8/21/17 – Eclipse

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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.

Today is the big day spacewise, as the solar eclipse has dawned on the US. Columbia, South Carolina is in the line of totality, so as you can imagine, that’s what I’ll be doing today. In honor of the alignment of the sun and moon, today’s post will ask five questions regarding both!

1. Complete this analogy. Blue Moon : MillerCoors :: ___ : Anheuser-Busch.

2. Grape, Strawberry Kiwi, Tropical Punch, Lemonade, and Surfer Cooler are some of the current varieties of what drink brand sold in pouches?

3. Shown here is part of the logo of what brand, created by Clif in 1999?

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4. Give the first name of Mr. Der Hairabedian seen here, who in 1926, founded roasted sunflower seed location in Fresno, California.

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5. A Moon Pie is almost always linked with the downing of an R.C. Cola. What does the RC in R.C. Cola represent?

6. Name the chip variety seen here.

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7. Named after the herb that is mixed in with the curds during the cheese making process and the English town where it’s made, name the green cheese seen here.

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8. What color is the bonnet worn by the Sun-Maid raisins girl?

9. Name the moon-faced 80s advertising icon seen here.

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10. Name the main alcohol in the cocktail seen here.

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ANSWERS BELOW:

 

1. Shock Top
2. Capri-Sun
3. LUNA Bar
4. David
5. Royal Crown
6. Garden Salsa
7. Sage Derby
8. Red
9. Mac Tonight
10. Tequila (its a Tequila Sunrise)

8/18/17 – Food Questions (w/ Mike Nothnagel)

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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.

This week is the last day of Guest Week here at FCT, and I’m inviting friends and supporters of the site to craft some of their own questions! Today, we have questions from Mike Nothnagel, a math professor at the Culinary Institute of America from Poughkeepsie, New York. He is also the residential quizzer of WAMC’s segment “Any Questions?“, which was the inspiration of today’s set. A fellow wordplay enthusiast, he has also written a challenge that you can participate in for a chance to win Five Course Trivia swag! Everything after this point was written by him. Enjoy!

1. In a commercial officially titled “Fluffy Bun,” three elderly women inspect a comically-large hamburger bun.  After the top half of the bun is lifted, an outraged Clara Peller asks what question?

2. What question follows these commercial jingle lyrics: “For that chocolate-y coated ice cream, loaded big and thick, no room for a stick”?

3. A 1993 commercial – the first in a series that continued through 2014 – features a history buff who calls into a radio station to answer a trivia question about Alexander Hamilton, but his response is unintelligible because he’s just eaten a peanut butter sandwich. What two-word slogan appears at the end of this commercial?

4. In a commercial that first aired in 1969, a young boy asks Mr. Owl, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” In addition to the owl, the original 60-second version of the ad shows the boy asking a cow, a fox, and what animal, which also appears in the 30-second version?

5. A scene from a commercial in which an aristocrat in a Rolls-Royce asks another aristocrat in a Rolls-Royce, “Pardon me, but would you have any Grey Poupon?” is referenced in the video for the 2017 song “Humble”, the lead single from the album Damn by what artist?

BONUSStart with the phrase TELEVISION AD. Change one letter to a G and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a type of cooking pot (or a dish cooked in such a pot) and a six-letter word for things that might be included in a dish cooked in such a pot. What are the words?

When you have your answer to the BONUS question, email cking.gow(at)gmail.com, and three submissions will receive an official Five Course Trivia coaster, hopefully to be finished by the end of summer! Submissions will be accepted until Monday, August 28th at 11:30.

Thanks again to Mike for crafting today’s questions! Well, that’ll do it for Guest Week, and once again, I want to thank all five of our guest writers that are now all officially friends-of-the-show. And on Monday, we got back to our regularly scheduled program with yours truly writing the questions. Thanks everyone, and have a great weekend!

ANSWERS BELOW:


1.  “Where’s the beef?” Apparently, Peller was supposed to say “Where is all the beef?” but couldn’t because of her emphysema. A year later, she found the beef in a commercial for Prego pasta sauce.

2. “What would you do for a Klondike bar?” Among the things people were willing to do: make monkey sounds, act like a chicken, and pretend to be a teapot.

3. “Got milk?” This commercial is recreated* in its entirety during Act Two of Hamilton.

4. A turtle. Mr. Turtle was voiced by Ralph James, who played Mork’s boss Orson on Mork & Mindy.

5. Kendrick Lamar. Other references to the famous mustard-passing scene have appeared in Wayne’s World, The Simpsons, and the classic 1991 Michael J. Fox film The Hard Way.

*not recreated

8/17/17 – French Fries (w/ Brandon Saunders)

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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.

This week is Guest Week here at FCT, and I’m inviting friends and supporters of the site to craft some of their own questions! Today, we have questions from Brandon Saunders, a professional quizzer from Queens, New York.  Everything after this point was written by him. Enjoy!

1. We know them as French fries, but they go by other names around the world. The British, for example, use WHAT TERM that Americans might recognize from frequently being paired with fish? Contrary to popular belief, Brits actually call the skinnier shoestring style ‘fries’ like we do; the answer specifically refers to the thicker, chunkier type.

2. WHAT IS THE NAME of the Québécois dish consisting of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds? Pictured below, its etymology is unknown but one popular etymology is that it comes from a local slang word meaning ‘mess’.

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3. As you might imagine, they are not called French fries in France. There, they are called “pommes frites”. When translating each word individually, however, this term means ‘fried apples’. This is because ‘pommes’ is really short for WHAT FRENCH PHRASE meaning ‘potato?

4. Originating in Korea, WHAT METEOROLOGICAL NAME is given to the treat the lady in the picture is holding?

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5. What would a quiz be without some regional bias, amirite? HOW, SPECIFICALLY, did this person get their fries? I’m looking for what you would have to say to the cashier to order it.

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6. Fry sauce is usually a combination of ketchup and mayonnaise. A very similar condiment popular in Argentina is named after WHAT SPORT, when a player invented it at a club in the 1920’s? (Interestingly but not of any relevance, that player would go on to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry decades later.)

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7. France is part of an ongoing dispute with WHICH COUNTRY over the invention of the French fry? The nation in question calls them ‘frites’ or ‘frieten’ in its most popular languages and serves them alongside mussels or steak in what are often considered national dishes.

 

8. WHAT BRAND sells these familiar, perhaps nostalgia-inducing Smiles, that, according to their packaging, are not french fries but instead “mashed potato shapes”?

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Thanks again to Brandon for crafting today’s questions! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Guest Week edition, where you’ll have a chance to win an official 5CT prize!

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Chips
2. Poutine
3. Pomme de terre
4. Tornado fries
5. “Animal style”
6. Golf (salsa golf)
7. Belgium
8. McCain

8/16/17 – Diamond Dining (w/ AJ Mass)

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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.

This week is Guest Week here at FCT, and I’m inviting friends and supporters of the site to craft some of their own questions! Today, we have questions from AJ Mass, a sportswriter originally from New York City. AJ is also the host of the podcast Beat My Guest, where you find out if you yourself can beat his guest. As a seasoned baseball writer and trivia writer, I was able to get him to combine those two fields for us today. Everything after this point was written by him. Enjoy!

1. The minor-league baseball team in Wilmington, Delaware has a special mascot that comes out to “celebrate” every time the Blue Rocks score a run. What is the name of this costumed character?

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2. Forget the peanuts and cracker jack. In Japan, the big hit at baseball games is Takoyaki, a popular street food from the Kansai region of the country. Here we see eight of the fried balls which traditionally contain what?

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3. He was a minor-league baseball player in Japan before a shoulder injury derailed his career plans. Who is this frequent ceremonial first pitch invitee, far better known for serving dishes on plates, rather than baseballs to them?

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4. New food offerings for 2017 include this concoction of “Boardwalk fries topped with in-house roast pork, sharp Provolone cheese sauce, cherry pepper aioli and chopped roasted long hots.” In what stadium can you purchase this, um, feast?

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5. Prior to this season, the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs held a contest to come up with a new nickname. The winning selection was based on a popular Mardi Gras treat, typically covered with colored sugar and tiny figurines. What is the team’s new name?

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Thanks again to AJ for crafting today’s questions! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Guest Week edition, where we’ll be talking French fries!

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Mr. Celery
2. Octopus
3. Masaharu Morimoto
4. Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
5. New Orleans Baby Cakes

8/15/17 – Great British Bake Off (w/ Ben Smith)

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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.

This week is Guest Week here at FCT, and I’m inviting friends and supporters of the site to craft some of their own questions! Today, we have questions from Ben Smith, a software engineer in Somerville, Massachusetts. A baking man himself as evidenced by his Instagram here, I was glad to get Ben to write about THE food programme. Everything after this point was written by him. Enjoy!

1. The closest the Great British Bake Off has had to a real controversy is “Bingate”, when a contestant threw their Chocolate, Black Sesame-Seed, and Coffee-flavored WHAT into the trash after another contestant had left their freezer’s door ajar?

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2. A Religieuse à l’ancienne (an example of which is shown below) is a tower of eclairs and custard in the shape of what type of religious figure?

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3. Let’s talk royal cakes:

a. A traditional New Orleans king cake can have a cream cheese, praline, or marzipan, but always includes what trinket baked inside one piece?

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b. The traditional British sponge sandwich cake is named after which queen?

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c. Princess cake was originally called grön tårta because of its green icing cover, but got a name change after the princesses of what country became fond of it?

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4. GBBO did an entire challenge all about mirror glaze cakes, which have fancy finishes like the one seen below.  What less-than-kosher, definitely-not-vegan-friendly ingredient gives them their shine?

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5. Finally, match the descriptions of these desserts that are waaaaaay too fussy for me to attempt baking with their name:

Charlotte Russe
Dampfnudel
Ile Flottante
Spanische Windtorte

a. Concentric rings/discs of French meringue and baked in the oven for structural stability, then stacked, filled with cream, and decorated with Italian meringue for shine.
b. Dough is divided into 10-12 rolls and poached in butter, milk, and sugar until golden brown and carmelized
c. Ladyfingers surround a fruit-flavored cream set with gelatin
d. Meringue is shaped into quenelles and poached in milk, cream, and vanilla, then served with a pool of creme anglaise made from the poaching liquid.
Thanks again to Ben for crafting today’s questions! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Guest Week edition, where we’ll be talking about the national pastime!
ANSWERS BELOW:
1. Baked Alaska.  Shown above is the one made by Diana, who claimed to have accidentally left the freezer door containing Iain’s Baked Alaska open when putting hers in to set.  She left before the next episode could start for “health reasons”, so we’ll never know if it was deliberate sabotage.
2. A nun.  I know, it doesn’t really look like a nun (or that appetizing, frankly), but it’s a nun.
3a. A plastic baby
3b. Queen Victoria.
3c. Sweden.  Your local Ikea sells a ton of these.  I’m more into their apple cake, frankly.
4. Mirror cakes get their gloss and shine from gelatin.  Mmmm, bones…
5a. Spanische Windtorte – despite the name, it’s Austrian, not Spanish.  I can barely make one type of meringue, much less two, and lack the patience to pipe one of these out AND make little fondant violets to decorate it with.
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5b. Dampfnudel.  These little guys look tasty but definitely fall in the “I would like someone else to make these for me” category of bread.
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5c. Charlotte Russe.  My favorite from a few seasons ago went out on this challenge after his strawberry filling wasn’t fully set and started to seem through the ladyfingers 😦
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5d. Ile Flottante (or Floating Islands).  This one’s pretty to look at, especially with the spun sugar on top.
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8/14/17 – Video Game Foods (w/ Jonathan Oakes)

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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.

This week is Guest Week here at FCT, and I’m inviting friends and supporters of the site to craft some of their own questions! Today, we have questions from Jonathan Oakes, an IT Business Partner in Jacksonville, Florida. For all you that follow trivia podcasts, Jonathan is the eminent host and creator of Trivial Warfare, which should be on your weekly listening list. Everything after this point was written by him. Enjoy!

1. Throughout the original Portal game, Chell advances to the end and is “motivated” by GLADoS by being assured there will be cake, which eventually turns out to be a lie. As evidenced by the chocolate and maraschino cherries, what type of cake with a geographic name is shown here, so delicious and moist?

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2. Elixir Soup is a powerful potion that is available to Link in 2003’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker. Whom does Link have to heal in order gain access to this potion? A person with this position appears in the name of a former Cooking Channel program hosted by Mo Rocca, discussing their ravioli.

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3. Nuka-Cola, and obvious sendup of Coke, was the most popular soft drink in the world before the Great War in what video game series?

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4. Introduced in Pokémon Generation III, what food item is able to cure any status effect from a hurt Pokémon? Bonus points if you can name the item as it was known in the original Japanese game.

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5. Snow Bear, Spark Lemon and Big Bad Pete are edible ice creams in what long running video game series developed by Square Enix?

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Thanks again to Jonathan for crafting today’s questions! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Guest Week edition!

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Black Forest
2. Grandmother
3. Fallout
4. Lava Cookie, Lavaridge Rice Crackers
5. Kingdom Hearts

8/11/17 – Chocolate Bar Descriptions

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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.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Next week is Guest Week at Five Course Trivia! I’ve invited 5 folks who are excellent at questions to entertain all of you before we roll back in with LL74! I’m very excited with the slate of authors, and I hope you will too.

Also, I may write a Saturday edition to make up for missed posts this week. We’ll see.

Anyway, today’s post is written as I was short on time, but still a fun concept. I’ll give you the basic description of a chocolate bar as described on the Wikipedia page “List of chocolate bar brands”, and all I want is for you to tell me the brand. No pictures. Just words. Good luck!

1. Cookie bar with two fingers of shortcake biscuit base topped with caramel and covered in chocolate

2. Caramel, peanut and nougat covered with white chocolate

3. Peanuts in granular milk chocolate

4. Chocolate nougat with caramel in chocolate coating

5. Honeycombed crunchy peanut butter candy center in milk chocolate (2 answers required)

6. Crunchy English-style almond toffee with milk chocolate coating

7. Caramel fudge center with peanuts and milk chocolate coating

8. Sweetened coconut enrobed in dark or milk chocolate

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Twix
2. Zero Bar
3. Mr. Goodbar
4. Milky Way
5. Butterfinger, 5th Avenue
6. Heath bar
7. Oh Henry!
8. Mounds