5/24/17 – Bottled Water


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 an edition on bottled water, and I do ask you try to fill it back up so that it’s not a total waste. Enjoy!

1. Name the official bottled water brand for the Coca-Cola Company. The name apparently means nothing, as it was created by the Coke marketing team, where one exec joked its name evokes a “Roman god of water”, despite that its name is not similar at all to Fontus, Juturna, Neptune, Salacia, Tiberinus, or Volturnus.

2. Shown here is the logo for what non-Dallas Cowboys bottled water brand, a brand of mineral water from Italy currently owned by Nestle and named after the commune where its spring is located. According to legend, Leonardo da Vinci enjoyed the water when he was in its city in 1509.

Youg Chef 2015
Question 2

3. Pluto Water, a brand from French Lick, Indiana, was a brand of bottled water popular in the early 20th century. High in mineral salts, sodium, and magnesium sulfate, it advertised itself with the devil figure shown here, as advertised itself with slogans like “When Nature Won’t, Pluto Will!” and “America’s” what?

Question 3

4. Viti Levu, an island of around 4000 square feet and of 600,000 people, is the site of the aquifer that provides what water bottle brand’s source?

5. Name the brand of bottled water named for the spa city found on the southern shore of Lake Geneva, across the lake from Lausanne, Switzerland.

6. Give either the three or four letter word that would be found in the pink box in this chart.

Question 6


1. Dasani
2. San Pellegrino
3. Laxative
4. Fiji Water (Viti Levu is the largest island of the country, home to its capital Suva)
5. Evian
6. PET or PETE (short for Polyethylene terephthalate)

5/23/17 – Avocado


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 has occurred to me that I haven’t done a post about a fruit or vegetable in a while. I blame this mostly on running out of easy targets (Apples, Bananas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherries, Coconut, Corn, Cranberries, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Lemons, Lettuce, Mango, Okra, Olives, Onions, Pickles, Pineapple, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Watermelon). I should probably do a sequel to some of these, but today, we add Avocado to the list. Enjoy!

1. What two-word name was previously used for the avocado? Created by the texture of its rind, avocado probably entered English after a change of this other name, which was used in Spanish countries, like Central/South America.

2. Name this variety of avocado, the most produced avocado cultivar in the world. Named for a Southern California mail carrier, the 250-gram avocado shown here makes up 80% of the worldwide market of all avocados, as well as the majority of the market in Mexico.

Question 2

3. Besides avocado and cucumber, what meat is the central meat in a California sushi roll?

4. Whose recipe for guacamole is seen here? This document is a part of a concert rider (like making sure there are no green M&Ms backstage) of a certain musician, which was obtained via the Freedom of Information Act in 2015 from the University of Oklahoma.

5. Name the dish seen here. It was in the news a little bit this month for dumb reasons I won’t discuss here.

Question 5


1. Alligator pear
2. Hass
3. Crab meat (or imitation crab meat)
4. Jack White
5. Avocado toast

5/19/17 – Cattle or Texas


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.

Apparently, we had another F/D question a couple of days ago, so to inspect that:

Learned League precedent (LL73, MD3) – Blonde d’Aquitaine, Simmental, Limousin, Charolais, and Belgian Blue are all continental European breeds of what?

I guessed cat. The answer then popped up as being cattle, so I was half right. Just not the half TLE.

I definitely thought this was going to classify as a Science question since most animal things are science questions, so I did not notice at all that it was a food question. The five breeds shown here are meat cattle, but who knew. Now, I am currently 1 for 2 this season.

Today’s Friday quiz is a little different, and is inspired by last year’s Vegetable or Mineral. Since I don’t want to research the differences between different cattle, here’s the game: I’ll give you 14 alphabetical names. Seven are the names of cattle used for their beef, and seven are the names of towns and cities in the heart of ranch country, Texas. All cities have at least 5,000 people. Good luck!

1. Corriente
2. Dexter
3. Galloway
4. Leon Valley
5. Lowline
6. Marble Falls
7. Muleshoe
8. Murray Grey
9. Princeton
10. Red Oak
11. Red Poll
12. Santa Gertudis
13. Sinton
14. Trophy Club


1. Cattle (from Mexico)
2. Cattle (from Ireland)
3. Cattle (from Scotland)
4. Texas
5. Cattle (from Australia)
6. Texas
7. Texas
8. Cattle (from Australia)
9. Texas
10. Texas
11. Cattle (from England)
12. Cattle (from Texas actually)
13. Texas
14. Texas

5/18/17 – Doughnuts 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.

First of all, hopefully you got the LVMH question right yesterday, as that question was asked here on 5CT on our 1000th question anniversary talking about champagne! My Bus/Econ score is pretty terrible, so I’m glad that I’ve gotten at least two questions about food business.

As this weekend we head back to the city of Twin Peaks, Washington to find out what’s been going on in the American Northwest, I think we should revisit one of the town’s favorite foods. And since I’ve already written three coffee posts, let’s do doughnuts. Enjoy!

1. Name the man and restauranteur seen here.

Question 1

2. While the word “cruller” means fried pastry made from a rectangle of dough and made with a twisty shape, what word fills in the blank “___ cruller” to describe the classic doughnut shape pastry that you are probably more familiar with?

Question 2

3. The Fasnacht (or similar spelling) is a fried doughnut that is almost always created and eaten for which Christian celebration day?

Question 3

4. Name this bar-shaped, glaze-covered doughnut, similar to an eclair and associated I think to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic area. The name of the doughnut comes from the first two-thirds of a famous literary seafarer.

Question 4

5. Name the word covered up in this Inglewood, California establishment by icing and sprinkles.

Question 5

6. Associated with Chicago food history, what’s unique about a Brown Bobby doughnut?

Bonus 7: If you are looking for a damn fine cup of coffee, then you might pair that doughnut with a brand like Guji, Sidamo, Yirgachaffe, or Harar, all brands that originate in which country, the origin of the coffee arabica plant?


1. Tim Horton
2. French
3. Shrove Tuesday
4. Long John
5. Randy’s
6. They’re triangular
7. Ethiopia

5/17/17 – Breakfast Cereal 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.

Yesterday, we had our first Food/Drink question, so let’s go to the tape:

Learned League precedent (LL73, MD2) – In 1897, breakfast cereal titan Charles W. Post erroneously believed that the maltose sugar in his newly invented granular wheat cereal was glucose. According to this account, he misnamed this cereal what, after an older name for glucose and after the cereal’s flavor after toasting?

This was certainly a case of guessing without knowing. Fortunately for me, I wrote a trivia question last fall for a USC trivia night as part of the food round.

Alpha-Bits, Fruity Pebbles, Grape-Nuts, and Honey Bunches of Oats are all cereals produced by what company?

This question I wrote luckily made this question multiple choice, and I’m relieved only one of those made sense. Apparently, “grape sugar” was the name for glucose at one point, and it has a nutty flavor. I’ve never had a bowl of this, and I’m notorious for matching cereals with companies, so I’m glad this one worked out for me.

It’s been a while since we had a post about Post, here’s some questions about cereal. Enjoy!

1. The main round cereal pieces of Apple Jacks are colored what two colors?

2. What word has been edited out of this box cover.

Question 2

3. Which Kellogg’s cereal is shown in the bowl here?

Question 3

4. Debuting at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago (because everything was), what brand of hot cereal, a type of farina, is considered one of the first brand name cereals sold to the general public? 

5. “Are You Getting 100%” has been a slogan for what General Mills cereal?

6. This is a screenshot of a Cheerios commercial series that ran from 1994 to 1995. What set of famous characters appeared in the series of commercials?

Question 6

Learned League precedent: Friend-of-the-show Lee DiGeorge’s Breakfast Cereal 1DS. 


1. Orange and green
2. Flutie
3. Crispix
4. Cream of Wheat
5. Total
6. Peanuts

5/16/17 – Guy Fieri

Image: Celebrity Sightings In New York City - November 13, 2012

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.

Well, I just spent a week in Italy, and I enjoyed it immensely. Truly, the research I did writing those questions from last week did pay off, and I was way more comfortable and knowledgable of what was on the menu. But now I’m back in America, and a new season is upon us.

By the way, I hope you read the B Vitamins post so you could get one of those questions right yesterday!

Since I’m back in the US, I wanted to do something that was both Italian and American, so let’s have some questions about Guy Fieri! Enjoy!

1. With more than 24 seasons and starting in 2007 (which means the seasons are numbered dumbly), name Guy Fieri’s signature show, often nicknamed as “Triple D”. You have to get the words in the right order.

2. Guy’s first big break was when he won the second season ofwhat competition show, hosted by Bobby Flay since 2005? After Guy’s win, he was given his own show, starting his ascension into fame.

Question 2 (right before Emeril announces Guy as winner)

3. The ingredients of what condiment are shown here?

Question 3

4. Guy received a bunch of attention in 2012 after the New York Times reviewed his new restaurant Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square. It hilariously attacks all aspects of the restaurant, and has been listed as the most read restaurant review ever. One line is “When you hung that sign by the entrance that says, WELCOME TO ___ ___!, were you just messing with our heads?” Name this two (or one, no consistency) word phrase often used by Guy to describe ideal eating locations, where he talked about in detail with an interview in Vice.

Question 4

5. Guy has also forayed into other hosting jobs. Name the non-food NBC game show Guy hosted from 2010-2011, and for a bonus point, name the Olympian that hosted the GSN revival version of the show in 2013-2014.

6. With what type of product are the brands Fender and Cubavera closely associated with Guy Fieri?

Tomorrow: Other food trivia, non-Fieri based!


1. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (with the Oxford comma, so points for Guy)
2. Food Network Star
3. Donkey Sauce
4. Flavor Town (the review here, and the interview here)
5. Minute to Win It, Apolo Anton Ohno
6. His shirts

Carnival Cruise Lines Press Conference

5/4/17 – Italian Cheeses


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.

Happy Cinco de Cuatro everyone! Here at 5CT, everyone in the front office is going to Italy next week, and we thought it would pay off to learn some things about the food before we get there. By the way, for sending me a recommendation list of restaurants in Rome, Matt Maguire is now a honorary friend-of-the-show here at 5CT.

Having covered wine and desserts, I think talking about cheese would probably be a good idea. Enjoy!

1. What’s the Italian word for cheese?

2. The milk of the animal seen here is used to make what traditional Italian cheese.

Question 2

3. With about 48% fat, name this creamy cheese from Lombardy with a mild, salty-sweet flavor. This square cheese is really old, as writers like Cicero and Pliny the Elder have mentioned this cheese in their writing.

Question 3

4. Caprino cheese is made from the milk of what animal?

5. Name the Italian dessert seen here, and name the creamy cheese with a whipped cream consistency that is used as a central ingredient.

Question 5

6. This is an excerpt from the DOP logo for what hard Italian cheese, sometimes referred to as the “poor man’s Parmesan”.

Question 6

7. Meaning “beautiful country”, name this semi-soft cheese named for a book written by Italian geologist Antonio Stoppani about the history of the geology of Italy.

Question 7


1. Formaggio
2. Mozzarella (this is the Italian Mediterranean Buffalo)
3. Taleggio
4. Goat (from the word “capra” meaning goat, like Capricorn)
5. Tiramisu, Mascarpone
6. Asiago
7. Bel Paese