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August 21st, 2014

Tina BabyToday we’re kicking off our #ThrowbackThursday Social Media Contest with this cutie on the left!  I’m excited to see all of the different entries that will start rolling in! :)

As a reminder, the rules of the contest are as follows:

  • You must follow us on either Facebook or Instagram (@AquateraLiving)
  • Entries must be made in the comments section of either Facebook or Instagram
  • Entries must be made the same day the photo is posted
  • Only entries that satisfy this criteria will be eligible for the grand prize

The grand prize is valued at OVER $100!

Aquatera Blog Written By: Katrina Musngi

August 20th, 2014

Irina

So much to do in San Diego and this week is no different!  Check it out…

Summer Pops 2014:

SUMMER POPS is San Diego Symphony’s annual outdoor summer concert series.  The concerts are performed on a stage at Embarcadero Marina Park South, on San Diego Bay right behind the San Diego Convention Center.  If you haven’t made it to one of these concerts, it’s not too late and there are several shows remaining this summer!

This weekend is a weekend of big acts starting with a two-night set by Vanessa Williams singing Broadway favorites.  Ozomatli performs its energetic brand of Latin music on Sunday.  Shows being at 7:30pm.

For tickets and more information: http://www.sandiegosymphony.org/concertcalendar/summerpops.aspx

August 21:

Amateur astronomers have their eyes on the skies at the weekend Julian Star Fest at Menghini Winery.  Star Fest is a weekend of stargazing in Julian, complete with workshops and photo sessions.

August 22:

Cruise the bay in celebration of life at the Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta.

The Best of San Diego Party, hosted by San Diego Magazine, takes over NTC at Liberty Station with unlimited food and drink samples and live music.

August 23:

Pedal, pick, and grin!  Pick summer veggies, ride your decorated bike in a parade, learn how to make salsa, trade seeds, pickle things and much more at this daylong farm event.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.  Suzie’s Farm, 2570 Sunset Avenue, South San Diego.  Free!  Details

August 24:

It’s an opportunity to ride the Coronado Bridge at Bike the Bay.  If you ever wanted to ride your bike across the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Sunday’s 25-mile event is your chance to do it!  6:30 am to 12:30pm Sunday.  Details

The two-day San Diego Spirits Festival has unlimited cocktail and food samples at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.  this one celebrates craft cocktails with tastings, restaurant samples, sexy entertainment and bartender battles.  2 to 6 p.m.  Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m.  Sunday.  Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.  Tickets

Aquatera blog written by: Irina Polyak

 

 

August 19th, 2014

blog pic Let me first start by saying that I have been bouncing around the Leasing Office with so much excitement and anticipation for our new systems that we are adding to Aquatera!!! And now I get to share with you what AWESOME new amenities that will be available right at your fingertips!!!!

 

XBOX ONE WITH KINECT!!!!!!  Ssssooooo exciting! Now we are going to be able to do some racing games like never before!!! use a controller or your body! Explore the amazon, Tackle the quaterback all on the brand new xbox one!!!

 

PS4- all kinds of great games ready for you to play!  Blu Ray player to pop in those movies, incredible graphics and awesome new first player games thats sure to impress!!!

APPLE TV- having a party in the club house? Mirror your photos onto the tvs wireless to customize your party from your IPHONE, IPAD or MAC.  Want to play YOUR music YOUR way, simply and wirelessly? use airplay to rock your favorite tunes!!!!

We should have this up and running by next week so make sure to stop by and give all these new toys a spin!! You gotta make sure to tell me which one is your favorite!!!

August 18th, 2014

Check out Arthur Boorman’s story below. I DARE you not to tear up a little..

 

 

August 15th, 2014

Part of staying fit is eating healthy! This week I wanted to share a bit about the newest addition to our home. We just recently, well actually yesterday, got a new juicer! Now I’m not the guru when it comes to new ideas in the kitchen, I put my trust in my wife Sydney when it comes to food and eating healthy! This is her newest concoction, Super-Food Juice!!

2 kale leaves
1/2 cucumber
1 green apple
1 piece of ginger (thumb size)
1/2 lemon (peeled)
1 large carrot
2 stalks celery
1/2 large beet

Luxury Living JuicerPlace all ingredients in the juicer and enjoy! If you do not have a juicer, you can place all the ingredients with some water (just enough to blend) or coconut water (for some extra electrolytes) in a blender. Once the ingredients are blended make sure to strain your juice. Chill in the fridge or poor over ice and enjoy!

Immune Booster

1 green apple
1/2 lemon (peeled)
3 large carrots
1/2 cucumber
1 piece ginger
1 piece turmeric

Same instructions as above

Also note, use the pulp to make vitamin packed sweet breads, cupcakes, dog treats and more! Check out these dog treats made from pulp!

Missoin Valley Dog Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos, recipes, and creativity provided by Sydney Murrell

Have a topic you want to hear about or share? Email me: mmurrell@hgfenton.com

Aquatera blog written by: Matt Murrell

August 14th, 2014

While I’m still in shock at the tragic news, I can’t help but reminisce about one of our generation’s greatest entertainers and all of his timeless movies.

These are just a few of my favorites…

RB

 

“I don’t have very much time these days so I’ll make it quick. Like my life. You know, as we come to the end of this phase of our life, we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times, and we find ourselves thinking about the future. We start to worry , thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.”

- Jack, 1996

Thank you for all of the laughs and the constant reminder not to take life too seriously. You will be missed.

Aquatera Blog Written By: Katrina Musngi

August 14th, 2014

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August 13th, 2014

IrinaIt’s Wednesday and you know what that means!  Time to find out something fun going on in San Diego!  While there are lots of options, today, we’re featuring San Diego Magazine’s Bes of San Diego Party!

This is a MUST GO TO event on August 22nd at Liberty Station.  Celebrate the restaurants, breweries and businesses that have San Diego buzzing.  ENJOY restaurant tastings, SIP on signature cocktails, LISTEN to live entertainment and dance to the DJ MAKE memories in the photo booths.

It’s the most anticipated bash of the year so get your tickets early.  The Best of San Diego Party features food samplings, regional fine wine, local craft beer and live entertainment

August 22, 2014 NTC Promenade at Liberty Station 2460 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, CA 92106 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Price: $75 tickets July 26 until sold out. $85 at the door (if available). Pricing includes bites, sips, samples and entertainment. Cash bars available for full-sized beverages.
Parking: available lots and street parking within close proximity
Attire: Dress to impress in California cocktail attire
What else to expect: Approximately 2,000 attendees, 80 vendors including food stations, wine samples, beer and liquor tastes, sponsor and businesses displays, 3 bands, 1 DJ, a few photo booths, a couple of surprise entertainers and lots of fun!

For more information and to buy your tickets: http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2014/Best-of-San-Diego-Party/

Aquatera blog written by: Irina Polyak

August 12th, 2014

blog picThere is nothing like visiting with a resident and seeing the COOLEST tech in their home!!! The Aquatera staff was graciously invited into the home of one of our fantastic residents-Dan and he showed us around his AMAZING home! Not only was the decor fantastic and so creative, but the TECH was out of this world!!! It was so amazing that I simply had to blog about it (with Dan’s permission of course).  I just want to say Thank you for Dan for inviting us over and sharing his wonderful home with us!!!! Being able to build such wonderful relationships with our residents is such a privilege and joy and from everyone at Aquatera- Thanks Dan! World Class Apartment!!!

So without further ado…take a gander at how Dan incorporated seamless SONOS into his home!!! His set up is so discreet and really shows off the value of whole home audio!!!

55″ SONY HX MODEL! NOW this in an incredible TV!! 1080p 240hz with the SONOS soundbar attached!!! Now thats what I call a set up!Check out the great hiding spot for this wireless rear speaker in the living room!!!  That wireless subwoofer is a thing of beauty!!!! Of Course, what is whole home audio without music options is the bedroom and living room!!! All of which he can control from his phone!

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My Hat Goes off to you Dan!!! You Definitely Understand the idea of what real Luxury is and how Tech can help make it all come to life!

I. AM. IMPRESSED!  You are so awesome Dan!

If you would like to be featured with your awesome tech, Let me know!!! I would love to see how you made tech come to life in your home!

email me at tchapman@hgfenton.com!

August 11th, 2014

What’s on the Menu Mondays with Travis

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Chicken can be scary. Staring down at that wet naked bird carcass can be intimidating. That’s why you should check out the article from Buzzfeed below, which goes over the simplest way to cook a whole chicken. Ever.

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Three ingredients, butcher’s twine, and a roasting rack. Anything else and you’re just making things difficult.posted on Nov. 4, 2013, at 9:27 a.m.

BuzzFeed Staff

Justine Zwiebel / Buzzfeed

BuzzFeed held a contest between eight famous roast chicken recipes to find out which method really is the best.

BuzzFeed held a contest between eight famous roast chicken recipes to find out which method really is the best.

Justine Zwiebel / Buzzfeed

See the round-by-round breakdown — and find out why we chose the recipes we chose — here.

The winning chicken recipe is surprisingly — and delightfully! — easy to make.

The winning chicken recipe is surprisingly — and delightfully! — easy to make.

Emily Fleischaker

See the complete recipe here.

The man responsible for said recipe is Thomas Keller, probably the best American chef of our time.

The man responsible for said recipe is Thomas Keller, probably the best American chef of our time.

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It calls for three ingredients:

It calls for three ingredients:

Emily Fleischaker

Three ingredients. Seriously.

And a few essential tools.

Roasting pan, $20

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Roasting rack, $20

amazon.com

Twine $10

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The most important thing is that you follow Keller’s specific instructions exactly.

1. First, let your chicken come to room temperature before you roast it.

First, let your chicken come to room temperature before you roast it.

Emily Fleischaker

Take your chicken out of the fridge at least 45 minutes before you start roasting it. If it’s still refrigerator-cold when you put it in the oven, your cooking time will be longer, and your chicken won’t be as tender.

2. Don’t wash your chicken.

Don't wash your chicken.

Rinsing your chicken just spreads gross raw chicken germs all over your sink. If you cook the meat to the proper temperature (165 degrees), any dangerous germs or bacteria will be killed anyway. Read more about it here.

3. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Emily Fleischaker

4. Dry your chicken REALLY WELL on the outside…

Dry your chicken REALLY WELL on the outside...

Emily Fleischaker

…AND on the inside.

...AND on the inside.

Emily Fleischaker

Any excess moisture will create steam and actually make your chicken drier. So use paper towels to pat your chicken dry on the outside. Then, grab a few more paper towels and stick them inside the cavity; it’ll feel weird, and you’re going to pull out some gross gunk, but this step is absolutely essential to the awesomeness of your resulting chicken.

5. Next, sprinkle kosher salt and pepper inside the chicken cavity.

Next, sprinkle kosher salt and pepper inside the chicken cavity.

Emily Fleischaker

The salt that you sprinkle in the cavity will get absorbed into the meat from the inside, meaning that all of the meat will be flavorful, not just the outside surface.

6. Then you’re gonna truss your chicken, and it’s going to be so easy. Here’s how:

Emily Fleischaker

Cut a piece of butcher’s twine that’s about 24 inches long and lay your chicken on a cutting board, breast side up with the legs facing away from you.

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Emily Fleischaker

Put the center of the twine under the tail.

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Emily Fleischaker

Cross the ends then loopback under around the legs and pull the string tight to bring the legs together.

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Emily Fleischaker

Flip your chicken over. Bring the twine around the sides, tucking in the wings.

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Emily Fleischaker

Pull the twine tight and tie a knot at the neck, but loop the string through the knot twice (this is called a butcher’s knot).

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Emily Fleischaker

Then tighten.

How To Make The Best Roast Chicken Of All Time

Emily Fleischaker

Trim the excess twine with scissors or your knife.

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Flip your chicken back over, and you’re trussed!

7. Season the outside of your chicken with lots of salt and some pepper.

Season the outside of your chicken with lots of salt and some pepper.

Photo by Emily Fleischaker

A 4-pound chicken will need about a tablespoon. Don’t just pour salt out of a container; use your hand to sprinkle salt all over the chicken to ensure that it’s evenly coated.

8. Place the chicken breast side up on a rack over a roasting pan.

Place the chicken breast side up on a rack over a roasting pan.

Emily Fleischaker

One surprising lesson from BuzzFeed’s Ultimate Roast Chicken Tournament is that the recipes that called for a roasting rack were the most successful. Using a rack is worth it, and ensures that your chicken cooks evenly and doesn’t stick to the pan.

9. Put it in the 450°F oven for 50–60 minutes.

Put it in the 450°F oven for 50–60 minutes.

Emily Fleischaker

Four hundred and fifty degrees is hot! Roasting your chicken at super high heat crisps the skin and cooks the meat as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t get dry.

10. No flipping, no basting, no checking on the chicken unless smoke starts pouring out.

No flipping, no basting, no checking on the chicken unless smoke starts pouring out.

First of all, opening your oven while the chicken is cooking will decrease the oven heat and increase cooking time. Flipping your bird is unnecessary when you’re roasting on a rack, since the heat is hitting all sides of the bird evenly. And basting? It can actually make the skin of your chicken soggy, since you’re likely basting with not only fat but also liquid.

11. Your chicken is done when its internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Emily Fleischaker

Emily Fleischaker

Insert your thermometer right between the breast and the thigh; this is the thickest part of the chicken. If you cook the chicken past 165 degrees, it will start to dry out and won’t be as flavorful as it could be.

12. Let your chicken sit on a cutting board for 15 minutes before removing the twine and carving.

Let your chicken sit on a cutting board for 15 minutes before removing the twine and carving.

Photo by Emily Fleischaker

When your chicken is cooked, take it off the rack and set it on the cutting board, then wait 15 minutes before you do anything else. Letting the chicken “rest” gives the juices a chance to settle, so that they soak into your meat and flavor it, instead of just flowing out onto the cutting board.

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