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Dec 10, 2013 08:08 AM

Romanian Meats/Groceries

My family is spending our first Christmas in Baltimore this year and my Romanian wife and mother-in-law are wondering if there is a place we can get some of the traditional Romanian holiday foods. We are looking for varza murata (pickled cabbage head), picior de porc afumat (smoked pig's foot), slanina (Romanian slab bacon), and cozonac (walnut loaf). Anybody know of anywhere in the Baltimore/DC area that has this stuff? We are willing to drive. We already heard about Tudor Gourmet in Sterling, VA, but my wife called and they don't have this stuff.


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  1. I wonder if Krakus Deli might carry Polish items that are comparable? They smoke lots of different meats in house.

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    1. re: ChristinaMason

      I definitely agree that a Polish grocery would probably have good substitutes. But the family has a strong preference for the Romanian stuff they are used to having every year. Thanks for the tip.

    2. try calling the embassy/consulate and ask where they shop...

      or, while the cultural institute is NYC based, they may be more inclined to discuss retail issues.

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      1. re: hill food

        Another thought along these lines:

        Over the years, I have noticed that there is a Romanian Food Festival held occationally along River Road between Bethesda and Potomac. I just googled to find out more about it, and it turns out it's associated with the Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox church in Potomac. Doesn't look like there is another festival coming up soon, but you could contact the festival organizers and ask if they have recommendations for good sources. This is the contact info listed on the website:

        General questions & volunteering:

      2. The International Food Market in Pikesville has an excellent selection of East European Foods.

        7004 Reisterstown Rd
        Baltimore, MD 21215
        Neighborhood: Fallstaff

        (410) 358-4757