Surfas the Great

I feel so relieved. I finally found a store that stocks the kinds of ingredients and tools that I need. I can spend less time scouring the internet, lamenting shipping & handling fees, and worrying about how long my supplies will last until I need to start the cycle over again.

Surfas bills itself as a chef’s paradise that’s been around since 1937, but I just read about it this week. And I went today to found myself in a store that’s like a JB Prince, Dean & Deluca, and Smart & Final all rolled into one, with even more to offer. And even better, the prices are amazingly reasonable, bordering on unbelievably inexpensive for some things. This is a place where you can buy D’Artagnan frozen meats, bulk pasta, Boiron fruit purees, beans, glucose, Jacques Torres chocolate bars, a Blodgett oven, Robot Coupes, pheasant breasts, Callebaut and Valrhona chocolates by the block, marble pastry boards, manufacturing cream, agar agar powder, multiple brands of cocoa nibs, Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce, Horlicks malt powder, Cambro containers, spices, chocolate molds, and so much more. There’s even a cafe there. They also take online orders. They don’t have fresh produce, but if they did, I’d probably never leave the place.

Aside from Whole Foods, Gelson’s, and Bristol Farms, which are so expensive and relatively limited, I’ve had a hard time finding specialty ingredients in LA. I wish I’d known about Surfas sooner, so I just want to pass on the word for others…

Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food
8777 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

2 Responses to “Surfas the Great”

  1. Alice Q. Foodie Says:

    Oh I DEFINITELY have to check this out next time I’m in LA. There is a benefit to having to go there for work occsasionally! Thanks for the link – btw – and I do enjoy your blog!

  2. Nina Says:

    Thank you! I hope that you enjoy the store!

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