In Vietnamese, the phrase “omsòm” means “noisy, rambunctious, and riotous.” It’s often used by parents to scold unruly children. At least, that’s what sisters Kim and Vanessa Pham recall from their childhoods. Now, it’s also the name of their food brand, which was inspired by watching their Vietnamese mom cook dinners from scratch every night.

The brand sells “starters,” which are essentially sauces packaged in portioned packets with all the flavor components needed to make a specific Asian dish — like Vietnamese lemongrass barbecue, Korean spicy bulgogi, and Filipino sisig. All you have to do is add your protein and

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As Americans head back to Europe in 2021 or 2022, many are looking for tours or customized packages that allow them to taste the best of European destinations, participate in hands-on cooking classes, or delve into a country’s culinary heritage. Yet, many travelers may not desire a journey that’s totally culinary-themed. Instead, they’re looking for a tour or city-stay package that provides a broader European experience—but still offering some foodie elements.

Here’s a sampling of fun options for foodies:

Amazing Sites, Tasty Delights 

Milan, Italy

Globus offers a northern Italy tour roundtrip from Milan, pictured in the photo above. // Photo by 

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With California reopening this week, we’re beyond ready to hit the town for happenings like the first Stern Grove concert since 2019.

Plus, celebrate Pride by watching Frameline films or attend a party with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; eat your heart out at Off the Grid; meander OMCA’s revamped gardens; and maybe even head to a Tuesday night bar crawl.


Have a good one!

Get a Pride-themed rainbow manicure at High Five Nails. Through the end of the month, all proceeds from the manicure will be donated to San Francisco’s Transgender District. // 1893 Hayes St. (NoPa) and

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The Nash might be Alvin and Dora Murgai’s first restaurant, but they definitely did their homework. It opened in mid-January on the first floor of The Star apartment high-rise (formerly the historic Texaco Building) at 1111 Rusk in downtown Houston. Chef Omar Pereney, best known for his work (while still only in his early 20s) as executive chef at the now-closed Peska Seafood Culture, developed the menu as a consultant. The Nash is billed as “an American restaurant and bar” —  the America that is a great melting pot. For this menu, Pereney was clearly inspired by Italian and French

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