Matsvnis Soup – a Georgian Centenarian Secret

By |2019-09-11T14:28:39+02:00September 11th, 2019|Cities, Europe, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Georgia, Published, recipe, Recipes, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture|

Matsoni, the miracle soup. This Georgian soup is said to boost longevity and battle hangovers (@IshayGovender) for, Culture Cheese Mag, April 2018 Want to live to be over 100? In the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a region with no shortage of centenarians, one rumored key to longevity is a thin, mildly tart fermented [...]

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 |2019-09-11T14:28:56+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|

Fish curry, tripe curry, mutton curry, you name it, Durban's got it and it's all mouth-watering. 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 On South Africa’s palm tree-lined east coast, within [...]

Lisbon – A Feast of Many Nations

By |2019-09-11T14:29:05+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|

More tourists are flocking to Lisbon each year 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 [...]

An Ode to Rooibos 

By |2019-09-11T14:29:14+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 ode to Rooibos. Image: Shutterstock 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 [...]

CHEF Gaggan Anand : Pursuit of Perfection

By |2018-08-20T08:48:14+02:00May 30th, 2018|Asia, Asian Food, Bangkok, Chefs, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Reported Work, Restaurants, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Asia|

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, chef Takeshi Fukuyama, plan to establish a 12-seater restaurant, GohGan, in Fukuoka. The idea, he explains, is to split his time between GohGan and Bangkok where his family will remain.

Merida Tasting Guide

By |2018-08-20T06:34:15+02:00February 28th, 2018|Cities, Fine Dining, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Reported Work, Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel Guide, What to eat, Where to stay|

The cultural capital of the Yucatán peninsular, Merida is a compact city rich in colonial history with cosmopolitan flair and has the region’s broadest span of  dining options, from market stalls and mobile kiosks to glamourous dining in lavish haciendas. Written for Fine Dining Lovers. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma Live Band The Mayas of [...]

Curry Traditions Across South Africa

By |2018-04-30T15:37:39+02:00February 10th, 2018|Africa, Cape Town, Cities, Durban, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Johannesburg, SA Curry Book, South Africa, Travel and Culture, What to eat|

Traveling across South Africa, Ishay Govender-Ypma goes in search of a curry that defines the nation. Written for Fine Dining Lovers.   Gilbert's Lamb Curry Is there one definitive dish that South Africans love and prepare? It’s common knowledge that the country comprises a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious groups, with as many [...]

Kylie Kwong – Australia-on-a-plate

By |2018-02-11T00:38:08+02:00November 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 [...]

Jamaican Jerk – a Food Guide Around the Island

By |2018-08-20T09:10:59+02:00October 28th, 2017|Cities, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Jamaica, Recipes, Reported Work, Travel and Culture, Uncategorized|

Jerk – succulent barbequed meat - rubbed in a savoury, spicy paste and turned over fragrant hardwood coals is central to the food culture in Jamaica. Ishay Govender-Ypma takes a big bite...Written for taste magazine, October 2017. Featured in Taste Magazine “I DON’T EAT IT, but I’ll jerk it for the people,” Nikuma Carl smiles. [...]