My first visit to Surfas
Sad but true, I've never been to Surfas. It's just that I've never really had the occasion to hang around Culver City but when I got the job in the LAX area last year, , one thing I was most excited about was checking this cooks wonderland after work. Sadly, Surfas closes 5pm I'm lucky if I sneak out by 6pm. Further, I don't take lunches (Ah Tee Vee life ).
So for a while now, I've been trying to find a good reason. Something that could just so happen make me cross paths with this cooking supply play land when it was actually open Last Saturday hatched the perfect scheme... I finally headed down to Surfas :)
Like a good girl, I made a list of things to check out. I'm learning to bake and BBQ this year, so I wanted to pick up a Food Scale (To weigh my flour just like Alton says), Glass Pie Dish (My first pie was made in a Marie Calendars tin, now time to get something grown up), wood charcoal (For which to grill with) and a chimney charcoal starter (For which to light said charcoal)
Surfas looks like a big white warehouse from the street. It's parking lot is small and they share it with several LARGE furniture stores. So it was no wonder that there was no empty spaces! I had to meter it around the corner. So, bring quarters!
Walking in, I was automatically struck at how small it was I guess driving past that large warehouse I imagined it to be just HUGE. Crowded shelves, filled to the brim with all sorts of gourmet food and cooking supplies. Instead it just pretty much laid out like Cost Plus.
The first few rows are the food stuffs. To your right will be a set of small dairy cases. The first, contains cheeses. Again, I was expecting a much bigger selection. Plus, everything was vacuum sealed, in huge chunks. Nothing looked overly wonderful, so I moved on the meats case next to it. All sorts of yummy meats, both slices and in sticks and chunks. Some wonderful spanish/latin style meats were available I was totally tempted by a few things, but I moved on There are freezer cases in the back with a grand selection of frozen pastas (oo!!), sausages (OOOO!!!), desserts (Peach sorbets in peach shells), quarts of Dr. Bob's Ice Cream (No Sour Cream Strawberry sadly!). The most amusing thing to me was a big bag of frozen fois gras LOL!
The shelf stable food was organized by category or region and chocolate took up quite a large section. I went through it quickly, but do wish I spent a little more time pouring over the Olive Oils and Condiments. I also meant to grab a bag of Spanish Rice for my father's day Pallela but forgot Oh well I guess I'll have to pick it up Cost Plus instead LOL!!
I went over to the tools and saw they had a really nice but small BBQ section. I picked up their last bag of B&B Mesquite Charcoal (Texas Style!) heh . But they had no Chimney Starters! :( I also went to the food scale section and saw some REALLY nice fancy scales. But I just needed a simple one, so I passed. As for the pie dishes and they had one anchor hawking plate that seemed a little thinner than the pyrex one I saw at Target for the same exact price. So I passed on that too .
There was a 'loft' area that took about a 1/4 of the store with all the big 'toys' for restaurant kitchens. Fixtures, cleaning supplies, everything you might need to start a nice bakery out of your garage (Not that I would ever think of doing such a thing ;))
So after a quick run through (I needed to get going to go find that Chimney Starter!), I just ended up buying the charcoal there. (I also ended up getting he pie dish and scale at Target )
Despite it's small size and tight selection though, everything they had was very nice. It's definably worlds away from an actual cost plus and I do recommend perhaps a scouting trip there to familiarize yourself with the store and what they do carry. Further, they are expanding in the future, and it appears to be QUITE an expansion. So perhaps Surfas how I 'dreamed' it will be coming to pass! :)
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