Chef Gaggan Anand: Pursuit of Perfection

By |2019-09-11T14:28:48+02:00September 11th, 2019|Asia, Asian Food, Australia, Bangkok, Chefs, Cities, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Profile, Published, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture|

Pursuit of Perfection with chef Gaggan Anand, written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Singapore Airlines Priority Magazine, 22 April 2018. In response to his intention to close Gaggan for good in 2020, Anand insists it’s best to “finish at your peak.” Passionate about the technique and produce of Japan, Anand, and his friend and frequent collaborator, [...]

The dark, Complicated History of Durban Curry

By |2020-01-30T15:07:17+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Cities, Curries & Casseroles, Durban, Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, History, India, Indian Food Easy Peasy, Nostalgia, Published, Reported Work, South Africa, Travel and Culture|

One writer traces the evolution of Durban Indian cuisine, and the role her indentured ancestors played in shaping the city’s culinary and cultural landscape (@IshayGovender), for MIC, October 2018 Fish curry, tripe curry, mutton curry, you name it, Durban’s got it and it’s all mouth-watering. On South Africa’s palm tree-lined east coast, within [...]

Lisbon – A Feast of Many Nations

By |2020-01-30T15:15:34+02:00September 11th, 2019|Adventure, Cities, Destination Meals, Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Published, Reported Work, Road Trip, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Europe|

As Portugal’s economy strengthens, more visitors are supporting restaurants old and new. (@IshayGovender), For Business Day, May 2018 Strewn across the Seven Hills, Lisbon’s azulejo (ceramic tile)-covered buildings stack together forming countless arches through which the famous yellow eléctricos, or trams pass, rickety over the cobblestones that are shiny with wear. More tourists are flocking [...]

An Ode to Rooibos 

By |2020-01-30T15:15:47+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Destination Meals, Drinks, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Home, Published, Reported Work, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture|

An elderly Khoi woman follows a trail of ants, watching them roll miniscule rooibos seeds into a nest underground. She stoops to her knees. Inside these anthills, she discovers Lilliputin granaries of seeds. Returning with a matchbox full, the doctor hands her a shilling. She will return to him several times, opening her palm to [...]

Curry for Breakfast

By |2020-01-30T15:15:57+02:00September 11th, 2019|Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, History, India, Indian Food Easy Peasy, Published, Reported Work, SA Curry Book, South Africa|

Lamb chops in chutney, curried tinned pilchards, leftover chicken curry shredded and served on toast. We look at the South African Indian breakfasts that shaped Ishay Govender-Ypma’s childhood as she makes a case for curry for breakfast. (@IshayGovender), For Extra Crispy My Recipes, August 2018 As they say, curry is always better the next day. [...]

Kobus van der Merwe Forages at Wolfgat

By |2020-01-30T15:16:06+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Chefs, Destination Meals, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Patrenoster, Profile, Restaurants, Seafood, South Africa, Travel, West Coast, What to eat, Where to stay|

The salty tang of fresh kelp lifts on a crisp breeze, across the cream-colored sands of Die Krans in Paternoster, once the lookout for fishermen monitoring the weather. Kobus van der Merwe stands on the verandah of his sparse 20-seater restaurant, a 130-year-old fisherman’s cottage called Wolfgat, about two hours from Cape Town, overlooking this point.

Democratising Food Writing

By |2020-01-30T15:16:20+02:00September 11th, 2019|Chefs, Featured Articles, Food, People, Reported Work, South Africa, South African Tourism|

When the late U.S restaurant critic Jonathan Gold wrote about food, he invariably commented on the irrational fear white Americans have of their neighbours, forging connections along the way. Ishay Govender-Ypma breaks it down in our local context.(@IshayGovender), For Sunday Times, August 2018 The future is female.. Image: Yandisa Nazo/Ekse Lens Recently, a [...]

Mealie Meal Pap Recipe

By |2019-09-11T14:29:54+02:00September 11th, 2019|Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, Recipes, Reported Work|

Creamy Mealie Meal Pap Mealie meal pap or porridge is a breakfast dish of milled white maize enjoyed across demographics in South Africa. By Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender). For Woolworths TASTE, September 2018, story: Things we Found in the Fire Mealie meal pap eaten simply with sugar and milk or with golden syrup and [...]

The Algarve – A Road Trip Food Guide

By |2018-08-20T07:39:42+02:00April 24th, 2018|Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Portugal, Restaurants, Seafood|

A road trip through Portugal’s Dazzling South, 20 April 2018. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma From atop of the ragged schist cliffs of Praia do Castelejo near Vila do Bispo in the western Algarve, a paraglider launches, with long strides and a short run-up. He lifts off and floats over the golden sands below, a circle [...]

CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

By |2018-04-30T15:56:37+02:00February 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 [...]