Sarah Maiellano

Freelance Writer

Writing about travel, food, booze, and lifestyle 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...

Philadelphia Inquirer

Cooking up love in Philly restaurants

Talk about christening a kitchen. On the day that Friday Saturday Sunday's cooking line was delivered, owners Hanna and Chad Williams got married amid the stoves and cooktops.

James Beard Foundation

Philly's New Sisterhood of Chefs

As Kiki Aranita was building furniture for her Hawaiian restaurant, Poi Dog, Ange Branca, the chef-owner of Saté Kampar, showed up. “She knocked on the door, saw that I was...

Travel + Leisure

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...

Eater Philly

Philly's 17 Essential Italian Restaurants

In Philly, we eat Italian food. The city is home to a seemingly countless number of red sauce joints, the oldest Italian restaurant and largest open-air market dedicated to...

Washington Post

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.

Edible Philly


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....

The Plunge

Best Proposal Locations in Philadelphia

Now that the famous LOVE sculpture is back in its original home, expect to see Philadelphians and tourists popping the question under the iconic red letters on the regular....

USA Today

Culinary Burgundy: A foodie's dream trip

Our food and wine lovers' travel guide to Burgundy helps demystify this iconic destination.

Eater Philly

9 Philly Restaurants With Tasting Menus Worth Making Time For

When it comes to fine dining, the tasting menu is often king.


Resort photo tour: The Greenbrier, welcoming guests since 1778

Since 1778, travelers have come to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for the water, which is considered beneficial to health. Through the 1800s, guests stayed in cottages (that...

Travel + Leisure

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,...

Washington Post

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....

Eater Philly

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....

Eater Philly

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...

USA Today

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...

Washington Post

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...