As Roberto and Ali finally start to live their "normal lives" as an engaged couple, we caught up with the Puerto Rican charmer to get his thoughts on finding "the one" on a television show and what love is like post-The Bachelorette. What made you try out for the show?
I wasnít ever really a fan of the show, but some co-workers approached me about it and they thought it would be a great idea. I didnít really think anything of it, but then they contacted me and the rest is history. What was it like to have to show your love for someone and compete on TV?
Well, I didnít mind showing my love. I didnít really think of it in TV terms, and I definitely didnít think about it as competing for her. I just tried to keep it as normal to real life as possible. I focused on getting to know her to see if this was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and, obviously, it was. It seemed like the whole ďLatinoĒ thing was played up on the show. Was that your idea or the producers?
I donít know, I didnít really notice because I think it was a representation of me. It was important as I got to know [Ali] to show her who I am. I love Salsa, I speak Spanish--thatís part of who I am. Yo soy asiÖ Whatís it like to be an engaged man?
Itís great! Nothing better, except maybe when we get married. Sheís amazing, I feel so lucky and blessed. Whatís your favorite Latin food?
My parents are from Puerto Rico, so there are so many! Pasteles are good, arroz con gandules, pastelillos. I love them all! Has Ali started learning to cook some of those dishes for you?
A little bit; pero todavia tiene que aprender. Actually, on the hometown date there was a scene that was edited out; but we were in my parentís house and I looked in the kitchen and Ali was making tostones with my mom and I was like, ďThis is awesome!Ē So, I know there are no definite wedding plans yet, but I hear you have a big family, what kind of reception will you have?
Well, we might do the televised wedding to not spend money and invest in our future; but itíll definitely be a big one, mi familia es grande. There will be Salsa, Merengue, comida, all of it!