Paris – An Edible Masterpiece

The Ispahan

No, not the city in Iran or the Damask rose.

This is a concoction of fragrant rose cream with chopped litchis and luscious, whole raspberries, sandwiched between two crunchy, startling pink macaron shells. And topped with a single raspberry and a velvety rose petal, complete with a glistening sugar dewdrop.Pierre Hermes's ispahanEnjoyed in the Place Saint Sulpice across the road………bliss!!
(And I don’t even like rose flavoured desserts!)

Pierre Hermé, is called the “Picasso of patissiers” for a reason.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

110 thoughts on “Paris – An Edible Masterpiece

  1. And I got fat on croissant, pain au chocolat and quiche – silly me :D. Next time, I won’t make the same mistake – I will be eating roses :). Wonderful masterpiece, Madhu 🙂

  2. I’m fond of desserts Madhu. Just looking at the photo alone has “c’est si bon” written all over it. Calories be damned, I’d devour it quickly 🙂

  3. Lychees, raspberries and roses? It looks and sounds like pure ambrosia, Madhu! This is such a fabulous shot, just look at the contrast between the bright red and the grey-green stone of the fountain… I can imagine it blown up in a foodie’s magazine!

    1. Thank you Judy. I don’t mind it, but prefer chocolate and fruit flavours. Or the cardamom and jaggery used in South India 🙂

  4. Fabulous right down to the drop of water ! An edible Masterpiece !

    1. There was even a little white chocolate disc with his name on it that I picked off to check if it was edible! 🙂

      1. Those are custom made by great chocolatiers ! Was it just so good?

  5. a masterpiece indeed Madhu … and to think we were at St Sulpice last September and did not find this delight … but next time we will!!!

      1. By the way – I haven’t been on WP in a while and just accidentally “unfollowed” you when trying to open up your blog link to read it! Please ignore your notifications if it reads I just followed you! You know I have been since Day 1! You’re a keeper! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. This rose confection is (almost) too good to eat….we wouldn’t want to hurt the chef’s feelings by not tasting, would we? Lovely photo, Madhu!

    1. It was, but I have a sweet tooth, so that wasn’t a problem 🙂 Appreciate your visit and comment Rabirius.

  7. I’m not a big fan of rose flavored desserts, but this one truly caught my attention. I even want to have one now! 🙂

    1. Thanks Shail. We – in India – don’t believe in prettying up our food do we? 🙂

    1. Too short lived a pleasure Jo. I remembered to click a picture before gobbling it down thankfully 🙂

    1. Feels special when it is a complete sensory experience doesn’t it? And worth the extra bucks 😀

  8. After binging on sweets for the past few weeks, I’ll give this one a pass, and just enjoy looking at it 🙂 Beautiful!

    1. I didn’t see any humble bread loaves in this shop Frizz, just exotic, colourful creations 🙂

  9. Madhu, that’s a mischievous post (gosh, how your camera’s eye caresses it)… especially on a Sunday morning when cooking is the last thing on my mind (not eating though!)

    Have fun!

  10. Omg truly a masterpiece !!! 🙂 Its to die for! Thanks for sharing! Hv funnnn!!! will check it out when in paris next !!! and i like rose flavoured desserts;) Keep all d lovely Paris posts coming in 🙂

    1. Thank you dear girl! I have a long list of goodies to sample so be sure to check back with me before you leave 😀

    1. I usually forget to pause long enough for a photograph Lisa. I am afraid I have a number of massacred desserts on show from Paris. Glad i didn’t forget this one 🙂

    1. I didn’t. Wanted to return to the shop for another, but we were on a chocolatier/pattisserie hop for lunch (I know, at my age!!!), so there were more delights to sample yet 😀

  11. You got my attention… well, you always do, but this time the sense of taste is involved too. Your description is something else! Do they ship abroad?!!!
    🙂

    1. Perhaps they do, but this particular one might not travel very well 🙂 Thank you for your kind and generous support Marina 🙂

  12. Hmmmm..that sure looks delicious Madhu! Where is that teleport machine when you wants it? 😆
    Great entry for the challenges hon! *hugs*

    1. Thank you Sonel. Hope you found your teleporter and whizzed straight to Pierre Herme’s 🙂

    1. Hard to describe Imelda. Like eating a scented leaf? 🙂 The cream had no edible bits of petal though.

  13. That is …. just so right – love the red …. and I love the everything .. except like you .. the rose flavor, but things like this shouldn’t be eaten .. just look at. This is so Paris in my book. A masterpiece ..

    1. But it tasted as good as it looked Viveka! Yes, this is so Paris. And what i love is that I can eat as many of these there and not gain an ounce. Here i would bloat just by looking at it!

      1. I always lose weight too .. during holidays .. because we are always walking and moving about in a different way than at home – It’s such a WOW photo.
        Glad you liked it … I only think it’s so sad to put a fork into it … just like cupcakes, I just admire their prettiness.

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