What I… Ishay from Food and the Fabulous

This week I’m once again interviewing a wonderful South African travel blogger who is really making a name for herself in the world of food and travel blogging.

Ishay Govender writes over at Food and the Fabulous all about her world of food and travel. She left her life in commercial law for one of cultural anthropology which she explores through her travels, her main focus being local stories, city guides and recipes.

Read on for more about Ishay…


What I….

Robert Frost’s Nothing Gold Can Stay embodies wisdom I embraced when I was in high school when first heard the poem. Nothing ever stays the same, we’re sometimes too busy living to notice and when the changes hit we’re taken aback. Life is in a state of flux, friendships, or should I say, their intensity ebbs and flows over the years. We are changing too. This is often a good thing, but can be uncomfortable while we’re in the thick of it.

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I love easily, stupidly, messily. I’m talking about chocolate, of course. I also enjoy interacting with people when I travel – which is the most enriching part of my work. I often say I’m being educated in ways I could never have imagined, in subjects I could only dream to learn about. On rare weekends when we are not working, snuggling under a blanket reading together must surely be one of the greatest pleasures in life?

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I read as much as I can, often a few books concurrently. I’m currently reading a bit of modern African literature by female authors – Achidie, No-violet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso and enjoying the audio toggle function on Kindle too – so I can continue the book by listening to it narrated while I’m in the bath or commuting, for example. While I try many genres my favourite are human based dramas or travel narratives. I fall asleep to books every night, even if it’s just one page.


What everyone does, I suppose. Balance. Or at least to topple less, or gracefully at least.

Loungewear most days when I’m not in meetings, because freelance writers are glam! I’ve sadly gone from being very interested in fashion as a form of social expression in my 20s to utterly abhorring the act of buying clothing and the innate commercialism of it all. Also the pieces I do are like are usually hard (for me) to justify purchasing. I tried to get over this neurosis the other day by buying a pair of nude heels for the heck of it. And I knew instantly, it was destined for display on the shelf. Funny thing is, I built a lovely room-sized closet that would better suit a fashiony person. Testament to point one? We change…


Quiet, more than many. Lucky we’ve built a life where we currently do enjoy a lot of peace and quiet. Now, all the raging and fuming is just in my head.


Thanks so much for taking part Ishay. It’s been lovely getting to know you!

Images: Ishay Govender

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!


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