Tucked away from the designer storefronts that line Yorkville is a hideaway best known for it’s indulgent menu and Parisian-inspired décor. MoRoCo, a chocolate-lover’s paradise, is both a specialty shop and bistro. Steps from Yorkville, the entrance leads to the boutique, a white space lined with glass shelves of signature confections. The truffles, macarons and gift-wrapped boxes provide pops of colour throughout the room. Inside, a woman browses the selection. Her black heels click against the sparkling, white floor as she steps from one display case to the next. She's dressed in a black pantsuit and a camel-coloured coat. She tops off her classic and tailored look with the simplest accessories, a pearl necklace and matching earrings. Her shoulder length blonde hair has been styled into loose, face-framing curls. She’s been invited to an event, and is looking for something special to bring the hostess.
A young man dressed head-to-toe in black appears from behind the counter to assist the woman with her choice. From butter toffee with roasted almonds, to chocolate-dipped orange peel, each option sounds delectable. She nods as he describes each treat, considering whether or not her hostess would enjoy it. Finally the man turns to face the glass cases in the centre of the room. They peer over the glass at the rows of pastel-coloured cookies inside. These macarons, a French specialty, are meringue-based cookies that resemble little sandwiches. Each row is marked with a lilac label. As he opens the case, the faint smells of vanilla, lavender and caramel rise from the macarons. She immediately points to the salted caramel, and then stops. It may be her favourite flavour, but she isn’t there to treat herself. With that in mind she opts for a box of the vanilla flavoured cookies. In a clear case tied with a lavender ribbon, the gift is presented in a way that is simultaneously simple and chic, not unlike the guest who is bringing them to the party.
ps. I'm no foodie, but LVS is. Check her out at www.buttercupdays15.blogspot.com