9/24/18 – Food Names


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 last day of LL78! I hope you’ve landed where you wanted this season. And if you didn’t, I bet next season has questions you’re going to know.

So, I have a full time job now! I work as the assistant to the graduate advisor in the Languages department at USC. And while that is exciting, it did take a hit of trying to post food trivia at 11:30 am. But, that can’t deter me too much. We did have food questions this LL78, and I still mean to do the recaps. Let’s move into it now:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL78, MD7) – What nickname (usually for a male) is also used as a term for the well-marbled primal cut of beef from the neck, shoulder blade, and upper arm? In the 19th century, the word was commonly used as a slang term for any food.

We’ve covered diagrams of animals before, and the meat cut that shares its name with a guy is chuck. With that, I’ve gone 2 for 2.

Since I’m not feeling writing questions about beef, here’s a few questions about foods that are so popular, we are naming our children them. Enjoy! Bonus points if your actual first name is one of the following answers.

1. Barack, another well-known name, is a Hungarian apricot form of what kind of alcohol, which is usually enjoyed in a sifter?

2. Name the cheese seen here, named after the Wisconsin town where it was first made in 1885?

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3. A Salade niçoise, a salad from the French city of Nice, usually consists of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, capers, and what other central ingredient?

4. The meat seen here is named for what city of 1.5 million people?

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5. What food has been obscured in this book cover?

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6. Boldo, chervil, epazote, hyssop, lovage, rue, and woodruff are all examples of what type of culinary item?


7. Besides Scotch whisky, what is the main ingredient of the Scottish liqueur Drambuie, which give it its color?

Good luck today!


1. Brandy
2. Colby
3. Olive
4. Kobe
5. Madeleine
6. Herb
7. Honey



8/27/18 – Capital Foods


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.

Somehow, in the first week of LL78, there’s only been one food question, so let’s go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL78, MD1) – Among the many cultivars of the species Brassica oleracea, which cultivar is the most common and popular one that is named after a European capital?

I didn’t know this for sure, but I took a good stab. “Cultivar” means fruit or vegetable, and the only one of those I could name after a European capital was the Brussels sprout, the right answer. Apparently, Brassica oleracea also contains broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, and kale. I am now 1 for 1 this season.

Today’s quiz is a nice geography challenge. I’ll give you a picture of a food that is named for a world capital, you name the country that capital is found. Good luck!

1. (This one is named after two cities. The first one is the capital)

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1. France (Paris-Brest)
2. Austria (Vienna sausage)
3. China (Peking duck, Peking being a former name of Beijing)
4. Cuba (Habanero pepper, Habanero meaning “from Havana”)
5. Peru (Lima beans)
6. Germany (Berliner)
7. Syria (Damson plum, named after Damascus)
8. Israel (Jerusalem artichoke)
9. Italy (Romano cheese)
10. Ukraine (Chicken Kiev)

8/20/18 – Tarot Cards


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 LL78! I am back, and I am really excited for a brand new season. Not going to lie, I am in it to win it, and I’m hoping I get some good breaks and some good questions. Also, I wish you the best on your quest this new season.

In the spirit of thematic openers, I figured tarot cards would be great for LL78, as there are 78 cards in a full tarot deck. Today, I present one question for each of the cards in the Major Arcana. Good luck!

0. The Fool. Similar to a trifle, a fool is a traditional English dessert made with whipped cream and pureed fruit. While raspberry and strawberry are favorites, what is the traditional fruit used to make a fool, found in the former name for kiwis?

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1. The Magician. What is the two-word name of the container seen here, once used in food production, that Houdini would escape from even though the container would be filled with water?

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2. The High Priestess. What alternate name for a sub sandwich shares its name with the priestess of Aphrodite from Greek mythology, who lived in a tower on one side of the Hellespont strait?

3. The Empress. The Fairmont Empress Hotel, founded in 1908 in Victoria, British Columbia, is probably best known for what daily tradition?

4. The Emperor. What bread product is believed to have received its name due to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III in 1437 ordered to have his profile stamped into the top of each product?

5. The Hierophant (also called The Pope). The dessert Pio Quinto, named for Pope Pius V, is cake soaked with rum, topped with custard and raisins, and sprinkled with cinnamon, is from what Central American country? The national dish of this country is the rice and beans dish gallo pinto.

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6. The Lovers. Of honey bun, sugar pie, dumpling, or jellybean, which one is an official state food of Indiana?

7. The Chariot. In a French restaurant, what would you find on a chariot?

8. Strength. What common baking ingredient is graded on its strength by a numerical “fold”, ranking from double-fold (2X) to twenty-fold (20X)?

9. The Hermit. A crab puff is a ball of crab meat that has been what?

10. Wheel of Fortune. Solve this puzzle. Talk it out. Good luck.

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11. Justice. Olive Wendell Holmes wrote the dissenting opinion to the 5-4 1905 Supreme Court case Lochner v. New York, which struck down a law that limited the number of hours what type of workers in the food industry had to work weekly? One of the most unpopular decisions of all time, this case led to the Lochner era which saw the courts creating a period of pro-contract rights decisions.

12. The Hanged Man. Name the southern Italian cheese seen here, whose name literally translates to “horse cheese”, as a pair of the hanging cheese would straddle the branch from which they were hanging.

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13. Death. What’s the main alcohol in a Zombie cocktail?

14. Temperance. Name the American figure who published the newspaper “The Hatchet” during the anti-alcohol Prohibition era.

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15. The Devil. Name the company that uses the logo seen here. The blue part is an edit I made.

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16. The Tower. There are two restaurants in the Eiffel Tower: Le 58 Tour Eiffel, and a Michelin star-rated restaurant named after what French author, whose first novel was 1863’s “Five Weeks in a Balloon”?

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17. The Star. What product made by the Wrigley Company was originally called “Opal Fruits”?

18. The Moon. Basically two-thirds of a Moon Pie, name the treat seen here.

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19. The Sun. What is the PepsiCo equivalent of Sun Drop?

20. Judgement. Name the judge seen here.

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21. The World. Ranked #1 on the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the New York restaurant seen here can be found on what avenue, as evidenced by the restaurants name?

Good luck this season!


0. Gooseberry
1. Milk can
2. Hero
3. Afternoon tea at 4
4. Kaiser roll
5. Nicaragua
6. Sugar pie
7. Desserts (it’s the dessert cart)
8. Vanilla extract
9. Battered and deep fried
11. Bakers
12. Caciocavallo
13. Rum
14. Carrie Nation
15. Underwood Deviled Ham
16. Jules Verne
17. Starburst
18. Mallomars
19. Mountain Dew
20. Paul Hollywood
21. Madison Avenue (it’s called 11 Maddison Park)

8/13/18 – Bread Identification


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 been a month, but 5CT is back. Had to take care of some job stuff, but I do enjoy writing about the food trivia. And especially since we have a new season starting next week!

Today’s quiz is straightforward enough. Given a picture of a bread, name what type it is. This is more or less the macro version of the three Noodle Identification quizzes already on this site. Enjoy!


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1. Pumpernickel
2. Sourdough
3. Naan
4. Soda bread
5. Matzo
6. Frybread
7. Rye
8. Injera
9. Muffuletta
10. Cornbread



7/10/18 – Garlic


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.

A new week, and a new vegetable we haven’t asked about on 5CT. Seems that garlic has missed being a topic, despite being hard to miss. Here are those pungent questions. Enjoy!

1. Daube, a stew of beef braised in wine and with vegetables and garlic, is typical of the cuisine of what European region? Dishes in this region are typically made with tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil.

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2. Although associated with a different country, what dish pictured here takes its name from the Portuguese for “meat in garlic wine marinade”?

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3. You should get your hands on what dish shown here, popular eastern Canada and Wisconsin?

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4. During the Middle Ages, what city was the site of the creation of agliata, a garlic sauce that eventually became pesto?

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5. Often seen in French, Cajun, and Quebecois cuisine, what sauce is made of parsley and garlic, and often used atop chicken or oysters?

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6. Although China leads the world in garlic production by far, the US ranks 10th in garlic producing countries. What California city and “garlic capital of the world” is the hub of garlic production in the US, which is home to an annual July festival? The city name is also the surname of playwright Frank who wrote the Pulitzer and Tony winning 1964 play “The Subject Was Roses”.

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1.  Provence, France
2. Vindaloo (from Goa, a former Portuguese colony now Indian, from the dish “Carne de vinha d’alhos”)
3. Garlic fingers
4. Genoa
5. Persillade
6. Gilroy

7/5/18 – Asparagus


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 Fourth, we had a question, so going to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL77, MD24) – The items in this montage (not pictured to scale) were all produced specifically for preparing or serving what vegetable?
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So apparently, you use these things to cook and prepare asparagus. Top left is a peeler or cutter, top middle is a steamer, top right is a plate for holding asparagus and a sauce pot, and the bottom is a pair of asparagus tongs. I put potato, because you definitely peel potatoes. From what I understand, the tongs are the thing to know, as fancy people have their own server for asparagus. With this miss, looks like I’ll go 6 for 9 for the season.

Well, while we are talking about asparagus, here’s a few more questions about it. Enjoy!

1. The three main varieties of asparagus are typically classified into colors. Besides green, what are the other two colors?

2.  The first documented recipe for what sauce was written in author François Pierre de la Varenne’s 1651 cookbook Le Cuisinier françois under the heading “asparagus with fragrant sauce”?

3. Named after the king of Sweden from 1872 to 1902, name the dish seen here made with calf meat, topped with crab or crayfish, bearnaise sauce, and asparagus?

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4. Also called “mountain asparagus”, what three letter name is given to the Japanese vegetable seen here, whose roots are often cooked like asparagus and served in miso soup?

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5. Asparagus contains asparagusic acid. Scientists believe that asparagusic acid is mostly closely connected to what effect?



1. White and purple
2. Hollandaise sauce
3. Veal Oscar
4. Udo
5. Making urine smell

7/4/18 – Hot Dogs 3

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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.

Tomorrow is the final day of the season! Good luck with it, and hopefully you land where you want.

Today is the Fourth of July, and that means lots of annual tradition, including watching the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. While we find out if Joey or Matt wins, I have some questions for you. I’ve written twelve questions each for Hot Dogs and Hot Dogs 2, so here are twelve more. Happy Fourth!

1. What’s the only MLB team whose home stadium sells more sausages than hot dogs?

2. First sold in Mexico, what alliterative name is given to hot dogs that are bacon wrapped and often fried?

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3. Shown here is the logo of what famous Manhattan hot dog location, which Julia Child called the best hot dog in New York?

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4. Slightly different than the most common type, the top-loading hot dog bun seen here is named for what region?

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5. The character seen here that became an Internet meme in 2017 is associated with what company?

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6. Named after its shape, what slang term for hot dog has the initials TS? Not a great question, but apparently this is a thing.

7. Known for its hot dogs, the restaurant seen here is considered the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world. Give the name of this restaurant, and name the city where it is found.

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8. The Montreal hot dog and the Carolina hot dog are unique as they both feature what ingredient?

9. According to their classic jingle, what brand of hot dogs are enjoyed by both kids who climb on rocks and by kids with chicken pox?

10. Soy meat, which is often used to create vegan hot dogs, is sometimes called by a three-word term abbreviated TVP. What does TVP stand for?

11. The hot dog seen here, which is topped with a chili first created by Macedonian immigrants as well as shredded cheese, is native to what Midwestern city? The chili is also used for spaghetti in the city, and is the signature ingredient of the chains Gold Star Chili and Skyline Chili.

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12. What 2011 comedy song’s music video features this scene?

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1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. Danger dog
3. Papaya King
4. New England
5. Snapchat
6. Tube steak
7. The Varsity, Atlanta
8. Coleslaw
9. Armour Hot Dogs
10. Textured vegetable protein
11. Cincinnati
12. “Threw It On The Ground” by The Lonely Island