Surfas- is it worth the drive from the San Fernando valley?
This is L.A., we all drive. I'm not sure what the big deal is to swing down to Culver City from the Valley if you really want to check a place out. But do you not drive yourself? Just wondering why you have to beg the fiance to go with you. If you have your own wheels, just head on down yourself or with a friend who's just as interested in all that great cookware and food at Surfas!
Just go for the fun of it! I travel from the west valley and enjoy shopping the Santa Moncia farmers market (Wed or Sat), over to Santa Monica Seafood for some fish, then over to Surfas for lunch and some excellent gourmet food and kitchen shopping. Make sure to bring a cooler; both SMSeafood & Surfas give ice. And if you're still in need of more retail therapy, a few blocks east of Surfas is HD Buttercup and additional home furnishing shops along the street.
ITA! Not only will CC be about 15-20 degrees cooler than the valley, but there is also stuff to do nearby that you could make a day trip out of it.
Make your Surfas list... they have everything from wine to fine and bulk chocolate, to cast iron, to cheese by weight, to cool sodas, to bulk spices, to barware... Well, just so much!! :)
Then, make a list of other things you could do that day...
Have lunch at their cafe, go to the oroweat outlet (Call to see if they are open!), go to the museum of jurasic technology, go to dinner at Fords and spot a celebrity and then close the evening with a jazz performance at the Jazz Kitchen.
And HEY, who says you have to go with your Fiancee... go with a girlfriend, go alone, let me know when you want to go and I'll be happy to meet you there and give you my own guided tour of Surfas... ;)
Have a nice, long shopping list before you go. I've found them cheaper and with better selection on equipment than anywhere in the Valley (including Smart & Final and the supply place up in Van Nuys).
It's probably not worth the drive just to go for the sake of going, if you have no other business in Culver City, but if you actually need stuff there (and they also have very good food), or have another reason to escape the heat, it's worthwhile.