Bubbie’s Chicken Soup! This & the Cup of Kindness Program are just two reasons why I love this new Riverdale café. Chef Barry Muskovitch (also co-owner) uses his bubbie’s recipe and the finest ingredients to achieve soup bliss. Get a big bowl – it will warm you all day. And get a sandwich. The house-cured salmon – served on a croissant with dill cream cheese, capers & cucumbers – is heavenly. While you sip and munch check out the wall mural by artist Frans Groenewald.The mural depicts places & activities in our neighbourhood but I think I also see a nod to It’s a Wonderful Life in there – (anyone else see that?) – must be because here at The Schmooz it is indeed a wonderful life. The Cup of Kindness Program means $1 from every bag of coffee beans sold goes to support either the Toronto Wildlife Centre or The Red Door Shelter – your get to choose between supporting human or nonhuman animals. And the coffee is superb!
Don’t forget to take in the aromas of the 17 varieties of tea. And then try a brew. Who could resist a cup of Jasmine Champagne (especially with a fresh-baked almond croissant)?
The Shmooz owners also have ideas for after hours gatherings (regular cafe closing time is 7pm): “…competitive games of scrabble, travel shows, nutrition and creativity workshops, and other possible ventures that the community requests.” – from their website.The Shmooz is located on the northwest corner of Wroxeter and Pape.
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