Helsinki Food Guide

By |2018-04-30T15:21:52+00:00July 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 [...]

Everybody Loves Skyr

By |2017-07-12T20:55:31+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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 [...]

Berlin’s Eco-Friendly Future

By |2018-08-19T17:05:36+00:00May 18th, 2017|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, People, Published, Travel in Europe|

Green Berlin is not the future, it is happening today. Berliners are propagating the message that cramped urban cities can transform to accommodate a safer, more sustainable future. Ishay Govender-Ypma examines three projects in progressive Kreuzberg. In 2011 former French Minister of Culture Jack Lang remarked: “Paris is always Paris, but Berlin is never Berlin.” Berlin is, [...]

The Best of Korean Food in New York City

By |2018-04-30T18:48:34+00:00April 20th, 2017|Asia, Asian Food, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food & Travel, Food Culture, People, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, Travel in Asia, What to eat|

 If there’s a single nation whose food has received worldwide attention (and deserved adoration) of late, it must be that of Korea – South Korea, to be clear. And New York City serves up exemplary Korean food. The Best of Korean Food in New York City, written for Fine Dining Lovers. Mokbar Korean Ramen [...]

Après Ski – Haute-Savoie Food & Fun Guide

By |2018-08-20T08:59:35+00:00November 20th, 2016|Europe, Food, Food & Travel, Published, Travel, Travel in Europe, Uncategorized|

Haute-Savoie Food & Fun Guide. The slopes of the Haut-Savoie in Eastern France invites families of skiers and snowboarding daredevils. Ishay Govender-Ypma opts for slower hikes on snowshoes and Savoyard specialities by crackling fireplaces. Written for Travel Update Magazine. It’s in Megève, in the Rhone Alps that I experience a proper snowfall for the first [...]

Rio de Janeiro, From The Favelas

By |2018-08-20T08:19:22+00:00August 16th, 2016|Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Published, Social Justice, South America, Travel in South America|

As the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games come to a close, Ishay Govender-Ypma reflects on the issues and dissent during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a common thread between the two. For Mail & Guardian, August 2016. From here, at the highest tier in the Santa Marta favela in Rio, I can see the settlement [...]

The Rise of Korean Food – New York City

By |2018-08-20T08:58:58+00:00August 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 [...]