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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4 Ways to Celebrate National Coffee Day

September 16th, 2016

No morning is truly complete until you’ve enjoyed a cup of freshly brewed coffee. That cup of coffee is especially important on National Coffee Day, which is celebrated on September 29th. Whether you prefer to drink coffee in the comfort of your Foster City apartment or at a local coffee shop, you’ll have no trouble finding a fun way to celebrate this special day. Consider adding one of the following destinations to your itinerary on National Coffee Day:

4 Things to Do on National Coffee Day

  • Stop by See U. The perfect spot to relax with coffee and a good book, See U aims to inspire the coffee lovers of Foster City. The cafe is well known as the regular meeting place for the Silicon Valley Women Federation. Whether you’re involved in this influential nonprofit or simply want some caffeine, you’ll enjoy the neighborly feel that infuses every nook and cranny in this welcoming coffee house.
  • Hit up Penelope’s Coffee and Tea. A local favorite, Penelope’s Coffee and Tea is the perfect spot to grab your morning cup of Joe. While hot coffee is always welcome, many of the regulars at Penelope’s favor the coffee shop’s delicious iced coffee. While you’re grabbing iced coffee, be sure to pick up a pound of coffee to take home. Penelope’s also offers a variety of breakfast burritos and Greek pastries.
  • Enjoy breakfast and coffee at the Century Centre Cafe. If a cup of coffee on its own isn’t good enough for you, you’ll prefer a visit to the Century Centre Cafe, which offers delicious coffee along with a variety of affordable breakfast options. Whether you order a pastry or an omelet, you’ll be satisfied with both the quality of the food and the ambience at this welcoming cafe.
  • Head to Mollie Stone’s Markets to buy organic coffee beans. If you prefer to brew your coffee at home, you’re in luck — you can find some of the best coffee in California at the Mollie Stone’s in nearby San Mateo. The store also stocks excellent coffee creamers and stevia that you can use as a healthy sweetener. Grab all of the things you need to make a wonderful cup of coffee, and then enjoy in peace in the comfort of your apartment.

The only thing better than drinking a good cup of coffee at Foster City’s finest cafes is enjoying it in a beautiful apartment. That’s exactly what we’re able to provide at The Plaza. Reach out today to learn more about our floor plans and amenities.

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5 Spots to Devour Chicken & Waffles

September 3rd, 2016

Getting to know an area can be a challenge, but with a few tips and tricks, there’s no doubt that you’ll quickly find your way around The Plaza and the surrounding community. If you live in our Foster City apartments, you know there are numerous nearby restaurants and venues serving something for just about any occasion. When looking for great chicken and waffles, the area has more than a few great choices.

Where’s the Best Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco?

When it comes to finding chicken and waffles in the San Francisco area, these are some of the top rated destinations. Each offers their own unique take and all are worth a visit (or two!)

#1: Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles & Soul Food Restaurant

Simple, straightforward, and exactly what you want when you want great chicken and waffles, Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant is the perfect choice. This is authentic and affordable food that anyone can enjoy. Don’t forget the pecan pie when you this location on 3rd St.

#2: Frisco Fried

Another authentic location, Frisco Fried is a family owned location. The hint of cinnamon in your waffles gives it just that extra something you are looking for. It’s also on 3rd St.  It’s a very affordable meal, too.

#3: Soul Groove

For something a bit more unique, check out Soul Groove. This location offers your favorites but also vegan options. You’ll be able to enjoy the Chicken Fried Soul Sandwich with its buttermilk battered chicken and maple flavored waffles. It’s located on Larkin St.

#4: 1300 on Fillmore

Check out 1300 on Fillmore for something a bit more elegant. It has all of the flavor and texture you want, with all of that extra sophistication you are looking for. Check out the rosemary waffles with their chili maple syrup butter sauce. It’s located on Fillmore Street in the heart of the city.

#5: Little Skillet

Affordable and traditional, Little Skillet is an excellent option for those looking for a filling meal. There are crowds at this location pretty much from the time they open until they close. The fried chicken is ideal for those who want crispy, hot and fresh food.

Enjoying the Best Close to Home

When you live at The Plaza, you get to enjoy the very best that the region has to offer. If you are considering finding a place to call home, give us a call to learn about our available floor plans and to book a tour with us.

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Let Me See Your Sushi Roll: 3 Must-Try Sushi Spots Near Your Foster City Apartments

August 18th, 2016

If you have not tried sushi before, you need to run out and give this inventive dish a chance to win you over. To enjoy a great first impression, however, you must select a sushi joint with an excellent reputation. Highly regarded sushi spots only use the freshest ingredients, including fish obtained that day from local sources. Once you try the best sushi in the area, you will know just what to strive for when making your own at your Foster City apartments. Here are three must-try sushi spots located right in your neighborhood.

Tokyo Village

Tokyo Village is well known for its delightful combo of delicious food and attentive wait staff. You will feel highly cared for when you venture into this sushi spot. Browse through the menu to find a few interesting dishes you want to try. You cannot go wrong with the clam miso or sashimi combo. Ask the wait staff to suggest a beverage that will complement your meal well.

Tokie’s Around the Corner from Your Apartments in Foster City

Tokie’s has been a fan favorite since its inception in the early eighties. This restaurant features dozens of innovative roll options, from the firecracker to the baked salmon. You can add sides of edamame or gyoza to round out your meal. You will want to finish your visit by slowly enjoying a fresh made bowl of green tea ice cream. This restaurant offers an expansive range of sake you can enjoy before heading home to your apartments in Foster City.

Akizu Sushi Bar and Grill

Akizu Sushi Bar and Grill will never fail to impress, no matter what menu item you order. You may enjoy starting off with the scallops and ending with the yellow tail. Your meal will always start with miso soup. After that, you can select from an endless variety of sushi rolls. Makes sure to try the crazy dragon roll at least once for a truly awe-inspiring sushi experience. If you arrive during happy hour, your meal will usually come with a free dish of ice cream at the end.

Giving well-prepared sushi a chance to win you over is a wise choice. Once you taste this exciting dish, you may be inspired to try every available variation and even make your own rolls at home. When you are ready to consider alternative housing options, you can call the team at 650-349-9999 to discuss the available floor plans at The Plaza apartments.

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5 Spots for the Best Sunset Views Near Your Apartments in Foster City

August 1st, 2016

Catching the sunset is just that much more magical when you are surrounded by a beautiful landscape or cityscape. Watching the bright hues of the disappearing sunlight bounce off the surrounding area can increase your enjoyment factor many times over. Each time you head to a new place to catch the sunset, you capture the memory of that viewpoint in a new light. Here are five amazing spots to catch the best sunset views near your apartments in Foster City.

Leo J. Ryan Park

At Leo J. Ryan Park, you can catch the sunset from every angle imaginable as it bounces off the waters of Central Lake. At its lowest point, the sunlight seems to frame the cityscape along the other side of the water.  If you have a chance, view the sunset from the waterside gazebo or a sailboat of your very own.

Coyote Point Near Your Foster City Apartments

The beaches at Coyote Point are an excellent reason to leave the comfort of your Foster City apartments to view the local sunset. The nearly endless water provides the perfect backdrop for the sunset, especially when there are wispy clouds in the sky. Kids will enjoy watching the sunset from one of the six slides in the large play space.

Bair Island

The outer Bair Island space is the perfect spot to capture your favorite sunset memories. The surrounding marshland looks absolutely magical as the sunlight shines down from above. The walking trails will lead you forever toward the sun’s lowest setting point.

Redwood Shores State Marine Park

With its blend of natural and manmade structures around the edges, the Redwood Shores State Marine Park provides the perfect sunset backdrop. Your view will change in phenomenal ways with every direction you turn. Keep your eyes peeled for the sight of a heron flapping away into the bright sky.

Gull Park

Choose a spot on the beach or the open grassy fields of Gull Park as your ideal sunset viewing location. When the sun starts to set, you may notice the trees make the area look like a professionally painted scene.

If you have a camera, consider capturing the sunsets from these vantage points and using the prints to decorate your apartment. Your photographs will allow your guests to peek inside your memory banks to enjoy the beauty of the sunsets for themselves. To learn more about the available floor plans at The Plaza, give the management team a call at 650-349-9999.

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Why We Love the Bay Area

July 12th, 2016

The Plaza is known for its convenient location when it comes to the long list of events happening area. Since summer is in full swing, there’s seemingly endless opportunities at your disposal in regards to entertainment and fun. With this being said, here’s a look at why The Plaza is an excellent location for Bay Area lovers.

Bay Area Landmarks

The Bay Area has an impressive list of landmarks such as:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge – Being one of the most prolific bridges in history, The Golden Gate Bridge is an architectural wonder. Being built in 1936, The Golden Gate Bridge has accumulated a few world records since its creation (such as the World’s Longest and Highest Bridge Over A Body of Water). Long story short, it must be seen to be believed!
  • The Golden Gate Park – Golden Gate Park is known as one of the largest man made parks on Earth. Before it became the wonder it is today, the Golden Gate Park site consisted of sand dunes. It’s location was once beyond the city’s limits, but today the Golden Gate Park is known as an urban gem due to the concerts, museums, plants, trees and picnic spots that frequent the area.

Sports

If you’re a sports fan, the Bay might be the sports epicenter you’re looking for. Whether looking college or professional teams, you can easily find a baseball, football or basketball game within a stone’s throw away from the Bay. In addition to this, the Bay has also been home to many Olympic athletes (to a point whereas a hall of fame was created to keep track of them all).

Culture

Whether it be food, music or entertainment, the Bay area is light years ahead of most of the country. With the Haight and Ashbury being known as an integral part of the music scene in the 70s, it’s safe to say that you might see the next big act of tomorrow at a local bar today.

As for unconventional sports (such as surfing), feel free to ask around as the locals will gladly point you in the right direction. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, there’s plenty of long stretches of road to explore in a city that’s known for its consistent amazing weather.

If you’re interested in finding out what else is in store for you when it comes to apartments in Foster City, feel free to contact us today for more information.

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4 Great State Parks for Your Summer Camping Adventure

July 5th, 2016

If you’re looking for the finest luxury apartment in Foster City, The Plaza offers everything you want and more. This wonderful community offers fantastic features for every type of family. From outdoor dining to pools and fitness, every need you might have in the most elite hotel can be met year round from your own home. Families here take advantage of the excellent neighborhood and beautiful community feel. Many of the residents in this area love to take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer in the great state of California. From long days at the beach to hiking and biking, any activity you might be looking for is only a stone’s throw away.

4 State Parks for Your Outdoor Adventure

Many Foster City residents have a great affinity for the outdoors. If you’re looking for a place to take the family or to go with friends for a great weekend adventure, you should definitely visit one of these parks.

  1. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The state’s oldest state park, Big Basin, offers beautiful Redwoods and glorious shade from the heat of the California summer. This wonderful camping area offers miles of hiking trails and is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a great location to rent lodging or bring your own RV or tent.
  2. Calaveras Big Trees State Park. There’s plenty to do at Calaveras Big Trees State Park with hiking and biking trails and plenty of space for camping. There are also lovely cabin rentals at a fair price for an affordable vacation the whole family will enjoy.
  3. Crystal Cove State Park. Enjoy the great outdoors in the California fashion. At Crystal Cove you’ll find sandy beaches, great surf and tide pools to relax near. You’ll also find wooded canyons. In Orange County, this State Park offers scuba diving and all of the adventure of the sea, along with biking and all the adventure of land.
  4. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. A beautiful landscape for anyone who wants to be nestled among the redwoods of the Big Sur River. There’s space for camping and RVs and there are cabin rentals for your outdoor getaway.

Looking for the Best Apartment Living in Foster City?

Foster City is a wonderful location to enjoy the best life has to offer and still be able to get away to nature any time you would like. If you’re looking for the best luxury apartments in Foster City, contact us today to see which floor plans are still available at The Plaza.

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