Archive for December, 2016

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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