Monday, December 26, 2016

Waterfront Vistas and Seafood Gourmet on Dar es salaam’s Most Breathtaking Bay

Sitting on the terrace of the Waterfront you can’t help but pause to take in the breathtaking view of the bay, dotted with yachts and fishing vessels on water for as far as the eye can see. The view is absolutely stupendous—and makes being here worth every minute. I’ve eaten at this restaurant a few times before, but each of my visits took place in the evening when the sun had already set. This time around, however, and for the purpose of this article, I chose to take on the waterfront restaurant over lunch to present you with a different angle.

First off, unlike evening time, when the restaurant is heaving with punters from a very cosmopolitan cross section of the community, this afternoon I see a very sparsely populated deck with staff members almost outnumbering patrons. But it really didn’t bother me. If I’m honest, the less onlookers for me the better. So, let’s get back to the restaurant and what to expect over the lunch hour.

The ambience is great—with wooden deck chairs and tables with a blend of converted fishing dhows for tables in places, and cushioned lounge chairs spread out on the edge of the terrace to one side—an eclectic mix that completes the setting to great effect.

The waiter was quick to welcome us to the restaurant, and when we were seated they gave us the menu, comprising mainly soups and salads, light meals and bar snacks, fish and seafood, meat and poultry. Just to give you an idea on pricing, in the soups and salads menu you would pay 9,000 shillings for Garden Salad—which is mainly mixed greens in season and French dressing. The Greek Sala, which includes tomato, cucumber, onion, feta cheese, black olives, dressed with olive oil vinaigrette is 13,000 shillings. Other selections ranging from 13,000 to 17,000 shillings on the soups and salad menu include marinated salmon, Caesar’s salad, octopus salad, French onion soup and Bongoyo seafood soup.

Light meals and bar snacks are the perfect treat for those that would much rather snack and take in the view of the bay. Nothing comes simpler than that. Focacceia—a wood oven-baked pizza bread with garlic butter and oregano which will set you back only 5,000 shillings. Four beef samosas served with kachumbari salad is priced at 8,000 shillings, and a seafood platter with tempura prawns, fried calamari, and grilled tuna served with side salad and sweet chilli sauce is priced at 19,000 shillings.
And if you felt like sampling some carnivore delights, there’s the grilled mishkaki, spare ribs and chicken priced at 16,000, 18,000 and 12,000 respectively to whet your appetite. I settled for one of the more expensive meals—jumbo prawns in garlic butter at 39,000 shillings. This dish is served on a bed of rice noodles and accompanied by side salad. However, I have to confess. This is my favorite meal at this restaurant, albeit I was a little disappointed this time around.

In Summary: Dar es Salaam's most popular seafront restaurant offers stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean. The menu includes fresh seafood, grilled meats and a variety of Pizza from the wood-fired oven. The bar is well-frequented by both locals and tourists and therefore always a friendly meeting place. Open noon to midnight.

Anthony J. Namata
Freelance Creative Writer

Find Out Why You Don’t Have to Leave the House to Make Money

If you’ve ever desired to make money from home, then let me tell you this. It is absolutely possible and a lot of people just like you are earning a comfortable living without having to leave the house. It really is just a case of planning and structuring what it is you want to do with your skills to generate an income from the comfort of your own home. This article will offer tips on how to look to yourself AND your marketable skills to make extra money or EVEN an entire living working from home.

I can assure you, nothing is more refreshing than to get out of bed in the morning knowing that you don’t have to leave the house to go to work. That your workspace is inside your place of residence and that it pays the bills just like any regular job to which you would have to spend hours in traffic, perhaps, to get to. I have firsthand experience with this because I make money from home year in year out and I have absolutely no intention of quitting. Now let’s take a look at how you can make extra money working from home in the first place.

You’ll come across a minefield of income opportunities online. So beware. You cannot make fast money without putting in an ounce of work. It simply doesn’t work like that. So avoid the too-good-to-be-true schemes that will be popping up on your screen from time to time. There are some REAL jobs online that pay really well, and this is how to find what works for you.

First things first: What marketable skills do you have? I’ll throw you a couple of ideas to mull over. Are you good with graphic design; are you a skilled writer; are you a great editor; are you a skilled proofreader; are you a good tutor—with this you can allocate a room in your house to provide tuition. A lot of vocal coaches work from home very successfully, as do piano and guitar teachers all around the world. Are you a good web designer; fashion designer; accountant and so forth, you can provide such services to a growing demand for home-based workers regardless of your geographic location. Businesses are looking to cut their overheads, and as a result the outsource marketplace is quite literally booming. I hope these few examples help you realize the scope of your potential to make money from home.

So now let me show you a couple of simple steps to finding the ideal work-from-home job for you. You’ll need to find a marketplace for freelancers online, where you can sign-up for free to provide your services. You shouldn’t have to pay a single dime to join any of these freelance job marketplaces. They take a commission on your earnings. Period! I thought I’d better forewarn you on that. Another really exciting way to make money is with affiliate marketing, which is basically selling other peoples’ products for lucrative commission. However, this may take a while to kick in, so my advice to you is that you go for marketing your own skills for cash and while you’re at it, do the affiliate marketing thing on the side to increase your potential to make money from home. But be sure to keep an open mind and LEARN as much as you can. Internet marketing forums like The Warrior Forum are a really good place to mingle and learn from people who already make money fast using the internet.

Anthony J. Namata