In the spice world, the Scoville unit measures heat. A bell pepper, for example, rates zero units; the red savina habañero, 575,000.
For fans of flame, here are some local dishes that will warm up your autumn.
Sliced pork-and-vegetable casserole, set off at Imperial Seoul in New Hyde Park. Get rice on the side.
Pa Nang chicken curry, lit at Islandia's Thai Angel. Get more rice.
Crawfish El Diablo, conflagrated at The Bayou in North Bellmore. N'Awlins, smokin'.
Penne arrabbiata, kindled at Mamma Lombardi's, Holbrook. Summer in Calabria.
Buffalo chicken wings with "after burner" sauce, fired up at Wings Over Farmingdale. Bombs away.
Lamb vindaloo, sparked at Akbar in Garden City. A tangy passage.
Tom yum soup with chicken, inflamed at New Chilli & Curry Restaurant (Woodbury). Milkshake chaser?