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, [...]

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 [...]

Kobus van der Merwe Forages at Wolfgat

By |2019-09-11T14:29:35+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Chefs, Destination Meals, Featured Articles, Fine Dining, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Patrenoster, Profile, Restaurants, Seafood, South Africa, Travel, West Coast, What to eat, Where to stay|

Kobus serving some of his guests. The salty tang of fresh kelp lifts on a crisp breeze, across the cream-colored sands of Die Krans in Paternoster, once the lookout for fishermen monitoring the weather. Kobus van der Merwe stands on the verandah of his sparse 20-seater restaurant, a 130-year-old fisherman’s cottage called Wolfgat, [...]

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 [...]

CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

By |2018-04-30T15:56:37+02:00February 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+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 [...]

Bob Marley’s Jamaica

By |2018-04-30T16:07:40+02:00October 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 [...]