Gourmet Safaris December 2023 Newsletter


Hello dear friends

Thank you for supporting our Gourmet Safaris this year and being an important part of our lives.

It’s been a big year of safari travel.


New Zealand

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South Australia 

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Sardinia and Corsica (two back to back) 

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Greek Islands

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Our new Portugal and Spain Safari (two back to back) 

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And glorious Tasmania in November

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In 2024 we are looking at more of the same…plus of course our day safaris in Sydney and Melbourne.

Feedback &
our Guides

We are loving your feedback on what we do…here are some warm, generous (and true!) thoughts from recent travellers.


“I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed Peter’s tour of Cabramatta. It was an amazing insight into Pho, Banh Mi, as well as many herbs, fruits and vegetables that I had no idea existed here. Thank you for the fascinating introduction into Vietnamese cooking and culture”. JB


“My daughter and I had a wonderful  experience (on the Italian Haberfield tour)…the guides were fun, knowledgeable and passionate. Every business we went to was a taste sensation and learning experience. Looking forward to our next tour. Thank you again for your brilliant customer service”. LB


“We just wanted to let you know how much Paul and I enjoyed the Turkish Breakfast Safari on Saturday.  Ulku was an incredible host. She wove stories of Turkiye and her life as the child of immigrants into the morning and we were enthralled. Watching her move from person to person, answering questions and sharing her knowledge was the perfect complement to an amazing culinary experience. She is a real treasure!  Thank you to you, Maeve and the entire Gourmet Safari team for making these tours possible. At a societal level, ‘breaking bread’ with others is one of the best ways to build understanding and overcome prejudice”. B&P


Best of the Mediterranean – “Saturday was great. Nino was an outstanding guide, as I’m sure you know. Our hosts were generous with their time, story-telling and tastings. It was a full and fun day”. J


French Safari – “It was the most perfect day. As always great venues, delicious food and fabulous people. Alex was the icing on the cake. He was so informative and generous in sharing all his extensive foodie knowledge. Just the best day”. JS

Lebanese Walking tour
– “I would love to give feedback. We had the best time, …(Judy) was so accommodating, knowledgeable and really funny. We have been back to Al Yasmin and the butcher and they recognized us!” KL


Indian Breakfast – “I am writing to thank you for our fabulous day yesterday. Both tours were amazing!  The guides were wonderful.  Well informed, engaging and so passionate about their food. All our team had a great time and came away wiser and inspired”.


Afghan Safari – “It was a great day – Jim and I had loads of fun”. JD
“A memorable, exciting and delicious day”. DF
“I had a fabulous day on the Afghan Safari last Saturday. I had my family over for an Afghan meal the next day”. JB

Special thanks to our friends Tamim, Nabila and Abdullah Hashimi who open their home to our Gourmet Safaris. Sharing the recipes to their delicious authentic Afghan food is the soul of what we do. We appreciate your kindness.



Special thanks to our Greek guide Liz Kaydos who returned to her island of Lemnos this year to help curate our Greek Island Safaris visit with the lovely Sophie Hapsis.

Our year started with the Sydney launch of Sophie’s cookbook at Alpha restaurant with chef Peter Conistis creating a magnificent menu of Lemnian dishes, there was bouzouki and Sophie owned that dancefloor with her soulful rembekiko.

In September we were dancing on Lemnos with Liz and Sophie as well as visiting Sophie’s estate and tasting some wonderful local dishes and seeing filo made by hand.

Thanks also to author and historian Tony Whitefield and his wife Despina for showing us the Anzac graves. Here’s news of his latest book


For feedback/reviews on our overseas tours click here



Indian breakfast on
Sydney Weekender

Our breakfasts (Indian, Lebanese and Turkish) are the best and we were delighted whenSydney Weekender came to capture the magic of the Indian breakfast. We are blessed to have food villages like Harris Park as part of our Australian culinary landscape…and as you know, there are many more across the cuisines that we can introduce to you through our tours.

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Gift certificates

We know you support us with buying these for family and friends and we love meeting the happy recipients during the year.

Please think of giving experiences over things – click here for Gift Certificates.

My new adventure

You may have read in Good Food about our “bold brave” move into hospitality…buying a general store/takeaway/cafe on the NSW South Coast in the pretty little beachside village of Currarong where my partner Toufic and I have had a house, and where I’ve been visiting since university days.

Toufic is the director of our TV series Food Safari and does the books for Gourmet Safaris (thank god!)

He wanted a challenge (calling this his “red sports car”) and wow, are we on a learning curve with Beach Safari!

Do follow us on @beachsafari_currarong to see how we build and grow, looking after the local community and visitors alike.

We’ve been given the ultimate Christmas present with the visit of our chef friend Sue Pearson (the chef who made our Kangaroo Island Safari sparkle for so many years). She is giving us her time and expertise to create new delicious tastes like prawn rolls, a great tartare to go with Toufic’s delicious fish and chips and much more. (Even suggesting we add a water bowl for dogs to look after our 4-legged visitors).

There’s more happening all the time – check out our recent Brazilian BBQ on Instagramwhich brought some of the magic tastes of Food Safari to the beach.

We are hoping to reopen the cafe (after being shut for 4 years) and suggest you follow us to find out when that happens.

Meanwhile we are adding products from friends to the shelves of the general store – Katie Swift’s cordials, Olsson’s Salt, Barossa Cheese, Nimbin Valley Cheese, hoping for Vannella Cheese…and more.


We are serving Di Lorenzo coffee (Aldo and Mina part of many safaris and Italian Food Safari).

And croissants, muffins and sourdough from Flour Water Salt (baker Joost part of Food Safari Fire).

We’d love to see you here at some stage but suggest the next 5 weeks will be beyond hectic…so perhaps after Christmas and January madness subsides.


We are delighted to be working with local South Coast residents and travellers from Brazil and France.


Thank you &
Merry Christmas

Huge thanks to all the beautiful small businesses we visit across the suburbs – we treasure what you do and your warm welcomes and explanations.

Gourmet Safaris is sailing into our 26th year…we are so proud of the window we offer into the world’s cuisines.

Thanks for reading !

Best to you all.

Please note: Our office will be closed from Friday 22 December and re-open Tuesday 9 January 2024.

Eat well, drink well, laugh and relax.


Love from Maeve and Suzy 

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