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Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver

February 7, 2015 Leave a comment

April Smith of AHA MEDIA had the most exquisite dinner with very dear friend and mentor Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy at the very exclusive Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the 5-star Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Our drinks were Rosé wine and Scotch, while we admired the dinner menu.

Jess, our server was delightful and attentive while guiding us through our fresh seafood choices.

We began with the highly recommended crispy chicken wings created with fish sauce caramel, sambal chilli,  and tangly refreshing pickled vegetables was a lovely way to start this sumptuous dinner. Thanks to Raj Taneja for his fantastic foodie endorsement of how good the crispy chicken wings were!

Feasting on the Seafood Tower for two was a true decadent and savory delight with wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche, albacore tuna poke, read island mussel escabèche, dungeness crab louie, snow crab legs, wild shrimp, with local oysters on ice topping a most impressive 2 tier seafood platter!

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Love the welcoming entrance tiles.

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Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy steps into Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

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A baby grand piano underneath a beautiful light sculputure.

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A very seafood focused dinner menu with a wide variety of palate pleasing plates!

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Seafood tower for the two! So divinely delicious!

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Rosé wine and Scotch

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Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy gazes at the crispy chicken wings.

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Plump, moist, tender and crispy with a sweet caramel crust coating!

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Glorious chicken wing coated with fish sauce caramel and sambal chilli!

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Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy admires the stunning celebration of fresh local seafood!

 

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A sip of Rosé wine before dining on an oyster!

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First tier with Oysters on the Half Shell with classic mignonette, horseradish and cocktail sauce.

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Second tier with wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche, albacore tuna poke, read island mussel escabèche, dungeness crab louie and snow crab legs.

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A  look at the albacore tuna poke and read island mussel escabèche.

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A perfect wild shrimp!

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Flavourful read island mussel escabèche.

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Amazing wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche.

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Marvelous morsels of albacore tuna poke.

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Taro root and tortilla chips to scoop up every last delicious bite!

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We noted with great joy our lemon wrapped in Muslin to hold in the pips.

Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy remarked “It’s like a Lemon Cozy!”

Our evening at the Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will always be remembered fondly.

We can’t wait to come back and enjoy more delicious meals!

Shebeen Club Reunion Night in Vancouver – One Night Only on Thurs Aug 22, 2013

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment

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Lorraine Murphy, Robert Shaer, Chris Mathieson, Salim Jiwa and Dennis E. Bolen

From the Shebeen Club Reunion Facebook event page:

We’re coming back to life for ONE NIGHT ONLY or at least that’s all we’re committing to. We’re like that. Show up, boast, drink, check out who’s been up to what and who is denying everything. Olde Tyme Shebeeners and Newbies welcome. No fixed price: just pay for what you order.
More below…From the blog post:


We’re BACK, BITCHES!

That’s right, Vangroover’s classiest literary gathering returns for One Night Only. Or will commit to One Night Only. You know how that goes.

This upcoming Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm, let’s meet up in the Shebeen and talk about old times and new times and, as ever, bitch about getting paid on time. If you’ve published a book since the last time we got together, bring some and we’ll let you show off. If you’ve gotten a new writing/editing/publishing gig since we last met, boast and we will applaud you. If you’ve created an entire spoken word opera based on the Kardashians, please, in the name of Wagner, keep it to yourself.

Who’s welcome? Everyone except hostile drunks. If you’ve never been to the Shebeen Club before, well, it’s a group for practicing literati, whether they’re making a living at it or not. Writers, editors, publishers, book illustrators, printers, journalists, bloggers, poets, and not a few reprobates. They add a certain style to the mix.

Dress code: Dress writerly. Nobody knows what that means so you can’t get it wrong!

Pay for what you order, and don’t forget to tip nicely. We don’t want them getting annoyed with us after eight years, do we?

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For the Facebook-dependent, the event is listed,

and I quite frankly got so excited I blew $50 on Facebook ads. What can I say, it’s been a couple of years since our last get-together, and I lost my head.Directions: the Shebeen is a “secret” pub, so it’s not going to have a giant neon sign out front. Go to the Irish Heather, 210 Carrall Street at the foot of Gastown in Maple Tree Square almost kitty-corner to Chill Winston. Go into the Irish Heather and straight through and out the back door. Turn right, because if you don’t you will walk smack into a brick wall. The door to the Shebeen is just a little ways on, on your left.The Menu: no dinner special this time, but the menu is constantly changing and always high-quality. Don’t show up early, because they won’t be open yet!

Happy Birthday to Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy!!!

July 10, 2013 3 comments

We’re wishing our very dear friend and mentor Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy a most happiest of birthdays!!!!!!!!!

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The Birthday Celebration will have lots of Cocktails and Fancy Drinks! Here is Lorraine sipping on a gorgeous cool one.

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Lots of revelry and mingling with friends and loved ones!

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Smiles and laughter for a very special birthday celebration!

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A very special birthday cake for Lorraine!!!!!!

Thank you for everything wonderful you do Lorraine!

We appreciate all your hard work especially when you have time to mentor us in all our social media  and TV productions!

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Here’s to your wonderful birthday celebration!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!!! :)

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Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity on Feb 4, 2012

January 17, 2012 1 comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to film at Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity!

Saturday February 4, 2012

ING DIRECT Cafe, 466 Howe Street

10 am – 4 pm (6 hour session with 1 hour lunch)

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Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity

Special discount code YYJWC will save you 20% on the workshops @raincoaster and I are doing: ow.ly/8ubRR

Who: Noted social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor Lifehack.org)

What: Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity

When: 10-4, February 04/2012

Where: ING Web Cafe, 466 Howe Street, Vancouver BC

How: Register here for the Social Flow workshop

It’s a social media struggle!

Wrestling with the idea that you can’t possibly become better at promoting yourself or your business through social media without it harming your productivity?

Well, wrestle no more.

Taking part in Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity is your ticket to championship gold in record time!

Social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor Lifehack.org) will guide you through the ins and outs of managing the social media profiles that keep you both active in your work and telling the public about your work all in one go.

Topics covered include:

  • How to Make Gmail Your Best Friend
  • What Task Manager is Right For You
  • Why Your Email Inbox is Not the Right Task Manager for anyone
  • Improving your Social Flow in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the new kid on the block, Google+
  • Why Planning your Social Media output is Integral to Your Social Flow
  • How to Avoid Falling Prey to the Perpetual Automation Machine
  • What Calendars are actually For
  • How to Increase Your Social Flow Using Hashtags, Twitter Lists…and more

This hands-on boot camp will not only get you on top of your social media profiles, but it will get you on top of what you need to do make sure they add attention to your business rather than subtract your attention from your business.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy is the writer, speaker, and “productivityist” behind Vardy.me and the productivity parody site Eventualism. Vardy’s candid satire has made him a desirable speaker on an often dry topic, delivering talks on the topic such as “Hacking Lifehacks” at TEDx Juan De Fuca. Currently a Managing Editor at Stepcase Lifehack, Vardy has contributed to many popular productivity websites and publications, including David Allen’s GTD Times and Productive Magazine. He lives with his wife, daughter and son in Victoria, BC, Canada.

AHA MEDIA is very proud to have Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy as their mentor and good friend!!

Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss
Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss

Here is where you can see raincoaster and raincoaster media other than, you know, the coffee shop, the pub, and the beer garden at the track. You’re welcome, stalkers!

Potted Bio:

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy is founder of raincoaster media, specializing in transformative social media training, as well as President Emeritus of Social Media Club of Vancouver, and has been a professional blogger and social media trainer since 2002. She specializes in teaching beginners and those with barriers to internet use, and in social media for social change. She was in charge of Web and Social Media training for the Fearless City project, and her students there included citizen journalist April Smith and poet Henry Doyle.

Her flagship blog, raincoaster.com, has been studied as part of the New Media curriculum in three universities, and the comments thread on her Mummified Fairy post has been called “one of the most beautiful things on the internet.” She once got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and won. She conducts workshops in the transformative use of social media on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and blogs regularly to many different sites, including:

http://raincoaster.com: 49 degrees latitude, 360 degrees attitude!

http://thedailydot.com The internet’s hometown paper

http://trueslant.com/lorrainemurphy The Celebrity Industrial Complex

http://raincoastermedia.com Transformative Social Media Training

http://theshebeenclub.com Vancouver’s Practicing Literati (practice makes perfect, right?)

http://lolebrity.net Mai Lak Uv Dignitty: Let Me Show U It

http://ayyyy.com Gently Making Fun of the Famous

http://manolofood.com Eat! Drink! Be Merry!

http://www.offsitedatabackup.com/blog/ Simple. Fast. Secure.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

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