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MY FUNNY VALENTINE


CALL ME A cynic (hey, I’ve been called worse) but I don’t really buy into all this Valentine’s nonsense. Anything that involves such ‘organised fun’ doesn’t sound much of a hoot to me. Instead, I’m with Rodgers and Hart on this one: each day should be like Valentine’s Day! That’s why every day this February I’m going to cherish the things I love... and, yes, the people too. One thing we all adore, of course – hey, else why are


Who are we? Crumbs is a free, high-quality monthly magazine dedicated to celebrating the best food and drink businesses in Bath and Bristol. Expect recipes, reviews, interviews and advice each issue; you’ll find us at local pubs, restaurants, delis and foodie emporiums across the region, and at crumbsmag.com


we here? – is food and drink. And you don’t need a ring on your finger for that. We’ve got recipes galore this issue – from a romantic breakfast by our favourite (and most alliterative) Bath baker, Bertinet, to a family friendly Peking duck dish from Bristol mum Pam Lloyd, and just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year too. If, however, you don’t fancy cooking yourself come


Feb 14 – or maybe it’s just the washing up you’re trying to dodge? – we’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine’s menus this issue too. Elsewhere, our Sophie has been falling in love with


the home of Steph Anderson in Winsley – it’s a beaut – and getting excited about her forthcoming nuptials. If you’re also in the market for a great wedding venue this year, her guide is must-read stuff. It seems that, at least for some of the team, romance is in the air…


Laura Rowe, Editor laura.rowe@mediaclash.co.uk APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE


RICHARD BERTINET Who? Bath’s famous French baker – he’s got a café, bakery and cookery school in the city What? Sinful chocolate orange crumpets (p30)


SOPHIE RAE Who? Our newly engaged (and hungry-as-ever) junior food writer What? Soph’s been house hunting (p45) and wedding shopping (p57)


PAM LLOYD Who? Produce PR guru, yummy mummy and passionate foodie What? Pam celebrates Chinese New Year with Peking duck (p40)


JOE WHEATCROFT Who? Co-owner of Source Food Hall and Café in Bristol, and oyster expert What? Joe j’adores oysters, and tells us all we need to know about them on p21


Crumbs magazine ForgetFifty Shades ofGrey, we’re talking 50 shades of cauliflower this issue! (Actually, it might not quite be 50...) Search for:


ANGELA MOUNT Who? Wine presenter, taster and writer What? Let the love (and the wine!) flow with Angela’s top tips for February booze (p10)


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