Selassie Atadika is hoping her work will demonstrate the vastness of Africa’s gastronomy to a wider audience

SSelassie Atadika vividly recalls a pivotal moment when she was around six years old, eyeing a pretty dress in a department store. Due to the political instability at the time, her family had newly relocated from Accra, Ghana, to the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. “I said, ‘Mommy…

Don’t go to Cape Town for tapas. Head to Khayelitsha township for ‘running chicken’

Umqa. Umleqwa. Umngqusho. While you’d be hard-pressed to find these items on your average South African restaurant menu, chef Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena has garnered a reputation for reinventing such humble home dishes at her restaurant, 4Roomed eKasi Culture, in Khayelitsha township, about 19 miles outside of Cape Town.

Mbalo-Mokoena says she…

Sunshine Food Co.’s founder and microgreen farmer Elisha Madzivadondo has been vegan since before he heard the word — now he’s spreading it

The bright yellow wall at Sunshine Food Co. in Sea Point, Cape Town, a 12-square yard restaurant with crates spilling with bright produce and wooden stools to seat five at a push, is an unexpected sight on the busy main road. Peeking out of a functional block of doctor’s rooms…

Ishay Govender

Freelance travel, food + culture journalist, author: #SACurryBook, explorer, ex-lawyer. Lover of quirk. Founder: SA POC at the Table

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