Be afraid. Be very afraid. The Hackers are in town!
A new organization, ihackcharities.org is in Uganda to raise the profile of HIV/AIDS efforts in the country. It is made up of a group of skilled hackers who will do volunteer work with a Ugandan NGO, Action for Empowerment, lending their skills in fundraising and development to help communities in need.
One of the major projects ihackcharities.org is involved in is building a website for a Ugandan group called Predestined that writes music to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS efforts. Security researchers who volunteer for the organization get the fringe benefit of professional references and some resume-building experience.
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Every once in a while I have enough money to buy myself a decent meal in a fancy restaurant. However, I usually end up alone in my kitchen swallowing another tasteless dish of bread and soup instead.
You see, I am faced with the same dilemma month after month. Where do I go to eat that I haven’t eaten before? Who is serving a new and interesting cuisine? Will it be clean when I go there and will the food be fresh? Will I have a quiet meal alone or will I be swamped by Kampala’s yuppies? Will I find parking for my Porsche (in my dreams)?
There should be somewhere I can turn to for this sort of information, but the City Beat magazine only offers the same old information about the same old overpriced Italian, Indian and Chinese restaurants. It doesn’t help the Timothy Bukumunhe, the New Vision’s restaurant critic, has become totally useless in that regard. Over the past few weeks he has been writing about great places to eat while you are in South Africa. South Africa?!
If you chose to stay at home, the three English dailies in Uganda – The Red Pepper, The Monitor and The New Vision – offer menus for you to experiment with. But if you go by the totally unattractive pictures that accompany the menus, you will probably end up with a lump of goop stuck at the bottom of your pan by the time you are done.
Facing such gastronomic deficiencies in the available media, it was with much pleasure that I came across a blog that is literally mouthwatering. Salvatore of My Food Tour takes beautiful pictures of food and restaurants, a visit to his blog made me hungry after I had just wolfed down a kikomando*.
I know Salvatore is even further away from me that Bukumunhe’s “places to get a great steak while in Jo’burg,” but there is something about the presentation of the food, his reviews and the composition of his pictures that makes me indifferent to the fact that I will probably never go to the restaurants he has visited.
Tonight, it will be bread and soup again for me, but no worries. I have printed one of Salvatore’s pictures that will export me to an exotic place, tasty food and the company of beautiful people.
*Kikomando – a mixture of beans, rice, cabbage and minced meat rolled in a chapatti lined with fried egg. It’s a kind of Ugandan tortilla!