Bob Marley and the Wail of Kingston

Featured in Marie Claire Magazine Before you head to Jamaica’s Caribbean beaches, immerse yourself in Kingston – the home of Bob Marley’s reggae, rhythm and blues. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Marie Claire SA magazine, August 2017. Thirty-six. Both Robert Nesta Marley’s age at death and the number of years that have passed [...]

Curry Traditions Across South Africa

  Gilbert's Lamb Curry Traveling across South Africa, Ishay Govender-Ypma goes in search of a curry that defines the nation. Written for Fine Dining Lovers.   Is there one definitive dish that South Africans love and prepare? It’s common knowledge that the country comprises a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious groups, with as [...]

PROFILE: Chef Kylie Kwong

  Kylie Kwong, seasoned chef and TV celebrity is loved for her Australian-Chinese food and her Australia-on-a-plate approach. We caught up with her recently. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Fine Dining Lovers, 15 June 2017. image: Penny Lane Sydney-based chef and restaurateur, Kylie Kwong, opened her famed Billy Kwong restaurant in 2000. Since [...]

CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

Based in U.S since 1988, Dominique Crenn, the only woman in the country with a two-star Michelin restaurant: Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, talks to Ishay Govender-Ypma about her home town of Brittany, France, DNA testing and calls out the BS amongst chefs. Written for Woolworths Taste Magazine, September 2017 issue. I go for it [...]

A Cheese Excursion Through Cape Town & Surrounds

 South Africa’s food capital offers wheels, wedges, and wine aplenty. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Culture Cheese Magazine , July 2017. A Cheese Excursion Through Cape Town. [Note this article is written in American English]   Feature in Culture Cheese Magazine For visitors and armchair travellers alike, Cape Town conjures visions of majestic Table Mountain, [...]

By | 2017-07-25T16:30:04+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Cheese, Cities, Food, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

Helsinki Food Guide

Elegant and trendy – Helsinki wears both well, as this harbourside capital of Finland caters to a smorgasbord of interests. Helsinki Food Guide written for Fine Dining Lovers. The culturally-curious, design and architecture nerds, snow-bunnies who seek cross-country skiing and ice–swimming, and gourmands, are amply provided for.  REINDEER, SALMON & BERRIES Liisa Eskelinen, who founded Day With [...]

Kalsarikännit – A Foreigner’s Tale

Kalsarikännit for SAA Sawubona magazine  Pantless drinking at home – Ishay Govender-Ypma gets to grips with kalsarikännit in Finland. Written for  SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, July 2017. You’ll remember this. Opening credits roll to Bridget Jones’s Diary. Renee Zellweger’s character sits on the couch in her Christmas PJs, glugging wine, staring down her [...]

By | 2017-09-28T13:19:00+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Europe, Finland, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

Everybody Loves Icelandic Skyr

 This cultured dairy just might be Iceland’s most adored export.Written for Culture Cheese Magazine, for the Wheys Less Traveled column, July 2017. (This article is written in American English) skyr breakfast bowl With its coal-black volcanic rock beaches, bright blue glaciers, steaming hot springs, and thundering waterfalls, Iceland is stunning. Most of its 325,000 [...]

Around the World in 10 Cultured Dairy Products

A selection of popular and lesser-known cultured dairy for Fine Dining Lovers, 21 March 2016. Icelandic Skyr  There’s renewed enthusiasm about the cultured dairy products of our forefathers. Food historian Anne Mendelson (Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages) thinks the interest in ancient milkways may stem from the “growing “know [...]

By | 2017-07-14T11:38:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Featured Article, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Springbok By the Seaside

  Ishay Govender-Ypma dines with Slow Food founder and president Carlo Petrini in Paternoster, and holds back on the big questions. Inevitably some of the big answers reveal themselves over delectable skewers of springbok with wild rosemary. Written for Taste Magazine Springbok with wild rosemary   It was a moment meant for the [...]

By | 2017-07-14T11:32:36+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Chefs, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Aboriginal Cooks on Bush Tucker

Wattleseeds Aboriginal cooks and chefs weigh in on the native ingredients made popular by famous restaurants in Australia. Written for Fine Dining Lovers, 1 June 2017. Rayleen Brown  A Café Up North At Kungas Can Cook, a café in Alice Springs serving food like burgers, salads, ice teas, pies and brownies, [...]

Perth Food Guide

Waterfront. Perth Food Guide. Perth, in Australia’s southwest, is said to be the most isolated city in the country.  It’s calm and laid back with a young but growing food scene. This Perth Food Guide was written for Fine Dining Lovers, 7 June 2017. American English used. Central Bites  Moana Coffee - [...]

Havana – Dining on Memories of La Patria

Nostalgia, for a homeland long departed, lies at the core of the Cuban diaspora’s quest for cultural identity. Dishing out memories at the kitchen table is one way that the legacy is passed on. Written for  Financial Mail Travel Magazine, May 2017 Dining on Memories of La Patria by Ishay Govender-Ypma written for Financial [...]

Zayaan Khan – Food Activist

  Zayaan Khan, image by Ishay Govender-Ypma Food activist, seed librarian and community-driven leader, Zayaan Khan is changing the foodscape from the ground up. Written for Kulula's inflight magazine, Khuluma, 21 June 2017 Food As Sustenance, Knowledge, Life “Try this,” Capetonian Zayaan Khan (32) says, a headscarf draped loosely bandana-style over her cropped [...]

Havana, Beat of the City

Following the evocative rhythms of a city in rapid flux, Ishay Govender-Ypma immerses herself in the soundtrack of Havana, looking for clues that reveal its heartbeat. Havana, Cuba's Vibey Capital. For Marie Claire SA, May 2017. Lunch Time Band THEY SAY YOU HEAR THE LIFE before you see it in Havana. Prior to my travels last November [...]

Sicily: A Culinary Road Trip

Drive the country from coast-to-coast searching for the best in street food, cheese, convent pastries and cannoli. Ishay Govender-Ypma explores Sicily on a culinary road trip. This article was written for SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, June 2017. A ghostly mist settles over Erice on Sicily’s hilly western face, once a medieval fortress town and the [...]

By | 2017-06-09T01:58:54+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Culture & People, Europe, Food, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

Curry: Stories & Recipes Across South Africa

Curry: Stories & Recipes across South Africa (Human & Rousseau) is out now! Available at bookstores across the country, such as Exclusive Books and CNA. You can also find it online. Click here:  Takealot, Loot, Raru and Bid or Buy International orders can be made here: Exclusive Books We travelled around the country for a [...]

By | 2018-04-24T09:07:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Published Books|0 Comments

Nalewki – Poland’s Beloved Herb and Fruit Liqueur

Poland’s beloved herb and fruit liqueur, once the ambit of women brewers only, has been made famous by a man operating from his family’s garden. For Roads & Kingdoms, August 2016.  The garden is resplendent in the glow of autumn. Thirty minutes outside Warsaw central, Karol Majewski, widely regarded the country’s top small-batch nalewka manufacturer [...]

Bright Rock Love Change Cookbook

I co-wrote this cookbook with Gus Silber for BrightRock, which won best one-off publication at the SA Publisher's Awards 2016. "The judges loved everything about the book from the quality of the content and design to the concept behind it." - Amanda Spohr, Reputation Management Executive at BrightRock. The book includes a collection of some of my most loved and [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:56:19+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Published Books|2 Comments

Eaten – Blue Cheese Blues

Featured in Panorama Sunday Magazine - 9 October 2016 Welcome to our new weekly Sunday Magazine. Each Sunday, we’ll bring you selected works from around the world, from travel poetry to fiction to photography. This week, we begin with our new series, Eaten, which pairs travel with gastronomy, in an essay by South African writer [...]

By | 2017-06-09T14:13:33+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Creative Non-Fiction|0 Comments