My Mom thanked me for cooking T day dinner with a $50 Surfas card...
What on earth do I spend it on? I bake, cook, eat (well, obviously), like gadgets and such.
What would you get?
I probably would go crazy with the Barry and Valrhona chocolates, and/or spend good money on blanched hazelnut flour and blanched almond flour. And I'd have spent my $50 already.
Or I'd get some of the cold cuts/salamis and some cheeses.
There are plenty of cool baking tins and molds, silpats, etc.
Surfas also has a nice tight selection of wine and beer... :D And a brand new cheese and charcuiterie counter!!
With gadgets, it's hard to know what you need unless we know what you already have.
For food, my favorites are (not all are always in stock):
Snake River Sarsparilla
All the bulk chocolate
Nueske hot dogs
Big quart containers of Dr. Bob's Ice Cream
Vermont Butter & Cheese butter with sea salt
I also love to ponder the selection of olive oils, salts and beer.
Just came back from there. Their food items are improving IMHO although many are simply not worth the money. I bought some Spanish Mahon cheese (like a hard Manchego) from the cheese shop, and Nueske's smoked beef from the deli section. Both were delicious. Also bought some game meat (wild board sausages and venison medallions), yet untried, at enormous cost.
In the past I've liked their frozen stuffed pastas (ravioli etc.). The bulk spices are a good deal if you think you'll use them before the flavor poops out.
The gal at the cheese shop is very nice and will let you sample. However, there are no prices listed. If you have to ask how much...