Peatos instead of Cheetos

Recently while I was at my daughter’s middle school, I noticed groups of teenagers devouring bags of Takis and Cheetos. The purple with yellow and orange bags were scattered around lunch tables and near trash cans. Why is this snack food so popular?


I did a little research online and discovered that medical professionals have compared spicy snack foods to “mild opiate addiction”. The burning sensation teens get eating these zero nutrient snacks, produces a dramatic effect from the peppers and spices in Takis and Frito Lay “dangerously cheesy” Hot Cheetos. Eating a bag, causes a release of natural opioids (endorphins) in bodies. It makes teens feel good (at least until the opiate is gone) and then they feel the need to eat more.

Throughout the years, these addictive snack are distressing overindulgent kids, landing them in them in the doctors office while suffering from gastritis, an inflamed stomach lining. Doctors say these very spicy snacks can change the pH balance in the stomach, making it painfully acidic. People are suffering from stomach aches, burning throat irritation, diarrhea and indigestion.

There is no nutritional value in chemically created “non-foods” filled with saturated fats, trans-fats, and dangerous chemicals that include monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium, artificial chemicals, flavors, and colors.

Last month while at a All Products – Consumer Products Event in Century City, CA, I discovered a healthier alternative – Peatos by Snack It Forward. While meeting Marcus Seiden, the Chief Marketing Officer for the company, he shared how Peatos is disrupting the $25 billion dollar junk food segment by making healthier crispy snacks food industry.


Giving me some Peatos samples to try, I immediately discovered a cleaner taste than the unhealthy fried corn cheesy and spicy snack foods. Seiden told me Peatos are made with plant-protein based Pulses that are part of the hottest food trend – peas, lentils and beans. They have no artificial colors, artificial flavors, but are non-GMO and gluten-free. Pulses are sustainable and rich in plant-based protein, fiber, iron and folates offering substance.

Here’s are 5 difference between Peatos and Cheetos:

  1. Peatos has 4 grams of protein, instead of 2 grams.
  2. It offers 3 grams of fiber, instead of barely 1 gram.
  3. The same serving size of Peatos is 130 calories, compared with 160 calories.
  4. Even the fat and sodium is less than Cheetos.
  5. Both deliver a bold cheese flavor and big crunch snacking experience, yet Cheetos basically has empty calories.

Peatos flavors include Classic Cheese, Fiery Hot, Masala, and Chili Cheese. They are available in portion controlled snack bags and 3 oz. to share with others.


World Peas Peatos are just the beginning of Snack it Forward’s mission to revolutionize the way people view salty “junk food” snacks.

Where do you get Peatos? Look in your produce section. In Southern California you can get them at Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions, Albertson and they are in Kroger nationwide. In the Northern California you can find them in Safeway.Northeast Peatos are available at Walmart. To learn more go to PEATOS

Spice Affair brings the heat to Beverly Hills

Election Day Special Deals

Get dressed and go out and VOTE today. Afterwards, you will receive a “I VOTED” sticker that you must wear proudly to gain special food and drink deals at numerous restaurants, bars and theaters in Los Angeles. It’s their way to thank and reward you for voting. Celebrate making a difference at the following fun spots:


VOTE and receive FREE POPCORN while seeing BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – If you’re in Hollywood on voting day stop in to the historic TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX wearing your sticker. The weekend blockbuster BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is currently showing in the world’s largest IMAX theatre, and TCL Chinese Theatre president and COO Alwyn Hight Kushner announced that the Hollywood landmark theatre is offering a free large popcorn to the movie going public to commemorate election day – 

 Wear your I Voted Sticker to Birds & Bees – The 1950s themed cocktail bar is a secluded buzzy lounge offering classic drinks among a midcentury-modern flair. Located in the heart of Downtown LA , the bar is offering $5 Old Fashioned and $5 Daiquiri cocktails for anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker on Nov. 6 election day. 207 S. Broadway, B, Basement (213)537-0510.

Free Sangria on Election Day – Venetian-inspired quartet of wine bars Bacari West 3rd, Bacaro L.A., Bacari PDR and Bacari GDL are all offering a free glass of their house made sangria to all diners who show their “I Voted” sticker on Election Day. The refreshing drink is made with red wine and soaks limes, oranges, apples, orange liquor, pineapple juice and a few spices that are soaked for two days before everything is strained out and ready to serve. This is only available on Nov. 6. 8030 3/4 W. 3rd St. (323)452-9149, 2308 S. Union Ave. (213)748-7205, 6805 Vista Del Mar Lane, (310)439-2100 and 757 Americana Way (818)696-1460.

Stop by Granville WeHo after your vote – All day long on Nov. 6 come in to the approachable, globally-inspired food restaurant near the Beverly Center, while wearing your “I Voted” sticker, and score a choice of a complimentary shareable, cocktail or dessert. 8701 Beverly Blvd. (424)522-5161.

BOGO at Broxton for voters – The recently opened brewery & public house is offering a buy one, get one appetizer to anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker on Nov. 6. This special offer is one per person with a sticker. 1099 Westwood Blvd. (310)933-9949.

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse – Those living in or near West LA will receive a buy one, get one appetizer when they sit down at The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse wearing an “I Voted” sticker on Nov. 6. The free appetizer is limited to one per guest with a sticker. 10543 W. Pico Blvd. (424)832-7511.

BOGO for a Penny at Mohawk Bend –The Echo Park craft beer bar and restaurant is offering on Nov. 6 a one beer for a penny special, when a voter purchases a beer of choice .This is limited to one BOGO per person wearing an “I Voted” sticker. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. (213)483-2337.

6th & La Brea Brewery and Restaurant voting special – The one-of-a-kind, contemporary brewery & restaurant experience offers a 7-barrel brewing system that helps fill 16 rotating taps. From American styles like west coast IPAs to English, German, and Belgian styles, choose a freshly brewed beer and get a second for one penny. Be sure to wear your “I Voted” sticker to receive this special deal. 600 S. La Brea Ave. (323)998-8565.

A Penny for your thoughts and beer at Beelman’s – The 100% plant-based Asian inspired restaurant in Downtown LA by Chef Caroline Concha, is offering “Buy One, Get One for A Penny” beers on any beer of choice. This is limited to one per person for anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker. 600 S. Spring St. (213)622-1022.

Brennan’s the historic Marina del Rey – The lively pub known for its famed beloved turtle races, will be offering any beer of your choice for a penny when you purchase a beer at the regular price on Nov. 6. This special offer is limited to one per person for anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker. 4089 Lincoln Blvd. (424)443-5119.

Corner Cantina Eat, drink and celebrate you voted – The colorful creative Cali-Mexican cuisine pairs well with an expansive mezcal, tequila, and craft beer list. Come Downtown wearing an “I Voted” sticker on Nov. 6 and you can enjoy any beer for one cent with the purchase of a beer at the regular price. Limit one offer per person for with an “I Voted” sticker. 630 W. 6th St. 116-B/C (213)614-1900.

Spring St. Bar rewards voters – This classic sandwich shoppe in Downtown LA featuring gourmet sandwiches, will be offering a “Buy One, Get One for A Penny” special on any beer of choice. It’s limited to one offer per person sporting an “I Voted” sticker from noon to 2 a.m. 626 S. Spring St.(213)622-5859.

These deals are also featured in the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea Newspapers on Nov. 1, 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody Will Rock You!

Last night in Hollywood there was a crowd of people dressed as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock band Queen. These look-alikes entered a contest in the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, as Halloween festivities swelled along the sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd. Prizes awarded to the contestants included TCL Big Screen TVs, Bohemian Rhapsody-themed Record Players, and collectible purples koozies.


“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” opens tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2, yet I was invited on Halloween to a sneak peek screening to learn about how this band “rocked” the world.

The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX is an ideal movie theatre for watching this biographical film about the British rock band Queen. The massive screen and state of the art sound systems lends to a rock concert atmosphere. This movie focuses on Mercury’s life, leading up to Queen’s final performance together at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid in 1985.

For those who remember this fundraising concert for Africa, Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage and sent the crowd into frenzies of communal singing. The band was very instrumental in lighting up the phone banks with callers donating money for the worthy cause.

Queen’s music has become anthems at sporting events as the soaring chorus of “We Are the Champions,” is played when a team wins. We all feel the urge to stomp our feet at the heart-stirring beats of the iconic “We Will Rock You.”


It’s been over 25 years since Mercury’s death to AIDS, yet Queen’s music lives on.  Years later after he died, Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared as guests on the eighth season of American Idol. When they met contestant Adam Lambert while he performed with the eventual winner Kris Allen “We Are the Champions,” it led to a collaboration with Lambert and Queen. Lambert’s vocal range and mannerisms are similar to Mercury.  

Appearances and tours led to a cross-generational, multicultural and global phenomenon. My daughter and I saw Queen with Adam Lambert perform at the Hollywood Bowl two summers ago. It was a phenomenal show. With their success, the band with Lambert created “The Crown Jewels” show and was invited to the Park Theater at the MGM in Las Vegas to perform 10 nights last September.


Now, Emmy®-winner Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) twirls around in furs and skintight Harlequin catsuits taking on the role of the creative king of pop rock in Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s a foot stomping celebration of Queen’s music and lead singer Freddie Mercury’s extraordinary life. The audience doesn’t learn much about the other band members, who with Mercury’s pizzazz rose to meteoric heights as mega-watt rock stars.


Here’s 5 fun facts you will learn while watching Bohemian Rhapsody:

  1. Mercury was born of Parsi descent in Zanzibar. Her grew up there and in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England when he was 18.
  2. Freddy Mercury loved his cats.
  3. The song Bohemian Rhapsody was six minutes long, that’s three minutes longer than the standard formula song. It was recorded in a barn on a bucolic farm with the sounds surrounding them, providing inspiration to the mesmerizing operatics. They wanted the song to be an epic poem, with the wit of Shakespeare.
  4. The band encouraged their audience at concerts to sing aloud, stomp and sway to their music. You will find yourself doing this too throughout the movie.
  5. Mercury died from Bronchopneumonia complications from AIDS at the age of 45.

Starring alongside Malek is Lucy Boynton (Murder on the Orient Express) as beautiful, patient and concerned Mary Austin. Gwilym Lee (Jamestown) as guitarist Brian May is excellent, as is Ben Hardy (The Women in White) as drummer Roger Taylor.

Other stars in the movie includeJoe Mazzello (Jurassic Park) as bass guitarist John “Deacy” Deacon; Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as Queen’s first manager John Reid; Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) as the group’s lawyer-turned-manager Jim “Miami” Beach; Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) as Paul Prenter, who started off as Reid’s assistant and became Freddie Mercury’s personal manager; Aaron McCusker (Shameless) as Freddie’s longtime boyfriend Jim Hutton; and Mike Myers (Austin Powers) as EMI Records’ Ray Foster.

Anthony McCarten (Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything) wrote the screenplay, from a story by McCarten and Peter Morgan (The Crown, The Queen). The film is produced by Graham King (The Departed, The Aviator) and Jim Beach (The Krays, The Hotel New Hampshire) and directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns). Arnon Milchan (The Revenant, Gone Girl), Denis O’Sullivan (Tomb Raider, World War Z), Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow, Snitch), Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Wild Bill) and Jane Rosenthal (The Wizard of Lies, About a Boy) are executive producers.

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