Kylie Kwong – Australia-on-a-plate

By | 2017-11-29T21:51:02+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Australia, Australia/Oceania, Chefs, Cities, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, People, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, Travel and Culture|

Kylie Kwong, seasoned chef and TV celebrity is loved for her Australian-Chinese food and her Australia-on-a-plate approach. We caught up with her recently. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Fine Dining Lover, 15 June 2017. Sydney-based chef and restaurateur, Kylie Kwong, opened her famed Billy Kwong restaurant in 2000. Since then, she’s appeared regularly on Australian [...]

Perth Tasting Guide

By | 2017-08-21T10:08:45+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Australia/Oceania, Cities, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, What to eat|

Perth, in Australia’s southwest is said to be the most isolated city in the country.  It’s calm and laid back with a young but growing food scene. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Fine Dining Lovers, 7 June 2017.   Central Bites,  “What makes Perth so interesting is the access to produce,” says Max Brearly of Offshoot Creative, [...]

Aboriginal Cooks on Bush Tucker

By | 2017-08-21T09:49:13+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Australia/Oceania, Cities, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food & Travel, Reported Work, Restaurants, Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Australia/Oceania, What to eat|

Aboriginal cooks and chefs weigh in on the native ingredients made popular by famous restaurants in Australia. Written for Fine Dining Lovers, 1 June 2017.   Rayleen Brown A Café Up North At Kungas Can Cook, a café in Alice Springs serving food like burgers, salads, ice teas, pies and brownies, Aboriginal owner [...]

Alentejo Portugal

By | 2017-08-11T16:07:40+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|

Featured in the SAA Sawubona inflight magazine 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   Acorns and Pastries “At one time we only fed [...]

Everybody Loves Skyr

By | 2017-07-12T20:55:31+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Cheese, Cities, Dairy, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Iceland, What to eat|

skyr breakfast bowl This cultured dairy just might be Iceland’s most adored export.Written for Culture Cheese Magazine, for the Wheys Less Traveled column, July 2017. (This article is written in American English) With its coal-black volcanic rock beaches, bright blue glaciers, steaming hot springs, and thundering waterfalls, Iceland is stunning. Most of its 325,000 [...]

Havana – Dining on Nostalgia

By | 2017-07-03T20:05:02+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Cities, Cuba, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Havana, People, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Central America|

Nostalgia, for a homeland long departed, lies at the core of the Cuban diaspora’s quest for cultural identity. Dishing out memories at the kitchen table is one way that the legacy is passed on. Written for Financial Mail Travel Magazine, May 2017

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 [...]

The Rise of Korean Food – New York City

By | 2017-07-24T12:17:38+00:00 August 14th, 2016|Asia, Asian Food, Destination Meals, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Restaurants, Travel, What to eat|

Koreatown in Manhattan may be a long way from Seoul, but its restaurants serve up delectable national dishes, from bibimbap to bulgogi. For Business Day WANTED, August 2016. K-Town Pops The steeply vertical expanse of Koreatown in Manhattan, fondly nicknamed K-Town, crams an intense scrapbook of neon signage, supermarkets, general stores, beauty parlours and restaurants [...]

Mexico City Food Guide

By | 2017-04-19T10:59:33+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Destination Meals, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Mexico, Published, Travel, Travel in North America|

Mexico City Food Guide, Muchas Graçias Mexico City – colourful, chaotic, and a crash-course in street-food, as Ishay Govender-Ypma learns, tasting her way through markets and curb-side stalls. Fine dining your north star? Check! But you’ll soon be drawn back to the abuela-style dishes found in the simple diners and homes around town. My Mexico [...]