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4 Top California Craft IPAs Worth Trying

June 5th, 2018

Top California Craft IPAs

It would be a classic statement to say that summer is the best time to kick back and enjoy a cold beer. But in reality, anytime is a great time to enjoy a top-flight craft brew. These are some top-rated IPAs we hope our 888 community members in San Mateo, California, enjoy.

Firestone Walker Brewing

Brewing out of Paso Robles and Buellton, California, the Firestone brand has outpaced many established craft breweries in terms of high-quality IPAs. The niche beer maker leans to the higher end of quality and cost. But every drop of its ambrosia is worth it.

With several beers topping Beer Advocate’s list of best California offerings, Firestone is pretty much a sure thing in terms of beer excellence. The prominent IPA that’s gained traction is called “Easy Jack.” The brew is considered a dry hopped IPA that earns its uniqueness from interesting hops imported from Europe, New Zealand and North America in an effort to deliver an aromatic punch. Pow!

Stone Brewing

Based out of Escondido, California, Stone ranks among the dominant craft IPA breweries, possibly in the world. It exudes its power with high ABV offerings and assertive marketing. Consider drinking a beverage called “Ruination,” “Scorpion Bowl” or “Ripper.” Currently, Stone’s “Enjoy By IPA” ranks high on Beer Advocate’s list. The beer is said to go beyond the “big, citrusy, floral IPA” the famed brewery has been churning out. This American Double IPA has a 9.4 percent ABV, so you better take it easy when you enjoy.

Russian River Brewing Company

Although this Santa Rosa brewpub may not have the national acclaim of the above-mentioned legends, its “Pliny the Edge” craft tops Beer Advocate’s list of California IPAs. That’s a tall pint to pour by any estimation. But the Sonoma County microbrew notches a 10.25 percent ABV and scores 4.7 out of more than 3,000 ratings, according to Beer Advocate. The brewhouse also has a novice version with an 8 percent ABV that took the No. 3 spot. There’s a reason a beer gets popular…it’s good.

Société Brewing Co.

This San Diego brewery and tasting room is another that might fly under the radar were it not for resources such as Beer Advocate and word of mouth. Recently the Société’s “The Thief” feral ale reportedly earned gold at the 2018 World Beer Cup, and its IPA offering called “The Pupil” is highly rated at Beer Advocate. With a 7.5 percent ABV, nearly 1,000 fans rated it a 4.4. High praise to say the least.

We hope our 888 community members drink responsibly and enjoy these top California IPAs. If you or a friend would like more information about our San Mateo apartments, call us today.


5 Must-Try Boba Spots

January 3rd, 2017

BobaBoba is one of the latest crazes to sweep the country. Also known as bubble tea, boba features signature boba pearls that add a delicious treat to an already tasty drink. If you’re looking to get started enjoying this future classic drink, you need to find some of the best boba spots in town.

Residents of San Mateo apartments are surrounded by boba spots. There are more than five spots located within driving distance! As such, we’ve simplified the matter by ranking the top five boba spots in and around San Mateo.

5.  Gong Cha

Gong Cha is a chain of boba spots with a location in San Mateo. They’re known for their quality milk foam and boba drinks that come from only the freshest ingredients. Of course, you can also experience any of your favorite teas, such as oolong and earl grey tea. Explore their menu and you’ll certainly be pleased.

4. Eggettes

Eggettes is one of those places you visit on a whim and end up falling in love. On top of creating a delicious selection of boba teas and other fresh drinks, Eggettes has a full menu to keep your belly full and your wallet happy. Try some of their signature egg dishes, you can thank us later!


BAMBU is home to both great food and delicious boba drinks. While many boba spots have opened and closed in the past few years, BAMBU has remained open and operational since 2008 by four Vietnamese sisters. They’ve used their expertise to craft drinks that people truly enjoy. Despite their popularity, BAMBU has a small, cozy location that will make anyone feel at home.

2. Bobabia

Bobabia is one of the best reviewed bubble tea spots in the area, which is what earned it the second spot. Bobabia features a wide range of boba drinks and even a menu of appetizers. Their prices are second to none, which helps draw in the locals from all around. They even have a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night!

1. Cha Express

Cha Express earned the top spot by providing a specialized boba and milk tea spot. Locals spend their spare time flocking to Cha Express to soak in some of the hand crafted, and very affordable, boba tea. On top of delivering a great drink, they also have a welcoming and inviting restaurant (even though there are rarely empty seats).

Are you interested in experiencing these fantastic boba spots? Each of them are within driving distance of 888 San Mateo. Schedule an appointment today to view available floor plans and become a resident!


Cheers!: Try These 5 Craft Beer Breweries

August 12th, 2016

888 Apartments in San Mateo, CA, offers 21st century apartment living in the heart of the city. It’s conveniently located by many different businesses, delicious restaurants and trendy shops! It’s also close to some of the best craft beer bars around.

Where to Grab a Brew

Enjoy the beer culture and craft beer taps at the Ale Arsenal. This beer pub has 22 rotating craft beer taps that are high quality. Sample some unique flavors, such as aged Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and Triple Voodoo Inception Belgian Style. For just $7, you can get 12 ounces.

The Firehouse Brewery in East Palo Alto is an urban-style neighborhood sports bar. It serves up two craft beers – Hefeweizen and Pale Ale. Lift a tankard of beer and celebrate with friends.

Head on over to the Bair Island Tap + Eatery in San Carlos for locally brewed craft beer and some grub. This beer bar offers ale delights like Mooylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale and medium-bodied Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale. The first has a hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit and caramel. The second offers a hoppy grapefruit and orange peel flavor for very tasty brew.

City Pub in Redwood City offers Stone Brewing Company’s Bastard Ale on tap, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and more. Prices are reasonable if you’re on a budget.

The Steelhead Brewing Company at Burlingame Station sports an upscale décor with cherry-stained tables, wingback chairs and granite-topped bars. It even has an outdoor beer garden and a food menu. However, craft beer lovers don’t flock there because of the nice setting. For them, it’s all about the 10-award winning beers on tap. Its flagship ales include Hairy Weasel Hefeweizen, Ranging Rhino Red and Barracuda Blonde.

San Mateo Apartments: 888 Apartments

888 Apartments in San Mateo offer an upscale living style for its residents. The community features a state-of-the-art fitness center, club room with entertainment media, kitchen and billiards, heated swimming pool, elevator served underground parking garage and more. High-end interior amenities include, designer-selected carpeting, hardwood flooring, upscale appliances, EcoQuartz stone countertops, private patios or balconies, deep soaking tubs and walk-in closets.

Looking for the best in apartment living? Give us a call at 888 Apartments in San Mateo, CA. We’d love you show you around. We’re sure that you’ll agree; 888 Apartments offers the best in apartment living.


Dine with Fido: 3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants to Try

August 2nd, 2016

Not only is 888 San Mateo Apartments in San Mateo, CA, a pet-friendly community, but it’s amazing location allows residents to take Fido along with them for outdoor dining at the city’s nearby pet-friendly restaurants.

Where to Eat

Head on out with your four-legged buddy to Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes. It’s a classic burger diner with a modern twist that serves up a wide variety of classic flame-grilled burgers. Some of the favorites include the Phoenix from the Flames Whiskey Town Express and the Angry Cowboy. Share some of your burger with your dog at the outdoor patio tables and be sure to wash it all down with a hand-spun shake.

For a British vibe, check out the Swinging Door, which is also close to San Mateo apartments! Savor the fish and chips with your friends and four-legged friend in the backyard patio area. It’s a fun place for grub and ale.

Enjoy a bite to eat with your furry friend at Windy City Pizza and BBQ San Mateo. This restaurant cooks up delicious Texas smokehouse barbecue and traditional Chicago style pizza. There’s plenty of outdoor, dog-friendly seating for pups and their owners.

It’s bone appetite with Fido at these three pet-friendly restaurants in San Mateo!

888 San Mateo Apartments: Amenities

The 888 San Mateo Apartments offer many amenities for both pets and residents. There’s an on-premise dog wash station and a bark park to help your dog socialize. Get Fido clean and fresh and let your dog romp with canine friends in the apartment community’s bark park. Other great community features include a heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor courtyard lounge area and children’s play area. Apartments feature private balconies or patios, hardwood floors, stone countertops, washers and dryers, deep soaking tubs, high-speed internet and Energy Star appliances. Choose from studio, one and two bedroom floor plans. All around, the 888 San Mateo Apartments offer an upscale and modern lifestyle that capture the upbeat atmosphere of the area.

The apartment community is just two miles from Coyote Point Park, where you can bike, windsurf, swim boat, fish and picnic. Take Fido along for a walk on the Coyote Point Bay Trail for great vistas of the bay and its diverse wildlife. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail!

888 San Mateo Apartments is ideal for apartment seekers and their dogs. Give call our office today to see which floor plans are still available.


3 Road Trips to Take This Summer

July 15th, 2016

Weekend road tripping to a delightful and romantic location gives an you an opportunity to create beautiful memories that last a lifetime. Whether you are a couple looking for a getaway spot or a family seeking entertainment for the whole group, there is no shortage of fun road trips within just a few hours of San Mateo, CA.

Top Three Weekend Destinations Near San Mateo

  1. Wilbur Hot Springs – Just shy of a two-hour drive away from the city lies Wilbur Hot Springs, a place where you can relax and soak away all of your worries and concerns while taking in the healing minerals contained within the hot water. A rustic six bedroom hillside lodge gives visitors a feel for what it may have been like when the resort first opened back in 1865, but they don’t skimp on facilities that keep you feeling comfortable. A number of hot spring pools and a large outdoor swimming pool await your arrival.
  2. Juniper Hotel Cupertino – Located in Silicon Valley and less than an hour drive from home is a unique, pet-friendly boutique where you can enjoy super fast internet and luxurious dining and amenities including rooms with mini bars, all without having to leave your furry friend behind! A dog bed, chew toys, water and food bowls, as well as doggie treats are all included in their very reasonably priced rooms.
  3. Quail Lodge of Carmel Valley – Drive a few hours and you’ll arrive at this expansive resort where you can enjoy a championship golf course and a world-class wellness center. If you’ve been considering taking an individual lesson or prefer the idea of a group clinic to improve your golf swing, Quail Lodge is the place to go. Yoga, meditation, massage and aquatic exercises are all a great way to soothe a tired body and mind. Their wellness center is the perfect place to engage in these relaxing activities before you retire to your room with a view overlooking the scenic valley below.

 A Great Location to Take a Virtually Endless Number of Road Trips

Living in 888 Apartments of San Mateo, CA puts you in one of the most amazing spots from which to start out on a virtually limitless number of weekend getaways. From small and quaint beach resorts to romantic suites above the nearby valleys and everything in between, boredom never needs to be a part of your lifestyle here. Give us a call to find out which floor plans are available to meet your needs.


5 Spots to Take Dad for Father’s Day

June 7th, 2016

Designed to have the luxury and convenience of a vacation property, the homes at 888 San Mateo are spacious and practical as well. The apartments are also close to many places dad might enjoy for a Father’s Day celebration. There are a variety of places available for people of all ages and with different price ranges.


4505 Burgers & BBQ

Known for its great burgers and distinctive BBQ, the 4505 is the place to go if dad loves BBQ but doesn’t want to spend the day slaving over a grill. Whether you want top quality beef, a veggie burger or their famous “Frankaroni” sandwich, there is truly something for everyone’s taste. Add the finishing touch with a locally brewed beer from the tap.

House of Prime Rib

For a traditional style dinner complete with all of the trimmings, the House of Prime Rib offers up an amazing selection of foods in and old “English-style” environment. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list as well as a large menu for children that include’s a prime rib dinner sized just for them.

Park Chalet

Enjoy the comfort of dining in a sheltered environment while sipping a locally brewed beer. The restaurant offers live music and a menu full of appetizing and affordable foods. Sip your favorite beer or try one of the many beers they have on tap. Located along the coast, you have a magnificent view to enjoy while you relax and celebrate Dad’s special day.



The Plank offers a mix of foods including a watermelon feta salad and beer braised bratwurst. No matter what you decide to try, you don’t have to leave feeling stuffed. Instead, grab a drink and enjoy one of the many different games that are available. Bocce ball and indoor bowling are just a few of the ways to spice up the night.


State Room Brewery Bar Kitchen

Seasonal fare and a variety of games make for a fun afternoon or evening. Take dad out to enjoy the beer garden and the different games that are available.

888 San Mateo is located in the heart of the action when it comes to fun activities and neat things to do. Community members who are looking for apartments in San Mateo have several options available to them.

888 San Mateo is known for its spacious home and multiple amenities. Call the office today to get a tour of the complex and see what floor plans are available.


Tips to Making Your Own Energy Bars

March 20th, 2016

200422737-001Fully customizable to your lifestyle, homemade energy bars are a low-cost, healthy alternative to expensive, processed commercial products. There are an abundance of recipes available for mixing up a variety of energy bars, some of which require very little preparation and no baking.

Health and Fitness

Dieters and fitness experts alike agree on the convenience and health benefits of energy bars. Various healthy eating platforms that flood the market generally means that what works for one person, may not be suitable for another. Rather than spend valuable time and money at the grocery store after perusing the labels of pricey pre-packaged labels, ask yourself what your nutrition goals are at present. Fickle trends and contradictory research lends itself to a range of nutritional needs and preferences. In season, an avid athlete may be stocking up on calories and carbohydrates, while a sportsman generally needs additional protein during the training season. Calorie count and sodium level are additional examples of special dietary needs that vary from person to person.

Focusing on those ingredients beneficial to your particular nutritional needs is as simple as adding nuts for protein and agave nectar for a healthy alternative to sugar.

Cost and Volume

It is not uncommon for long term money-saving ventures to cost more up front than what you would pay by purchasing a single convenient item. Many an enthusiast has been deterred by the investment stage of pursuing homemade options versus ready-made. By preparing a flexible budget, it is easier to see the long term impact on your wallet and justify the initial spending. A box of oats, a jar of peanut butter, a carton of raisins, and a bear-filled honey bottle are going to cost more than a three-dollar energy bar. Keep the big picture in mind though, as these ingredients are going to make a number of bars that, when multiplied by the cost of purchasing ready-made, should pay for themselves in the short term. If you don’t already have a food processor, don’t feel compelled to make a large purchase. Instead, roll your oats or grain with peanut butter, flax seed and dried fruit. If you do happen to have a fully stocked kitchen, you can expand your repertoire to include those recipes that would otherwise require more elbow grease.

Energy bars are convenient, healthy, and portable options for busy parents, athletes, dieters, and fitness junkies. As real food and clean eating become more prevalent, you don’t need to hunt and gather, but you can skip the processing that takes place to package and preserve energy bars and reap their benefits while still being able to pronounce the ingredients.