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 [...]

Berlin’s Eco-Friendly Future

Green Berlin is not the future, it is happening today. Berliners are propagating the message that cramped urban cities can transform to accommodate a safer, more sustainable future. Ishay Govender-Ypma examines three projects in progressive Kreuzberg for Business Day Wanted Magazine. In 2011 former French Minister of Culture Jack Lang remarked: “Paris is always Paris, but [...]

By |2018-08-19T16:24:06+02:00May 18th, 2017|Environment, Europe, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Évian-les-Bains, Where the Water Runs Free

On the southern shore of Lake Geneva, the pretty French belle époque town of Évian-les-Bains, an hour away from Switzerland’s Geneva, offers slow walks along the promenade and healing treatments with therapeutic Évian water. For SAA Sawubona. Vevey, an hour away. From the Source At Source Cachat, in the spa town of Évian-les [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Travel in the Time of Trump – Why We Must Speak Up

Photo by Ishay Govender-Ypma I arrived in New York on a day that the world changed. I had to lend my voice. For Marie Claire SA, 2 February 2017 I arrived in New York City, via John F Kennedy airport on 28 January 2017 around 11AM. Unbeknown to me, at almost the same [...]

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Après Ski – Haute-Savoie Food & Fun Guide

Haute-Savoie Food & Fun Guide. The slopes of the Haut-Savoie in Eastern France invites families of skiers and snowboarding daredevils. Ishay Govender-Ypma opts for slower hikes on snowshoes and Savoyard specialities by crackling fireplaces. Written for Travel Update Magazine. It’s in Megève, in the Rhone Alps that I experience a proper snowfall for the first [...]

By |2018-08-16T23:21:20+02:00November 20th, 2016|Europe, Featured Article, France, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

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

Rio de Janeiro – A View from the Favelas

As the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games come to a close, Ishay Govender-Ypma reflects on the issues and dissent during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a common thread between the two. For Mail & Guardian, August 2016. From here, at the highest tier in the Santa Marta favela in Rio, I can see the settlement [...]

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

Bright Lights, Vibrant City. Walking Johannesburg Exploring the expansive inner city districts

The expansive inner city districts of Johannesburg, once sidestepped by tourists, are now thriving with a boost from investment and passionate locals. Ishay Govender-Ypma hits the lively streets and spends some time walking Johannesburg. For SAA Sawubona Magazine, May 2015.  The Prince of Newtown  Just outside the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown – hunkering and [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:46:26+02:00August 8th, 2016|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