Archive for the ‘Apartment Living’ Category

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!

  • Share

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.

  • Share

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!

  • Share

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!

  • Share

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!

  • Share

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.

  • Share

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.

  • Share

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.

  • Share

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.

  • Share

How to Play Billiards in The Plaza Apartments

May 19th, 2016

The Plaza Apartments in Foster City, CA offers luxurious one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments along with a host of great features, services and amenities. These include not just business-related amenities such as guest parking, a business and media center with a coffee bar and an elegant reception room but also amenities that make it possible for you to kick back, relax and have a good time. Some of the many recreational amenities that residents are sure to enjoy are the billiards table, outdoor kitchen, dining and lounge area with TV, Zen garden, fitness center, heated swimming pool, spa and more.

Billiards is a fun game that has been around since the fifteenth century. It was brought to the Unites States in the late 1500s and has been popular ever since. If you are new to the game or haven’t played in a long time and want to brush up for a match with a friend, family member or neighbor, the following tips are for you.

Improve Your Mindsets

If you think you are going to miss a shot, chances are you probably will. If you have doubts about your ability to get the ball in the hole, take a moment to relax before hitting the ball. Visualize your stroke and, in your mind’s eye, see the ball going exactly where you want it to go.

If a lack of confidence is impeding your ability to play the game, practice a bit on your own before playing with someone else. Concentrate on visualizing your moves in advance and knowing that you will be able to make the shots you want to make. As you do so, the way you handle your cue will improve, as will your accuracy.

Go Soft

It is easy to get a rush out of hitting the ball as hard as you possibly can. However, the end goal is not to slam the balls into their holes but to get them into their right pockets as quickly as possible. In the end, soft strokes are usually more effective than hard ones as they enable your mechanics to hold up better and give you a good feel for the speed of the cue ball.

Consider visiting The Plaza apartment complex if you are looking for a great place to live in Foster City. We welcome new residents and are happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

  • Share