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Fianagled the fiancee into taking me to Heaven-I mean Surfas. I am still speechless!

Diana Jul 9, 2006 05:42 AM

My God, who knew such places existed outside of fairy tails and myths! I could have been there all day, especially since a food demo was starting up just as I left.

I fount Monin sugar free vanilla syrup for me, a regualr person! Normallly, only commercial folk can order it online! All the nifty food and baking food stuff! All the cooking gear!

I got spices, the syrup, a better milk steaming jug (small enough to fit my espresso steamer!!) A pizza stone that's rectangular for my oven, a really good but cheap funnel! A big airtight canister for my sugar free jelly belly (they dry out quick!).

There was so much I wanted, but my trunk on my Miata is only so big...plus I need a reason to go back! I saw some black rice, some flagolet beans, a few pie tins, vanillia beans, a knife or two, and some balsamics and maybe some jams and jellies I'd like. Everything there is so awesome! How could I leave that canister of dried morels?!?

Thanks for telling me I had to go!

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  1. Kitchen Queen RE: Diana Jul 9, 2006 06:46 AM

    Hi - You can get a kazillion sugar free and regular Monin flavors at Smart and Final 3.99$ a bottle.

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      PayOrPlay RE: Kitchen Queen Oct 30, 2006 03:12 PM

      >. . . a kazillion sugar free and regular Monin flavors at Smart and Final . . .

      Would that were true, since I have an S&F close by. In fact, Smart & Final carries syrups from Torani (not bad but generally full of extra stabilizers and preservatives and not always the purest flavors) as well as some from its house brand "Ambience," which I have never tried. But no Monin. Besides Surfas, I've bought Monin syrups at Wine House.

    2. dragonfly RE: Diana Jul 9, 2006 07:58 AM

      Glad to see you made it to Surfas. I'm sure it will be the first of many trips. Bon Appetit!

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        FKA Andrew RE: Diana Jul 9, 2006 08:03 AM

        I was there on Saturday. I saw beet powder...not sure how I will use it but I had to buy it. I am thinking salad dressing, rice, and mashed potatoes.

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          dano RE: FKA Andrew Jul 9, 2006 02:54 PM

          fresh pasta.

        2. Dommy RE: Diana Jul 9, 2006 04:00 PM

          LOL! Told ya! ;)

          Glad you had a good time... :)


          1. toodie jane RE: Diana Jul 10, 2006 01:32 AM

            please post directions to this place from the 405X101....

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              bixhenry RE: toodie jane Jul 10, 2006 03:51 AM

              Take the 405 South to the 10 East interchange (towards downtown LA, not Santa Monica). Exit Robertson. Follow Robertson across Venice, make a left at Washington (2nd streetlight). Surfas is a block north on the left. Have fun!

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                Phood RE: toodie jane Jul 10, 2006 03:58 AM

                The rest of the country has to go mail order. Pobrecitos!

              2. Pei RE: Diana Jul 10, 2006 08:24 AM

                Please, please, please tell me how big your rectangular pizza stone is and how much you paid! I've been looking and calling all kinds of tile and quarry stone stores, with no luck whatsoever in finding the perfect pizza/bread stone.

                And thank you for this post. It should be quite handy when it comes time for me to convince people to go cookware shopping with me ("Ugh, AGAIN?" sounds familiar, right?)

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                  Mattapoisett in LA RE: Pei Jul 10, 2006 08:45 AM


                  They have 2 there for regular kitchens. A 14 x 16 rectangle or a 15-3/4 inch round. The stones acording to the website are $36.99 but they might be cheaper in store. I don't think i paid nearly that much in store less than a year ago


                  Or if you need somthing bigger or thicker you might have a custom soapstone slab cut for your pizza stone. There was a rec in this thread for a place in SM which might do it.


                  Take Care

                  - P.

                2. chica RE: Diana Jul 10, 2006 04:45 PM

                  Glad you've discovered it! I also love the fact they carry Vosges chocolate. Next time, check out their enjoining Surfas Cafe. Fresh salads and sandwiches, desserts - cupcakes and the heavenly lavender lemon bar.

                  ps. In case you can't make it to Surfas soon, TJ's also carries vanilla beans. =)

                  hope you discover new, exciting hardware and foods there!

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                    AquaW RE: Diana Oct 30, 2006 05:15 AM

                    Went there again yesterday - I bought their Rose Monin Syrup, it's so good! The rosy flavor is genuine and fragrant, goes great in cocktails & in coffee.

                    Also went to the adjoining cafe, where I had the raspberry-violet italian soda (also flavored from Monin syrups, and actually inspired me to buy the Rose one,) and the amazing brownie! Posted more on it (+ photos) on my blog, but needless to say, I will be returning to grab more goodies (I can't wait to check out their lavender lemon bars.)

                    Also would bought some of their interesting-looking raviolis as well but had other errands to run that day.


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