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+00:00October 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 [...]

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+00:00August 7th, 2016|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Bloemfontein Blues

Bloemfontein Blues - A trip down memory lane Retracing my university days in the university town. For Mail & Guardian, July 2016. A decade can fall between the cracks, as effortless as an autumn leaf floating to its unremarkable end in the backyard. Those are the more than 10 years between Bloemfontein and I. I [...]

By |2017-05-22T11:53:36+00:00May 28th, 2016|Creative Non-Fiction|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

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

Peruvian Gastronomy: Potatoes, Pisco and Promise

Peruvian Gastronomy: Potatoes, Pisco and Promise The staggeringly vast microclimates across the country, coupled with the tenacity of Chef Gastón Acurio has pinned Peru as the world’s culinary darling. For Mail & Guardian 28 Jan 2015 The Potato Quest There are roughly 4000 edible varieties of potatoes, or papa, most of them originating in the [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:30:47+00:00February 16th, 2015|Food, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments