Lisbon – A Feast of Many Nations

By |2020-01-30T15:15:34+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|

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 that are shiny with wear. More tourists are flocking [...]

Kobus van der Merwe Forages at Wolfgat

By |2020-01-30T15:16:06+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|

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, about two hours from Cape Town, overlooking this point.

The Algarve – A Road Trip Food Guide

By |2020-06-10T12:19:56+02:00April 24th, 2018|Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Portugal, Restaurants, Seafood|

A road trip through Portugal’s Dazzling South, 20 April 2018. Written by Ishay Govender From atop of the ragged schist cliffs of Praia do Castelejo near Vila do Bispo in the western Algarve, a paraglider launches, with long strides and a short run-up. He lifts off and floats over the golden sands below, a circle [...]

CHEF PROFILE: Dominique Crenn

By |2020-06-10T12:20:33+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 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 [...]

Bob Marley’s Jamaica

By |2020-06-10T12:21:30+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 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 [...]

Helsinki Food Guide

By |2018-04-30T15:21:52+02:00July 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, Beat of the City

By |2017-06-09T20:50:33+02:00June 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+02:00April 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+02:00February 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 [...]

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