Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen

By |2017-04-04T15:17:34+00:00August 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 |2017-05-05T15:14:14+00:00July 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 [...]

Bloemfontein Blues

By |2017-05-22T11:10:33+00:00July 28th, 2016|Africa, Creative Non-Fiction, Essay, Featured Articles, History, Road Trip, South Africa, Travel in Africa|

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 [...]

My Fave Road Trip Playlist

By |2017-04-04T15:21:23+00:00July 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 |2017-05-05T15:29:18+00:00July 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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 [...]

Zanzibar Food Culture

By |2017-05-05T15:44:14+00:00April 11th, 2016|Africa, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Portfolio, Travel, Travel Guide, Travel in Africa, What to eat|

Beyond the glittery resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania, we meet a family in a village who allow us a glimpse into Zanzibari food culture. For Business Day WANTED magazine, April 2016

Slaying Dragons in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre

By |2017-05-05T15:45:29+00:00April 10th, 2016|Adventure, Africa, Featured Articles, Hiking, Portfolio, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

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 [...]

Bree Street Food Guide

By |2017-05-05T15:49:20+00:00March 4th, 2016|Africa, Bacon, Cape Town, Cheese, Cities, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Portfolio, Published, Review, Travel, Travel in Africa|

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 [...]