Test Your Eat-Q: Harvest Festivals

Harvest festival trivia from the James Beard Foundation Each fall cultures from all over the globe celebrate the harvest. Think you know something about these international traditions? Take a stab at this question: Which of these foods is most closely associated with the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival?
A.  Shumai B.  Preserved jellyfish C.  Scallion pancakes D.  Moon cakes
Click here to check out our full harvest festival quiz!

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Test Your Eat-Q: Barbecue

barbecue As summer’s final stretch approaches, we know we’ll be seeking out some seriously slow-and-low eats. And while we’re on the subject, do you know the answer to this barbecue question? Bones from this animal were found during an archaeological dig in the Czech Republic, uncovering “the world’s oldest barbecue”:
A. Brontosaurus B. Buffalo C. Woolly mammoth D. Hammerhead shark
We’ve got a whole slew of trivia, so click here to see if you really have a clue about ‘cue.

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

Coffee Plant Flowers We have a winner! Maybe this question was too easy—almost all of our commenters had the correct answer. JoAnn Lesh was randomly selected to take home our big prize from illy. As you can see from the photo above, coffee plant flowers are white. We thought we'd direct you over to the experts for details on the answer—illy's website has great information on how coffee travels from the ground to your cup. Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll be back with more illy coffee trivia after the 4th of July.

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

illy giveaway It’s time for another round of coffee trivia from illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos. Here’s our next question: A coffee plant’s flowers are what color? To win a fabulous prize from illy, simply put your answer in the comments below and a commenter with the correct answer will be chosen at random! Today’s prize? An illy Cappuccino Lover’s Gift Set. You’ll be drinking cappuccinos at home everyday when this great set lands in your kitchen. It includes two cans of medium roast ground espresso coffee, a latte art steaming pitcher, four illy logo cappuccino cups, and four demitasse stirrers. You have until today at 6:00 P.M. EST to get your answer

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

illy giveaway Thanks for playing folks! We’ve got our latest winner—congratulations to Bob Stein who correctly guessed that American-style drip coffee has the most caffeine per serving. A regular eight-ounce cup of drip coffee contains more caffeine than a one-ounce cup of espresso. The amount of caffeine in your favorite coffee beverage is relative to the length of time the coffee grounds are in contact with water and the temperature of that water. Drip coffee averages 120mg of caffeine per cup while espresso averages only 60-80mg per cup. We’ll be back with another illy giveaway the week of June 21.

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

We have another winner! Michael Nestrud correctly guessed that whole milk is best for making cappuccino. According to our expert whole milk creates a superior tasting cappuccino with creamier foam and perfect texture. Michael can look forward to a set of two cappuccino cups from illy’s Almodóvar Collection. Thanks to everyone who played! Tune in next week for more coffee trivia from Master Barista Giorgio Milos.

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

We’re back with more coffee knowledge from Master Barista Giorgio Milos. In addition to trivia, we’ve got a bonus video of the master himself demonstrating the perfect free-pour latte. (Does his art match the level of creativity we saw in our Latte Art Contest?)

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

We know you've all been shaking with caffeinated anticipation for the announcement of our first illy coffee trivia winner, so, without further ado, the lucky commenter is Chef Martin! He correctly guessed that Finland consumes the most coffee per capita out of all the European countries. (The average Finn downs 3–4 cups of java a day, usually sans milk and sugar—that’s hardcore!) Chef Martin, you will receive a copy of From Coffee to Espresso by Riccardo Illy and Francesco Illy. Our illy coffee trivia series will continue the week of May 24, so come back for another fix from Master Barista Giorgio Milos!

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee?

Italy takes its coffee seriously—so seriously, in fact, that the country has its very own Università del Caffè.  The coffee-centric educational mecca was founded by illy in Trieste and they have since opened nine international locations, each dedicated to disseminating knowledge about the origins, harvest, and preparation of world-class coffee. This year illy’s Master Barista (and Università del Caffè professor) Giorgio Milos is on a mission to bring some serious coffee knowledge to America’s java hounds. Lucky for us, his itinerary includes monthly stops at the Beard House where he chats with Beard on Books attendees and pours a mean espresso. For the next

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Eat-Q: Culinary Aphrodisiacs

candy heartsOur fascination with aphrodisiacs is nothing new. Mankind has been on the hunt for libido-fueling foods since, well, the birth of man, and our desperation can occasionally venture beyond good taste. For example, Aphrodite, the goddess of love in Greek mythology, considered the brains of a certain animal to be arousing. Can you guess which one?
A. Beetle B. Panther C. Snake D. Sparrow
See if you answered correctly—and check out our full list of aphrodisiac trivia—by clicking here.

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