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Published March 13 2012

Hagerty enjoys first day in Big Apple

NEW YORK CITY – Grand Forks Herald food critic Marilyn Hagerty on Tuesday spent her first day in New York City savoring the city’s street food and its elite cuisine and fitting in a tour of the New York Times, where she was greeted in some quarters like a celebrity.

The longtime columnist and restaurant reviewer lit up the Web last week with her matter-of-fact review of Grand Forks’ first Olive Garden restaurant. The Internet greeted the review with jeers initially, followed by a tidal wave of “awwws,” many of them on Twitter.

This week, Marilyn is touring NYC to review the city’s food, including Times Square’s Olive Garden.

Here’s how Tuesday unfolded, as told by Ryan Babb, a Forum Communications multimedia producer who’s serving double duty as Marilyn’s personal assistant this week.

Babb, whose Twitter handle is Lostincentralia, documented every move made by the Herald columnist: