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As a visitor in Maramures, you will definitely not leave your host's house with empty stomack. Travellers will be welcome to a fulfilling meal upon arrival, where traditional dishes are the main attraction.

In the Maramures homes, polenta can be seen in lots of different aspects. In the past, polenta often used to replace the bread. The shepherds' specialty is a dish of ewe-cheese, milk and polenta, called "balmos", but you don't have to go up to the sheepfold to taste it (although if you do, the landscape will definitely pay off your efforts). One of the householders would give her best to cook it for you.

There are different customs as far as dishes are concerned. For instance, on Palm Saturday, women from Maramures bake small loafs of bread for each member of the family. This bread is called "Wheat flower" and tradition claims that those eating it that day will see each other in Heaven. On Christmas night and on New Year's Eve, all the members of the family must eat a slice of pork jelly ("piftie") from a big plate where there also is the snout of the pig, which is said to bring luck.