If you're looking for boring or bland, you've come to the wrong place. Grab a habanero and test your taste bud tolerance with our adventures in eating quiz!
True or false: The wait staff of dark dining restaurants are often blind or visually impaired.
That's true. The blind or visually impaired can navigate the tables at a restaurant whether the room is lit or not. It's like one restaurant owner said, "This has been considered a disability, now it's their ability."
According to a 2009 list compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, what is the riskiest food regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration?
You'll never look at leafy greens the same way again. According to the list, this unassuming crop caused 363 outbreaks involving 13,568 reported cases of illness in 2009 -- in some cases because of E. coli and Salmonella.
What type of fish, most commonly eaten in Japan, can kill you if it's not prepared correctly?
Better find a chef who knows what they're doing! Fugu is considered a delicacy in Japan, but it could be your last meal if a deadly neurotoxin found in liver, gonads, intestine and skin contaminates the rest of the fish.
What are the initial side effects of fugu poisoning?
The poison initially causes a tingling in the lips and tongue, but can eventually cause: excessive salivation, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle twitching, difficulty swallowing, voice loss, convulsions and possible death resulting from respiratory paralysis. Yikes!
What percentage of adventurous eaters die when poisoned by fugu?
At 60 percent, the odds are not in your favor. You can thank the poison known as tetrodotoxin.
What is the Scoville Scale?
The spicy heat of various chilis is rated using the Scoville Scale. A bell pepper measures zero on the scale, while habaneros measure in around 577,000. Of course, these numbers won't really matter when your eyes are watering and your mouth is on fire.
Which is the hottest known chili in the world?
While the habanero and the Dominican devil's tongue (also known as the red savina) have quite the kick, the Trinidad moruga scorpion currently holds the title of the world's hottest pepper, measuring an intense 1.2 million Scoville heat units. Eat one and you'll need a lot of milk to soothe that burning sensation.
What is flavor tripping?
Native to West Africa, the red berries known as miracle fruit will make sour foods like lemons taste like candy. Just don't eat too many or you'll have some tender mouth ulcers and an unhappy digestive system to deal with the next morning.
What is the protein found in miracle fruit that causes the taste buds to sense sweetness when they come into contact with acids?
It's a miracle! Or, rather, miraculin, which is a pretty amazing little protein.
True or false: Miracle fruit can make Tabasco sauce taste like doughnut glaze?
Yep, miracle fruit alters the tastes of many foods to make them seem sweet. It can also make vinegar taste like apple juice and goat cheese taste like cheesecake.
Compared to other produce, miracle fruit isn't cheap. What price can one berry fetch?
Okay, so you wouldn't have to take out a loan, but at $2.00 per berry they aren't for the bargain shopper.
In what American cave was a lunch counter erected to serve visitors in 1928?
The lunch counter at Carlsbad Caverns is still there, but now it's more like a gift shop and snack bar than a full-blown restaurant. Too bad for adventure eaters, but good for the cave.
In what building is the world's highest restaurant from ground level located?
The Burj Khalifa building, measuring an unbelievable 2,716.5 feet (828 m) high, is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The restaurant, At.mosphere, is on the 122nd floor.
Don't look down! How far is it from the ground to the tables at At.mosphere?
Four hundred fifty feet. The chopped quail egg with truffle caviar finger sandwich, mini chicken-and-mushroom quiche, and scones with strawberry jam and lemon curd are pretty good, as long as the height doesn't make you sick.
The Miner’s Tavern in Wieliczka, Poland, is located in what underground feature?
The Wieliczka salt mine has operated continuously since the Middle Ages and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But don't worry, the food is fresh!
What does the French phrase "Diner en Blanc" mean?
The answer is Dinner in White, but don't worry, there are colored foods. The phrase actually describes a flash mob picnic involving hundreds or even thousands of participants.
When was the first Diner en Blanc?
It began in 1988, when Francois Pasquier returned home to Paris after a few years abroad and decided to reconnect with some old friends. They met at the Paris park Bois de Boulogne and wore white so they could find each other.
How long before the Diner en Blanc is scheduled do the attendees find out where it's being held?
A short, one-hour notice helps make the events more spontaneous.
True or false: Eating has to be boring.
Of course not! If you learn anything from this quiz, it should be that. Now go out and find yourself a dark restaurant or a flavor tripping party, and have fun!
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