by Marie Wilson

The Shmooz

IMG_5334_phixrBubbie’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.IMG_5329_phixrThe 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!IMG_5352_phixr-2

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)?IMG_5211_phixr

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.IMG_5203_phixr_phixrThe Shmooz is located on the northwest corner of Wroxeter and Pape.