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1. Food in the stomach is referred to as?


answer Answer: chyme

Interesting Information:
Chyme is the semifluid mass into which food is converted by gastric secretion and which passes from the stomach into the small intestine. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
glottialus, crimeon, masticacious

2. What was the first USA city to put fluoride in the drinking water?


answer Answer: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Interesting Information:
When Grand Rapids initiated this practice in 1945, there was supposed to be a fifteen year study period to see the consequences; just one year after, however, five more cities began to use fluoride. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Detroit, Michigan, Loma Linda, California, Cedar Falls, Iowa

3. What male singer that recorded a cover of "Putting on the Ritz" in 1982 shares the same name as a food dish?


answer Answer: Taco

Interesting Information:
Taco Ockerse from Holland was the man that revived Irvin Berlin's "Putting on the Ritz". Even though it was recorded in 1982, it didn't gain fame in the U.S. until 1983, when it reached number four in the "Hot 100" billboard. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Burrito, Lasagna, Omelette

4. What is the main ingredient in the dish "Colonial Goose"?


answer Answer: Mutton

Interesting Information:
This dish, popular in Australia and New Zealand for much of the 20th century, is now considered a bit old-fashioned. It involved taking a leg of mutton, breaking the bone so as to create a rough facsimile of a goose, stuffing it, and roasting it. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Goose, Turkey, Kangaroo

5. In "The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea", what foodstuff did they take with them?


answer Answer: Honey

Interesting Information:
The actual words are "They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five pound note". The nonsense poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" was written by Edward Lear in 1871. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Happy Meals, Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Doritos

6. The hot and spicy curry style known as Vindaloo is, surprisingly, not originally Indian at all, but is based on a dish from which European country?


answer Answer: Portugal

Interesting Information:
Vindaloo derives from the Portuguese dish "Carne de Vinha d'Alhos", a stew of pork cooked in garlic wine. It was brought to Goa by sixteenth-century Portuguese colonists, and subsequently spiced up and re-introduced in the twentieth century to Indian restaurants throughout the UK and elsewhere. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Great Britain, Switzerland, Norway

7. Webster's dictionary describes this food as a "fattened steer, bull, or ox used for meat". What is it?


answer Answer: beef

Interesting Information:
Beef is high in protein, but can also be very fatty. Kobe beef, in my opinion, is the best quality beef you can have. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
venison, steak, fowl

8. What dish, consisting of paper-thin slices of raw beef filet seasoned with a light vinaigrette, derives its name from a Venetian Renaissance painter?


answer Answer: Carpaccio

Interesting Information:
"Carpaccio" was invented in the 50's at "Harry's Bar", the legendary restaurant in Venice that has hosted innumerable celebrities, such as Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Maria Callas and the Aga Khan. It was named after the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio (1450-1525), who was noted for his abundant use of the colour red.
Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Giotto, Caravaggio, Donatello

9. What is the main spice in the Spanish dish paella?


answer Answer: saffron

Interesting Information:
Paella is a rice dish from Valencia which traditionally includes chicken, rabbit, beans, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and of course, saffron. Other versions include various sorts of seafood, including mussels, shrimp and squid. Paella is traditionally made in a broad shallow pan called a paellera. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
ginger, turmeric, cumin

10. Which well known soft drink originally sold their brand in a "Hobble skirt" bottle?


answer Answer: Coca-Cola

Interesting Information:
Created in 1915 by bottle designer Earl R. Dean, the Coca-Cola company launched a competition to create a new bottle for the soft drink. The "Hobble skirt" won; the bottle then could be recognised even if felt in the dark and so shaped as to distinguish it from other brands of soft drink. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Pepsi, 7up, Tizer

11. In which country is the traditional birthday celebration food a "sou bao"?


answer Answer: China

Interesting Information:
A sou bao is a pastry confection, filled with lotus paste, then shaped and coloured to look like a peach. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Brazil, Scotland, South Africa

12. Phal, Madras and Korma are all types of which food?


answer Answer: Curry

Interesting Information:
A curry called the 'Bollywood Burner', was created by chef Vivek Singh, at The Cinnamon Club in London in 2008. The curry was created at the request of Sir Richard Branson to promote his 'Bollywood on Demand' service. The curry is so hot that diners have to sign a disclaimer prior to eating it. One of the ingredients is the Naga pepper and its seeds, which is more than a 100 times hotter than a Jalapeno pepper! Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Pasta, Sushi, Soup

13. By what name is the American fast food chain Burger King known in Australia?


answer Answer: Hungry Jack's

Interesting Information:
When Burger King wanted to expand into Australia, they discovered that the name Burger King was already registered to another business so they had to change their name. Hungry Jack's was selected and the first restaurant opened in Perth, Western Australia, in 1971. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Fast Eddy's, Surf Burgers, Wimpy's

14. Who went from drinking Gold Blend to starring in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" before becoming an alien in "Dr Who"?


answer Answer: Anthony Head

Interesting Information:
In the 1980s Anthony Head appeared in a series of twelve coffee commercials for Gold Blend. In 1997 he took on the role of Rupert Giles in "Buffy" and was a regular cast member for several seasons. The "Doctor Who" role was as an alien head teacher in the episode "School Reunion" with the 10th doctor in 2006. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Nicholas Brendon, David Boreanaz, Rupert Giles

15. Which food item connects a 1970s American band featuring David Gates and a 1980s British sitcom written by Carla Lane?


answer Answer: Bread

Interesting Information:
David Gates was the main songwriter for the American band Bread. They had hits with such songs as "If", "It Don't Matter To Me" and "Guitar Man".
Carla Lane's sitcom "Bread" was set in Liverpool and featured the machinations of the Boswell family. The grown-up children all lived at home with their parents and survived with a combination of dodgy dealings, benefit fraud and occasionally legitimate employment. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Rice, Potato, Chocolate

16. What did Elmer Doolin call the snack food whose recipe he bought from a down-on-his-luck Mexican in 1932?


answer Answer: Fritos

Interesting Information:
In 1932, struggling ice-cream businessman Elmer Doolin bought the salty snack's recipe and founded the Frito Company in Texas, where they began manufacturing Frito corn chips. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cheetos, Tamales, Tacos

17. Which Travel Channel network series highlights food challenges and other pig-out places around America?


answer Answer: Man v. Food

Interesting Information:
"Man v. Food", which premiered on December 3, 2008, follows Adam Richman as he attempts to tackle restaurant food challenges around the USA. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Food Paradise

18. In a 2008 survey on "Britain's favourite tipple", which drink came out on top as the most popular amongst adult UK residents?


answer Answer: Wine

Interesting Information:
38% of the 18,000 respondents went for wine, whilst only 27% opted for beer or lager as their favourite tipple.

14% chose spirits, whilst 10% chose cocktails or alcopops. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Beer or lager, Spirits, Cocktails/ Alcopops

19. What drink can be identified by the advertising slogan, "Any time, any place, anywhere"?


answer Answer: Martini

Interesting Information:
The full slogan is, "Any time, any place, anywhere. There's a wonderful world you can share. It's the bright one, the right one, that's Martini". This was first used in the 1971 and Erica Wills was the 'Martini Girl'. George Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow have also starred in Martini adverts. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Pimms, Baileys Irish Cream, Guinness

20. On "The Simpsons", what is the name of the fast food joint owned by Krusty the Clown?


answer Answer: Krusty Burger

Interesting Information:
The Simpsons are seen going to Krusty Burger multiple times for hamburgers and other fast food. It's run by Krusty, an incompetent drug-using clown. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
McKrusty's, The Krusty Krab, Krusty King

21. If a dish is 'a la crecy' with what is it garnished?


answer Answer: Carrots

Interesting Information:
"A la crecy" is a French term referring to dishes cooked or garnished with carrots. The name comes from a place called Crécy in France. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cabbage, Spinach, Oranges

22. Which '90s grunge band sings "Sit and drink Pennyroyal tea, I'm anemic royalty"?


answer Answer: Nirvana

Interesting Information:
Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain wrote "Pennyroyal Tea" in 1990. However, the song did not appear on an album until "In Utero" in 1993. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Smashing Pumpkins

23. "The Captain Midnight Show" on both the radio in the 1930s and 40s and television in the 1950s was sponsored by which drink?


answer Answer: Ovaltine

Interesting Information:
A typical opening for the program was "Hello, Secret Squadron members. We'll get right to our thrilling story in a moment, but first let me tell you how Ovaltine builds strength and health ..." Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Kool-Aid, Royal Crown Cola, Nestlé's Quik

24. Besides pasta, what is the main ingredient in the Italian dish "pasta e fagioli"?


answer Answer: Beans

Interesting Information:
This meatless dish can be prepared as a soup or, with the help of a few tomatoes, as a plated pasta. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Asparagus, Fennel, Eggplant

25. The roots of the cassava plant are used to make what food item often used in puddings?


answer Answer: Tapioca

Interesting Information:
Cassava is a shrub that was first found in South America. It has become an important staple in the diets of those living in tropical or subtropical regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and Thailand. The cassava root is mineral-laden and has a high density of starch for caloric loading. Flour can be produced from the root which, when treated and dried, is used to make tapioca. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla

26. A nineteenth-century drinking song is the musical accompaniment of which lively dance?


answer Answer: Brown Jug Polka

Interesting Information:
"Little Brown Jug" is a drinking song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner. Although the lyrics of the song relate the difficulties of life for an alcoholic, the tune is bright and cheerful. Many people are only familiar with some variant of the chorus (which has been modified along with the verses in order to make it into a children's song): "Ha, ha, ha, you and me, Little brown jug, don't I love thee! Ha, ha, ha, you and me, Little brown jug, don't I love thee!" Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Bunny Hop, Mexican Hat Dance, Tango

27. According to Catholic teachings, which of the seven deadly sins is greed for food?


answer Answer: gluttony

Interesting Information:
According to early Catholic teachings, serious sin can be broken down in to seven categories; wrath, pride, gluttony, greed, sloth, envy and lust. Each sin has a corresponding virtue; patience, humility, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness and chastity. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
pride, lust, wrath

28. What kind of drink is a mocktail?


answer Answer: A non-alcoholic cocktail

Interesting Information:
Mocktails, or virgin cocktails, are drinks which are made from varying components much like cocktails, but don't contain any alcohol. Typical mixtures can contain sodas, juices, teas, coffees or tonic water. One example of a mocktail is a Virgin Mary, which is prepared identically to a Bloody Mary, except for the vodka. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
A cocktail set on fire, A cocktail containing vodka, A cocktail containing coffee

29. Tapas is the name given to a tradition of serving various small snacks with drinks. From which country does this originate?


answer Answer: Spain

Interesting Information:
Tapas literally means a cover or lid. It comes from an old habit of placing a slice of bread or a piece of ham on top of one's wine glass, perhaps to keep out insects. This was the precursor of modern-day Tapas which can be just about anything the establishment chooses to titillate your taste buds. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Turkey, Greece, Italy

30. What is Precious Ramotswe's favorite beverage, of which she partakes throughout her busy days at the "No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"?


answer Answer: Bush tea

Interesting Information:
Mma Ramotswe loves her bush tea. Made from Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), a plant which grows in the south of Africa, bush tea has been proven to have many beneficial properties. In his delightful series of Precious Ramotswe novels, author Alexander McCall Smith makes frequent mention of his heroine's penchant for bush tea. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
English Breakfast tea, Coffee, Coca-Cola

31. Who was the female actor who provided us with such characters as Claire Standish and Andie Walsh?


answer Answer: Molly Ringwald

Interesting Information:
Molly played Claire Standish in one of my favourite John Hughes movies "The Breakfast Club" (1985). She played Andie in the 1986 movie "Pretty in Pink". Molly had a knack for playing the outcast. Molly continues to act today and was seen in episodes in 2009 of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Demi Moore, Alison Janney, Ally Sheedy

32. Many horses sport a reddish-brown coat, mane, and tail. What is the name of this coat colour?


answer Answer: chestnut

Interesting Information:
The chestnut colouring is a recessive trait. That means that a horse can only be chestnut if it receives a copy of the chestnut gene from each of its parents. In addition, if two chestnut horses are bred to each other, their offspring will also be chestnut. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
bay, grey, tobiano

33. The oyster pail is a common sight in the fast food industry (especially in North America). What is it used for?


answer Answer: Holding Chinese take-out

Interesting Information:
Developed in the early 20th century, oyster pails were originally used for gathering seafood from the ocean. They were subsequently used to hold honey. They became associated with Chinese take-away food after World War II. The trapezoidal shape is easily recognized and does a good job insulating the food. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Serving oysters, Chilling drinks, Blending sauces

34. What's the term for a person who doesn't eat meat or poultry, but eats seafood?


answer Answer: Pescetarian

Interesting Information:
A pescetarian eats seafood, i.e. fish or shellfish, but doesn't eat meat or poultry. Famous pescetarians are David Duchovny, Steve Jobs and Mary Tyler Moore. Vegetarians don't eat any meat, poultry or seafood, while vegans don't use animal products of any kind. The definitions for all of these diets vary, especially for fruitarianism, a diet which only consists of fruit, in some extreme cases only fruit which has fallen from a plant. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Vegan, Vegetarian, Fruitarian

35. What type of beverage is most closely associated with the Portuguese city of Porto?


answer Answer: a fortified wine

Interesting Information:
The fortified wine called Port or Port wine was named for the harbour city of Porto as far back as the 17th century. It is produced in the surrounding Douro river valley. Port is basically a red wine made primarily from Touriga grapes, fortified by adding brandy, and then aged in barrels. Good Port goes amazingly well with strong cheese...
By the way, there is a dark beer called Porter, but it has nothing to do with Port or Porto. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
a strong brew of coffee, a dark beer, a cherry-flavoured liqueur
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