Last year, our team spent a few days in St. Louis, where we met a lot of wonderful food lovers including Loryn and Edo Nalic, the very gracious couple who own a Bosnian restaurant called Balkan Treat Box. The restaurant started as a food truck serving up unique Bosnian dishes around the city. But before either the restaurant or the truck, there was a relationship, a story of love that crossed many oceans to bring Loryn and Edo together. They talked with Francis Lam about how they met while working in the service industry and the connection that Loryn felt towards the food of Edo's motherland.


Left: Francis Lam with Edo and Loryn Nalic next to their Balkan Treat Box food truck. Right: Francis enjoys the signature dish of cevapi served with a side of cabbage salad. Photo: Sally Swift

Balkan Treat Box's signature cevapi, grilled beef sausages in somun, kajmak and onion A lovely photo of Balkan Treat Box's signature cevapi, grilled beef sausages in somun, kajmak and onion. Photo: Spencer Pernikoff
Francis Lam
Francis Lam is the host of The Splendid Table. He is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and has written for numerous publications. Lam lives with his family in New York City.