EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Lochte Talks Cuban Heritage & Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Your mom is Cuban, so what are your some of your favorite Latino traditions or foods?

One of my favorite Latino foods that my grandma or my mom make is breaded steak with some black beans and rice.* I could eat that pretty much any day. Whenever they see me, they make it for me, because they know it’s my favorite food. But, we always have it for holidays–Christmas, Thanksgiving, every time we see each other they’re making breaded steak!

*See a similar recipe for bistec de palomilla at The Latin Kitchen!

Why did you choose to get involved with Swim for Relief? 

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, and I mean a lot of victims are still recovering. Proctor & Gamble and Tide put on this production, and all the proceeds are going to AmeriCares. It’s basically giving back and letting the people know that we’re here, we haven’t forgotten about them, and we’re here to help them. That’s why I wanted to jump on board!

Support Hurricane Sandy relief at AmeriCares website

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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