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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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5 Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas

November 15th, 2016

In many apartments in Foster City, California, Thanksgiving is celebrated by having plenty of people come over and then eating several courses of food together throughout the day or evening. The focus on the food naturally causes an accompanying focus on the table. This makes it important to give that table a special Thanksgiving look.

One of the easiest ways to give it a themed appearance is to use fall or Thanksgiving-themed place settings. Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect look.

Use Creative Placeholders

If you have enough guests over that you need to mark their places, you have an extra chance to be creative. Try marking each place with a miniature pumpkin, pinecone, or even a log slice. Add a homemade name card to finish the effect.

Tie Fall Decorations to the Napkins

Those who want to look a bit more formal will enjoy presenting each person’s napkin on top of their empty plate. This gives an opportunity to get creative with that presentation. Try tying a pinecone, leaf or other natural item to the center of the napkin. Use a piece of dried vine or a thin, dark ribbon to complete the effect.

Tie the Plates Together with Strips of Corn Husk

Many people present their Thanksgiving dinners as a series of courses, and this requires the use of multiple plates. Stack the plates from largest to smallest and then tie them all together with dried corn husk strips for an excellent presentation.

Make Your Own Placemats

It’s easy to vary the difficulty level of this project, so there’s no need to worry about it being too complicated. A basic DIY placemat can be made by simply cutting appropriately-sized pieces of fabric in your preferred pattern. If you’re more craft-oriented, try weaving placemats out of strips of dried vines or other natural materials. Either way, the end result will be beautiful and memorable.

Put a Foil-Wrapped Turkey-Shaped Candy at Each Place

The chocolate isn’t the real point of these candies. Instead, it’s the realistically-colored foil wrapper and turkey shape that you’re going for. These elements will add to the Thanksgiving theme, and you won’t have to do any work to get perfect results. Just don’t be worried about it when some of your guests immediately eat the candy! As long as everyone’s having fun, it’s all good.

A good celebration starts with a good location. Stop by our apartment community to see our available homes.

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5 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

November 15th, 2016

It is almost guaranteed that you will find yourself with leftovers after Thanksgiving. While it can be fun to heat up all the dishes and have a second holiday meal, you can only eat turkey and mashed potatoes so many times. Even turkey sandwiches – made with your perfectly roasted turkey – can become boring if you eat them enough.

Take advantage of these simple recipes to help you use your leftovers.

Use Up Your Leftovers With These 5 Recipes

1. Turkey and Corn Enchiladas

Healthy and delicious, turkey and corn enchiladas only takes a little corn and some spices of your choosing! They can definitely help you make a dent in your pile of turkey.

2. Day-After Turkey Soup

If you really want to use all of your leftovers, day-after turkey soup is the perfect recipe for you. It uses the carcass of the turkey to make a rich, full-flavored broth.

3. Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe

Turkey tetrazinni deluxe may not be the lightest meal on this list, but it is certainly fun to eat. Combining pasta, creamy and cheesy flavors, it is a full and satisfying dish that the family will love.

4. Stuffing Waffles

You will have a lot more leftovers than just turkey. These stuffing waffles let you use up some of that delicious stuffing that was so important for the holiday meal. Topped with turkey gravy and maple syrup, it is a savory and sweet dish that is both unique and surprisingly delicious.

5. Loaded Potato Soup

If you have leftover mashed potatoes, you can make up a soup that you may find yourself wanting more often than just in November. Loaded potato soup combines ham, green onion, chicken broth, sweet peas and herbs to create a meal in a bowl.

No Need To Waste Thanksgiving Leftovers

It’s unfortunate that families often throw out Thanksgiving leftovers when everyone gets sick of the same meal served night after night. Even the best tasting leftovers get old when you eat them enough.

Fortunately, you don’t have to waste anything if you get a little creative. Try out one or more of these recipes and discover just how easy it is to reinvigorate your holiday leftovers.

Our team here at The Plaza is excited to share these recipes with you. If you have any questions, or are interested in renting one of our Foster City apartments, please give us a call. We are more than happy to show you around and help you lease your next apartment home!

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5 Fun Halloween Costume Ideas

October 14th, 2016

Halloween is a time for being creative, but when you leave your costume until the last minute it can feel like you’ll have to resort to a sheet over your head with some eyes punched in. If you stay in the apartments in Foster City, you’re going to have a lot of options when it comes to how to celebrate so try these fun costume ideas this year for a little more panache in your autumn step.

1. Themes

Go for a theme this year because it’s a good way to make a costume seem more ‘complete.’ As long as you can convince a friend or spouse to dress up with you, you can be the King and Queen of the party or the Peanut Butter and Jelly couple to the waiting trick-or-treaters.

2. Be a Referee

There’s nothing more fun than blowing the whistle to signal a party foul. When you see someone coming into the party with a lackluster costume, you can issue a warning on the spot. You can also blow the whistle if someone makes a bad joke or accidentally spills or breaks something!

3. Go Modern

Dress up as an iPhone or Google Maps this year. You can also be the Snapchat ghost, for a twist on a classic costume. Spoofing the big events of the year is a fun way to stay relevant and get more attention.

4. Be a Pun

This opens you up to a lot of possibilities. Have you ever thought about representing the word ‘misbehavior’? Put on a dress and a sash and go as Miss. Behavior, and then you can do whatever you want. Or dress up as Ms. Chief, and start causing a little trouble.

5. Honor Your Own Passions

Whether it’s a superhero, JK Rowling, baseball or your mother, pay some homage to the activities or people you love. It will not only have meaning for you, but could be a fun conversation starter if you happen to be introduced to a lot of people at a party.

The Plaza wants every holiday to be a hit this year, and we encourage you to check out our location if you’re looking for a new spot to live. Our Foster City apartments have the amenities you want, whether you’re throwing a party or just coming back from one. Call us today to find out more about our availability and what our community can offer you!

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Top 7 Things To Do in Foster City

October 3rd, 2016

When you live so close to the water, it’s pretty hard to run out of awesome activities to keep yourself busy. And when you live in Foster City,you’ll find a ton of fun activities to fill your free time. Whether you’re new to the Bay Area or you’re entertaining guests from out of town, check out this quick rundown of the best things to do in this beautiful city.

Top 7 Best Things To Do in Foster City

1. Explore the Water with California Windsurfing

Tap into your adventurous side and have a day full of fun out on the water with California Windsurfing. Rent a boat, and head out on the water today!

2. Relax at Oceanic Foot Spa

Need a little time to relax and get away from your busy schedule? Check out the one-of-a-kind pampering experience at Oceanic Foot Spa.

3. See a Show at Hillbarn Theatre

For an experience that is unique to Foster City, catch a performance at Hillbarn Theatre. This venue has been a staple in the community since 1941 and is still going strong with amazing performances year round.

4. Grab a Cocktail at Clubhouse Bistro

Check out one of the best happy hours in town at Clubhouse Bistro. Perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail, you’ll love the cool vibe, excellent service and great drink specials here!

5. Chill at the Lagoon

Foster City is home to 21 parks and one of the best spots in town to hang out and enjoy time with friends is at the Lagoon. Visit the Lagoon and checkout the beautiful boardwalk, paved trails and plenty of open water for the water activities of your choice.

6. Golf at Mariners Point

Get out and enjoy the weather at this fun and affordable 9-hole golf center. Ideal for perfecting your swing, Mariners Point has a big, double-decker driving range, great views of the water and a Bar & Grill for lunch.

7. Play at the Dog Park

Whether you have a dog of your own or simply want to enjoy a nice walk surrounded by a bunch of furry friends, the Foster City Dog Park is a great place for an afternoon walk. This large dog park features synthetic turf, water stations and Lagoon access.

Have Fun in Foster City

With gorgeous views, plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy and a cool bar/restaurant scene, Foster City really is a great place to live. For more information on the available floor plans at our Foster City apartments, visit us online today!

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