Orlando Bloom lists a lekker SA braai as his most memorable meal


Cape Town - Orlando Bloom is not only easy to look at pulling back a bow as an elf in Lord of the Rings. Nope, turns out the man's got class too... as he has revealed to British Airways that he fancies a real South African braai and says he has had his most memorable meal to date here. 

BA recently caught up with the actor at the launch of their 787-9 Dreamliner route to Abu Dhabi, and asked him about some of his travel experiences. 

South Africa makes it onto his list of favourites, as he says he is a keen fan of our steaks, and also our good old South African braais. 

Check out this Q&A with Orlando Bloom in which he describes his top travel experiences:

What three things should every visitor to Abu Dhabi experience (and why)?
It is rich in culture and history. A visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must see. You can't beat the weather and there are many fine dining experiences to enjoy. 
 
Which city in the world do you always love going back to? (and why do you keep returning)?
London is and always will be my home. Landing at Heathrow always gives me a great feeling to be returning to family and friends. It’s such an exciting city – multicultural and diverse. There’s no place like home.
 
Which destination have you travelled to that has surprised you the most? What exactly surprised you about that destination?
Japan is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been to – it would take a lifetime to get your head around the culture –from ‘goldfish scooping’ on a Japanese TV show to the bright neon lights of Tokyo to the peaceful landscaped gardens of Kyoto – it’s a country of contrasts.

ALSO SEE: A South African’s guide to Tokyo
 
Where in the world did you have your most memorable meal? What did you eat?
It’s impossible to name a particular restaurant but the steaks in South Africa are like nowhere else. Eating there is such a social event, especially in summer when family and friends all come together for a braai. 

SEE: The ultimate Top 10 bucket list for the South African foodie traveller
 

Which is your all-time favourite hotel in the world (or the best place that you’ve stayed). What makes it so special?
I can't tell you my favourite hotel because it is my favourite hotel and it’s a well-kept secret, but I will say it has been in my life for 20 years and it’s in Morocco, a country where I have spent s fair amount of time filming in and a country that I have always loved. 
 
What has been your most memorable holiday to date? What made it so unforgettable?
Spent my first holiday with Flynn in Big Sur in California exploring the area around where we live – seeing the giant redwood trees and hiking in the forests. 
 
Which destination is at the top of your bucket list to visit it next? What is it about the destination that makes it so appealing?
I’d love to take my son Flynn to visit the pandas in Chengdu – it’s so easy now to visit China and it’s an amazing country - that’s definitely next for our family.
 
Now you are a father yourself, what’s your top tip for travelling with children?
Make sure you have plenty of things to keep them busy. We always bring colouring books.
 
You must constantly be on and off long-haul flights. What are your tips for dealing with jet lag?
I’m a very active person so I always make sure to exercise a lot when I reach a new time zone and drink plenty of water. Often I’m so busy I have no choice but to get on with it! 

SEE: How to beat Jetlag once and for all


What’s the one gadget that you can’t travel without? Why?
I always travel with my noise-cancelling headphones.
 
What are your top five destinations of all time? 
London - My home!
New York - Beautiful city
LA - My second home! 
New Zealand - Vast landscapes
Morocco - Delicious food! 


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