ND - Grand Forks Herald Olive Garden review goes viral

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    The story:

    Marilyn Hagerty's Olive Garden Review For 'Grand Forks Herald' Goes Viral (huffpost.com)
    The interview:

    Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Olive Garden Reviewer, Speaks (Village Voice)
    The review:

    THE EATBEAT: Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome
    more at the links
     
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  3. Gardenlady

    Gardenlady Active Member

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    I love this woman! The VV interview with her was priceless. "my daughter wants me to read all this Facebook crap!" :floorlaugh:

    The GF herald needs to give her a raise!
     
  4. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Agreed. Voice interview vaulted her to the top of my (just-created) People I'd Like to Dine With at Olive Garden list.
     
  5. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    I love this part; one person's plastic flowers is another person's permanent flower display. :)


    "...As I ate, I noticed the vases and planters with permanent flower displays on the ledges. There are several dining areas with arched doorways. And there is a fireplace that adds warmth to the decor..."
     
  6. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    "...I'm in the middle of writing a Sunday column, and I hit the wrong key, and it flew away, and so I had to start all over again..." OMG My stomach hurts from laughing so hard at this comment. :floorlaugh:
     
  7. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    A smart publisher will option Marilyn's book of restaurant witticisms.

    A VV comment:

    Her review of Pizza Ranch is actually a lot funnier, in my opinion. To wit:
    "For me, eating at Pizza Ranch was an adventure. I liked the fact that the slices of pizza are narrow enough, so you can try different kinds. There is a wide choice. I tend to choose pizza with cheese and pepperoni."
    But the plot thickens:"I moved from the pizza table to the salad bar, where I found the canned peach slices appealing along with other typical offerings. I took a half-glass of Sprite. I was glad I didn’t have to pay extra and that I could fill the glass only half-full. Then, I found a comfortable booth where I awaited friends."Those friends are lucky to rub elbows with a famous food critic!And then she shows why reviewing restaurants is her calling:"I completely bypassed the table with chicken, mashed potatoes and vegetables. 'Another time,' I told myself."
     
  8. IWannaKnow

    IWannaKnow New Member

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    Wonder if the McDonald's review was something like "the french fries were a gastronomic wonder worthy of the gods"? Wait till P.F. Chang's shows up. :D
     
  9. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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  10. Fairy1

    Fairy1 No Country for Old Men

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    Love it!!!! And I'm not ashamed to say, I love Olive Garden!

    So cute!
     
  11. Steely Dan

    Steely Dan Former Member

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    Her son writes for the WSJ and he wrote a column about all of this; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304537904577275683631110396.html

    THE A-HEDMarch 12, 2012, 9:24 p.m. ET
    When Mom Goes Viral
    After Review of Grand Forks Olive Garden, Marilyn Hagerty, 85, Is Talk of Social Media

    By JAMES R. HAGERTY

    Some people pursue celebrity. Others stumble into it as they are rushing off to bridge club.

    My 85-year-old mom, Marilyn Hagerty, a newspaper columnist, is in the latter category. When she wrote a review of the new Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks, N.D., last week, she wasn't expecting anyone other than her thousands of loyal readers in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota to take note. She didn't worry about how her story would play on Gawker, partly because she had never heard of Gawker....


    I think she's too cute.
     
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    hambirg New Member

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    where I found the canned peach slices appealing

    OMG! Only in North Dakota! :floorlaugh:
     
  13. Yakwoman

    Yakwoman 25 cents a look!

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    HEY! I'm from North Dakota, and I resemble that remark! :floorlaugh:

    And by the way - you haven't truly LIVED until you've eaten canned peaches in Jell-O. Just Sayin.....
     
  14. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    Internet sensation has Pierre roots; Hagerty’s main ingredient is reporting

    Marilyn Hagerty remembers walking through downtown Pierre, during the early summer of 1943, and looking for a job. She was at the end of her junior year in high school. She stopped into a couple of shops and then entered the old Capital Journal office.

    http://www.capjournal.com/news/inte...cle_23e5421e-7309-11e1-bb12-0019bb2963f4.html
     

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