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March 11, 2012

'SOMEBODY TOLD ME I WENT VIRAL. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT.'

Marilyn Hagerty's rave review of the Grand Forks Olive Garden has swept the nation. This blog likes to think it played a small part.

(Thanks to Jan in Grimsby)

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WTG, DAVE!!! And Marilyn!!! And ... whomever ...

I think this blog can proudly take credit for helping to blow this up into "major news" - it's certainly better than the "real" news.

Something does "not compute" here.

Isn't a virus something humans want to get rid of?
I mean they usually make people sick and in some cases, dead. Also digital virus's are dangerous to
computers and the internet.

So doesn't it make sense to avoid the "viral"? Yet in this crazy topsy-turvey would, people seem to flock to the "viral" and even regard it as a "good thing".

Depends on POV, funny man ... some stuff that's considered a "disease" can be considered "good" ... well, at times, ennyway ...

Avian Flu is mostly not good ...

Lovesick might be better than Avian Flu ... or not ...

It's all how y'all look at it ...

...butt, O the U - according to another story on this very blog:

'the avian flew'

I knew you had it in you Dave! I'm talking about the ability to go viral not the actual virus.

I've been viral the last two weeks. What wine goes with green phlegm?

I have to admit one of my more memorable meals was at an Olive Garden in Winnipeg, just up the road from Grand Forks. Coming out of a fishing trip in Canada with a bunch of manly men who had eaten nothing but fish, Spam, and pancakes for a week, when they put a big bowl of fresh salad in front of us we sucked it up like rabid vegans. There's something about fresh produce after a week of dehydrated camp food.

Excellent "feel good" story. I hope this nice lady is enjoying the attention, and consider this a victory for all of us plain-palated ordinary folks. People (myself included) would line up excitedly if a new chain restaurant opened here.

Now she needs to review the " Country Kitchen ".

The "Country Kitchen" that used to be in GF closed a LONG time ago ... merely FYI ...

Prolly a bit too exotic fer our rural taste-buds, eh?

Um ... that's the "original" Country Kitchen ... the one the Mormons ran ... might be a "newer" chain out there now ... merely coverin' the reliability of my predictional assets ...

Gives me hope that someday, my scientific study on how the process of aging affects color in flower print wallpaper will get the recognition it deserves!

Loudmouth: "What wine goes with green phlegm?"

Was that discussed in the Olive Garden review?

Hundreds of Cracker Barrels, all over the nation, are awaiting her deft narrative and subtle use of subtext.

Those, Omni, and the ubiquitous Waffle Houses.

Sorry to disappoint, Omni' ... Coco' ... I'm perty sure there's not a Cracher Barrel in GF ... I don't get there more than about once a year, and that sorta hash house isn't on our list of important places to go, but I haven't seen any evidence of 'em there ... nearest one MIGHT be in Fargo, but I also doubt their presence there ... one in Bismarck, but that's a bit far for one of Marilyn's Road Trips ... as to the Waffle House, that seems to me that it's a more "western" establishment as far as their geographicalness ... I'd be willin' to wager a few pieces of Specie that there's not one within 300 miles, and prolly a lot farther away ...

I've sampled the "cuisine" @ Waffle House ... I could write a review fer y'all ... but sumhow I doubt that'd be very convincin' that it's "the height of fine dining" ...

Pieces of Specie wbagnfa penny-ante band ... eh?

I take it the food scene in Grand Forks isn't much to write home about. I like Olive Garden as much as the next guy (but not as much as this food writer!) but the nicest place in the city!?

Gary ... several GREAT eateries in GF/EGF ... but Marilyn has done those long ago, and even tho she sumtimes does a repeat visit (for a review), her efforts are directed across the spectrum ...

No, my sense of how she means this is "for the general public's access" ... long ago, when fraternal outfits used to thrive, the "in" spot wuz either the Elks in GF or the Country Club, or River Bend in EGF ... both restricted to "members only, and their guests" ... so if a person said (35-40 years ago) they'd dined "at the Elks" ... they wuz name-droppin' or showin' off or snobbishly snotty ... or sum combination thereof ... Marilyn's lived in GF since before I wuz in college there, and I know she's well aware of that attitude ... even tho her spouse (Jack, a journalist/editor of the old -- meanin' "GOOD" -- style) might've been a member of the Elks, or River Bend CC, or "The Country Club" ... she would NEVER stoop to thinkin' she's better than folks who don't go those places ...

That's my take on her search for good food ... stuff that anybuddy on a moderate budget can afford, and get in the door ... and "quality" franchises like OG are notable by their absence in GF ...

that's all ...

Having lived in big cities most of my life, but also having the delightful experience of living in small towns for a couple of years in total, I found the article delightful.

We sometimes get so jaded, living in big cities, that we forget the pleasures that come from living in small places. No daily shootings, the police blotter consists of things like so-and-so's mailbox was damaged etc.

There is something in me that wishes I could live in a place where the deputy carries his lone bullet in his breast pocket (Barney Fife), a fiction of course, rather than carrying an AR-15 or something similar as a matter of routine.

Having been in the latter situation rather than the former, where from day to day my wife knew that there was no certainty that I would be home for dinner, I would love to see my children and grandchildren experience a simpler and less violent life...

Nice that her review went viral, but I hope that her meal wasn't bacterial.

Sorta difficult to find those kinda places any more, Afkat ... merely sayin' ... we're on the edge of the Oil Patch, and it's less nice than it used to be ... a shooting (one dead, one wounded) last month, more locked doors, a slight (my perception) increase in distrust of strangers ...

Still perty nice here, but ... the world has shrunk too much to find a bucolic idyl hidden away frum the travails of Life Its Ownself ... wish it wuzn't that way ... but Life -- Ferret Snot!

But there are 2 Perkins Restaurants in GFk. And a Hardees, at least one Subway, a pizza smorgasbord place, a few other pizza places (including Slap Shot and DiMaggio's), McDonald's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco John's, ....

Basically chains/franchises, o'b's' ... and fer the most part, whut's loosely referred to as "fast food" ... there's at least two or three pizza joints that are local/independent, and their products are equal to or better than any of the franchises (IMH-BTT-O) ... Burger Doodle and the Sandwich Shops (actually perty good, once in a while) have local competition frum Mom & Pop places (in one example, the kids of Dad, who passed away, and it's a CLASSIC ... client loyalty that lasts for generations, and most "chain" places would give TONS of money to attract that sorta support -- if yer ever there, go to the Pepper ... th one closest to downtown, on University) ... several good-to-upscale-to-really-fancy establishments that could stand scrutiny frum any food critic, and come out shining ...

Oh ... BTW ... approximately 80 miles south ... Sandy's Donuts on Main in West Fargo ... best donuts between the Atlantic and the Pacific ... well, as good as any I've ever had on either coast ... KrustyKream came in a miserable fourth behind theirs and two other delis in the FM/WF area ...

This review of Marilyn's is merely one of a series that's been runnin' fer decades ... if sumplace y'all like isn't in it this time, it might be next week, or it wuz already covered five years ago ...

quaint.

P'haps, q'bee ... but a hugely popular ethos in our bucolic place of residence ...

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