In this regular column, we chat to some of SA’s premier personalities about their travel experiences and favourite local pastimes and haunts. This week we catch up with radio and TV presenter and media personality ZOË BROWN.
What is your favourite travel destination, and why?
My last travel destination always seems to be my favourite. For now, it’s Zanzibar. It was so untouched, the people were so content and the water was the most amazing clear blue.
What was your first international trip, and what do you remember most vividly about the experience?
My first major international trip was when I took my gap year and went to the USA to Au Pair there for 18 months. Arriving in New York, EVERYTHING was bigger. Although I spent most of my time living and working in Columbus, Ohio, I was able to travel easily to all the major cities across the states and made friends with girls from around the world. Some of us are still in contact with one another.
What is the first thing you usually do when you arrive at your destination and you’re trying to get acclimated?
I love my clothes, so the first thing I do is unpack my bag and have it organised. The second thing I do is go outside and breathe in the new air.
What for you is usually the best way to soak up the culture you’re in?
The best way to soak up a place’s culture is through its food and music. Outdoor markets are usually a great place to start.
Flying – love it, or hate it?
I’m pretty easy when it comes to flying. I see it two ways: either I’m reaching my new destination where an adventure awaits; or I’m heading back home.
What has been your favourite cuisine that you have discovered on your travels?
I love all kinds of food! I find it most interesting how different places spice their food. I’ve had the most amazing hummus and pitas in Abu Dhabi. My favourite cuisine is still found in a specific Durban kitchen – my mom’s.
You’ve got exactly R48 in your wallet. Where do you go for lunch in Cape Town and in Joburg, and what do you have?
In Cape Town, I would head over to the Eastern Food Bazaar. You’ll be able to stock up on all kinds of food with your R48. From Samosa’s and pastries to either some currie or garlic and rosemary naan bread with butter – yum!
In Jozi, The Schwarma Co. Their falafel laffa is falicious.
What is your speciality in the kitchen?
I’m not very confident in my cooking, but when I do try, it’s at least edible. I’d say a cottage pie, or a mushroom and chicken pie are my specialities.
Describe your ideal night in, and out.
My ideal night in would be in the garden, nibbling on a fruit and cheese platter with fresh baked bread or pretzels, while sipping on crisp white wine.
And for going out, I’d like to dress up and go enjoy a delicious steak!
What makes life worth living?
Love makes life worth living, whether it’s for someone special, or family and friends. Or whether it’s for food or travel, love is at the core of it all.