The Way to a Man’s Heart



My infinitely loving and compassionate partner, Alex, knows that when I come home from Bosnia-Herzegovina, I go through a withdrawal that verges on exile. Where’s the Turkish coffee, the Sarajevsko beer, the cevapi, the burek, the corner bakery, the fresh tomatoes and cheese, the fountains of spring water, the dazzling flora, the fashionistas’ flair, the fog of second-hand smoke?

This weekend I got my fix, with my annual visit to Charlottesville’s Balkan Bistro and Bar (smoke-free, of course — this is America, after all). Everything to die for, just as I remembered: the baklava, the spinach and cheese pie, the fresh bread, all a mere 600 miles from home.

If you’re anywhere near Charlottesville this week, stop in and see Anja, Jozo, Bozana, and Panto for Restaurant Week. And give them my love….

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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1 Response to The Way to a Man’s Heart

  1. Rick Simpson says:

    Once again, Tom, I’m wishing I could just head out the door to the Balkan Bistro in Charlottesville–or, for that matter, to Sarajevo itself. I need some ajvar as I write.

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