Friday, May 6, 2011


May 7th, 1pm-4pm

The Ideal Hotel, 542 3rd Ave, 92101 mapquest

On May 7th, in celebration of World Fair Trade Day, Fair Trade San Diego is hosting a free afternoon of Fair Trade desserts, drinks and a movie at the newly renovated Ideal Hotel, a project of The Red Lotus Society, in downtown San Diego.  The powerful documentary, The Dark Side of Chocolate, investigates how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry.  After the movie, a discussion will be held with local leaders in Fair Trade and representatives from Global Exchange and Cal Poly.

Over a two week time span, Fair Trade San Diego will be joining people across North America to celebrate World Fair Trade Day and encouraging 100,000+ people to do the same at numerous events.  Coordinated by the Fair Trade Resource Network, World Fair Trade Day is a global celebration of Fair Trade held each year with hundreds of thousands of people in over 80 countries participating. In 2009, World Fair Trade Day in North America involved 65,020 people at 456 events.

This is an entirely free event with the purpose of raising greater awareness of Fair Trade, so that all trade becomes fair. Fair Trade helps producers in developing countries get paid a fair wage and work in healthy conditions.  U.S. consumers are currently supporting millions of farmers and artisans who make the goods we consume and enjoy buy purchasing over one billion dollars of Fair Trade products annually.  If fact, Fair Trade imports of coffee, vanilla, honey, tea, cocoa, sugar, and more have skyrocketed in the past 5 years even while sales of "green" household products decline. A new report out by Fair Trade USA shows that Fair Trade Certified™ organic imports skyrocketed in 2010 with more than 9,500 Fair Trade Certified consumer products offered by more than 700 industry partners at more than 60,000 retail locations.

This year’s World Fair Trade Day event will be located at 542 3rd Ave, at the Ideal Hotel in downtown San Diego from 1pm – 4pm. Guests will be treated to fair trade tastings of Theo Chocolate, Marcie Sweets Chocolate, Angell Organic Candy Bars, fair trade flavors of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and CafĂ© Virtuoso’s coffee and tea. Door prizes also include unique fair trade gifts from The Purpose, Lucuma, Exotic World Gifts, Karma Market and Cafe Virtuoso.

Free 3 hour parking at Horton Plaza. No purchases necessary. Visit one of the self-validating machines.  The lot is just 1 block away (2 minute walk) at 3rd and G.

The Red Lotus Society’s mission is to promote peace through meditation by creating environments for the study and practice of mindfulness, community, and cultural awareness.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Change the world by changing your breakfast!

How? Have a Fair Trade breakfast and help Wake up the World by educating friends and family about the benefits of supporting Fair Trade. A Fair Trade breakfast is a shared morning meal that features as many Fair Trade Certified products as possible.  Fair Trade USA has listed a few ways you can get involved.

Fair Trade San Diego advisory committee members Woke Up The World this morning with delicious fair trade treats at Cafe Virtuoso. Fair Trade goodies included coffee and tea from Cafe Virtuoso and banana chocolate muffins and a fresh red quinoa salad both created with love from Carolyn and Becca. 

As committee members enjoyed their tasty fair trade breakfast, they put the final touches on their event plan for the World Fair Trade Day event taking place this Saturday, May 7th, in downtown San Diego.   An event not to be missed!

Becca's Fair Trade Quinoa Salad Recipe (serves 4)
1 cup Fair Trade red quinoa
1 cucumber cubed
2 tomotoes cubed
1/2 jar of olives
1/2 jar of artichoke hearts
1/2 round of cotija cheese
chopped cilantro to taste
1 lemon squeezed

Cook quinoa as directed on package and let it cool.
Cube all the veggies, mix them together and squeeze in lemon
Crumble the cheese into the mix
Mix in the quinoa, Chill and Enjoy!

Carolyn's Fair Trade Banana Chocolate Muffin Recipe (makes 18)
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 ripe Fair Trade bananas
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. Fair Trade vanilla extract
3/4 c. butter at room temperature
1/2 c. Fair Trade sugar
1/2 c. packed Fair Trade light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 c. Fair Trade chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 18 muffin pan wells with paper liners.

In a medium-size bowl whisk together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowel, use a fork to mash the bananas, then stir in the milk and vanilla extract
until well blended.

In  large bowl, use a mixer set on medium speed to beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.  Reduce mixer speed to low and blend in one-third of the flour mixture.  Add half the banana mixture and blend again.  Continue alternating between the flour and banana mixtures, until all the ingredients have been incorporated into the batter.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.  Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 - 25 minutes.  Let the muffin cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To freeze the muffins, wrap them in foil or freezer wrap or put them in freezer bags. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

To reheat, place an unwrapped muffin  on a paper towel and microwave on high for 20 seconds.  Foil-wrapped muffins ca  be reheated in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes.