What's a foodie?
To some, a foodie is that obnoxious soul at the next table who is raving about the "oh, so perfect" fruits de mer salad he had at Le Francais or the Everest Room last night.
To others, a foodie is that next-door neighbor who gushes over her bedtime reading of "The Well-Tooled Kitchen."
Foodies shop at gourmet food stores, searching for the most esoteric ingredients.
Foodies like trends -- yes, even fads. They buy the latest gadgets. They eat at the newest trattorias. And they talk and talk about food and drink. Oh, sure, they do have some virtues. After all, who else will tell you that you've put too much turmeric in the paella?
Are you a foodie or do you aspire to be one? Here is a quiz to see if you qualify. If you fall short, these questions are guidelines to getting there. Maybe this is your year to become a gastronomy buff.
Here's how to score yourself: If you answer 61 to 66 questions correctly, it's time to splurge again on a gourmet's holiday in Lyon, France, the gastronomic capital of the world. You qualify as a crackerjack foodie!
Answered only 51 to 60 questions correctly? You'll have to be satisfied with a New York weekend hobnobbing with celebrities at Le Cirque, at your own expense, of course. But you do know your food. Call yourself an ace foodie.
Only 36 to 50 answered correctly? You're just an amateur foodie. Try ordering a deep-dish pizza.
And if you managed only 35 or fewer correct answers, you need to start washing dishes at the Cozy Cafe and work your way up. You qualify merely as a feeder. Better luck next time.
Here are the questions:
1. Where does most of our orange juice come from? (a) Chile (b) Florida (c) Brazil (d) California
2. Which has the most vitamin C? (a) a pound of oranges (b) a pound of turnips (c) a pound of fresh chili peppers
3. What does a French chef mean when he says "truc"? (a) he is telling the waiter he wants a truce (b) he is referring to a culinary trick (c) he wants a fresh trout (d) he is choking on a turned sauce
4. What does M. F. K. stand for in M. F. K. Fisher? (a) Margaret Fay Kinney (b) Mary Finley Kirkpatrick (c) Mary Frances Kennedy
5. Which is the closest relative of the peach? (a) rose (b) plum (c) hibiscus (d) mango
6. True or false? The kiwi fruit, like the kiwi bird from which it got its name, is native to New Zealand.
7. Which should you never be caught drinking at the club? (a) Perrier with ice (b) Singapore sling (c) white zin (d) all of the above
8. Which of the following has the most fat? (a) 1 tablespoon peanut butter (b) 1 ounce sunflower seeds (c) 5 Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
9. How much did James Beard weigh at birth? (a) 12 pounds (b) 4 1/2 pounds (c) 8 pounds
10. Brik is a spinach-and-egg-filled pastry common to (a) The Netherlands (b) Scotland (c) Australia (d) Tunisia
11. You've been elected to help a chef during the Meals on Wheels benefit. He asks you for a bain marie. What is it? (a) a mold for a busty cake (b) a bathtub-shaped saucepan (c) a double-boiler (d) a hot-water-filled pan
12. What's the most passe food you could be served at a dinner party? (a) beef Wellington (b) bread pudding (c) meatloaf (d) fondue
13. Match each following sauce with the herb usually found in it.
(a) bearnaise thyme
(b) guacamole basil
(c) pesto tarragon
(d) Thai green curry cilantro
14. Who was named restaurateur of the year in 1990 by Food Industry magazine? (a) Rick Bayless (b) Gordon Sinclair (c) Arnie Morton (d) Carlos Nieto.
15. Who was named chef of the year in 1990 by Food Industry magazine? (a) Carolyn Buster (b) Roland Liccione (c) Michael Kornick (d) Joe Decker
16. What is canola? (a) a classic Italian dessert (b) a new soft drink (c) rapeseed (d) filled pasta
17. Which is better for you? (a) butter (b) margarine (c) who cares?
18. Which has less caffeine? An ounce of (a) espresso (b) regular coffee (c) cappuccino
19. Which works best as an aphrodisiac? (a) oysters (b) chocolate (c) champagne (d) jalapeno salsa (e) all of the above
20. You're having dinner with the gourmet food society, Chaine des Rotisseurs. What should you never do? (a) tuck your napkin in your collar (b) salt and pepper the food (c) drink white zinfandel
21. In what country would you be served (a) chop suey? (b) kimchi? (c) lamb's eyes? (d) haggis?
22. When is a "1,000-year-old" egg ready to eat? (a) 1,000 years (b) 10 years (c) 10 months (d) 1 1/2 months
23. What food uses limestone in its preparation? (a) Polish rye (b) sourdough (c) tortillas (d) corn bread
24. Tilapia is (a) a green Mexican herb (b) an Italian red wine (c) a farm-raised fish (d) Portuguese tile
25. In 1990, hundreds of conventioneers in Chicago were treated for salmonella poisoning, thanks to a bad batch of bread pudding. What was the guilty ingredient? (a) sour milk (b) bad eggs (c) moldy bread
26. From what did Parisian schoolgirls get the same disease in 1967? (a) Boudin blanc (b) horse meat (c) pain de Genes