Surfas is a (not so hidden) Culver City gem. Surfas has everything you need for your kitchen. It's an amazing store and I have the hardest time limiting my purchases, let alone leaving without anything. They carry everything you need from baking molds and fondant to industrial ovens and chef's quality knives and jackets. Surfas also carries a variety of gourmet food featuring fresh bread, pates, specialty ice creams and pastas. Their salts and spices are impressive, and their olive oil selection is not to be missed. God bless Surfas!
They remodeled the store around the end of 2008 and it now not only includes the cafe, but also has a top notch cheese counter. The staff is very helpful and will offer you samples until you've created the cheese board of your dreams! Below is the cheeseboard (literally the board and the cheeses) that I got from Surfas to bring to a friend's New Years Eve bash to ring in 2009!
Extra perk- They accept the KCRW Fringe Benefits card for a discount on non-food items.