Archive for June, 2016

3 Ice Cream Spots to Get Your Chill On

June 15th, 2016

Who doesn’t love to grab some cold, full-of-flavor ice cream on a hot summer day? When you live in our Foster City apartments, you’re pretty lucky when it comes to getting your chill on. That’s because there are numerous local ice cream shops that are just calling your name nearby.

At The Plaza, our team is always working to help you to find everything to fit your needs. One of those must haves for some of our residents is the best ice cream available in California.

Where Are You Buying Ice Cream?

Everyone’s tastes in regards to ice cream is different, but one thing is for sure. You want that one or two locations that stand out with the top quality product you simply love. It may even take you back to your childhood.

These are some of the best options in and around the Foster City area.

Bi-Rite Creamery

There are a few reasons why you’ll want to check out Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco. First, this is a locally owned shop that makes seasonal, small-batch ice cream and it does it by hand. The lines can get long but it is worth it. Be sure to try some of their more unique flavors, which can change from one season to the next. Some in the past included balsamic strawberry and lavender. It’s all good and definitely worth the way.

Fentons Creamery & Restaurant

It’s time for dinner, but all you can think about is ice cream. Head to Fentons Creamery & restaurant. This family-owned location is perfect for its diner-style dishes. And, after that tasty burger, you can enjoy a big, overflowing sundae, or whatever other ice cream treat meets your needs. It’s an old-fashioned diner with all of the fixings.

Polly Ann Ice Cream

Chances are good you will find a flavor here that fits your needs. The company has 500 flavors it rotates through to ensure everyone gets their very favorite to choose from. The location is high quality in that it offers very well made ice cream served in big serving sizes and with all of the trimmings. You’ll like the Asian-infused flavors here such as lychee and jasmine. You never know what you’ll find when you visit.

Which of these ice cream shops will be on your list of must-visit locations this weekend? When you live at The Plaza apartments in Foster City, you are only a matter of minutes from just everything. Call us to check out floor plans.

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Top 6 Coffee Shop Cold Brews in the Bay Area

June 7th, 2016

Whether you need a delicious caffeinated start to the day or a refreshing afternoon break, cold brew coffee can do the trick. Cold brew coffee has been trending for awhile now, and those in the San Francisco area have numerous compelling options.

Here are six of the best spots for cold brew coffee near your Foster City apartment:

1. Equator Coffee

Equator partnered with Joyride Coffee to create their featured nitro cold brew. It’s based on their Mocha Java Blend and has a smooth, creamy and highly satisfying pour. This chilled, kegged delight is served icy and refreshing at their mid-market and Miller Avenue locations. Their Tam Junction café features a 12-hour cold brew made in a toddy maker.

2. Front Café

How amazing is this – a coffee shop that is also an artists’ workshop! However, Front Café is also serious about coffee, focusing on, single-origin natural roasts. Their featured cold brew Konga Yirgacheffe Ethiopia Heirloom is steeped overnight and served in artsy mason jars. This rich but light-finishing brew features notes of chocolate and berry, and a fresh keg is made daily.

3. Mazarine Coffee

Mazarine Coffee on Market Street offers Nitro Cold Brew made from Costa Rican single-origin coffee beans for your caffeinated indulgence. This cold brew is steeped slowly for a full 24 hours, then it’s infused with nitrogen. The result is an eminently smooth, velvety finish that’s highly indulgent.

4. Coffee Bar on Bryant Street

The Bryant Street location of the Coffee Bar chain of cafés features a nitro cold brew from Mr. Espresso. This classic cold brew drink has been getting rave reviews since its debut in October of 2015. It is based on single-origin dark roasted Guatemalan beans and offers a nice alternative to the “Guinness beer” notes found in many nitro cold brew pours.

5. Black Sands in Lower Haight

While better known as purveyors of homemade beers and home brew supplies, this pub also pours espresso drinks until 2:00 pm daily. Among them is their very own cold brew called De La Paz Big City. Get ready for a rich, smooth ale-like drinking experience, but with a caffeinated kick.

6. Stumptown Cold Brew at Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Stumptown from Portland, Oregon is considered the original cold brew. Until now you could only find it in hip grocery stores in SFO; however, since Peet’s Coffee has bought Stumptown, you can expect to see it in all Peet’s locations.

Cold brew coffee is all the rage, and hip cafés that sell it are easily accessible from your Foster City apartment. For a luxury living experience that’s on the pulse of trending San Francisco culture, consider The Plaza Foster City apartments.

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