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

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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