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A “Friendly Challenge” from Me to YOU

A Taste of Dawn is launching a Fun New monthly competition. I’m calling it “friendly” because I think we all need a healthy challenge to keep us nice and sharp. There will be 10 questions with 1 BONUS question at the end (to win a little something extra!). The winner will receive a $25 BevMo Gift Card, will be interviewed and featured in a mini-interview that will be featured on the website, AND the winner will be a “Guest Writer” and will get to post one short review of their own (Chef, Restaurant, Hotel, Event, OR City). So – here’s your chance to shine!

Rules:

1. Avoid Googling at all costs. Do good old fashioned research and if you must Google, be clever.
2. You must answer ALL questions correctly in order to win.
3. It will always be the 1st and 7th person to answer correctly that will win (yes, there are two prizes up for grabs).
4. 1st Prize: $25 BevMo Gift Card + Mini-Interview + *Featured Review | 2nd Prize: $10 BevMo Gift Card + mention on the site
*5. Winner also be a “Guest Writer” and gets to submit one Review of their Favorite Restaurant, Chef, Event, Hotel, or City to be posted on the website.

If you have ANY questions, email me at info@atasteofdawn.com

So, you ready for a taste of a little fun? Remember there are NO parameters to the questions asked. They will be random and they will not always be related. So, let’s get to it, shall we?!!


FEBRUARY 2012 CONTEST WINNERS:

1st Place: Jeff Kalled | 2nd Place: Wendy Chen


Submit answers via: Facebook, Twitter, or Email


QUESTION #1:

What was once used as a medicinal libation in the 18th and 19th Centuries that soon turned into a “shaken not stirred” cocktail must?

Answer:

Vermouth (UK: /ˈvɜməθ/;[1] US: /vərˈmuːθ/) is a fortified wine flavored with various dry ingredients. The modern versions of the beverage were first produced around the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Italy and France. Vermouth was consumed as a medicinal libation until the later 19th century when it became an important ingredient in many of the first classic cocktails, such as the martini.

Congratulations to Wendy Chen (1st), Trina Diep, and Linh Tran for answering it correctly! * MY personal favorite cocktail is in fact a Martini: Grey Goose, Vermouth, blue cheese stuffed olives (though I prefer to do these by hand), extra dirty – SHAKEN not stirred.

 

QUESTION #2

What French cheese spread/dish has a base consisting primarily of these ingredients (*bonus if you name the region):

fromage blanc, seasoned with chopped herbs, shallots, salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar?

Cervelle de canut (lit. silk worker’s brains) is a cheese spread/dip, a Lyonnais speciality. The dish is a base of fromage blanc, seasoned with chopped herbs, shallots, salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon#Gastronomy

Congratulations to Wendy Chen and Mahesh Sathuraman for getting this one correct!

 

 

QUESTION #3

3 Parter: In France, they kiss one another on the cheek when greeting. Each region is different but there are 3 regions that vary from 1-5 kisses: Brittany, Paris, and Corsica. How many kisses per region?

French people cheek kiss to greet each others between family and friends, even between men. The number of kisses varies according to the region, from 1 (e.g. in the tip of Brittany) to 4 (e.g. Paris and most of the North), and occasionally up to 5 in Corsica. http://www.eupedia.com/france/trivia.shtml

Congratulations to Jeff Kalled for getting this one correct!

 

QUESTION #4

What famous WRITER began writing their infamous “Diaries” at Age 11?

(If you can name the year, there’s a little bonus in it.)

 

Anais Nin, 1914 (My Favorite Author)

The Diary of Anaïs Nin is the published version of Anaïs Nin‘s own private manuscript diary, which she began at age 11 in 1914 during a trip from Europe to New York with her mother and two brothers. Anaïs Nin would later say she had begun the diary as a letter to her father, Cuban composer Joaquín Nin, who had abandoned the family a few years earlier.

Over the years, the diary would become Anaïs Nin’s best friend and confidante. Despite the attempts of her mother, therapists Rene Allendy and Otto Rank, and writer Henry Miller, to break Anaïs Nin of her dependence on the diary, she would continue to keep a diary up until her death in 1977.

As early as the 1930s Anaïs Nin had sought to have the diary published. Due to its size (in 1966, the diary contained more than 15,000 typewritten pages in some 150 volumes) and literary style, she would not find a publisher until 1966, when the first volume of her diary would be published, covering the years 1931–1934 in her life. The published version of her diary would be very popular among young women, making Anaïs Nin a feminist icon in the 1960s. Six more volumes of her diary would follow.

Congratulations to Jeff Kalled and Tanya Stahlbush.

 

QUESTION #5

What song tells you to just let “whatever will be, be …”? If you can also name it’s origin you get a bonus.

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)“,[1] first published in 1956, is a popular song which was written by the Jay Livingston and Ray Evans songwriting team.[2]

The song was introduced in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956),[3] starring Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.[2]

Congratulations to Paul K. Holmes and Jeff Kalled (Jeff got the bonus).

 

QUESTION #6

What Emperor is responsible for declaring Brie the “king of cheeses” and in what year was it declared?

Legend has it that in the eighth century, French Emperor Charlemagne first tasted Brie de Meaux at a monastery in Reuil-en-Brie and enjoyed it greatly.[2]

This cheese was named sacred “king of cheeses” in 1815 by Talleyrand at the Congress of Vienna.[3]

Congratulations to Sukhraj Beasla of EatSukiEat!

 

QUESTION #7

What famous painting of a house was painted by one of the most influential artists of all time and who was the Artist?

*Note: this “Artist” rented this house to be a haven for some of the most well known artists in history.

The Yellow House is the title generally given to an oil painting by the 19th-century Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. The Yellow house was rented by Van Gogh in Arles near Marseilles where Van Gogh, Gaughin, Monet, and artists alike went to inspire one another. This title refers to the right wing of the building, 2, Place Lamartine, Arles, France, the house where, on May 1, 1888, Van Gogh rented four rooms, two large ones on the ground floor to serve as atelier and kitchen, and, on the first floor, two smaller ones facing Place Lamartine.

The painting was executed in September 1888, at which time Van Gogh sent a sketch of the composition to his brother Theo:

“Also a sketch of a 30 square canvas representing the house and its setting under a sulphur sun under a pure cobalt sky. The theme is a hard one! But that is exactly why I want to conquer it. Because it is fantastic, these yellow houses in the sun and also the incomparable freshness of the blue. All the ground is yellow too. I will soon send you a better drawing of it than this sketch out of my head.

The house on the left is yellow with green shutters. It’s the one that is shaded by a tree. This is the restaurant where I go to dine every day. My friend the factor is at the end of the street on the left, between the two bridges of the railroad. The night café that I painted is not in the picture, it is on the left of the restaurant.

Milliet finds this horrible, but I don’t need to tell you that when he says he doesn’t understand that one can have fun doing a common grocer’s shop and the stiff and proper houses without any grace, but I remember that Zola did a certain boulevard in the beginning of L’assommoir, and Flaubert a corner of the embankment of the Villette in the dog days in the beginning of Bouvard and Pécuchet which are not to be sneezed at.”

Unfortunately no one answered this .

 

 

QUESTION #8

What city is known as the city of love?

Paris.

 

Paris is the capital city of France.

It is also said to be the city of lovers…the most romantic place on earth, and French is the language of love. With so much love around, you are bound to enjoy your stay here. The city is situated on the River Seine in northern France, and its location at a crossroads between land and river trade routes has made it one of the principal cities of Europe.

Unfortunately, no one answered this question.


“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” – Walt Disney




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