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Dining with David & Myra | Testing "Food IQ" Part 2 | Entertainment

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Since we started writing this column, we’ve learned a lot about food, cooking, and the great restaurant and food service community. It was fun and educational. We also learned how knowledgeable our readers are on these topics.

So, in February, I thought it might be fun and interesting to move away from the usual dietary review column and instead share some interesting and informative food facts and trivia. It was well received and the reader’s enthusiastic reaction to the column decided to start over with a new question to test “Food IQ”. Please enjoy this column. The answer is as follows.


  1. Where was American cheese invented?
  2. Do fresh eggs float?
  3. What percentage of Twinkie is air?
  4. Almond nuts?
  5. What is the most stolen food in the world?
  6. What did the famous Amos do before it became known for cookies?
  7. In which city of Italy was pizza born?
  8. What is Roti?
  9. How many seeds do strawberries contain?
  10. How many orange segments are there?
  11. What are the terms that describe the process of slowly cooking meat to reduce fat?
  12. In what country did the “The Iron Chef” show start?
  13. The top three days of food consumption in the United States are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other days.
  14. What is Single Spaghetti Noodles?
  15. Is it white chocolate chocolate?
  16. What are the ingredients for ganache?
  17. What was the profession of William Morrison, who invented cotton candy?
  18. What is sushi usually wrapped in?
  19. Where did Chimichurri come from?
  20. Does the celebrity who wrote the song “Bad Romance” own and run a popular restaurant in New York City?
  21. How much caffeine do you need to remove from your coffee to describe it as decaffeinated?
  22. What is the hottest part of chili peppers?
  23. Which vegetables does sauerkraut come from?
  24. Which tree will bear fruit until 300 years?
  25. What are the official fruits of Vermont?


  1. Switzerland in 1911
  2. No. The fresher the egg, the faster it will fall to the bottom.Floating eggs should be thrown away
  3. 68%
  4. No, they are seeds surrounded by a hard fruit cover
  5. Cheese; up to 4% of the world’s cheese production is stolen each year
  6. He was a talent agent representing Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and more.
  7. Naples
  8. Round flatbread popular in India and other neighboring countries
  9. 200 (and strawberries are not technically berries)
  10. Usually 10
  11. rendering
  12. Japan
  13. Super bowl sundae
  14. spaghetti
  15. No, sugar, milk, vanilla, lecithin, cocoa butter
  16. Whipped cream and melted chocolate
  17. Dentist (ha, ha)
  18. seaweed
  19. Argentina
  20. Lady Gaga owns Joanne Trattoria. She has her real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
  21. At least 97%
  22. Tips
  23. cabbage
  24. Mango tree
  25. Apples; Vermont produces over 1 million bushels annually

Check out the next “Meal with David & Myra” column, which reviews Manchester’s crooked ram, one of America’s best bars 2021 by Esquire magazine.

David Meiselman and Myra Packman are food and restaurant columnists at Vermont News & Media. They can be reached at