7/24/17 – Wine Tasting


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

In case you didn’t spend your weekend getting day drunk on wine, today’s post will let you experience that experience through proxy. I didn’t go wine tasting over the weekend, but I did discover something amazing regarding the history of wine tasting. Enjoy!

1. In wine tasting, there are generally five parts involved, which is colloquially called the 5 S’s, five different features that begin with the letter S. Name those S words.

2. What term in wine tasting describes the degree a wine reflects its varietal origins? This can be understood like how much a Pinot noir “tastes like a Pinot noir”.

3. Through the Court of Master Sommeliers, the main union of sommeliers in the US, within $100, how much do you need to pay so you can take the Certified Sommelier Examination? On an episode of Parks and Rec, April takes the test after Donna puts up the $200 she needs, but that is NOT the amount needed.

4. Name the common name for the 1976 event in wine tasting, named after a moment in Greek mythology, where red and white wines from Napa Valley and France were blind tasted by judges, and resulted in American wines actually beating French wines. This event was depicted in the 2008 film “Bottle Shock”.

Question 4

5. Name the man seen here. A British expert and French wine merchant, he organized the event in Question 4. He was portrayed by Alan Rickman in the 2008 film “Bottle Shock”, and this guy’s name is one letter more than the college football personality in the second picture, seen in an Arby’s.

Question 5
Question 5, minus the letter N

6. Name the construct seen here, often used in wine tasting.

Question 6



1. See, Swirl, Smell/Sniff, Sip, Savor/Summarize
2. Typicity
3. $595
4. Judgment of Paris
5. Steven Spurrier
6. Aroma Wheel

7/21/17 – Supervocalic Drinks


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Today’s post is inspired by the recent Supervocalics 1DS on the LL main site, and now I bring that fun to you. For those who didn’t take the quiz, a supervocalic is a word that contains each of the five vowels, only once. There are TONS of interesting examples in English, and this quiz will feature some. There’s a Facebook group dedicated to this form of wordplay, and after I asked the group for some examples, they really came through. So much, I feel very comfortable splitting this edition into one for drinks and one for foods.

Today’s quiz features the drinks. Each answer contains all five vowels, and I will say that only one of them also features the letter Y. Enjoy!

Also: If you can think of any other drinks that fit this category, feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

1. Every bottle or can of what beer features the following message below its central logo: “Nature’s choicest products provide its prized flavor. Only the finest of hops and grains are used. Selected as America’s Best in 1893.”?

2. Although centered in St. Louis, name the beer variety that was originally advertised as a low carb version of the standard beer it had sold, and whose parent company is named after the German name of a village in Czech Republic.

3. In 1932, the brothers Barney and Ally Hartman created what drink that would serve as a whiskey chaser, created near Knoxville, Tennessee, and is named for a slang term for moonshine (a local delicacy as you could imagine)?

4. Name the three words blocked out on this label.

Question 4

5. Ain’t I a stinker? The cocktail called Agent Orange, first created in 2007 in San Mateo, California, is made with 1 part vodka and 3 parts what non-alcoholic drink?

6. The blending of bitter and sweet orange peels and and pure alcohol is the process to make what brand of triple sec, named for a French confectioner, and traditionally used in a cosmopolitan?


1. Pabst Blue Ribbon
2. Michelob Ultra
3. Mountain Dew
4. Sour Mash Whiskey
5. Carrot juice
6. Cointreau

7/19/17 – World Wednesday – Chinese


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

The World Wednesday Junk is making its 30th stop, and we finally land in China! I’ve been mostly avoiding this topic, since I wasn’t sure how to properly ask about the whole that is Chinese cuisine. I’ve learned that Chinese cuisine is broken down into the “Eight Cuisines” of the country, so this quiz will ask about some food from each.


1. Anhui – Based on the odor that the food gives off, name the dish seen here whose quality in the Anhui region is based on the amount of spice used in, as natives like more spice in this dish.

Question 1

2. Cantonese – As evidenced by the name of a traditional dish, the use of vinegar, preserved plums, and haw flakes are used together in a meat dish that gives the meat what flavor distinction?

3. Fujian – One of the more expensive dishes to leave the Fujian Province is this dish, which contains shark fin, quail eggs, bamboo shoots, and scallops. The expense of course is due to ethics about shark hunting. What English name is given to the dish, alluding to how vegetarian monks would supposedly leave escape from a monastery so they could enjoy this meat dish?

4. Hunan – The province where Mao was born, what defining quality is associated with the cuisine of Hunan, evidenced with sauces like mala?

5. Jiangsu – A type of steamed bun, name the dumpling seen here filled with chicken, pork, ham, and gelatinized broth.

Question 5

6. Shandong – Although not particularly associated with the local cuisine, name the brewing company seen here, the country’s second largest, centered in the Shandong city of Qingdao.

Question 6

7. Zhejiang – Made by both pan-frying and red cooking pork belly, and also stewing it in soy sauce and wine, name the dish seen here, named after a Song dynasty writer and gastronome.

Question 7

8. And finally, name the eighth style of Chinese cooking. Also home to kung pao chicken and twice cooked pork, it lends its name to a sauce that was used in the late 90s by McDonald’s to promote the movie Mulan. Knowledge of this sauce resurged in April 2017, and I’d like to think it may one day return to McDonald’s.

Homemade Question 8



1. Stinky tofu
2. Sweet and sour pork
3. Buddha Jumps Over the Wall
4. Hot and spicy
5. Xiaolongbao
6. Tsingtao
7. Dongpo pork
8. Sichuan / Szechuan

7/18/17 – More Measurement


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

As a math person, I’ve been sitting on today’s category for a while. You can never know enough units of measurement in the trivia world, and hopefully these questions below will help you out. Given two units alphabetically, tell me which one is more, however that should be defined. Good luck!

1. Fifth of alcohol / Quart
2. Dash / Pinch
3. Fluid ounce / Jigger
4. Bushel / Peck
5. Balthazar bottle / Methuselah bottle
6. Cup / Gill
7. Decaliter / Deciliter
8. Fluid ounces in a cup / Ounces in a pound
9. 200 Celsius / 400 Fahrenheit


1. Quart (a fifth is a fifth of a gallon, so this is actually 1/4 compared to 1/5)
2. Dash (1/8 tsp compared to 1/16 tsp)
3. Jigger (which is 1.5 fluid ounces)
4. Bushel (which is 8 dry gallons, compared to 2 dry gallons)
5. Balthazar (12 liters compared to 6)
6. Cup (whereas a gill is 1/2 cup)
7. Decaliter (10 liters, compared to 0.1 liters)
8. Ounces in a pound (16 compared to 8)
9. 400 Fahrenheit (equivalent to 204.4 C)

7/17/17 – Bananas 2


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

We start on this week revisiting the produce aisle as we ask about the curved yellow fruit. Enjoy!

1. Within 3%, what percent of the Daily Value does a standard 100-gram banana provide for your daily potassium value?

2. Name the county (no R) where Don Phillips opened the first frozen banana stand in the US in 1940.

3. Besides bananas, name the other ingredient featured in the name of this pie.

Question 3

4. In terms of production, name any country in the top 10 that is found in Africa, which includes the #3 country (after India and China).

5. What traditional campfire treat, seen here, is made with a cut banana, marshmallow, and chocolate (so basically a banana smore), and wrapped in foil and placed on a fire?

Question 5

6. Turon (thin banana slices in a spring roll), ginanggang (grilled skewered bananas), maruya (frittered bananas), and banana ketchup (what it sounds like) are dishes from what nation, the #4 banana production in the world?



1. 8% (yeah, it’s much lower than you think)
2. Orange County, CA
3. Toffee (this is a banoffee pie)
4. Uganda, #9 Cameroon, #10 Ghana
5. Banana boat
6. Philippines

7/11/17 – Crab


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Checking out the list of foods we’ve talked about, I see that crab has not been a food yet. Today that omission is corrected. Enjoy!

1. Six states have an official state crustacean. Blue crab is the official state crustacean of which state? Also, dungeness crab is the official state crustacean of which state?

2. Named after its shape, the hors d’oeuvres seen here are usually called “crab” what?

Question 2

3. The soup seen here, popular in Charleston SC, made with milk, crab/fish stock, crab meat, and traditionally crab roe, is named after a crab with what specific quality?

Question 3

4. Japanese for “ground meat”, name the paste made with fish or other meat, best known for being the product used to make imitation crab meat.

5. Name the appetizer seen here, often eaten with some tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.

Question 5

6. Another classic 5CT diagram question! What word has been blocked out of this photo?

Question 6



1. Maryland, Oregon
2. Fingers
3. Female (it’s called she-crab soup)
4. Surimi
5. Crab puff
6. Carapace

7/10/17 – Raisins

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Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

It’s a new week on Five Course Trivia, and while we’re here, let’s ask some more questions about food. In a controversy too dumb to talk about, my crossword friends are discussing raisins and foods that involve dried grapes. So, let’s start the week with some. Enjoy!

1. Similar to raisins, name the dried grape product seen here, especially popular in the UK, where the grapes used are seedless and are usually sweeter than raisins.

Question 1

2. What two words have been edited out of this image?

Question 2

3. The California Raisins, the famous product of the now defunct California Raisin Advisory Board, were best known for their performance of what 1968 hit?

4. The food seen here has what four-word name?

Question 4

5. Especially known for making the grapes shown in Question 1, what European country also called the “Motherland of Grapes” is the largest producer of raisins in the world, beating #2 United States?

6. Lorraine Collett, a model who attended the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco representing the California Associated Raisin Company, was the original face of what company?

7. Chocolate-covered raisins are often sold under what brand name, like by the ones by Nestle?


Question 7



1. Sultana
2. Rum Raisin
3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
4. Ants on a log
5. Turkey
6. Sun-Maid
7. Raisinets