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+02:00July 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+02:00July 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 [...]

Dim Sum Restaurants in South Africa

Yum Cha! Yum cha, or dim sum as it’s known in the West, refers to the act of taking tea. Here’s a countrywide dim sum restaurant round-up to satisfy your cravings for these moreish bites. Dim Sum Restaurants in South Africa, written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Financial Mail. Dim sum has its roots in the [...]

The Best of Korean Food in New York City

If there’s a single nation whose food has received worldwide attention (and deserved adoration) of late, it must be that of Korea – South Korea, to be clear. And New York City serves up exemplary Korean food. Written for Fine Dining Lovers. Mokbar Korean Ramen - provided by Mokbar Last year, in the [...]

Korean Food, Hello the Future

Riding the Hallyu, the impressive K-pop culture wave, Korean food has won the hearts and bellies of the food world. For Etihad in-flight magazine, August 2016.  Korean fried chicken (or cauliflower, in some circles) is widely hyped as the new KFC. While Colonel Sanders may need to spill the 11 secret herbs and spices to [...]

By |2017-06-09T14:12:41+02:00January 5th, 2017|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|1 Comment

Food Trends 2017 – A Sign of the Times

Food Trends - from vegetable-only menus to shorter, less pricey tasting menus, Ishay Govender-Ypma delves into what's predicted to dominate the dining calendar. For SAA Sawubona, November 2016.  If you went out to a restaurant last night, you might have experienced these changes already. From neighbourhood bistros to upmarket establishments, menus are being influenced by an [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:37:41+02:00December 9th, 2016|Food, Reported Work|1 Comment

Quintonil and The Test Kitchen Collaborate in Cape Town

Photo taken by Hein van Tonder The Test Kitchen and Quintonil, both highly ranked on the World’s 50 Best restaurant list, recently hosted a collaboration dinner series. Ishay Govender-Ypma chatted to the chefs. Quintonil and Test Kitchen Collaborate for Mail and Guardian. (@IshayGovender)  “Are those the escamoles?” I ask the waitress, in a [...]

By |2018-08-16T15:14:25+02:00October 20th, 2016|Africa, Chefs, Food, Interview, Reported Work, South Africa|0 Comments

Tracing a Lineage Across Continents – Sour Porridge

South Indian Sour Porridge in South Africa Sunlight streams in the early morning over the vessels on the wood fire outside; the drums with water heating for bathing, the pots with the day’s lunch. A version of this appears on Roads & Kingdoms, August 2016.    sour porridge with spring onions Sunlight streams in [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:13:15+02:00August 15th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|1 Comment

The Rise of Korean Food – New York City Exploration

Koreatown in Manhattan may be a long way from Seoul, but its restaurants serve up delectable national dishes, from bibimbap to bulgogi. For Business Day WANTED, August 2016. K-Town Pops The steeply vertical expanse of Koreatown in Manhattan, fondly nicknamed K-Town, crams an intense scrapbook of neon signage, supermarkets, general stores, beauty parlours and restaurants [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:40:43+02:00August 14th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen - Things We Were Told Ishay Govender-Ypma reflects on an 80s youth of big hair, Band Aid and misguided rhetoric. Tropes on Starving Kids. This essay was written for Mail & Guardian.  author with neighbourhood kids in the 80s It was the time of Halley’s [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:36:01+02:00August 7th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Interview Profile: Cherae Robinson, Founder of Mobile App Tastemakers Africa

Cherae Robinson Since launching Rare Customs in 2014, which facilitated foreign investment in African SMEs in the fields of agriculture, tourism and market entry, founder Cherae Robinson (nominated a “woman to watch” by the U.N. in 2014) has continued on her upward trajectory. In December 2015 she launched her start-up mobile app Tastemakers [...]

Mexico City Food Guide

Mexico City – colourful, chaotic, and a crash-course in street-food, as Ishay Govender-Ypma learns, tasting her way through markets and curb-side stalls. Fine dining your north star? Check! But you’ll soon be drawn back to the abuela-style dishes found in the simple diners and homes around town. My Mexico City Food Guide For Taste Magazine, [...]

By |2017-06-09T14:54:34+02:00August 1st, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Riga Food Guide

Riga, the cultural capital of the Baltics is offering up lighter, more refined versions of Latvian staples. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Fine Dining Lovers. Riga, image Shutterstock Often referred to as the pearl of Latvia in Central Eastern Europe, capital city Riga lies at the mouth of the Daugava River and along [...]

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+02:00July 30th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments