC – Best Food City In the World!

As a professional Food and Travel writer, who is also a regular contributor to Celebrating Act 2, John Mariani has ...
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Love & Pizza – The Book

Yes, we love food–including pizza–and yes, romance often revolves around subtle, sensual acts like eating….Which is one reason why John ...
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Americas Cuisine:The Gift of Immigrants

As America is a land of immigrants, so too our cuisine is as varied and diverse as our population’s origins ...
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How to Read A Wine Label

Like John Coleman, co-founder of Celebrating Act 2™, many of us wine drinkers may know what we like but don’t ...
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The Future of Restaurants After COVID-19

While we all wonder what the ‘New Normal’ will look like after the COVID-19 Crisis ends, many have predicted the ...
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Menu Collection Reflects History & Culture

Food and Travel writer John Mariani has been collecting menus from great restaurants he has reviewed for over 40 years ...
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Great Restaurants Selling Great Wines at Discount!

Can you believe a famous restaurant which can normally sell a great wine from their cellar for well over $100 ...
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Are Small Restaurants Hurting The Most?

Food and Travel writer John Mariani knows the restaurant industry inside and out. Small, local ‘Mom & Pop’ restaurants are ...
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Travel in the Age of COVID-19

What will we do when travel restrictions imposed because of COVID-19 pandemic are relaxed? John Mariani, noted Food and Travel ...
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Get Great Wines at Great Prices, NOW!

Celebrating Act 2™’s Food & Travel contributor, John Mariani, author of the popular weekly newsletter the Virtual Gourmet, explains why ...
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Meet Food & Travel Writer, John Mariani of Virtual Gourmet

Celebrating Act 2™ co-founders, Art Kirsch and John Coleman introduce us to regular Contributor, John Mariani, world traveler, columnist and ...
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Seafood Myths

It seems there’s more myths surrounding seafood than any other cuisine! Which are true and should be heeded and which ...
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