Swahili Food: Taste of the Swahili Coast

Taste of the Swahili Coast - Swahili Food The Swahili Coast runs from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, a unique cultural melting pot that reflects in the cuisine. For Fine Dining Lovers, July 2016.   In the village of Alfeneseni, outside Zanzibar, an east African island popular with holidaymakers for its pristine white shores and [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:14:53+00:00July 30th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Open Streets Cape Town – Q&A with Founder

Meet the founder of Open Streets, Cape Town - Marcela Guerrero Casas  Ishay: Why did you pick Bree Street to incorporate in the Open Street initiative? Marcella: When we first chose it in 2015 we thought it’d be an interesting street to test for some of the following reasons: It is a major street but [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:01:09+00:00May 16th, 2016|Culture & People, Reported Work|0 Comments

Poland – More Than Pierogi & Vodka

The Baltic regions are on the rise. We explore the splendour of nearby Poland, still shedding the cloak of communism and forging a new identity. Poland - More Than Pierogi & Vodka for Food and Home Entertaining Magazine, March 2016. Fall of the Iron Curtain Classic Pierogi If it’s pierogi – the eponymous Polish [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:54:17+00:00March 9th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Riding along Mexico’s Copper Canyon

Raramuri mother and child Traversing the spectacular canyons on Mexico’s Copper Canyon on the last passenger ride, Ishay Govender-Ypma meets the reclusive Rarámuri, while learning about the country’s diverse landscape. For Mail & Guardian 26 Feb 2016 The vestibule convulses over the loops at Témoris, shaking us this way and that, but we [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:03:54+00:00March 3rd, 2016|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Durban’s Art Scene

 A tough city for artists, Ishay Govender-Ypma explores the heart of the Durban’s Art Scene and creative spirit. For AFK Travel Undercover City Durban Taxi Mural Durban’s potential tends to bubble beneath the surface, not quite as bold and direct as Johannesburg or Cape Town. Durban is a laid-back city on many counts, [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:06:53+00:00February 25th, 2016|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Sugar, Spice and a Question of Identity – Réunion Island Food

Réunion Island Food, where culinary and cultural exploration meet Culinary and cultural exploration are deeply fused, Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) discovers on a visit to the volcanic French island, Réunion. For The National UAE, 4 Feb 2016. Author (2nd left) with a family of local farmers - they titled this: "The Malabar returns home" - [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:21:07+00:00February 14th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Cooking in Teotitlán de Valle, Oaxaca – Mexico

We had the opportunity to learn some cooking tips from a Zapotec woman, a Mexican indigenous group who settled in the area of Oxaca, Mexico. We were shown the true meaning of slow living, loving and eating. For Fine Dining Lovers, 20 Nov 2015.  At Teotitlán de Valle, 25 kilometres outside the colonial town of [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:11:55+00:00December 5th, 2015|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

A Vegetarian’s Guide to Chennai, India

Chennai market  A return to the Motherland - Chennai, India. For TASTE Magazine.  It dawns on me at the Georgetown market in Chennai, that the locals find me perplexing. Amid ox-drawn carts piled with fresh vegetables, the vendors sit cross-legged in front of their tidily arranged wares, offering me a smile and a [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:16:15+00:00November 25th, 2015|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

Alentejo Portugal

Featured in the SAA Sawubona inflight magazine Across an enchanting landscape of mountains, plains, rivers and ancient ruins, Ishay Govender-Ypma feasted on the flavours of the Alentejo, the breadbasket and wine barrel of Portugal. Written for SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, 21 July 2015 Acorns and Pastries “At one time we only fed acorns [...]

Graham Hughes – An Extraordinary Traveller

Walking into the Record Books - Graham Hughes Adventurer and videographer Graham Hughes is the only person to have travelled to every known country without taking a single flight. Ishay Govender –Ypma caught up with him via Skype from his home in Panama What does it take to travel to every country in the world, [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:26:28+00:00July 20th, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Bharatanatyam in Chennai

Bharatanatyam in Chennai, Rhythm City The ancient art of classical Bharatanatyam dance has undergone a revival. Ishay Govender-Ypma returns to her ancestral roots in Chennai, India to explore further. For Singapore Airlines Priority Club magazine.  Her dark eyes are lined thickly in kohl, intimating the drama of a doe trapped in tragic light. She is [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:26:47+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

The Durban Curry

The Durban Curry - Kwa-Zulu Natal Spice Pot  The cuisine of the Indian descendants, whose forbears arrived in Durban to work on the sugar cane fields under British rule in the late 1800s, has remained and grown to represent a significant culinary contribution to both the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the food of South [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:26:58+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

A New Way for Blacks to Travel in Africa

A new Way for Blacks to Travel in Africa - Group Tours are In Parties with locals on a luxe rooftop in Accra, a fashion show in Nairobi and a rap concert in Marrakesh, learning a traditional recipe from your friend’s grandmother in Dakar. Ishay Govender-Ypma looks at a new breed of group tours, a [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:27:11+00:00June 9th, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Vila Madalena – Art and About

Vila Madalena - Street Art and More   Vila Madalena in São Paulo has been drawing visitors like bees to an abundant hive. It’s an old charming neighbourhood that’s embraced the transition into white-hot cool. Ishay Govender-Ypma reports on the buzz. For SAA Sawubona magazine. I’m staring squarely at Batman. He’s skinny with angular features, [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:29:04+00:00April 30th, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

How Travel Bloggers Influence your Travel Decisions

How Travel Bloggers Influence your Travel Decisions - The New Guard Lola Akinmade - image provided Travel bloggers have long replaced the travel agent and guidebook as the go-to source for travellers today. Ishay Govender-Ypma chatted to some key players* This was written for Mail & Guardian 28 March 2015 If you are a [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:29:12+00:00April 20th, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work|0 Comments

Your Childhood Home – Going Back There

Returning to your childhood home - my journey Ishay Govender-Ypma reflects on her returning to your childhood home, the changes that make visiting difficult and the constant pull to return. For Visi Magazine. Each year I return to our family home that rests at the bottom of steep road. The suburb has faded somewhat into [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:30:09+00:00March 28th, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work|0 Comments

Honest Café – Crowdfunding in Cape Town

Honest Café – Crowdfunding in Cape Town, a Success Story Honest Café - image supplied  A Cape Town raw chocolate café is the first of its kind in the city. It’s a crowdfunding success story. Ishay Govender-Ypma explores the concept for Business Day.   The People’s Choice “Have you tried our banana bread bunny [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:30:40+00:00February 28th, 2015|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Chennai Food Guide

Chennai Food Guide  Formerly Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is known for its conservatism, fiery Chettinad curries, vegetarian thalis and milky Madras coffee. For Fine Dining Lovers It’s in Chennai that I start to appreciate the Asian preference for not just the savoury breakfast, but also the spicy one of idlis (fermented rice [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:32:18+00:00January 17th, 2015|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

Peru Travel Guide

Peru Travel Guide - Highlights and Delights Highlights from the glorious Sacred Valley of the Incas to often overlooked high-paced Lima and tranquil Arequipa and surrounds. An introductory guide by Ishay Govender-Ypma, for Travel Ideas Magazine, Dec 2014 Kingdom of the Mighty Incas Machu Picchu It’s here that you start to believe that [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:33:09+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments