Kalsarikännit – A Foreigner’s Tale

By | 2017-09-28T13:22:46+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Featured Articles, Finland, Portfolio, Reported Work|

Featured in SAA Sawubona Inflight Magazine   Pantless drinking at home – Ishay Govender-Ypma gets to grips with kalsarikännit in Finland. Written for  SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, July 2017.   You’ll remember this. Opening credits roll to Bridget Jones’s Diary. Renee Zellweger’s character sits on the couch in her Christmas PJs, glugging wine, [...]

Havana, Beat of the City

By | 2017-06-09T20:50:33+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Cities, Cuba, Featured Articles, People, Portfolio, Travel, Travel and Culture, Uncategorized|

Following the evocative rhythms of a city in rapid flux, Ishay Govender-Ypma immerses herself in the soundtrack of Havana, looking for clues that reveal its heartbeat. Havana City, Cuba's Vibey Capital. For Marie Claire SA, June 2017. Lunch Time Band THEY SAY YOU HEAR THE LIFE before you see it in Havana. Prior to my travels last [...]

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 [...]

Cherae Robinson – Founder of Mobile App Tastemakers Africa

By | 2017-06-19T20:54:30+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Africa, Interview, People, Portfolio, Profile, Published, Social Media & Gagets, South Africa, Tech|

Cherae Robinson, founder of Tastemakers Africa chats to Mail & Guardian...

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen

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

Open Streets Cape Town

By | 2017-05-05T15:35:27+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Cape Town, Featured Articles, Portfolio, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Open Streets Cape Town - Q&A with Founder Meet the founder of Open Streets, Cape Town - Marcela Guerrero Casas  Ishay: Why did you pick Bree Street to incorporate in the Open Street initiative? Marcella: When we first chose it in 2015 we thought it’d be an interesting street to test for some of the [...]

First South African Chef to Hold a Michelin Star

By | 2017-04-04T15:28:00+00:00 May 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 [...]

Bree Street – My 5 Favourite Spots

By | 2017-05-05T15:36:16+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Bree Street, Cape Town, Featured Articles, Food, Portfolio, Restaurants, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Bree Street, Cape Town - My 5 Favourite Spots Bree Street has, over the past five years, become the restaurant/bar/fun street in Cape Town. It's tough to pick, but these are five of my favourites. Do you have any must-visit spots on Bree? Read about the transformation on Bree Street for Business Day Chefs Warehouse [...]

Zanzibar Food Culture

By | 2017-05-05T15:44:14+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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 [...]