Marilyn Mania Continues

Local columnist Marilyn Hagerty became an Internet sensation on Wednesday and her national fame shows no sign of stopping. Marilyn Hagerty

Marilyn is headed to New York City soon. She says she’ll be writing an Eatbeat review there. It’ll probably be a swanky place, but Marilyn says she’s not above the dirty water hot dogs on the street or a greasy slice of pizza. I can’t wait to see what she finds in the Big City.

She’s making the rounds on TV like a politician. The Early Show on Saturday, Piers Morgan on Monday and Good Morning America and the Today Show are calling, too.

Her straightforward Olive Garden review has racked up the views online, getting to about 300,000 at last check. The review was picked up by who knows online, but it quickly made its way around, showing up on too many sites to count.

Marilyn even got a call inquiring about a book deal. But she’s already done that.

WDAZ reporter Melanie Orlins asked Marilyn if she would do an interview with Jay Leno. Her reply: “With Jay? I don’t know. I don’t like the way he combs his hair.”

Taco Bell’s ‘Doritos Locos’ Review

This review is by guest blogger Adam Ladwig. Check out his blog here

I’m not gonna lie. I had been looking forward to the Doritos Locos taco for some time now. They had test marketed them in a couple cities, so I knew they were coming, but today was finally the national unveiling. I love Doritos. I love tacos. It should be a match made in heaven.

I’m pretty sure I was the person most eager to eat one of these tacos in the entire town. The cashier didn’t even know they were available yet until I asked for one. But the excitement was palpable when I sat down and unwrapped my neon treasure. The shell is exactly what you would expect: bright, orange and powdery. All you could smell was the shell. The taco meat was buried in a crunchy coffin.

Doritos Locos Taco

But when I took that first excited bite, I didn’t get the powerful punch of flavor I expected. In all honesty, the Doritos shell doesn’t add much to the taco. You can feel the powder rolling around your tongue. You can also vaguely taste more cheesiness aside from the heap they already pile on the taco. By no means did it diminish the taco. If you like Taco Bell, you’re gonna love this. But I guess it didn’t live up to my soaring nacho cheese expectations.

Also, the thing is awkward to eat. It comes in a sleeve so your hands don’t start resembling the world’s saltiest carrots. But if you’re the type of person who eats a taco with a Doritos shell, what difference is a little powder on your fingertips? Plus, I still got Doritos residue on me anyway! You have to pull the taco forward in the sleeve to get at the next bite.

Inside the Doritos Locos

Overall, it was a pretty good Taco Bell experience. My hope is that they tweak the shell to make it cheesier and ditch the false modesty by getting rid of the sleeve. But I feel like there’s a little Chihuahua in the sky looking down with pride at the empire he helped build.

If you liked my review, please check out my blog at I do reviews of beer, and a little food, and a little other randomness. I live in Devils Lake, so I can’t get famous reviewing Olive Garden, but I have fun with it.