Havana, Beat of the City

By |2017-06-09T20:50:33+00:00June 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 [...]

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 [...]

Travel in the Time of Trump – Why We Must Speak Up

By |2018-08-19T17:02:02+00:00February 8th, 2017|Featured Articles, People, Portfolio, Published, Social Justice, Travel, Travel in North America|

Ishay Govender-Ympa, a freelance travel and culture journalist, a former lawyer and always knows where to eat in any city. Here I speak about what it is like to travel in the time of  Trump and why I protested in New York. Written for Marie Claire, 2 February 2017. Photo by Ishay Govender I [...]

Korean Food, Hello the Future

By |2017-04-04T15:06:22+00:00January 5th, 2017|Asia, Asian Food, Featured Articles, Published, Travel, Travel in Asia|

Korean Food - Winning Hearts Riding the Hallyu, the impressive K-pop culture wave, Korean food has won the hearts and bellies of the food world. For Etihad in-flight magazine, August 2016.  Korean fried chicken (or cauliflower, in some circles) is widely hyped as the new KFC. While Colonel Sanders may need to spill the 11 [...]

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 [...]

Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover

By |2017-04-04T15:10:53+00:00August 21st, 2016|Africa, Cape Town, Cities, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover - So Fun! Collage Cape Town mag Cape Town Magazine Instagram Takeover. Over the weekend of 12 August, the intrepid folks at Cape Town Magazine, one of the best sources of information on everything in the Mother City, asked me to curate their Instagram account. I shared a few [...]

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 [...]

Bright Lights, Vibrant City. Walking Johannesburg

By |2017-05-05T15:07:43+00:00August 8th, 2016|Africa, Cities, Featured Articles, Johannesburg, Published, South Africa, South African Tourism, Tourism, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Walking Johannesburg. Exploring the expansive inner city districts The expansive inner city districts of Johannesburg, once sidestepped by tourists, are now thriving with a boost from investment and passionate locals. Ishay Govender-Ypma hits the lively streets and spends some time walking Johannesburg. For SAA Sawubona Magazine, May 2015.  The Prince of Newtown  Just outside the [...]

Tropes on Starving Kids from an 80s Kitchen

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

Mexico City Food Guide

By |2017-04-19T10:59:33+00:00August 1st, 2016|Destination Meals, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Mexico, Published, Travel, Travel in North America|

Mexico City Food Guide, Muchas Graçias Mexico City – colourful, chaotic, and a crash-course in street-food, as Ishay Govender-Ypma learns, tasting her way through markets and curb-side stalls. Fine dining your north star? Check! But you’ll soon be drawn back to the abuela-style dishes found in the simple diners and homes around town. My Mexico [...]