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 [...]

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 [...]

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+00:00November 20th, 2016|Europe, Featured Article, France, Reported Work, Travel|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 [...]

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+00:00August 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+00:00August 8th, 2016|Reported Work, Travel|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+00:00August 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 [...]

Slaying Dragons in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre

Slaying Dragons in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre - Beginner's Hiking Guide The hike to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre in northern range, declared by National Geographic to be one of the world’s best trails, is where Ishay Govender-Ypma faces her fears and discovers a new hobby. For SAA Sawubona, April 2016. Returning to my home province of Kwa-Zulu Natal [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:17:38+00:00April 10th, 2016|Reported Work, Travel|2 Comments

Reykjavik Food Guide

Although very small, Reykjavik is bustling with bars, brunch spots and bistros that pay homage to Iceland’s rich, and sometimes objectionable food traditions. For Fine Dining Lovers, 28 March 2016.   Reykjavik from the main church   For a capital city this small, home to around two-thirds of Iceland’s total population of 323 [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:55:48+00:00April 8th, 2016|Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

The Changing Face of Brooklyn Dining – A Tour

Brooklyn Dining Tour - New York There’s more to Brooklyn’s culinary scene than Williamsburg. Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) started in Greenpoint and kept walking on a Brooklyn Dining Tour. For SAA Sawubona Magazine, March 2016.  Brooklyn Dining Tour featured in the SAA Sawubona Magazine North of Hip What used to be, if the travel [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:17:54+00:00March 17th, 2016|Food, Reported Work, Travel|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

Bree Street Food Guide – Cape Town’s “It” Street

Travelling along Bree Street and meeting the locals who are bringing the street back to being 'The place to be'. A Bree Street Food Guide For Business Day 4 March 2016. Crammed at the portside since the colonial days, with seedy dive bars and brothels frequented by sailors, and a mere hundred meters from the sea [...]

By |2017-07-03T20:52:18+00:00March 4th, 2016|Food, Reported Work, Travel|1 Comment

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

Best of the Garden Route

GET THE GARDEN ROUTE RIGHT Based on an article for Sunday Times Travel UK Dec/Jan 2015, my guide to Best of the Garden Route The Garden Route is a crowd-pleaser. Want beaches? The road works its way along some of the creamiest swathes in the country. Prefer mountains? You’ll cruise hairpin bends atop dramatic peaks. [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:04:50+00:00March 3rd, 2016|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