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
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 City, Cuba's Vibey Capital. For Marie Claire SA, June 2017. Lunch Time Band THEY SAY YOU HEAR THE LIFE before you see it in Havana. Prior to my travels last [...]
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 [...]
Nalekwi, 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.
Mother's Day Rich Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting A vanilla cake is versatile and pretty, but a rich chocolate cake makes you feel like there was just that much more effort expended in making it. For Mother’s Day, Lurpak, the butter Queens, invited me to share something delicious for my mum. (Check out their [...]
Korean Food - Winning Hearts 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 [...]
FOOD TRENDS 2017 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 [...]
Lunch with Slow Food's Carlo Petrini - a photo essay. On 17th August 2016, I attended a private lunch with Slow Food's Carlo Petrini, founder and president of the movement ( Slow Food International), on the last official day of his tour through South Africa, his first visit to southern Africa. Just prior to that he [...]
Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover - So Fun! Collage Cape Town mag Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover. Over the weekend of 12 August, the intrepid folks at Cape Town Magazine, one of the best sources of information on everything in the Mother City, asked me to curate their Instagram account. I shared a few [...]
Cherae Robinson, founder of Tastemakers Africa chats to Mail & Guardian...