CHEF Gaggan Anand : Pursuit of Perfection

By |2018-08-20T08:48:14+00:00May 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+00:00February 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 [...]

CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

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

Kylie Kwong – Australia-on-a-plate

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

Bob Marley’s Jamaica

By |2018-04-30T16:07:40+00:00October 11th, 2017|Caribbean, Cities, Featured Articles, Jamaica, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel Guide, Travel in North America|

Before you head to Jamaica’s Caribbean beaches, immerse yourself in Kingston – the home of Bob Marley’s reggae, rhythm and blues. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Marie Claire, September 2017 issue. Thirty-six. Both Robert Nesta Marley’s age at death and the number of years that have passed since that fateful day in 1981. For his [...]

Perth Tasting Guide

By |2017-08-21T10:08:45+00:00August 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+00:00August 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 |2018-04-30T14:43:42+00:00August 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|

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

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 [...]

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