Guide to Jardins Paulista, São Paulo - Men in Grey São Paulo’s Emiliano Hotel in the opulent Jardins Paulista neighbourhood offers some clues to the lifestyles of the well-heeled. It’s also the prime position for the business traveller. A man in a fitted pale grey suit speaks into his earpiece, smiles and asks me if [...]
Vila Madalena - Street Art and More Vila Madalena in São Paulo has been drawing visitors like bees to an abundant hive. It’s an old charming neighbourhood that’s embraced the transition into white-hot cool. Ishay Govender-Ypma reports on the buzz. For SAA Sawubona magazine. I’m staring squarely at Batman. He’s skinny with angular features, [...]
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 [...]
Peru Travel Guide - Highlights and Delights Highlights from the glorious Sacred Valley of the Incas to often overlooked high-paced Lima and tranquil Arequipa and surrounds. An introductory guide by Ishay Govender-Ypma, for Travel Ideas Magazine, Dec 2014 Kingdom of the Mighty Incas Machu Picchu It’s here that you start to believe that [...]
Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley of the Incas - An Easy Walk looking over wayna picchu There is a lazy way for the less ambitious traveller to enjoy the architectural splendour of the industrious Peruvian Incas without breaking into too much of a sweat. According to Grisel Gamarra Vasquez who has lived her entire [...]
Lima, City With Heart. Reflections on Gastronomy Today After years of political and economic strife, Lima, Peru’s capital is in the limelight and basking in the glow of the culinary renaissance. For Woolworth's Taste Magazine Dec 2014 Raw Fish for Brunch It’s 11 am and I am tucking into a large bowl of [...]
World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards Latin America 2014 - Behind the Scenes World's 50 Best Latin America A few weeks ago...actually, I lie, I remember the exact date: 3 September 2014 (how could I not), I attended the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards Latin America, in Lima at the very posh Lima Country Club [...]
Where to Eat in Rio & São Paulo - what I loved and what I didn't First stop - the local municipal markets. I also try to take a food tour in every city I visit - try Tastes of São Paulo and Eat Rio. This is a mini guide of where to eat in Rio and São Paulo. corn [...]
Brazilian food is a mix of influences, from Africa to Portugal and the immigrant cultures of the Japanese and Lebanese too. Where to get the best bites in Rio and São Paulo.
Street art in São Paulo, through the eyes of street artists and the creatives who support their craft. World Cup 2014 opposition on the walls of the city. For M&G Friday.