Alexia Echevarria

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

on Mar 15, 20110

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.

92 comments
Bina11
Bina11

Wow, I am so surprised at how many people have been offended by the pig scene. Unless you a re a vegetarian, I don't really see what anyone else has to complain about. If you're that disturbed at seeing a pig get chosen, then maybe you should reconsider eating meat all together. How else do you think the other meat on your plate gets there?

The way Alexia's family did it actually choosing the pig from a smaller farm and eating it fresh is actually much better than most of the meat we get in the store where god only knows how far it travelled to get there.

I suppose it is just a cultural thing that American's are unaccustomed to? Surprising, when most of the world eats this way, and would think our shopping at big named grocery stores picking up meat wrapped in plastic is strange.

momma2reese
momma2reese

I would love to know how many viewers Bravo lost because of this episode. They wanted to get us talking...and got us watching something else while we were trying to understand why they would show such a sad tradition on TV.

momma2reese
momma2reese

Broke my heart. I have lost respect for Bravo this group of housewives. You people are all very out of touch with reality. At the very least, have some respect for the life that was taken so you could feed your guests. The screaming and jumping around the kitchen was pathetic. Your meal WAS a LIFE. I will no longer be watching this pathetic show.

SuperficialGalleryDOTcom
SuperficialGalleryDOTcom

I love animals....but I also love Cuban pork marinated in mojo with black beans and plantains. I can't believe the fuss over eating a roast pig.... did you think it starts in plastic at Publix? Does the food channel get hate mail for all those Barbecue contests they show?

Love the show Alexia! Hope Bravo picks it up for season 2 You and the other wives are a riot and make me homesick for SoFL. It's not like anywhere else.

Kvammer9
Kvammer9

BRAVO chose to air it, not her! Many people eat meat, give me a break.

Vee Lu
Vee Lu

Alexia, I love you and how down to earth you carry yourself. I agreed with you about people who have wealth and priviiledge such as Larsa and Christy who are so obnoxious and judgemental with it. They certainly need to take a page from your book or the housewives of BH.

Jocelyn87
Jocelyn87

Going to a pig farm, picking out a pig to roast for your celebration is a tradition. I did it for my baby shower, for my daughter's birthday and every year for noche buena (christmas eve) and new year's eve.

These women are bringing you into their homes to show you what we cuban-miami natives are like. To be it is 100% normal to go off to the pig farm and pick which pig you like, except where I go, the poor pig starts screaming as soon as the rope is tied around it's. For the people who were offended, the pigs are killed in a very humane way.

LOVE roasted pig especially the crispy skin after is's been roasting for hours...

binghammarie
binghammarie

I was horrified by the pig scene tonight. I am a vegetarian and became one because I saw chicken killed in front of my own eyes and I know this is not a humane process. I cannot understand how Alexia went and picked out the pig then had it slaughtered. I know this is part of your culture to get a pig slaughtered for food, but it did not have to get put on the show, especailly the kitchen scene where they cut open the pig. I had to fast-forward my DVR because I started getting nauseaus.

Bravo, I respect other peoples' cultures and values, but this is a very controversial topic that did not have to get show on television.

carmen sosa
carmen sosa

Except for lea these empty shells of meaningless lives so called housewives of miami is a sad display, their only accomplishment is sleeping with men with money , why do we consider these women idols when they are as shallow as a puddle of urine in the sidewalk. Why don't these so called ladies do something for our troubled world like donating to charity, helping the homless ect. And how dare Bravo celebrate the slaughtering of innocent pigs. The pigs have more value than these women. Yes lots of people consume meat but this should never be promoted. Donate to the aspca, instead. Im ashamed to be a latina.

A Lady
A Lady

OMG!!! I love you! You are so humbly fabulous! I love what you teach your children and the role you play in there lives. You a appear to be straight forward and a real friend. Dont change. You are great and I think you and Adriana are the best. I love mommy Lea as well.

b west
b west

Alexia: Love you! I really liked the dress you wore to the pig roast....can you tell me who designed it?? It would be perfect for summer. Thank you, can't wait for next week.

Maximus Tucker
Maximus Tucker

As we vegans say, "Meet your Meat" This is what happens to animals such as, pigs, cows, turkeys, lambs and chickens . They are raised so you can purchase them and eat them? If you find it gross then you should not be eating a meat protein. Also, at least these animals live a short life...the poor cow and goats etc..for your butter, yogurt and milk lead long miserable lives....

Get over it
Get over it

Okay all you people offended by the pig scene... IT WAS NOT SLAUGHTERED ON TV!!! it was prepared and cooked on tv. Get over it!

h&m
h&m

Really get over the pig thing, i woulda felt and reacted the same way u did Alexia, I love the way u carry urself and ur sooooo down to earth, good for u. U remind me of my sister and her son, she even talks like u!!! Stay humble and sweet!!!

angie harris
angie harris

Grow up people! Pork is delicious and if u ever go to Hawaii and got to a Luau...well guess what their serving? Love you girl, u r so sweet!

Angel Noelle
Angel Noelle

There are many options for how we each chose to live our lives and what we will and won't purposely expose ourselves and our families to. Still, like it or not, there is no doubt that it's taboo in the U.S. to show an animal moments before it is slaughtered, and then to see it being hauled off and prepared for roasting. I know there are other shows with animals being killed/prepared, but usually there is a warning before so viewers have a choice in watching them.

I don't agree with what happened, but that's just my opinion and doesn't mean a lot considering other cultures and I respect that fact. I believe that we should have had a choice about viewing taboo, and highly controversial images before they are surprising us on the screen. As a longtime watcher of Housewives, I've never been so shocked or saddened by what I saw. I turned off the show and I don't think I will ever watch Miami again, because now I have no idea what to expect. That ruined my evening and has upset me several times since I saw it.

P.S. I don't eat beef or pork in any form, from steak to products containing gelatin. Chicken and seafood are off my diet starting 2012. I'm segueing my lifestyle slowly into vegetarianism so I do have a right to say something.

San Diego Viewer
San Diego Viewer

eeeeewwww Alexia!! Shopping and trying on clothes AFTER your workout? Wearing the very same clothes you just spent hours sweating in? Now THAT"S what's gross!!!

Yvy
Yvy

ok im sorry folks, for all of you who eat meat and making negative comments about the pig scene, GET A LIFE. How do you think the animals that u eat, the fillet mignon, or ny strip steak. Do you think they die by lethal injection????????? They are taken to the slaughter house and killed. Then all of you go to your local meat store or grocery store, purchase it and then eat. So please, spare me the cries here. people need to calm down. if u dont eat meat then DONT WATCH THE SHOW...simple as that. Gezzzzzzz

lee lee
lee lee

bravo should have not shown the pig being carried in plastic bag

SCC.
SCC.

Alexia, is hilarious how many people are over reacting about the pig, is our tradition so they can shut up! Apparently they live in another world and don't know that every animal we eat is killed that way; people crack me up! As for the vegetarians, they are missing on a delicious plate :)

No more
No more

No more Housewives of Miami for me. Didn't need to see the little pig alive one minute and being made a joke of the next - and then having noses turned up to eating it after if was killed. If it is so much your culture, why did most people not eat it? I was with Lea 100% here. Who wants to see a face on their dinner? Broke my heart.

Alejandra Maria
Alejandra Maria

Alexia,

Finally a latina on TV que no es chapparita y prieta, instead a beautiful blonde haired blue eyed cubana. Eres una de mis favoritas, you carry yourself with class and seem to be doing a terrific a job raising your sons, they seem adjusted and grounded. You and Marysol seem to be the only ones that are geniune and established career wise. Dont pay any attention to others comments regarding how repulsive and barbaric that scene was, if you dont like it turn the channel, this is a cultural thing and why not keep tradition that has been passed on for so long. Lea likes to hear the sound of her voice, she was disrespectful to you and Herman and should have kept her comments to herself or left is she really was so repulsed, she is just being a drama queen, si la pendeja tiene sacos y tacones hechos de piel, what a hyprocite, she will not eat bambi but wear him instead?

Greetings from Lugano
Greetings from Lugano

I am tired of everyone pinning the pig roasting as "disgusting" or "cultural" but wrong. Have you not watched "Top Chef?" Anthony Bourdain? or Andrew Zimmern? They have had some pretty gruesome shows, like when Top Chef went to the slaughterhouse in Chicago to learn how to lollipop a T-bone. Seriously, that pig had a much better life than those grown on the agrifarms, such as Smithfield, where some of the animals never even move but 6 inches in their pen their entire lifetime. That was respecting what they ate. You should respect what others eat.

maria89
maria89

I'm impressed your husband would take the time to prepare a wonderful feast for your friends!! Bravo didn't need to show quite SO much of the pig, but that is not your fault. Lea was truly rude to you and your husband, I don't see her husband taking the time to entertain you.

susie1234
susie1234

Just because you people don't see it, the slaughters of your chickens, etc. are much worse. Come on! If you're not vegetarian, shut up!

jorgie
jorgie

Hey they are showing baby seals being clubbed too on CNN, would you consider showing THAT AS WELL! BRAVO YOU SUCK!

jorgie
jorgie

PIGS HAVE THE I.Q. OF A 3 YR. OLD CHILD! That is a fact, just so everyone knows! Something to think about the next time you go out, find one in a pen with a bunch of others who are waiting to be slaughtered! How you could look it in the eye before slaughtering the poor defenseless thing, let alone enjoy eating what was once a living, breathing thing hours before is beyond repulsive! No matter where your food "comes from" that was just heartless and sick, thank god I could fast forward the gruesome display! Shame on you, shame on Bravo!

LoveAndy
LoveAndy

Oh, brother...get a grip. Did all of you so "offended" think burgers, hot dogs, and other "American" foods were brought to us by the food fairy? Ridiculous.

kdmr
kdmr

what are you talking about the pig was already "slaughtered" (ie dead.)

MelissaGuseynov
MelissaGuseynov

Completely agree with the two comments above - horrible and in bad taste. And shame on Alexia for showing no empathy for that poor animal that gave its life for your dinner party.

Tamara H
Tamara H

I, too, was very upset and offended by this scene in tonight's episode. It seems that our society, here in the U.S., is moving, or at least trying to move, towards a more compassionate, sustainable culture/means of eating/living. Showing this scene, IMHO, was irresponsible. Period. Exclamation point. Two words: social responsibility.

MelissaGuseynov
MelissaGuseynov

Seeing that poor pig slaughtered for that dinner party turned me off to Alexia and the show in general. Showing you picking out your pig and then waiting for it to be killed was horrible - and you showed no empathy for that pig's sacrifice of life for your dinner party. It was barbaric and I did not appreciate the show glorifying meat eating. I will not be watching the Miami housewives anymore.

Bailey62
Bailey62

Seriously.....I think everyone understands culture....we are all from different cultures....However...most would not want to watch how horribly barbaric it is to walk onto a farm and pick a live pig and have it killed ....If you want to roast a pig...fine but don't show it to me!!!!! The minute you pulled up at the pig farm (or whatever it was) I turned the channel and did not turn back for quite sometime I imagined what was going to happen was going to be horrible and from reading others posts..I was right....I wonder why you felt the need to go and pick a live pig to kill and then serve it up at your party......would it have been so wrong of you not to go and pick out the pig....I think that is the part of what you did that upsets everyone that watches....

I love to watch all of the housewives shows...but the Miami housewives are not very nice people...You have said some really mean things...talking about how the "lower" people want to see what you are wearing....are you kidding....talking about people who you are on the show with, calling them "breeders" because they have more than one or two children...saying that they are less than good mothers because they have nannies...or other help....

I think all of you (accept lea) need to take a good look at yourselves in the mirror because all that you have can easily be taken away from you!!!!!

Elle B
Elle B

It was totally inhumane and DISGUSTING and I turned it off the second I saw them arriving at the slaughter house because I realized what was about to take place. Being an avid fan of all of the housewives I will NEVER watch Miami again. Everyone involved repulses me including Bravo!

Elle B
Elle B

DITTO! I am a HUGE fan of ALL of the housewives and a huge fan of ALL of the other Bravo shows and I was also beyond disgusted when I too figured out what was happening right when they all showed up at the PIG FARM!!!!!! I will NEVER watch this show EVER AGAIN!

For that matter everyone involved in this episode including BRAVO is disgusting!

not a pork fan
not a pork fan

Although I am not a pork fan either , I hate to tell you this type of cooking goes on all over the country even out of the cuban culture. I'm from Massachusetts and during the summer there are plenty of pig roasts where they put the pig on the spicket and twirls around the fire. I love animals and it turns me off however it should not shame the editors its perfectly normal way of cooking a whole pig. I don't like the smell or the scene of it but accept the fact that it is what it is and it's absolutly not confined to the cuban community , since it's their way to celebrate within thier culture then power to them having dinner as a celebration with friends and family you can never go wrong thats what brings people together. if you happen to eat any kind of meat or fish for that matter, they all go through a death process in order to get on your table some may seem more trumatic than others just because you don't see it dosen't mean it dosen't happen besides you did not see them slaughter the pig. By the way how do you feel about putting a turkey in an oven or better yet a live lobster in a boiling pot of water I won't even get into the process of bake stuffing a lobster

Andrea-e
Andrea-e

You are kind and down to earth! Truly an example for all the rest of the cheap housewives (Cristy). You may have slipped once or twice but its obviously not with a bad intention, everyone has their opinion and shouldn't be judged by it. Your relationship with your sons and husband is amazing, you are the best housewife ever! keep it up

Sandi in Seattle
Sandi in Seattle

You have to know that there will be people who are going to really going to come down on you for this, but oh well! I acutally had to laugh at parts, as i would have felt the same way you did. Live your life and be happy. Love you, you seem to be a really sweet person.

HJ
HJ

Completely disgusted by the pig scene. What was Bravo thinking when airing that. Definately made me very angry. It is very offensive. I understand people eat meat and it is part of a culture to roast a pig but that was wrong to show. Not everyone eats meat and some of us do not want to see that stuff. Attending the slaughterhouse and picking out the animal is one thing but don't show that crap on tv. I will not watch this show or any other show from Bravo ever again. That was in poor taste and someone should be held accountable.

MLE B
MLE B

I think you are precious - you are by far my favorite! Don't listen to all this silliness about the pig - I think it's wonderful, a true labor of love. What do people think pigs are raised for? Let he who has never eaten bacon cast the first pork chop!

CarriejWA
CarriejWA

I love pig and that was real life. Where do you think those cute little pork chops in the platic wrap come from? Bacon is goooooood....!

Bekahm
Bekahm

Honestly! Everyone is making a big deal about the pig scene. Get over it!

ZenMich
ZenMich

Wow, where have all the viewers been? Hasn't anyone exept those of Cuban backgrounds ever been to a pig roast?? I have and it's wonderful. Loved watching the episode. And I love the Housewives and husbands of Miami. Keep up the good work.

ChristineO
ChristineO

How can you say you were uneasy and uncomfortable with the pig scene??!!?? You seemed quite comfortable when choosing which one you were going to kill and consume. I can't believe Bravo showed this. I am a huge animal lover and a vegetarian; only due to ethical reasons. Pigs are very smart and loving creatures. What humans do to them is abhorrent and I will never understand. I think people have an easy time eating meat, because in a grocery store, you only see this meat material packaged as if it were never alive - it does't look like an actual animal. If we saw the live faces of the animals, I don't think people would eat them so easily. I can't belive you saw that beautiful, sweet creature and could actually kill and eat it. Just because it is traditon, doesn't make it right. Many traditions need to be stopped!

Watching in San Diego
Watching in San Diego

Puhleez - I'm watching the Miami housewives on Bravo, not the nature channel. If I wanted to see the reality of where our food comes from, I'd visit a slauter house. I had to turn the show off. I'm not sure that is what you want from the viewers. Enough of that Bravo!!

Pualani
Pualani

Growing up in Hawaii, we too have the same tradition of pig roasting; we use an underground oven called an "imu". While it may not be everyone's cup of tea to see the process of picking, purchasing and preparing, how exactly do those of you who object think that what you purchase at the grocery store or order at your favorite restaurant gets on your plate? Of course it has to be killed. No sense adopting an ostrich's habit. Expand your way of thinking and watch what happens!

Stota
Stota

This housewives was my favorite one, but after watching the pig episode I don't think I can watch it any more. It was so totally disgusting. I can't understand how Bravo could air such a horrible thing! It may be some people's culture to murder pigs and eat them but for most of us it is totally gross. To bad it doesn't happen to a human sometime, then they would understand the pain and fear that poor little pig had to go through.

Stota
Stota

I totally agree with Alan. I don't understand how Bravo could air such a disgusting thing. It may be in some cannibles cultures but for most of us it isn't. Very disgusting and in bad taste. This was my favorite Housewives show but I am unable to watch it now!!!!!

maureen leibovitz
maureen leibovitz

Cultures or not. There was no respect for those of us who do not believe this should of been shown!!!

Supportive Latina
Supportive Latina

You are my favorite, I love everything about you. I thought you looked great trying on those beautiful gowns for the fashion show. You and your husband obviously know how to entertain, however next time you should have a few vegetarian dishes for your guests who do not eat meat. I would love to know more about how you and your husband got together (I think you two make a great couple).