CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

By | 2018-04-30T15:56:37+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Chefs, Europe, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, French, Profile, Reported Work, Travel, Travel in Europe|

Based in U.S since 1988, Dominique Crenn, the only woman in the country with a two-star Michelin restaurant: Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, talks to Ishay Govender-Ypma about her homeland of Brittany, DNA testing and calls out the BS amongst chefs…Written for Woolworths Taste Magazine, September 2017 issue. Dominique Crenn, image supplied I [...]

Alentejo Portugal

By | 2018-04-30T14:43:42+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Cities, Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Portugal, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Europe, What to eat, Where to stay|

Across an enchanting landscape of mountains, plains, rivers and ancient ruins, Ishay Govender-Ypma feasted on the flavours of the Alentejo, the breadbasket and wine barrel of Portugal. Written for SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, 21 July 2017   Featured in the SAA Sawubona inflight magazine Acorns and Pastries “At one time we only fed [...]

Helsinki Food Guide

By | 2018-04-30T15:21:52+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Cities, Europe, Featured Articles, Finland, Food & Travel, Reported Work, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Europe, What to eat, Where to stay|

Elegant and trendy – Helsinki wears both well, as this harbourside capital of Finland caters to a smorgasbord of interests. A Helsinki Food Guide for Fine Dining Lovers. The culturally-curious, design and architecture nerds, snow-bunnies who seek cross-country skiing and ice–swimming, and gourmands, are amply provided for.  REINDEER, SALMON & BERRIES Liisa Eskelinen, who founded Day [...]

Sicily: A Culinary Road Trip

By | 2017-06-09T20:40:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Portfolio, Published, Travel in Europe|

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 [...]

Riga Tasting Guide

By | 2018-04-30T16:46:17+00:00 July 30th, 2016|Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Travel in Europe|

Riga, the cultural capital of the Baltics is offering up lighter, more refined versions of Latvian staples. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) written for Fine Dining Lovers. Often referred to as the pearl of Latvia in Central Eastern Europe, capital city Riga lies at the mouth of the Daugava River and along the glittering Gulf of [...]

Poland – More Than Pierogi & Vodka

By | 2017-05-05T15:48:46+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, History, Poland, Portfolio, Published, Travel, Travel in Europe|

Poland - More Than Pierogi & Vodka - Nouveau Eats The Baltic regions are on the rise. We explore the splendour of nearby Poland, still shedding the cloak of communism and forging a new identity. Poland - More Than Pierogi & Vodka for Food and Home Entertaining Magazine, March 2016. Fall of the Iron Curtain [...]

One Day in Istanbul

By | 2017-05-05T15:58:45+00:00 December 5th, 2015|Adventure, Cities, Destination Meals, Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, History, Holidays, Istanbul, Portfolio, Published, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Europe|

One Day in Istanbul: Three Times a City  For ancient history and culture enthusiasts, adventurous eaters and bargain hunters, Istanbul is the ideal destination for a vibrant vacation. Immerse yourself in old traditions juxtaposed with new trends. Ishay Govender-Ypma explores. For Sure Travel Journey Magazine. For one night only On my most recent visit to [...]

The City of Berlin is Going Green

By | 2017-05-05T16:03:28+00:00 November 22nd, 2015|Cities, Europe, Featured Articles, Germany, Going Green, Portfolio, Published, Travel, Travel in Europe|

Eco-Forward and Going Green - Berlin, Germany Gritty, hip, cosmopolitan – Berlin is known by many names. Eco-forward and environmentally conscious are also some of them, as Ishay Govender-Ypma discovered.  Berlin is going green: Etihad In-flight Magazine, Nov 2015. Berlin is known to be cosmopolitan, energetic, gritty and hard-hitting in attitude. It’s also far greener than you may [...]

An Alentejo Road Trip Guide

By | 2017-05-05T16:06:49+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Portfolio, Published, Road Trip, Travel, Travel in Europe, Wine|

An Alentejo Road Trip Guide - Drive Yourself Traversing the breathtaking landscape of fields, rivers, mountains and pre-historic ruins, Ishay Govender-Ypma explores Portugal’s wild Alentejo in Portugal, a region as yet unmarred by tourism. For Journey magazine by Sure Travel - an Alentejo Road Trip Guide. Lessons from the Land Looking down from the buttress [...]

Food Journey Through Cyprus

By | 2017-05-05T16:09:14+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Portfolio, Published, Road Trip, Travel, Travel in Europe|

Food Journey Through Cyprus - The Endless Feast In search of the defining dish across Cyprus, Ishay Govender-Ypma discovers sun-kissed produce, generous locals and more variety than one can imagine. *For Food & Home Entertaining SA October 2015*   An old woman is sitting hunched outside a small shop in the morning sunshine, knitting. “Kalimera,” I [...]