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


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 Blackwell, 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’.

Question 2

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?

Question 4

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.

Question 5

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.)

Question 6

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”?

Question 8

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!


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

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