"Coming from Monte Vista, food is near and dear to my house! My mamma always said that the way to a man's heart was through his stomach. I'd like to see whether you can earn my love!" he added with a wink.
(AN: My daughter and I color-coordinated the little kitchenettes. We were going to award bonus points to any of the ladies using the right kitchenette. Nobody earned extra points!)
Ariel shrugged. "Sorry. Find another counter."
"No. I started here. You find another counter!" Dominique said more forcefully.
Giovani watched her go. "Where are you going Ariel?" he called back to her. "Does it still count if she leaves?" he asked.
Dominique grunted non-committally.
"Oooookay then," Ariel said before heading back downstairs.
Giovani checked out the meals, taking a small bite of each. "I'm going to have to say Emma wins this one." Each meal was a 0-level cooking skill, but Emma actually finished in the kitchenette provided.
"You ready to go?" Gio asked with a grin.
"You know, my Mom used to work here before she moved to Monte Vista," he told her.
Giovani chuckled. "Mamma had such trouble getting me into the kitchen with her. I was more interested in playing outside or doing... anything else. She always says that it makes her sad to see the family recipes die with her."
"That's so sad!" Emma told him.
Giovani shrugged with embarrasment. "Mamma made out just fine. She has a family recipe book coming out next spring," he told her. "So, even though I'll never cook the recipes, nonna's recipes will live on!"
But, maybe he should've made more of an effort to learn nonna's recipes....
"Oh, umm... yes," Emma said, surprised by Giovani's withdrawal.
Giovani glanced across the console at her and smiled wanly. "No, it's all good," he said, leaning over and squeezing her knee. "I'm just thinking, that's all."
Emma worried her lip. "I didn't mean to make you sad," she told him.
Giovani shrugged. "You didn't. But, you gave me plenty to think about." He smiled at her again. "Mamma is sure to thank you!"
Emma smiled shyly.
"So wonderful!" Emma said with a wistful smile on her face.
(AN: Ha! I was wondering why Giovani didn't go inside. Apparently Ariel decided they needed to talk before he went inside! LOL)
"Oh! I've heard that place is really good!" she said. "Maybe we can go some time in the future," she added with a sly grin.
"You never know what's going to happen!" Gio flirted.
Staci raised her eyebrows. "What? You think you can just hog him?!"
Giovani scrubbed his hand over his face. "I'm sorry, I'm just..." he hesitated, trying to control his temper. "I just need some time," he said, turning on his heel and heading inside.
She worriedly waved her hand over the burners, making sure they weren't hot.
(AN: Must be Neurotic!!)