Mainstreet Restaurant wishes you and yours…
At Mainstreet Restaurant, we love bringing a little Brazilian flair to the table. One of our favorite dishes to serve is Brazil’s national dish, Feijoada. Feijoada is a black bean, sausage, and pork stew served on jasmine rice with traditional accompaniments of farofa (toasted manioc flour), vinaigrette, orange slices, and sauteed kale. We smoke our meats in house, which ensures superior flavor. Come in for a little taste of Brazil and some hometown atmosphere. We’re betting that once you’ve tasted our Feijoada, you’ll be back for more.
One of the great things about Idaho Springs was its small town atmosphere of shops lining Main Street and people visiting on street corners, without some of the provincial thinking that could make a small town oppressive. Every community, be it big or small, had its characters, the people who inspired the “only in …” phrase. Idaho Springs embraced their citizens who teetered on the ragged edge of sanity, certain that without them, the town simply wouldn’t be right. There was the man whose name nobody was sure of, because he tended to claim to be someone different every week. This week he was Teddy Roosevelt, sporting a very dapper cowboy hat with the right brim tacked up, and a pair of rounded specs with no glass in them. He loved reminiscing about San Juan Hill as he sipped his morning latte` at Java Mountain Roasters. Asta always gave him free biscotti if he promised to stay at his own table and let the other patrons come to him rather than the other way around. When Ricky stepped into the coffee shop she was immediately enveloped in the aromas of fresh, deeply roasted coffee, and the smile of one Stanton Christophersen, who was currently rapt in conversation with Teddy. Ricky ordered a Pumpkin Spice Breve Latte with whipped cream and a salted, caramel biscotti and sat down next to Teddy, across from the adorable Stan. He was handsome this morning. She sipped her drink, happy to revel the charms of these two interesting men.
Comfort food takes many forms. Sometimes we want something absolutely, traditionally American – like mashed potatoes. Other times, we are looking for a “new” comfort with the qualities we desire: creamy, filling, and totally satisfying. If you’re looking for something new on a cold autumn night, come into Mainstreet for Moqueca, a traditional Brazilian seafood stew. Brazilians have been making Moquecas for 300 years. This stew is in a delicious savory coconut cream broth with vegetables, shrimp, calamari, and cod. It’s served on jasmine rice with sauteed kale, a Brazilian salad, and fresh house-made French bread. And, as always, breads are available for purchase by the loaf, so you can take some of that stick-to-your-ribs comfort home with you.
It’s that time of year when we long for comforting food – cheesy or creamy, warm and filling. We want to eat a satisfying meal with friends, and savor the warmth it brings to us in our cold and snowy Rocky Mountains. If you’ve grown tired of the tried and true stand-bys, come in to Mainstreet Restaurant for Stroganoff Brazilian style. It’s a slow simmered beef steak in a rich mushroom cream sauce, that’s served on a bed of jasmine rice, and topped with crispy potato sticks. This yummy meal also comes with sauteed kale, a Brazilian salad (chopped romaine with hearts of palm, bacon and black olives), and fresh homemade French bread. This kind of food makes you feel loved! And remember, the bread we serve is made fresh, from scratch, right here in this restaurant. If you want fresh bread without the fuss of making it yourself, all of our breads are available to take home by the loaf.
Great Aunt Pearl had been a great hit with all of the Halloween Walkers, scaring the children just a bit with the baggy support hosiery around her ankles and the large mole on her chin, and making their parents, the ones who might actually buy jewelry laugh and share stories about female relatives with the same lovable, disheveled persona. Ricky had marked everything in the store down by her usual Halloween discount of 35% and making deals of earrings thrown in with pendants and toe rings with bracelets. The “Black Heart” pendant had gone to an out of towner, who had come up for the festivities, and who ended up purchasing a chocolate diamond and pearl set for his wife for Christmas. Stanton Christophersen, the Ryan Reynolds guy, came to the shop after his store closed and bought a pin to send to his mom who it turned out lived in Roanoke, Virginia, where Ricky had attended college. Stanton, who sometimes went by Stan, was a geologist and quite knowledgeable about some of the stones Ricky used in her jewelry, which gave them something to talk about without getting too personal, which by Ricky’s estimation, felt quite safe. When she asked him how a geologist got into the vintage clothing, consignment shop business, he smiled and said, “I think a piece of clothing, just like an old rock, that serves a purpose, or brings joy into someone’s life should be given a chance to do it again. You and I are really in the same business,” he continued. “You give rocks a second chance to shine, and I do the same for your grandma’s shoes.” After that they shared a cinnamon roll at the Main Street Restaurant, and Stanton insisted she take the gooey sweet center roll. Ricky was starting to like him.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes (recipe courtesy of Paula Deen)
3 medium baking potatoes peeled and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon (or more) whole milk, at room temperature or warmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Add the butter, sour cream and garlic. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or the back of a fork until the ingredients are blended. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the potatoes are the desired consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.