Alexia Echevarria

Alexia talks about her pork-phobias, and Marysol's engagement.

on Mar 15, 2011

Thanks for watching tonight. I hope you enjoyed it!

I hope that nobody was offended by tonight’s episode concerning the pig scene. I understand that you may feel uneasy and uncomfortable, because I did too. Believe me, if I had to go through this process in order to eat meat, I would be a vegetarian. As a matter of fact, I do not really care for meat, and eat very little of it.

For many people it may be something new, something they have never seen or even considered doing before, but for the Cuban culture it is a very old tradition to roast a pig. Roasting a pig involves several steps, which you all got to see. Herman was very happy and proud of me for participating in this ritual with him after ten years of convincing! This custom has been passed on for generations. My husband Herman learned from his dad, and he in turn has passed it on to his children and mine.

Although, I do not care for meat, I understand that many people enjoy eating pork (as well as other meats). As you saw, Marysol is one of them!

Roasting a pig is a celebration in the Cuban culture and we really wanted to share it with our guests. Seeing the kitchen scene with Herman and I reminded me of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo! LOL! By the way, to accompany the pig we had white rice and black beans, yuca, salad, and Cuban crème brulee (natilla). I want to thank my friend and Cuban cookbook author Ana Quincoces who joined us and prepared the delicious side dishes and guava martinis to get us started! It was truly a beautiful night. . .an authentic Cuban night! I must mention all of the girls looked lovely, and I was very happy they all made it.