Hellishly Good

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The heat is on and the sauces are hellishly good at Lucifer’s Pizza, something a bit – make that a lot – different, on Hillhurst Avenue in the foodie Los Feliz district of L.A. The space is small and deliberately sinister in a quirky vampire movie mode with bold, black walls and a clotted, blood red carpet leading from entry to the order counter where you’ll glimpse the kitchen. A smattering of tiny, black tables is sort of illuminated by a flickering wrought-iron chandelier. Well, you get the idea but catch the menu with  specials like a ‘ringbone’ topped with peppers and pepperoni with black pepper and bell peppers on a dough drenched with hot chili sauce. For $10 to $20, you and a daring date can eat your way to hell and back. Come hungry and tote Tums for dessert. Lucifer’s fires up its pizza ovens from 11 a.m. til 11 p.m. seven days a week for take-out and area delivery too. Like I said at the start, it‘s different!
We are all hip that whole grains are nutritious, but few home cooks know how to whip up quick, delicious kitchen meals with the likes of hominy, whole wheat couscous and oatmeal as well as pita bread and whole grain pizza crusts. Discover the easy path to quick success with 125 recipes by Loma Lass in “Whole Grains for Busy People,” $19.95 from Clarkson Porter Publishers.
The Wokcano Group, smartly designed and uniquely open til the wee small hours on San Fernando Road in Burbank, as well as in Old Pasadena and West Hollywood, fulfills any gourmet desire for exquisitely prepared and creatively presented Asian cuisine. Treat yourselves to the salmon teriyaki, honey walnut shrimp or nibble freshly-made sushi rolls and wash the feast down with bountiful beverages. Go with friends and share the beauty and the bounty of inspired 21st century hospitality.
For breakfast and lunch in NoHo, choose to go Eat the good old American dishes like mom cooked (in your wildest dreams). Signature burgers are hand-formed fresh daily and the eggs benedict, or hotcakes, are classics from Eat’s open kitchen. The servers here are friendly and on the swift ball.

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