How to Grow a Garden in Your Apartment

April 17th, 2017

Basil PlantIf you think you’ve got to have a big yard in order to grow a garden, you obviously haven’t been introduced to the wonderful world of indoor growing.  Naturally, you won’t be able to grow large fields of corn in the living room of your apartment in Foster City, you’ll be able to grow enough green stuff to provide your place with plenty of natural beauty. Whether you want to grow food for the table or simply grow a lush ornamental garden to brighten up dreary winter days, you’ll be able to do so following a few tried-and-true methods listed below.

Identify a Sunny Windowsill

You’ll need a windowsill with a southern or western exposure for best results if you are hoping to grow culinary herbs and certain types of vegetables in your apartment. With the right amount of sun, you’ll be able to grow herbs such as mint, thyme, chives, oregano, dill, and marjoram. If you’ve never cooked with fresh culinary herbs before, you will be amazed at the difference in the way food tastes when it’s been used to prepare meals. Pinching pieces off from the plants to use in cooking encourages the plant to grow. You should always pinch from the top growth right above the leaf nodes — this will help keep the plants from becoming straggly.

If you have a sliding glass door with a southern or western exposure, you can grow garden vegetables such as peas and beans in pots. With enough sun and the addition of a grow light, you may also be able to grow some types of cherry tomatoes. Always buy dwarf varieties of seeds for vegetables that you’re planning on growing indoors.

Choose Low-Light-Loving House Plants

Most common houseplants actually originated as understory plants in tropical rainforests, making them ideal for use in areas that don’t receive a lot of natural light. You can get colorful dracaenas that provide a vibrant foliage display containing vivid reds and pinks, or if you have a space you want to fill with something green and growing, fig trees can grow all the way up to the ceiling in indoor environments. Some house plants such as philodendrons are practically indestructible and are therefore ideal for those who have not yet cultivated a green thumb. No matter what your preference, there is a house plant that will fit in with your indoor living environment.

Are you looking for a brand new apartment to start growing your houseplants in? If so, give The Plaza a call! Our spacious apartments are perfect for plants of all kinds.

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How to Arrange a Floral Bouquet

April 4th, 2017

Red RosesLooking to bring some of the beauty of the outdoors into your apartment this spring? Consider putting together your own floral bouquet to display in your living space. Not sure where to start? We’ve got some tips for arranging a floral bouquet like a pro.

Trim the Stems Properly to Fit the Vase

Once you’ve chosen your flowers and vase, the first step is to trim the stems of the flowers down to fit into the vase properly. When cutting flower stems, try to cut them at a 45-degree angle; this will help to prolong the life of the flowers by helping water absorb into the stems more easily. When cutting, test out how each flower will fit into the vase and be sure to remove any foliage that will fall below the water level. Otherwise, this could cause your flowers to wilt faster and can create a foul odor as well.

Create a Focal Point With Large Blooms

Start with the larger of the blooms you’ve selected to create a focal point within your bouquet. Begin arranging these blooms in circular layers, being sure to step back and assess the bouquet from a distance after placing every couple of flowers. These blooms should make for the center of your bouquet. Depending on the size of the blooms, you may also want to use a foam holder at the bottom of your vase to secure them in place.

Surround With Smaller Blooms

Next, use smaller blooms to surround the focal point of your bouquet. Ideally, these flowers should also be slightly shorter than the flowers in the center of your arrangement. This will help to create a natural layered look. Again, work by placing flowers along the perimeter of the bouquet, taking a step back to ensure everything looks even and balanced before moving onto the next step.

Finish With Berries or Greens

Any bouquet should be finished off with a final layer of greens, berries, or a mix of both around the sides. This will help to cover up the stems of the flowers you’ve already placed and give your arrangement a “finished” look. Greenery can also be used as an inexpensive “filler” material to give your bouquet a larger and fuller look. Plus, it helps to separate blooms so that air can properly circulate between them, thus helping your bouquet stay fresher for longer.

Spring is a beautiful time here at The Plaza apartments in Foster City, CA. Contact us today to inquire about current floor plan availability.

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3 Green Smoothies for St. Paddy’s Day

March 2nd, 2017

Green SmoothieLooking to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a green beverage but just can’t stomach the thought of downing a glass of green beer? Consider a smoothie instead. Instead of feeling hung over the morning after the festivities, you’ll be revitalized and refreshed from the nutritional goodness smoothies provide. Following are just three of the many great green smoothies residents of apartments in Foster City can make to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Simple Green Smoothie

This one’s a quick and easy way to get a delicious and nutritious smoothie without a lot of steps. Simply grab two cups of greens, place them in the blender with the same amount of water, and blend until they’ve reached the preferred consistency. If you like your smoothies sweet, add a bit of honey to mix, or if your tastes run in the other direction, tart it up with lemon. You can also experiment with using different fruit juices instead of water until you find the flavor profile that fits you perfectly. If it turns out too thin, you can fix that up by adding a few pieces of ice at a time until it’s the way you want it.

Spinach Smoothie With Apple and Avocado

If you like your smoothies on the creamy side but don’t do dairy, this spinach smoothie with apple and avocado is for you. The apples sweetens the pot, but you could also stray from the beaten path by switching it out for a pear or a peach. If the fruit doesn’t make it sweet enough for you, spoon in some wildflower honey and sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon. You can also opt for kale instead of spinach here, but keep in mind that kale often has a bitter bite that you don’t get with spinach.

Mustard Greens With Pineapple, Coconut Milk, and Banana

Give your St. Paddy’s Day smoothie a taste of the tropics by combining mustard greens with pineapple, banana and coconut milk. For a delicious twist, blend in a small amount of ground ginger, but be careful that you don’t add too much — a little bit of ginger goes a long way. You can also substitute collard greens for mustard or use mixed greens.

The above recipes can all be tweaked to accommodate individual needs and preferences. For instance, almond and other nut milks can be used in the place of coconut milk or even water for a different type of taste sensation. If you’re looking for an amazing kitchen to whip up all these smoothies in, give us a call today.

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5 Fun Spring Activities in Foster City

March 2nd, 2017

DaisiesSpring is here! The sun is finally making an appearance after months of cold, foggy and rainy weather. With the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful sights and activities in Foster City. Take a look at a few things you should be doing this spring.

Five Things to Do in Foster City This Spring:

  1. Go for a walk, run or bike ride on one of Foster City’s trails. You’ve got many choices if you’re in the mood for some exercise. The Levee Pedway is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail and runs along the west side of O’Neal Slough. It’s a scenic, flat trail that’s perfect for bicycling or a relaxing stroll. You can drive from your apartments in Foster City to the Levee Pedway in less than 10 minutes.

    Another option is the Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park overlooking Central Lake with nearly 21 acres, including bike paths, a boat launch, basketball courts, picnic area and more.

  2. Check out the Foster City Farmers Market. Get fresh vegetables, fruit and other items on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The market is at the Charter Square Shopping Center at 791 Beach Park Boulevard.
  3. Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. This free, fun event is on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Leo Ryan Park Meadow. Holi is an Indian festival where people throw colored powder at each other to celebrate spring and bring the community together. Activities will also include Indian music, dance and food. Learn more about the Holi festival at the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department’s website at calendar.fostercity.org/.
  4. See the classic Neil Simon farce “Rumors.” Regarded as one of Neil Simon’s funniest plays, “Rumors” is playing at the Hillbarn Theater at 1285 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, from March 9 to April 2. To learn more and buy tickets, visit www.hillbarntheatre.org/ or call (650) 349-6411, extension 2. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for youths.
  5. Enjoy the free Jazz in the Library series of concerts. See live performances by a variety of bands playing different genres of jazz at the Foster City Library, 1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard. Concerts are on the following Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.: April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11.

Spring is also the perfect time to make a move to Foster City. If you’re looking for a place to live, check out luxury apartment living at The Plaza in Foster City, California. To learn more, call (650) 349-9999.

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5 Reasons We Love Dogs

February 11th, 2017

DogDogs have always played a special role in the lives of human beings since time immemorial. There is a really deep connection between dog lovers and their pets. But why do we love dogs so much? There are many answers to this question, but here are the 5 most common answers.

Loyalty

We definitely love our dogs because they are more than just pets. When your dog loves you, it becomes completely loyal to you. There have been cases of dogs so loving that they ran back to their owner’s house even after being sold off. There are other many examples of dogs showing loyalty to their owners and if you own one, you surely know what we mean.

Friendship

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. Unlike friends and colleagues who we may outgrow or get separated from by distance, our dogs are always there with us through thick and thin. They do not turn us down when in need; they do not desert us when we are broke, sick or in upset. They are there with us during our bad and happy times, always offering their companionship and friendship in the best way they know they how.

Exercise Partner

Dogs are among the best exercise partners we have in our lives. Today, when almost everything is available to you at the touch of a button from your Foster City apartments, it is sometimes hard to become motivated and go outside for a walk or jog. But for us dog lovers, you just know you have to take your dog for a walk and in the process end up exercising and staying healthy.

Unconditional Love

We have all heard this severally, “A dog is the only thing in the world that loves its owner more than it loves itself”. Dogs love unconditionally. They will show you their affection whether you are in a bad or good mood. They don’t care whether you got fired, dumped or lost something while you were gone. The moment you get back to your Foster City apartments, they will be there at the door eagerly waiting to see and snuggle with you.

Dogs Listen to Our Problems

We love to tell our dogs the secrets and problems we face, knowing that they won’t spill the beans to anyone. They just sit there and listen without judging.

If you are a resident of, or are looking for Foster City apartments to rent, be keen to consider pet-friendly apartments like The Plaza apartments in order to keep your pet happy. Your dog is your best friend, so bring him to the best community in Foster City.

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2 Cards Games to Bust Out at Game Night

February 2nd, 2017

CardsCard games are a fun way to entertain your guests at The Plaza apartments in Foster City. Even though we live in a world of technology, where most games are available online, it’s better to interface with humans than it is with a computer. So why not head to downtown Foster City and pick up a pack of old fashioned playing cards? Call up some of your friendly neighbors at The Plaza apartments in Foster City and invite them over for a night of card playing. These two card games are old favorites that everyone is bound to enjoy.

1. Slapjack

The object of the game is to collect all the cards. This game is fast and furious once it gets started!

Rules:

  1. Everyone sits in a circle formation around the table. Deal all the cards until they’re gone. Everyone should hold their cards face down and not look at them.
  2. Starting clockwise, each player draws a card from the top of their own pile. They then lay that card face up in the center of the circle.
  3. If a Jack card appears, the goal is to be the first person to slap it, or cover it. If more than one person slaps at once, the person whose hands is touching the Jack wins that round and gets to keep all the cards in the pile. They then take those cards and set them aside.
  4. If a player slaps a card that isn’t a Jack, they have to give the top card in their pile to the player who placed the slapped card. That player adds the extra card to the bottom of his or her deck.
  5. When a player runs out of cards, the player is out—unless he or she can slap a Jack laid by someone else. At that point, the previously “out” player is back in and can play with the cards collected from the pile.
  6. Whoever ends up with all of the cards wins.

Crazy 8s

The objective of this fun game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards.

Rules:

  1. Deal 5 cards one at a time, face down.
  2. Place the rest of the cards face down in the center of the table, then turn the first card up and place it beside the face down pile. If an eight is turned, it is buried in the middle of the pack and the next card is turned. The face-up cards create a “starter” pile.
  3. Starting to the dealer’s left, each player places one card face up on the starter pile. Each card played (other than an eight) must match the card showing at the top of the starter pile in suit or denomination. So if the king of Clubs is the starter, the card played must either be another king, or be any card from the clubs suit. If unable to play a card, the player draws cards from the top of the face down cards until a play is possible.
  4. If the facedown pile runs out, the player must pass his or her turn to the next player. At that point, save the card at the top of the starter pile, then shuffle the cards underneath, turn them face down, and make them the new stock pile.
  5. All eights are wild. An eight may be played at any time in turn, and the player should only specify a suit for it, not a number.
  6. The first player without cards wins the game!

Life at The Plaza in Foster City is full of fun. To find your floor plan, contact us today!

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3 Reasons to Catch a Wave at Half Moon Bay

January 19th, 2017

Half Moon BayIt is only right that a luxury home lifestyle accompanies a luxury lifestyle overall. When you need a scene outside of the amenities of The Plaza, you can catch a wave at Half Moon Bay. Here are 3 of the best excuses.

The Cleanest Beaches

Choosing to take your recreation at Half Moon Bay is an easy decision – the coast line sells itself with some of the clearest water on the coast and beautiful sandy beaches that you will never want to leave. Imagine a vacation resort that actually looked just like the picture, and you are beginning to realize the kind of lifestyle choice you have in Half Moon Bay – and you can have this lifestyle every day, not just on holidays and weekends!

The waves here are some of the best in the world, and you can often find professional surfers practicing their moves here. Because the seaside culture is so prevalent, you can easily find a mentor if you are looking to improve your skills in a more serious way.

Luxury Amenities

Half Moon Bay is within walking distance of everything that you would need to create a perfect visit to the beach for friends or family. You can take a full holiday on the coastline, or use the area for a short jaunt to clear your head. You have an incredible array of fashion boutiques, restaurants and quality convenience just a stone’s throw away.

Great People

A beautiful environment engenders a camaraderie that is truly remarkable to see and even more incredible to partake in. You will make friends almost instantly with interesting people with a lot going on. You have the ability to get in touch with your Plaza neighbors on the wavefront, and you will always have an opportunity to introduce a new wave of tourists to your lifestyle nearly every day. The best people in the world come here with their families to vacation, and they bring an energy that always seems to renew the environment. Take full advantage of the opportunity by learning the waves and the culture so that you can be that all knowing resource that everyone loves to shake hands with!

You can have the best Foster City lifestyle every day at The Plaza. All that you need to do is call one of our dedicated housing specialists, and you can move into your new Foster City apartment just in time for the best waves of the season.

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5 Brunch Spots in Foster City to Try

January 9th, 2017

WaffleFoster City is one of the most beautiful cities on the coast, and the eating experience follows in this tradition. Here are 5 of the best brunch spots in the area with excellent food, great people and spectacular views.

Century Centre Cafe

If you are looking for a traditional American breakfast or brunch with a local twist, this is the eatery for you. Take in the local culture as you indulge in comfortable yet immaculately prepared lunch specials with some of the best customer service in the area. You can also get some of the best fruit smoothies here if you are looking for a healthy alternative.

Apple Fritter

This is a true brunch spot, as you can get burgers right next to waffles if you want. The coffee and tea selection is rather expansive here, with commercial and local brands available for purchase. The name of the business is no faux pas; you should try the apple fritter here on your first visit,  you will be blown away.

Cafe Florian

The eggs Benedict is to die for, and you can get a quicker cup of coffee here than virtually anywhere else in the area. They have many specialty dishes that are not available anywhere else, and although they can be a bit pricey, you definitely get the luxury experience here.

Noah’s Bagels

If you are looking for a quick breakfast, the bagel shop will get you where you need to be. The bagels here are absolutely incredible, as they must be if the location is advertising bagels as the name of the business! However, you can also choose from a wide selection of sandwiches and traditional brunch offerings.

Whispers Cafe and Creperie

There are other great crepe locations in Foster City, but Whispers gives you the best stuff at the cheapest price. It is truly an art form the way they put together crepes here; they do not simply overload you with the filling to cover up a lack of skill. You can also order here and take your brunch to another location – they accept pick up orders as well as dine in customers.

Brunch is not the only luxury that you can take advantage of in Foster City. Make the lifestyle yours for good by taking advantage of one of the openings at The Plaza, the Foster City apartment brand that is at the epicenter of the luxury and culture in the area. Give one of our leasing specialists a call or an email to get the process started today!

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5 Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

December 2nd, 2016

SoupDuring the winter holidays, a good soup can warm your heart and spirit. Not to mention the fact that it can make your entire Foster City apartment smell like home. Here are five soup recipes that you can try as the weather turns colder.

Chili

Chili is like one of those adventure novels you read in grade school, each bite is full of excitement. No matter where you start, the variations are endless and you can fine tune the recipe to suit your tastes.  Love beans?  Try a three bean and beef chili. Want to use up some leftover chicken? Try a steaming bowl white chicken chili. Want an authentic Tex-Mex experience? Dish up a hot ladle full of chili con carne.

Vegetable Beef

Vegetable beef soup is a fabulous way to make sure you and your loved ones get their daily dose of colorful veggies. A tomato-based vegetable beef soup allows you to customize the soup to your personal preferences. Load up on carrots, omit the green beans, add mushrooms. Anything goes! Plus, the crock-pot will simmer the soup all day long allowing you to come home to a hot, ready-to-eat meal.

Chicken Noodle

Winter is synonymous with cold.  When a cold strikes, a cup of chicken soup can ease your ailments. While you can spend hours making a deep, rich stock, a quick and easy chicken noodle soup may be just what the doctor ordered. The salty broth will ease a sore throat while the veggies deliver a powerful punch of Vitamin C. Matzo ball soup is another popular under-the-weather chicken soup with healing superpowers.

Lentils

Lentils are a delicious staple of plant-based diets or a great stand-in on a meatless Monday. They come in a variety to suit any taste including red, French, green, yellow and more. This Asian-inspired red lentil and sweet potato soup uses fragrant spices like ginger and curry to liven up the stew. Raisins and coconut milk give it a touch of sweetness to cut through the spice. Lentils are popular around the world. Dal is a staple in Indian diets. The French enjoy them with fresh vegetables and herbs.

Creamy Vegetable

Although they are higher in fat and calories, a good creamy soup can be just what you need to beat the winter blues. The creamy nature of these soups adds an extra layer of richness. Pureed vegetable soups freeze well and make for tasty lunches on the go or emergency dinners. Everyone loves a tangy tomato soup paired with a hot grilled cheese sandwich on a cool day.

Featuring updated open-layout kitchens, The Plaza Apartments in Foster City are a great place to whip up your favorite soups. Call today to see our available floor plans.

 

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10 Fun Facts About Foster City

December 2nd, 2016

Foster CityWhether you have lived in Foster City your entire life or you are just now considering the move, there is a lot of history in the area to learn, as well as information about the current state of the town. It is a growing area and one that anyone would be happy to call home. Learn more about the town with these fun facts.

Fun Facts About Foster City

  • Foster City was founded in the 1960’s and is named after T. Jack Foster, who owned a lot of the land that now makes up the city.
  • T. Jack Foster played a big role in the design of the city at the time of development. His family’s firm, Foster Enterprises, is very active in real estate in Foster City as well as throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Foster City is considered to be a part of Silicon Valley. This is due to the fact that it is close to Silicon Valley cities and has similar local industries.
  • In 2009, Forbes ranked Foster City as #10 on their list of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well. Money has also recognized the city on their Best Places to Live list several times.
  • Foster City has over 16 miles of man-made canals. They are known as the Foster City Lagoon and they provide gorgeous views and activities throughout the town.
  • We have had quite a few athletes come out of Foster City. Some of the most notable include Kevin Mitchell, a San Francisco Giants player, and Jeff Kent who was awarded the MVP of the National League.
  • The founder of PayPal, was raised in Foster City. Peter Thiel is also a political activist and gay libertarian.
  • The movie Over the Edge is based on events that occurred in Foster City. You can find more about the story in an article published in 1973 titled “Mousepacks: Kids on a Crime Spree.” The article can be found in the San Francisco Examiner.
  • The wettest month of the year in Foster City is January. Other than that, we enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate that consists of warm dry summers and cool wet winters. The warmest month is July with average temperatures of 80.8 degrees.
  • There are many companies with headquarters located in Foster City. Some of these companies include Visa, Gilead Sciences, Philips and Sony.

Foster City is a great place to live! If you are looking for a Foster City apartment, be sure to stop in our office today for a quick tour and to see what we have available.

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