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April 16th, 2014

As one of the premier pet friendly communities in San Diego, we at Aquatera wanted to extend some fun ways for you to get your dog moving and enjoy a little exercise in the process!! Check out some of the fun ideas that follow, and make sure to let us know what your favorite dog-friendly exercise ideas are in the comments section below!!

Walk the Dog

Okay, so this one’s pretty basic. We all know that the simplest form of exercise for most dogs is a walk around the neighborhood. But you can kick this activity up a notch with a few basic tweaks:

  1. Go for a Dog Jog.
  2. Make it a habit to vary your routine as often as possible. Instead of walking the same path each day, why not load your best friend up in the car and take a trip out to Torrey Pines Reserve? Your four legged friend will appreciate the change of pace and scenery, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of more natural sunlight and fast-paced exercise :)

Socialize with Other Pets

One of the best ways to ramp up your dog’s exercise routine is to get them out and moving with other pets! Dogs love to socialize and the pace they keep while playing with their peers is usually much greater than simply going for a leisurely stroll. Plus you’ll be able to relax the rest of the day away while your pet passes out on the couch.rottweiler and a jack russel terrier are very friends

Get the ball throwing thingy

There is a device I’ve used before, which I call a ball throwing thingy. Seems pretty simple, but the added leverage allows you to throw a ball up to 3 times further than you normally could, which equals more tired doggy at the end of the day and less chewed up shoes to mourn over.

Dog Yoga

Okay, so this one’s flat-out weird. And awesome. This is an actual thing. Google it.

Dog Yoga

Agility Training

Many breeds such as Australian Shepherds need a much higher amount of activity than other dogs. Because they were originally breed for sheep herding, these types of animals can easily get restless if left alone for even seemingly short periods of time without moderately taxing exercise. And since these breeds also tend to be smart, why not begin an agility training program that puts your dog’s skills to the test? Many programs can be found nearby, such as Happy Dog Happy Owner.

And if you have any friends who have a pet of their own, make sure to refer them to Aquatera!! As the best pet friendly apartments in San Diego, they’re sure to enjoy living in a pet friendly community that caters to our four legged residents as much as our two legged ones.

What are your favorite ways to exercise your pet?

April 12th, 2014

 We have a new Chef in town who is excited to bring you an even MORE expanded menu options!  Check out some info on Chef Ron and menu below!

DATE: 4/13/2014- SUNDAY
TIME: 10:30AM-until it’s gone!
MENU:

  • Scrambled eggs with fresh baby spinach and diced tomato with shredded 3 cheese      mix
  • Breakfast potatoes with onion and pepper
  • Canadian bacon or sausage links
  • Fresh fruit and berry tray
  • Bagel assortment including cream cheese, jams, and butters
  • Yogurt & Granola
  • Citrus Juice Punch

Chef Ron Spotlight!!!

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Chef Ron is a graduate of the legendary La Varenne cooking school in Paris and a longtime local restaurateur.  Chef Ron is a professional teaching chef and a private chef for Big City Chefs.  He is excited to cook for you Aquatera!

Check out photos from previous brunches.

 

 

 

Aquatera blog written by: Courtney Chipman

April 9th, 2014

Just in time for summer we are making our luxury pool/spa area even more luxurious! April is bringing our residents brand new BBQ grills in the pool area.  Look out for our amazing maintenance team, Victor and Gary, installing our new grills as well as stocking the area with all the necessary utensils.

We are constantly trying to hold our title as the top rated apartments in Mission Valley.  One way we accomplish this is by hearing our resident’s feedback as well as responding to it!  We are just as excited as our residents are because we can’t wait to taste test the food you will all be cooking! ;)

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Aquatera Blog Written By: Courtney Chipman

 

April 1st, 2014

Good morning and Happy Thursday Aquatera!

I hope you’re having a great Thursday! We are all excited Spring is here and are looking forward to all of the warm weather activities, baseball, etc… that comes with it!  As always, we have some exciting things happening at Aquatera so feel free to browse through this newsletter to get familiar with what’s in store for April!

An exciting addition coming this month… NEW BBQs!!!! That’s right!  The wait is finally over and we have 3 new BBQ’s arriving this week for you to use!  We appreciate your patience and hope you enjoy the new grills just in time for the summer!

Stay tuned for more announcements via our regular emails and of course, be sure to follow our Facebook page, Twitter, and now Pinterest (NEW!!!).  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook, Twitter, etc… and stay even more connected with what’s going on at Aquatera!  We hope to see you there…

Be sure to check out  April’s Newsletter for more announcements, updates, and fun!  Below are a few ways you can access the newsletter:

  • Download full copy of the newsletter here (and click on any links)
  • Stop by the office and we’d be happy to print a copy for you
  • Click on any of the images below to view the full version of the newsletter and click on any helpful links

April 2014 Page 1Aquatera Blog Written by: Irina Polyak

March 26th, 2014

Ramen Shop

Make sure to RSVP to aquatera@hgfenton.com for tonight’s “Tokyo Ramen Shop” cooking class with Chef Justin @6:30pm!! Should be a FUN ONE!! – on the menu for tonight:

Shoyu Ramen with your choice of toppings:

  • Char Siu Pork

  • Soft Boiled Egg

  • Scallions

  • Bean Sprouts

  • Nori

  • Nappa Cabbage

  • Shishito Peppers

Shoyu Ramen

Check out the recipe list below!

BCC Tokyo Ramen Shop

SPACE IS LIMITED so make sure to RSVP with the number in your party ASAP. Check out Chef Justin’s spotlight below!

 

Chef Justin

March 17th, 2014

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Sincerely,

Aquatera team

 

March 16th, 2014

Where to drink

The Annual San Diego ShamROCK is coming to the Gaslamp Quarter for its 19th year. This event will feature three music stages blasting Irish rock music and DJ sets, and a 150-foot Irish pub on the street. All the fun takes place March 15 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. General admission tickets will be $45 on the day of the event.

Don’t hole yourself up at one venue; join the Saint Paddy’s Pub Crawl. This two-day event will satisfy all thirsts with $2 beers, $3 well drinks and $4 whiskey shots. This double-header takes place March 15, 12-10 p.m. and March 17, 2-10 p.m. Tickets for one day are $10, but a two-day pass is only $15.

Wave House Beach Club offers an oceanic spin on this Irish holiday. On March 17, green beer and $5 Jameson will be flowing like the ocean alongside activities such as beer pong and prize wheels.

Find out what it truly means to be “Irish 4 a Day” with this non-stop party on March 15. A $50 ticket grants you 10 welcome shots, paid cover for 18 cubs and bars, exclusive access to drink specials and $3 off parking. The kickoff party begins at McFadden’s at 2 p.m. while the evening closes at Stingaree at 2 a.m. Partiers can either map their route at their own pace or follow the provided guide with the rest of the Irish 4 a Day crew.

If green beer isn’t your thing, head to Pacifica Del Mar for its own green beverage—the cucumber basil cocktail. This refreshing drink will be served all day March 17 for $9.

Where to eat

Nothing says Emerald Isle quite like signature dishes such as Guinness beef stew, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. All these plates and more are available at The Field, located in the Gaslamp Quarter. Stop in on March 18 to hear Irish rock band The Fooks shred at 8:30 p.m.

Indulge your sweet tooth with adorable, Ireland-themed cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcakes. These decorated bits of deliciousness cost $58 per dozen.

Classic Irish cuisine not for you? Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is serving Irish nachos, a dish of fried potatoes smothered in chili, cheese, sour cream, salsa fresca and jalapenos. Quench your thirst with a half & half or a James & ginger cocktail.

 

Where to rock

Harrah’s Rincon will share the luck of the Irish all weekend long. The party starts at 9 p.m. on March 14 when Harrah’s Rincon Dive Day Club and Ultra Pool will provide live music, beverage specials and a green lazy river. On March 15, casino goers can catch a flash mob of Irish river dancers, spreading luck and charm to the casino floor. Get ready to rock on March 16 when The Fighting Jamesons take the stage at the event center. Concert tickets are $19 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or picked up the Harrah’s Rincon box office.

San Diego’s authority on Irish food, Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill, is hosting its annual Hooleyfest on March 17 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. A $20 advanced ticket promises “All the St. Patrick’s Day fun and music you can handle.” Tantalize your senses with music from Tony Cummins, Jukebox and Lexington Field while feasting on one of Hooley’s popular corned beef tacos.

Gallagher’s Irish Pub in Ocean Beach is presenting a two-day festival that combines all elements of a good St. Patrick’s Day—alcohol, food and entertainment. March 15 kicks off the weekend with the pre-paddy party featuring live bands and DJs. The party continues on March 17 with performances by The Barmen, Lexington Field and The Fooks starting at 12 p.m. The raucous music is complimented by Guinness, green beer and the restaurant’s homemade corned beef plates. Leprechauns and shenanigans are sure to fill this event.

Where to take the whole family

The San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is the ultimate destination for culture and family-fun. The festival opens at 9 a.m. and will house two stages of live entertainment all day long. Check out craft booths, rides, Irish soldier re-enactors and, for mom and dad, the beer garden. Be sure to line up at Sixth Ave. and Juniper St. at 10:30 a.m. to get a perfect view of the parade filled with floats, bagpipes and the reigning Miss Colleen and Smiling Irishman.

Test more than just your ability to drink with this year’s St. Patrick’s Day 10k run on March 15 at Mission Bay Park. Pizza and beer await those who cross the finish line, while all proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Come dressed in your best Irish apparel for a chance to win the costume contest.

One run not enough? On March 16, downtown El Cajon hosts its own St. Patrick’s Day races with half marathon, 5k and one-mile options. Live music will cheer on the half-marathon runners and can be found at the finish line as well. Also at the finish line will be a full-fledged festival complete with vendor booths, food trucks and bounce houses. For adult fun, check out the Wine & Beerfest, which is free to all runners. Accept the leprechaun challenge by running the El Cajon 5k along with the Mission Bay 10k.

North County has its own reason to celebrate with its third annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Vista. This event drew more than 1,500 people last year and will focus on fun and Irish pride. The festival beings at 10 a.m. and the parade begins at 11 a.m.

Celebrate Irish literature at the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose. Hosted by D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla, this traditional event invites community members to read selections from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett and other Irish writers. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

Aquatera Blog Written by: Irina Polyak

March 13th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Balboa Park!

Looking for something fun this weekend in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day? Just down the 163 from Aquatera you will find the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Balboa Park! The Parade starts at 10:30am and is free! There are more than 120 entries and thousands of people will attend making it one of the largest single-day events in San Diego!

The flag ceremony at the intersection of Sixth Ave and Juniper starts the festivities at 9:45am and the Parade begins at 10:30am. The Parade travels north on Fifth Ave to Upas, then over to Sixth Ave and south to Juniper St.

Check out the schedule of events posted on the San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Website:

Parade and Festival Schedule
09:00 am Irish Festival and Beer Gardens open
09:45 am Flag presentation ceremony, Sixth and Juniper
10:30 am Parade starts – up Fifth Ave from Laurel to Upas, then back down Sixth Avenue to Laurel/El Prado

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage #1
1-1:30 – The Fooks
2:10-2:40 – Country Rockin’ Rebels
3:30-4:10pm – Skelpin
5:00-5:45 – The Shamrockers

Main Stage #2

1:35-2:05 – Tony Cummins
2:45-3:25 – Lexington Field
4:15-4:55 – Shawn Rohlf and the 7th Day Buskers

 

Head down on Saturday and check it out! Be sure to check out our Blog and Facebook Page for other fun events and activities in San Diego!

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Blog written by: Matt Murrell

March 11th, 2014

The best organic recipes don’t have to be difficult, time-consuming or expensive. By working smarter, not harder, and purchasing from locally grown farmer’s market producers, you can whip up a dinner that won’t leave you hungry, tired or financially destitute.

Stay sustainable in your apartment kitchen with these 3 easy organic recipes using the best locally sourced produce inspired by ‘Blogging Over Thyme.’

  1. Organic Red Quinoa Arugula SaladOrganicRecipes2
  2. Organic Grilled Asian Tofu BowlsOrganicRecipes
  3. Farm Raised Baked Sea Bass with Organic TomatoesOrganicRecipes

 

Hungry for more? Visit our Pinterest pinboard for more organic recipes: http://www.pinterest.com/aquatera/nutrition-and-recipes/

March 11th, 2014

Happy Tuesday Aquatera!

Being the top rated apartments in Mission Valley is no easy task, but the key is definitely listening to our residents.  As our residents know, we host San Diego Food Trucks weekly and our residents LOVE them!! Knowing how much our residents love their weekly food truck service, we’ve got another new food truck coming to you TONIGHT!

Back to Aquatera TONIGHT! “Brazil on Wheelz” truck is rolling your way for dinner (5:30-7:30pm)!

“Brazil on Wheelz has been serving brazilian food for more then 15 years. We bring authentic brazilian food to the United States.  Our San Diego food truck, Brazil on Wheelz, wants you to come enjoy our vibrant flavors with fresh ingredients. Our family recipes comes straight from Brazil. With passion and love we prepare the best food Brazil has to offer” See you soon!san diego apartment food truck

 

san diego apartments food truck 2Aquatera blog written by: Irina Polyak

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