The Times writes about calculating consumer happiness. Sometimes we associate a better product with higher cost. Sometimes we ignore price and value and choose what it is we want anyway. The human mind is quite a puzzle.
Mark Bittman discusses some great Paris bistros. And meal taxes are going down - time to plan a trip back there! I took a weekend trip to Paris in March and in the course of researching places to eat, I came across the name of every one of these and they were on my list to try. Unfortunately my visit coincided with the two days when most restaurants are closed (Sundays and Mondays)!
You can now get Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory ice cream in Midtown - they're selling from Pershing Square, a spot right across from Grand Central.