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Ishay Govender-Ypma

Ishay Govender-Ypma is an award-winning freelance food and travel journalist who wisely abandoned a career in commercial law in the pursuit of cultural immersion and air miles. Now she wanders the earth gathering stories, ingredients and second-hand books that threaten to take over her house. Home is Cape Town, for a few weeks at a stretch. Ishay launched her writing career with a series of tweets in 2010 and has a fondness for the micro-blogging platform. This gave life to the  Food and the Fabulous® website which was awarded a prize for best South African food and wine blog in 2011.

A collection of published work


Latest Posts

  • Financial Mail Travel Magazine

Havana – Dining on Memories of La Patria

June 19th, 2017|1 Comment

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 [...]

  • havana for Marie Claire SA

Havana, Beat of the City

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

  • Sicily, Italy

Sicily: A Culinary Road Trip

June 1st, 2017|1 Comment

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, [...]

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