I’m thrilled to announce that Everett Potter’s Travel Report is linking up with Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet Newsletter, which is published weekly by the esteemed restaurant critic and food and wine writer, John Mariani. Mariani is not only one of America’s most respected restaurant authorities. With Virtual Gourmet, his authoritative, insightful and witty newsletter, Mariani essentially invented the "food blog" years before blogs even existed. Now that the field is bloated with amateurs waxing poetic about their latest meal, it’s refreshing to turn to someone with bona fide knowledge, insight and a talent for unearthing gems all over the globe. Mariani is a columnist for Esquire, Wine Spectator, Bloomberg News and Radio, and Diversion. He is author of The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink (Lebhar-Friedman), The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink (Broadway), and, with his wife Galina, the award-winning Italian-American Cookbook (Harvard Common Press). Click here to read the latest Virtual Gourmet.