Thursday, February 10
Get Yer Butt Down to Relish, Chop-Chop!
Had lunch today with the raging masses of Relish regulars, which thankfully started clearing out just as my food was ready at 1pm.
My companion had the usual of a Cubano sans pickle (travesty!), and I tried one of the newer salads called the Chop Chop. What the hell is supposed to be in a chop-chop, anyway? Based on my extensive reasearch (Google, duh), I have found that a "chop chop salad" or a "chop salad" doesn't seem to have a common theme, which leads me to believe that it is a diced leftovers salad - all the stuff that you've already chopped up and don't have anything better to do with than toss it in a bowl, dress it, and serve it up. Not that that's a bad thing, of course. Most of the chop salad recipes I've found include some kind of meat, usually fish or chicken. One included green beans and beets, others listed tomatoes and scallions.
John Orr's, on the other hand, included all of the above and more: cubed chicken, tender white fish, grape tomatoes, green beans, beets, scallions, cucumbers, black olives, spring greens, feta cheese, dried sumac, and a lemon vinaigrette. The taste was complex but refreshing and when the plate was cleared it was also satisfyingly hearty. Nonetheless, I still had to try some of the baguette that was served with the salad, dredging it in the green puddle of luscious olive oil and rosemary. Mmmm, olive oil....
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