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fair trade

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Windsor, Ontario

Taloola Café

By Waheeda Harris

Breakfast

Bring your appetite to The Lumberjack, a friendly spot tempting diners with country breakfasts, omelettes, sweet offerings from the Sugar Shack or the make no decisions option with the specials – the Timber Special offers a bite of everything – eggs, bacon or ham, flapjacks or French toast, home fries and toast. With a bottomless cup of coffee, a stop here will make a morning even better.

The Lumberjack, 475 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor ON 519-254-5538

Lunch

Healthy, organic, fair trade and tasty – these words are the mantra of Taloola Café, located near the historic Walkerville neighbourhood. Whether it’s one of the hearty grilled sandwiches, rice bowls, or small  plates featuring a mini antipasti selections of cheese, dip and raw veggies, from ominivore to vegan, anyone can find several options to satisfy midday cravings on this comprehensive menu. And if gluten, sugar or dairy are diet enemies, not to worry there are sweet options made just for you too.

Taloola Café, 396 Devonshire Road, Windsor ON 519-254-6652

Dinner

Locals will encourage a visit to Via Italia, a Windsor nabe dedicated to all things Italian. Indulge in antipasti, primi and secondi with Nico Chefs Nick Politi and Joseph Graziano who focus on culinary traditions from Calabria and Sicily. Selected imported ingredients and several house specialities are must haves, such as grilled squid with arugula, radicchio and mixed greens or house-made gnocchi with ricotta, asiago, mozzarella and parmesan cream  – bellisimo!

Nico Ristorante, 851 Windsor Street, East Windsor ON 519-255-7428

Hot Shopping: Shopping Sense

A delicate, handcrafted coin purse from Ten Thousand Villages

A hand-embroidered clutch, tote or coin purse from Ten Thousand Villages—the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America—is not your run-of-the-mill bag. Women individually craft every piece in this collection for St. Mary’s, a charitable group in India. Done in the traditional Gujarati style, each one begins as hand-loomed cotton before being delicately decorated and inset with mirrors.—Jennifer Patterson

Sustainable Apparel

Eco Clothes at Encounter Earth

Eco Clothes at Encounter Earth

Paul and Corey Wegenast live their “social entrepreneurship” dream at their store Encounter Earth. Here you can “clothe your soul” by purchasing ecological, fair and sustainable garments and accessories. The Wagenasts work directly with manufacturers to ensure quality products are created from non-toxic materials by third-world workers who earn a fair living wage. Drop by their store for some “no guilt retail therapy.”