The future of fast food

Destination: Peru

The Republic of Peru, located in western South America, has a culture rich both in history and cuisine.

Peru is home to one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. Situated on an Andean mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site and regarded as the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The buildings of Machu Picchu have endured due in part to their good foundations.

The foundation of Peruvian cuisine is the aji amarillo. Native to the Andes, it is a vibrant yellow pepper unique for the fruity flavor that survives its smooth heat. At 25,000 – 55,000 Scoville heat units, it shares the same spicy bite as the tabasco pepper. Its ubiquity in Peru means it can be used fresh, canned, in paste form or dried. With this flexibility, the aji amarillo works its way into soups and sauces alike. Try it in our Peruvian Cobb and homemade Aji Amarillo Ranch.

For recipes using aji amarillo, try these:

Ají de Gallina - a traditional Peruvian dish prepared with shredded chicken dish in a spicy sauce. Often enjoyed on cold days.

Ceviche - a seafood dish typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers.

Ají de Huacatay - a sauce featuring huacatay, otherwise known as Peruvian black mint.

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At Chop’t, we think food should taste better no matter what you crave. That goes for VEGAN, too. Whether you’re trying our new Venice Beach Vegan destination salad or crafting your own 100% plant-based creation, we dare you to try vegan with these helpful tips from guest blogger Emily Cacioppo-Monus of Jersey City Vegan.

Meet the Blogger

Emily

Jersey City Vegan

Twitter: @jerseycityvegan

Facebook: Jersey City Vegan

Customer Craft Salad: “Jersey City Vegan Classic” with soy-marinated tofu, avocado, charred broccoli, sunflower seeds, carrots, corn and tomatoes chop’t with kale and Chop’t’s homemade, small-batch Balsamic Vinaigrette

How Emily Does Chop’t

I am someone who takes my salads seriously (which is why I love Chop’t!). In fact, I have an acronym that I made up that I think is the key to crafting the perfect salad: CPS. Color. Protein. Sprinkle. 

The more colors in your salad means more variety of veggies means more fantastic and nourishing vitamins and minerals for our bodies! Picking the right veggies for a vegan salad can mean the difference between feeling like you need something more or feeling completely satisfied after you’ve finished. Go for veggies like broccoli and carrots!

Protein will be what makes the salad fill your belly and makes you feel full. In this case, I chose the soy-marinated tofu. Plant-based proteins are a great and satisfying way to go, and Chop’t has the widest selection of them that I’ve found in salad joints. I mean, I’m stoked if I see one kind of tofu, but Chop’t has TWO (and MORE!).

Lastly is the sprinkle – the component that brings the salad full circle. Sunflower seeds totally fit the bill. Plus, they bump your salad’s protein content up quite a bit as well as add to the variety of texture to your salad. I think a variety of textures makes the salad fun to eat. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I like it when eating is fun… right?

I always craft my Chop’t salads with kale. You wanna know why? Not only does it contain a plethora nutritional delights (kale is the new black, y’all!), but it also can take your stomach a little bit of time to digest which will help to make you feel fuller for longer. I chose Balsamic Vinaigrette, because it is a classic and my favorite go-to dressing in general – it just goes with everything. Another great thing about this dressing is that the oils paired with the “massaging” (chopping) that the Chop’r does makes for a harmonious combination for our taste buds: Doing so sweetens up the kale so it is more palatable for folks and less bitter.

Emily is a fierce vegan animal advocate. She lives in Jersey City with her wife and five cats. If you want more tips or recipes or just some cool vegan information, please visit her blog: Jersey City Vegan

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EARLY CLOSINGS

Due to inclement weather, Chop’t locations in the Washington, DC area will be closing early today, March 3rd. Currently, all New York locations will be open for regular business hours.

 
Currently Closed:

1105 1/2 19th St NW
1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
801 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Closing at 4 pm:

1300 Connecticut Ave NW
1735 Lynn St
618 12th St NW
1629 K St NW

Closing at 5 pm:

Union Station

Closing at 6:30 pm:
Wildwood Shopping Center (Bethesda)

Closing at 8 pm:
730 7th St NW

Stay safe, stay warm and we’ll see you at your local Chop’t tomorrow!

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CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION SALAD


NEW DESTINATION SALADS CHOPPING MARCH 3!
It’s last call for our current round of Destination Salads, so grab one last San Antonio, Cairo or Hokkaido salad while you can. Then, look out next week for the RETURN of lemon pepper tempeh and new Aji Amarillo-spiked Ranch Dressing.

 
(#SALADBURRITO fans, don’t despair. The Warm Braised Chicken Tinga Salad isn’t going anywhere yet.)

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION SALAD

NEW DESTINATION SALADS CHOPPING MARCH 3!

It’s last call for our current round of Destination Salads, so grab one last San Antonio, Cairo or Hokkaido salad while you can. Then, look out next week for the RETURN of lemon pepper tempeh and new Aji Amarillo-spiked Ranch Dressing.
 
(#SALADBURRITO fans, don’t despair. The Warm Braised Chicken Tinga Salad isn’t going anywhere yet.)
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Congratulations to our new Spring St. team on a great Chop’t Gives Day. We raised $1425 for Wellness In The Schools. Thank you to all who came to welcome us to the neighborhood!

We’re now chopping so make sure to stop in and say hello or order delivery by calling (646) 918-7132 to place an order.

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BETTER SODA TASTES BETTER
 
Available at our 100 Park (NY), 78th/3rd (NY), Metro Center (DC) and Rosslyn (VA) locations:
 
Spindrift is a BETTER soda and seltzer made from real, whole, fresh ingredients. Spindrift starts with triple-purified sparkling water and adds fresh-squeezed fruit or berry puree (pulp and all) and a dash of cane juice. No syrups, no juice concentrates, no additives, no preservatives. Most important, Spindrift’s fresh take on soda just tastes BETTER. Try Spindrift Raspberry-Lime Seltzer, Orange-Mango Soda and Grapefruit Soda at select locations.
 
Free totebags are back STARTING TODAY while supplies last! Ask for a free “BETTER TASTES BETTER” totebag when you purchase a Spindrift beverage.
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FREE CHOP’T SALADS ON SPRING STREET (NY)
All proceeds benefit non-profit Wellness in the Schools

Chop’t SoHo’s sign is up! Before we officially open our doors tomorrow, join us today for FREE SALADS supporting our mission to help kids eat better with non-profit Wellness in the Schools.







57 Spring Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry streets)
February 18, 2014
11:30am to 1:30pm
6pm to 8pm
Or until the food runs out

Welcome the newest members of the Chop’t family. Enjoy your salad on us. Then “pay” what you want at the register to donate to Wellness in the Schools. 
 LEARN MORE ABOUT WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS
FREE CHOP’T SALADS ON SPRING STREET (NY)
All proceeds benefit non-profit Wellness in the Schools
Chop’t SoHo’s sign is up! Before we officially open our doors tomorrow, join us today for FREE SALADS supporting our mission to help kids eat better with non-profit Wellness in the Schools.

57 Spring Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry streets)
February 18, 2014
11:30am to 1:30pm
6pm to 8pm
Or until the food runs out

Welcome the newest members of the Chop’t family. Enjoy your salad on us. Then “pay” what you want at the register to donate to Wellness in the Schools.
 
 LEARN MORE ABOUT WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS
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CHOP’T CLOSINGS

Due to inclement weather, Chop’t locations in the Washington, DC area will be closed today, Thursday, February 13th. Our NY list of store closures is below.
 
NY - Closed for the day
53 South Moger Ave (Mt. Kisco)
116 South Ridge St (Rye)
 
NY - Closing at 3 pm
60 E 56th St
165 E 52nd St
145 W 51st St
1460 Broadway
11 W 42nd St
80 Pine St
120 W 56th St
100 Park Ave
666 Third Ave
 
NY - Closing at 5 pm
24 E 17th St
 
NY - Closing at 7 pm
18 E 23rd St
1376 Third Ave
 

Please stay posted. We will keep you updated if there are additional closures during the course of the day.

Stay safe, stay warm and we’ll see you at your local Chop’t tomorrow!

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Bring your lunch receipt back for dinner to enjoy our WARM SALAD for $7.99.*


It’s crisp as romaine out there! Save $2 when you stay warm for dinner at Chop’t with the Braised Chicken Tinga Salad:

 
Slow-cooked FreeBird chicken tinga, brown rice and black beans SERVED WARM over avocado, scallions, tortilla chips and cotija cheese chop’t with kale and spinach and finished with scratchmade Lime Vinaigrette. 
 
*Offer redeemable after 5pm every day through February 7, 2014. To redeem, present a Chop’t receipt from the same day. The warm salad is available at select Chop’t locations (see below), but a receipt from any Chop’t location may be redeemed.


AVAILABLE AT SELECT LOCATIONS: 
Try the WARM Braised Chicken Tinga Salad or #SALADBURRITO at select Chop’t locations.
 
NYC
24 East 17th Street
666 3rd Avenue
165 East 52nd Street
11 West 42nd Street
80 Pine Street
1376 3rd Avenue


NY
116 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook, NY
53 South Moger Street, Mount Kisco, NY

DC
1300 Connecticut Avenue, NW
618 12th Street, NW
1105 1/2 19th Street, NW
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
730 7th Street, NW
801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


VA
1735 Lynn Street, Arlington, VA

MD
10307 Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
Bring your lunch receipt back for dinner to enjoy our WARM SALAD for $7.99.*
It’s crisp as romaine out there! Save $2 when you stay warm for dinner at Chop’t with the Braised Chicken Tinga Salad:
 
Slow-cooked FreeBird chicken tinga, brown rice and black beans SERVED WARM over avocado, scallions, tortilla chips and cotija cheese chop’t with kale and spinach and finished with scratchmade Lime Vinaigrette. 
 
*Offer redeemable after 5pm every day through February 7, 2014. To redeem, present a Chop’t receipt from the same day. The warm salad is available at select Chop’t locations (see below), but a receipt from any Chop’t location may be redeemed.

AVAILABLE AT SELECT LOCATIONS: 

Try the WARM Braised Chicken Tinga Salad or #SALADBURRITO at select Chop’t locations.
 
NYC
24 East 17th Street
666 3rd Avenue
165 East 52nd Street
11 West 42nd Street
80 Pine Street
1376 3rd Avenue
NY
116 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook, NY
53 South Moger Street, Mount Kisco, NY


DC
1300 Connecticut Avenue, NW
618 12th Street, NW
1105 1/2 19th Street, NW
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
730 7th Street, NW
801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
VA
1735 Lynn Street, Arlington, VA
MD
10307 Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
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#BETTERTAHINI

What makes scratchmade daily, small-batch Chop’t dressings even BETTER?

Shelby, Jackie and Amy, three sisters in local Philly, source BETTER “white humera” sesame seeds that are pressed into the best, silkiest, sweetest, nuttiest tahini we’ve ever tasted. We like their Soom Foods tahini so much that we had to craft our Creamy Tahini Harissa and Creamy Asian Sesame dressings around it as flavor-walloping finishes to our destination salads.

We’re celebrating @soomfoods #BETTERTAHINI all day on Twitter. Follow us here to learn more.

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