6/1/17 – Spelling Bee 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.

Today is the finals of the National Spelling Bee! A big event for me, and I’m currently watching the prelims as we speak. We’ll talk about choux tomorrow.

I’ll give you the definition, language of origin, picture, and year a food appeared in the Bee, and you have to SPELL it. Take notes while you work. Unlike many words in the Bee, these are words that are way more likely you’ve seen on a menu.

1. A flat bread roll topped with chopped onions. Based on a Polish place name. 2015.

Question 1

2. A spicy Cajun stew made with vegetables and seafood. From Louisiana French. 2015

Question 2

3. An Italian dessert made of whipped and heated egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala wine, served hot or cold. From Italian. 2015.

Question 3

4. Especially in New Mexico, a deep-fried pastry, typically square, eaten with honey or sugar or as a bread. From German origin, to Spanish, to American Spanish. 2015.

Question 4

5. A medium dry sherry. From Spanish, based on a Spanish place name. 2014. (Also, appears in the name of a Poe short story)

Question 5

6. Cold cooked meats collectively;  a store selling cold cooked meats. From French. 2014.

Question 6

7. A rich white sauce made with chicken, veal, pork, or fish stock, thickened with cream and egg yolks. From French. 2014.

Question 7

8. A type of dumpling eaten especially in Jewish households during Passover. From Yiddish. 2013, and was the winning word.

Question 8


1. Bialy
2. Étouffée
3. Zabaglione
4. Sopapilla
5. Amontillado
6. Charcuterie
7. Veloute
8. Knaidel

5/30/17 – Zodiac


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.

So, back at LL HQ, I am currently 2 for 8. Right now, it’s seeing if I can stay above that relegation zone. I blame my current streak slightly to hard questions, but definitely to no food questions! C’mon, we’re 2/5 of the way through, and we’ve only had 2 food questions! And one of them was about cattle! I hope my luck will change soon.

Today’s installment will land squarely in the last spot on the alphabetical archive list. Twelve questions about tangential connections to the zodiac! Enjoy.

1. Aries – The meat of a sheep less than a year old is called “lamb”. The meat of an adult sheep is called “mutton”. What name is given to the meat of a juvenile sheep older than one year? The word is a homophone of the name of a famous movie character that kept sheep. Bah ram ewe.

2. Taurus – Although Skittles aren’t involve, the cocktail called a Skittle Bomb is made by using a shot glass of Cointreau and a glass of what other drink?

3. Gemini – In 1959, the twins Jayne and Joan Boyd were twins in a campaign ad for what product, first introduced in 1914?

4. Cancer – Name the appetizers seen here.

Question 4

5. Leo – Shown here is the logo for what company, founded in Salisbury, North Carolina?

Question 5

6. Virgo – Which country, by far, produces the most virgin olive oil, creating more than half of the world’s market?

7. Libra – What’s the largest number that appears on a standard grocery store produce scale (you know, the hanging up ones with the silver basket and a large white clock face)?

8. Scorpio – On a certain list, the Trinidad Morgua Scorpion is ranked #2. What’s ranked #1?

9. Sagittarius – What word means both a practice field for archery, notably as a practice field for longbowmen in England, as well as a cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg?

10. Capricorn – Mannish water, a goat soup with vegetables, is a cultural part and supposed aphrodisiac from what country?

Question 10

11. Aquarius – Name the Asian root vegetable seen here.

Question 11

12. Pisces – Malaco, a subsidiary of Cloetta, is known for their production of what confectionary?


1. Hogget
2. Red Bull
3. Doublemint Gum
4. Crab Rangoon
5. Food Lion
6. Spain
7. 9
8. Carolina Reaper (hottest peppers in the world)
9. Butt (like Boston butt)
10. Jamaica
11. Water chestnut
12. Swedish fish

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