I can’t cook. My meals in Barcelona have consisted of cereal, quesadillas, grilled cheese and pasta. But for Valentine’s Day, we decided to cook a real dinner for the first time in the 5 weeks since we arrived at Lepant 317.

Brittany’s mom gave her a recipe for pasta with artichoke sauce, which we attempted to make. Actually, Brittany attempted it, and Grace, Alexa and I watched. There was only one minor glitch – way too much salt in the sauce. Thanks to the Lepant-Open convenience store downstairs, we were able to throw a potato in the pot for a few minutes to soak it up and everything was fine. We also made appetizers – french bread with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and prosciutto.

I’m not usually a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but this year’s wasn’t so bad. A few bottles of 1.99 Vina del Mar and great food made for a pretty successful night.