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Five Miles Up with … Ziggy Marley

August 20, 2013

Where most people are used to seeing Ziggy Marley? Onstage. Where you’ll find him this week – in the kitchen. Well, to be fair, he’ll be onstage cooking at the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off Thursday. Will the five-time Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-winning musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian be sweating it as he adds chef to his many titles with back-to-back appearances come Saturday morning? Heck no! He’s dealt with double emergency airplane landings all in one day. This’ll be a piece o’ cake.

What’s something you never fail to pack in your suitcase?
Jump rope.

Carry-on or check-in?

Window or aisle?

Do you carry food on the plane with you?
Mixed nuts and fruit.

Favorite resort you've ever stayed in?
The One&Only Palmilla is a beautiful resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. It has great service, great food and amazing accommodations.

What’s your idea of the perfect vacation?
Hawaii, Cabo or staying home with my kids.

Tell us about a vacation you’ve taken that’s come close thus far.
The One&Only in Cabo. It’s very private and serene and provides both activities and quiet time for the entire family.

What’s the worst vacation or annoying travel experience you’ve had?
On the same day I was in two airplane emergency landings.

What's the most unusual souvenir you ever came back with?
Dirt from Africa.

Ever try a food that you wished you hadn't?
Sushi. Now I want it all the time.

Favorite restaurant you've discovered in your travels.
Mama’s Fish House on Maui.

Favorite destination or venue for performing?
Red Rocks in Denver and Victoria in British Columbia.

Biggest regret you've ever had while on vacation
I wish we’d explored the islands of Hawaii a bit more.

The one thing you're willing to splurge on above all else.
A first class ticket and a good hotel or resort.

Three artists on your travel playlist?
Bob Marley, Willie Nelson and Fela Kuti.

What songs of yours do you think are just right for travel playlists?
“Love Is My Religion,” "Family Time” (if it’s a family vacation), and “Beach in Hawaii.”

Where would you take someone visiting your hometown for the first time?
Blue Mountain (Jamaica). It has magical vibes and spirits that one needs to visit to experience.

You only get one more trip in your lifetime. Where will it be?