12/8/17 – Rum Cocktails

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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.

After having to finish a paper, I am now back. And we had a F/D question earlier this week, so let’s discuss it.

LearnedLeague precedent (LL75, MD14) – What drink served to British sailors in the Age of Sail, consisting (typically) of rum mixed with water, takes its name from the nickname borne by 18th-century British Admiral Edward Vernon from the waterproof cloak he wore?

The only word I knew that had to do with both rum and ships was “grog”, and I’m glad that was right. I had no idea that grog referred to an article of clothing. With this question, I’m 5 for 6.

Today, let’s go over some more cocktails that include rum. Enjoy matey!

1. In a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, rum makes up the “dark”. What drink makes up the “stormy”?

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2. Name the drink seen here, made with rum, vodka, Curaçao, and pineapple juice. It was first created in 1957 by bartender Harry Yee, which is four years before the movie that shares its name.

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3. With a name reflected how it was created by British Army soldiers in the 1890s, name this drink of black tea and rum.

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4. Name the word obscured in this photo.

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5. While the Hurricane cocktail made with rums and fruit juice is known for its curved glass, it is often served in what kind of container in New Orleans, where it was invented?

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6. ¿Cual bebida se prepara con ron, curacao, vermut y granadina, y comparte su nombre con un título para Lincoln o Roosevelt?

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ANSWERS BELOW:

 

1. Ginger beer
2. Blue Hawaii
3. Gunfire
4. Bushwacker
5. Plastic cups, because New Orleans doesn’t allow people drinking cocktails in the streets in glass containers
6. El Presidente

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12/5/17 – MSG

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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.

We had a F/D question not too long ago, so let’s go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL75, MD12) – AccentSazón, and Ve-Tsin are trade names for what chemical compound, which was first produced commercially in Japan as Aji-no-moto (“essence of taste”)?

I got this right. I know that MSG is short for monosodium glutamate which makes it a chemical compound, and I know that Asian food famously supposedly contains MSG in it. With that, I went MSG, and got it. I’m now 4 for 5 this season.

However, I genuinely don’t know too much more about MSG. In order to help both you and me out, here are some more questions about MSG. Enjoy!

1. The purpose of putting MSG into food is to increase the meaty, savory taste of what fifth taste, whose name comes from the Japanese for “pleasant savory taste”?

2. MSG was first isolated in 1908 by Kikunae Ikeda, who was trying to create the savory taste of what seaweed, popular in soups? Seen below are dried versions of this seaweed, while it is also served in sashimi or pickled. A tea you can make with this seaweed is coincidently also the name of a tea drink that has nothing to do with this seaweed.

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3. A 1968 letter to the New England Journal of Medicine coined what three-word condition, which says that consumers of MSG will experience headaches and other pains after eating foods that contain MSG? Various research since then has shown that this condition is mostly a mindset and not an actual symptom.

 

4. Seen here are what dehydrated polyhedrons, derived from the French for broth, and are made with salt, hydrogenated fat, and MSG?

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5. Glutamic acid is one of the twenty official members of what scientific group?

 

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Umami
2. Kombu
3. Chinese restaurant syndrome
4. Bouillon cube
5. Amino acids

12/1/17 – French Winefield

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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’s quiz is slightly different. Inspired by some of the minefield quizzes on Sporcle, you are going to have to navigate through a French vineyard. There is only one correct route that will take you from one corner to the other by only staying in RED grape varieties. All other squares in the vineyard are white grapes. Stepping into a white grape square will ruin this season’s grapes.

All of the grapes mentioned are in the top 50 most produced wines in France, by area.

You are only allows to go horizontal and vertical, no diagonal moves. Good luck!

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ANSWER BELOW:

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11/30/17 – Boston 2

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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.

We had a F/D question earlier this week, so let’s review:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL75, MD8) – In the food montage pictured, based on the clues provided by the names of items A-C, what is the full name (including geographic reference) of the item in the section labeled “D”?
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This question was kind of a letdown for me. I thought it was going to be something tricky, like the type of puzzles featured in the “What Comes Fourth?” 1Ds, but this seemed straightforward to me. That’s a Boston Market in A, and Boston baked beans in the bottom left. Also, the dessert in D is clearly a Boston cream pie. I am confident I would have gotten it without the other pictures around it. Apparently, Boston lettuce is also a thing. With this get, I’m now 3 for 4.

After my visit to MIT in January, I wrote our first Boston quiz, which featured trivia about both C and D above. So, with Boston on the brain, time to write some more questions about Old Bay’s largest city. Enjoy!

1. Name the restaurant seen here, first opened in 1826, which has been listed as the oldest restaurant running continuously in the US.

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2. “The French Chef”, the famed TV cooking program hosted by Julia Child, aired its episodes out of Boston, via what flagship PBS station in Boston, known by four letters?

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3. What three letter abbreviation does the Boston Beer Company trade under at the NYSE?

 

4. Since 2011, what hot dog company out of Chelsea, MA has been the official provider of Fenway Franks?

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5. Oh, Thorsten left out E. What is the name of this food, which includes the geographic reference?

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ANSWERS BELOW:

 

1. Union Oyster House
2. WGBH
3. SAM
4. Kayem
5. Boston brown bread

11/27/17 – Melt

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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.

Before the Thanksgiving break, we had a F/D question, so let’s review:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL75, MD6) – The name of what Swiss dish, whose batterie de cuisine includes a caquelon, a réchaud and probably some fourche à longue tige, comes from the French for “melted”?

Researching for this website helped me learn that “fondant” was also derived from the French for melted. I had never heard of these French words, but it still felt like fondue. Plus, I had to include a fondue question in my Swiss day. I’m now 2 for 3 for the season.

Also, some translations:
-Batterie de cuisine = The apparatus or set of utensils for serving or preparing a meal.
-Caquelon = a cooking vessel of stoneware, ceramic, enamelled cast iron, or porcelain for the preparation of fondue, also called a fondue pot
Réchaud = a portable electric appliance for heating or cooking or keeping food warm.
-Fourche à longue tige
= Literally, “long stemmed fork”

Today, let’s ask some questions about other foods that are melted. Enjoy!

1. Traditionally, what bread is used on a patty melt sandwich?

2. Invented in Paris in the 1850s, name the melted chocolate and cream mixture often used to coat desserts, whose name is French for “jowl”.

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3. Name the dish seen here, made with melted cheese and served on toasted bread, is not from the place its name indicates, nor made with any meat, including the one in the name of the dish?

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4. What word has been edited out of this photo?

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5. Piedras Negras, a city in the state of Coahuila, and is found over the border of Eagle Pass, Texas, is the birthplace of what dish, which was named for the matire d’ of a hotel in the Mexican city in 1943?

 

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Rye
2. Ganache
3. Welsh rabbit (or Welsh rarebit)
4. Baste
5. Nachos (named for Ignacio Anaya)

11/22/17 – Apple Cider

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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 Thanksgiving Week here at 5CT, and today we are extending our food range, and asking some questions about apple cider! Enjoy!

1. Name the brand of ciders with the logo seen here.

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2. You just HAVE to know this term used in making apple cider, which describes the mixture of unfermented juice and sugar that ferments into cider.

3. Now associated with Christmas, name the cider drink with a name from Old English meaning “be hale”, as a hot mulled cider. Traditionally, this drink was drunk from a namesake bowl.

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4. Seen here is the logo for what brand of cider, which is usually what I purchase here in Columbia?

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5. Name the drink seen here, an American brandy made with apple cider, that spends at least two years in wooden casks, and has 80 to 100 proof.

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6. Apple cider is the official drink of which state, which is home to the East Coast brewery of Redhook Ale?

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Strongbow
2. Must
3. Wassail
4. Angry Orchard
5. Applejack
6. New Hampshire

11/21/17 – Mashed Potatoes

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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 still Thanksgiving Week here at 5CT, so I’ll take care of some popular Thanksgiving foods all week! (I’ll take care of fondue next week). Today, we head a true perennial favorite with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

1. You’ll be a victor if you can name the Irish dish seen here, made with mashed potatoes and scallions, which differs from colcannon by not including kale and cabbage.

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2. Basically a version of bangers and mash, what nickname is given to the dish of mashed potatoes and sausage seen here, which might describe the sky during a WWI battle?

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3. Stamppot, a dish of mashed potatoes and smoked sausage, is a popular traditional dish in which country?

 

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4. Give the brand name edited out of this photo.

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5. What word accompanies “mince” in the name of a Scottish dish with minced beef and mashed potatoes?

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6. Besides water, what ingredient is used to uninstant a box of instant mashed potatoes?

 

ANSWERS:

1. Champ
2. Zeppelins in a fog
3. Netherlands
4. Idahoan
5. Tatties
6. Milk