The Markets of Paris, a chunky pocket guide to Paris markets by Dixon and Ruthanne Long, authors of the Markets of Provence, contains details on more than 70 food markets, along with antique, craft, and flea market finds throughout the city. $11.53 at amazon.com.
Brooklyn Brewery's brand new Brooklyn Local 1 is a Belgian-style ale brewed from raw sugar from the island of Mauritius, Belgian yeast, and German barley malt. The bottle conditioned beer, golden in color and tasting slightly of honey, boasts a whopping nine percent alcohol level. Look for the new beer, sold in 750 ml bottles, at Fairway, Whole Foods, D'Agostino, and other New York area retailers.
Joe the Art of Coffee will present an "Introduction to Tea," including a discussion of tea brewing techniques along with tea history, politics, and health benefits. The class will be held on Thursday, March 8, 8:00 p.m., at Joe's West Village location, 141 Waverly Place. The class is $10/person (register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org).
I recently discovered 5 Boroughs Ice Cream, which features flavors that are frozen custard shout-outs to New York neighborhoods -- from Staten Island "Landfill" to Upper East Side "Rich White Vanilla." I took home a pint of "Bakla-Wha?!" which honors Astoria's Greek community with a cinnamon-powered ice cream studded with chunks of nutty baklava. $4.99/pint at Gourmet Garage or find a location near you.