Lunch with Slow Food’s Carlo Petrini

By | 2017-04-19T10:59:06+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Africa, Cape Town, Going Green, People, South Africa, Travel in Africa|

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

By | 2017-04-04T15:10:53+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Africa, Cape Town, Cities, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

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 [...]

Tracing a Lineage Across Continents – Sour Porridge

By | 2017-04-04T15:11:40+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Africa, Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, History, Published|

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 [...]

Bright Lights, Vibrant City. Walking Johannesburg

By | 2017-04-04T15:13:43+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Africa, Cities, Featured Articles, Johannesburg, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

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 [...]

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen

By | 2017-04-04T15:17:34+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Africa, Essay, Featured Articles, Portfolio, South Africa, Travel|

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 [...]

Swahili Food: Taste of the Swahili Coast

By | 2017-04-04T15:19:37+00:00 July 30th, 2016|Africa, Destination Meals, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Published, Travel, Travel in Africa|

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 [...]

My Fave Road Trip Playlist

By | 2017-04-04T15:21:23+00:00 July 24th, 2016|Adventure, Africa, Road Trip, Travel|

My Fave Road Trip Playlist - July 2016 I've been working on an engaging, demanding food project across South Africa this year. So far, we've spent time in 57 towns over about 80 nights and covered 11 500 km (excluding flights, of course), flying or driving back home to Cape Town in intervals to work and [...]

World’s 50 Best Restaurants – New York City

By | 2017-04-04T15:22:24+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Africa, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Published, Restaurants|

World's 50 Best Restaurants with South Africa taking spot number 22. South Africa’s The Test Kitchen continues to dominate taking spot number 22 on World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Ishay Govender-Ypma reports from New York City. For Business Day, June 2016. Last night at Cipriani Wall Street, Manhattan, New York welcomed its first World’s 50 Best [...]

First South African Chef to Hold a Michelin Star

By | 2017-04-04T15:28:00+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Africa, Featured Articles, Food, People, Portfolio, Profile, Published, Restaurants, South Africa|

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen - South African Soul with a French Touch Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, owner of JAN in France, is the first South African to be awarded a Michelin star. Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) chatted to him on his recent visit to South Africa. For Fine Dining Lovers, April 2016. Jan [...]

Hiking Beginner’s Packing List

By | 2017-04-05T12:26:45+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Adventure, Africa, Hiking, Packing List, Travel|

Hiking Beginner's Packing List for Essentials If you're new to the slopes, you may want to know what to wear and pack on your hikes. This is a hiking beginner's packing list. Sports Scientist Shona Hendriks provides an excellent guide to preparing for a hike - scroll down to the end. Hiking packing list [...]