If one of your new year’s resolutions was to (or at least attempt to) reduce the frequency of stops at the local coffee shop, pick up a stainless steel Aerolatte frother to bring a little of the coffee house home. Sure, you can get a steaming machine/pump, but for the price of the Aerolatte, and assuming you can live without having “real” froth or the clean-up a steamer needs, the Aerolatte does the trick. The Aerolatte runs on 2 AA batteries, and with a fresh pair from a major brand, it makes a nice froth with both cold and hot milk. It also does a great job mixing hot chocolate and giving the top of the drink a little something extra. After probably 100 uses, the batteries start to loose some juice, but it still does a decent job of frothing. The version pictured is the Deluxe / Professional edition, finished in a nice satin stainless steel, and includes a useful, stylish stand. If you live near an IKEA, they have a plastic version that supposedly works nearly as well for around $6.
JT and I go way back, and I’m happy to kick off the Album of the Week series with an intimate CD/DVD concert featuring James and his keys man, Larry Goldings. This set captures some of Taylor’s most iconic songs in a rare setting. The CD alone is great, but the DVD really shows what a great, personable guy James is and his emotional attachment to what he does so well. Spattered with anecdotes, this album is a testament to why James Taylor is still James Taylor; each song is crafted with purpose. “You Can Close Your Eyes” was the perfect conclusion to an incredible show, and if nothing else, pick up the MP3 version (…it’s rare I suggest buying a lossy audio file, so you know it must be good) and just listen; you’ll be back to buy the CD+DVD combo.