Sarah Maiellano

Freelance writer

Writing about travel, food and booze from Philadelphia.

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A food and wine trail from Madrid to Barcelona
Spanish winemakers have a saying: "If we have wine in the cellars, we have no problems." That sentiment holds true for visiting Spain: if you have wine in your glass, you have...
17 Essential BYOBs in Philly
Thanks to Pennsylvania's out-of-touch booze laws and the challenge of obtaining a Philadelphia liquor license, Philly restaurants created one of the country's most unique...
Move Over, Cheesesteaks: Philly is All About Vegetables Right Now
Philadelphia is at a food crossroads. Millennials and empty nesters have flooded Center City, bringing with them a hunger for creative, delicious dining options. The place that...
BUTCHERS, BAKERS & MATZO-BALL MAKERS
PHOTOGRAPH BY JACK E. KAPP It's with a strange mix of hesitation and pride that I tell people I meet in Center City that I'm from Northeast Philly. I'm proud to be a city girl....
From onions to internal organs, a Philly chocolate company finds humor in the business
"I have a question," a sporty teenage girl asks. "Are chocolate-covered onions a thing?" "They're a thing here," a Mueller Chocolate Co. employee answers. "Oh. Really?" She...
The Best Dishes We Ate in Philly in 2016
Philly's food scene is en fuego. It's so hot that we're ready to throw our New Year's resolution diet out the window and just keep eating.
How to Visit Philly Like a Movie Star
With the latest film in the Rocky series, Creed, generating awards buzz, Philadelphia is a hot spot for movie buffs and wannabe celebrities. Just in time for the Academy Awards,...
Culinary Burgundy: A foodie's dream trip
Our food and wine lovers' travel guide to Burgundy helps demystify this iconic destination.
19 Essential Philadelphia Bars
Philly has always been a place with plenty of watering holes, favorite taverns, and corner bars in every neighborhood. We've long been one of the country's best beer cities....
The Lunch Bunch
A t lunchtime, the streets of Washington teem with lobbyists, civil servants, lawyers and nonprofit staffers. A peek inside the city's food trucks can reveal a parallel scene....
Taking Silvercar - and its spiffy Audis - for a test drive
Silvercar bills itself as "the world's first hassle-free car rental company." You rent using a mobile application and pick up your Audi - yes, every car is a silver Audi - by...
12 can't-miss U.S. museum exhibits this spring
Pop culture and pot culture. Megacities and dollhouses. Van Gogh's bedroom and El Chapo's prison cell. Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney's unlikely friendship. U.S. museums are...
The ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate experience in Asheville, N.C.
It was the weekend after Thanksgiving in downtown Asheville, N.C., and there was a line stretching down the sidewalk. Patient moms and dads were trying to keep antsy kids...
11 must-see museum exhibits in Europe this summer
With the high value of the U.S. dollar in Europe, this summer may be the perfect time to go overseas. European museums brim with exciting temporary exhibits during these warm...
12 must-see museum exhibits in the U.S. this summer
It's prime summer travel season, and with the "heat dome" in effect, many travelers will be looking for indoor options. Enter America's museums, with a great lineup of...
The Seven Best Dive Bars in Philadelphia
With its working class roots and growing hipster crowds, Philadelphia teems with unique dive bars. Here are our favorites. A shot and a beer. This perfect (and perfectly...
Spring forward in Philly: The season's best art, music and events
Chinese dragons, Picasso and King Midas descend on Philadelphia this spring. The city's top museums and attractions shed winter blues with an array of special exhibits,...
11 can't-miss European museum exhibits this spring
La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux, France June 1, 2016 - permanent The new La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux is not an exhibit, but an entire museum dedicated to wine culture worldwide. Twenty...
Philadelphia is a Hub for Quirky Events and Festivals
This weekend, the normally quiet town of Kennett Square, outside of Philadelphia, transforms into a fungus soiree. Its annual Mushroom Festival (September 12 and 13) hosts more...
Philadelphia Flower Show recreates national park landscapes
It's been 100 years since America entrusted the National Park Service with our 408 treasured national parks. Armed with the theme "Explore America," this year's Pennsylvania...
Nine Totally Free Things to do in Philly for New Year's
The City of Brotherly Love abounds with free fun for everyone around this holiday. In Philadelphia, it's easy to celebrate New Year's without breaking the bank. The city's...
Family opens circle to make room for one more
By Sarah Maiellano: With a master's degree in economics from Temple and almost enough coursework for a Ph.D., my grandmother's cousin Bill should have had a successful career...
Five Souvenirs That Perfectly Capture Philadelphia
The temperature is dropping and the garlands soon to be strung. Even streetlights seem to twinkle a little more this time of year. The holiday season is upon us and we're on the...
Museum Hack: Your Best Afternoon at Philly's Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has just opened an exhibit that explores the roots of Impressionist painting. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New...
America's strangest food museums
We Americans love road trips to offbeat roadside attractions. We also love to eat. Towns across the U.S. celebrate these fancies by dedicating museums to humble foods like...
Philadelphia Has Become a Beer Garden Haven
The expansive Independence Beer Garden is steps from the Liberty Bell. With 20,000 square feet, 40 beer taps, and room for 300, it's decked out in distressed metal and wood,...
America's strangest food festivals
Beer and wine tasting events, barbecue competitions and chili cookoffs are always solid choices for a tasty excursion. But some food festivals are more likely to make you...
The Best Things to do in Philadelphia for Halloween
Rich in history and full of irreverence, Philly does Halloween right. The scary scene is set with nighttime tours in a former prison, and ghost story-telling in a local...
Street Smart: Chick & Ruth's Delly, Annapolis
When Ted Levitt's parents, Chick and Ruth, opened their restaurant on Main Street in Annapolis in 1965, the menu was two pages. Then Ted Levitt went to culinary school. "Next...
Make the Most of Philadelphia's Restaurant Week
Reservations are now open for Philadelphia's first-ever summer Restaurant Week-a chance to make a dent in your bucket list for touring the city's strong dining scene. Happening...

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