One of my best friend's Sarah, a junior editor for Lonny Magazine, came home from New York for a few days and we got together one afternoon on Anna Maria Island for a much needed catch-up lunch. We picked Poppo's Taqueria, as last time we tried to go they were closed. It's rather slow on the island this time of the year, so we lucked out that Poppo's was open all day. It's a similar ordering style to a Chipotle but the food is one hundred times better. We each had a burrito bowl, mine with honey lime red cabbage slaw, black beans, guacamole, brown rice, cilantro, pico de gallo, shredded jack cheese, and pickled red onions. Sarah had a similar bowl, but ordered ancho chicken on hers as well. Their chips were freshly made to order and were absolutely amazing. We sat outside and soaked up the sun, in between a few rain showers. The food was delicious but the company was the best part. I've missed you SJ!
Mey Mey, aka Sarah or SJ, in all of her island glory.
After lunch, we walked down Pine Avenue to one of our favorite island shops, Shiny Fish Emporium. It's an eclectic shop filled with trinkets for all ages. They have the most beautiful children's toys imported from France, lots of goodies from a favorite party company of mine called Tops Malibu, and decently sized selection of women's clothing. Our favorite thing to get at Shiny Fish is a Hawaiian ice cream bubble, which is really just a single mochi ice cream. They usually have several flavors to pick from, one of the best I've had yet is the mango. They were low on flavors this trip, so I went with the sakura, a cherry blossom and vanilla flavor, while Sarah had a blueberry bubble. Aside from all of the great products they sell, their store is decorated with bright pinks, blues and greens. They have some amazing pieces of furniture and lighting that I would scoop up in a heart beat with a little extra pocket change. It's a fun place to stop into if you're in the area!