March 27th marks the 2nd year bloggiversary of Inn at the Crossroads, and what an awesome two years they’ve been! I never dreamed when Sariann and I started this blog that it would go so far, or that I’d still be here two years on.
March of last year witnessed an epic S2 premiere party, held at the Asgard pub in Cambridge. Two full days of cooking (including a suckling pig) enabled us to feed more than 20 guests. The spread was ridiculously elaborate, and bits of it can be seen here, amidst my nervous eye-widening. ;)
The end of May brought boxes of finished cookbooks to our doorstep. I cannot begin to describe the amazing feeling of seeing all those months of hard work turned into a gorgeous, real, physical book.
The summer was full of interviews and signings for the book, the most notable, perhaps, being San Diego Comic Con. I’d been once about 10 years ago, but this year, going as a “somebody”, was unbelievably cool. We got to dart around the hall before the crazy masses of people were let in, and met a number of authors, illustrators, and all around creative people. Oh, and then there was the part where we had drinks with GRRM, which was only interrupted when he posed for a photo with a visiting R2 unit. (true story- the R2 wore his hat)
Over the winter, I launched Game of Brews, IatC’s sister site for brewing. I’ve loved taking my approach to historical cookery and applying it to brewing, and the results, if I may say so, have been delicious. The forum is up and running, and is a place for fans and brewers to exchange ideas, recipes, suggestions for ingredients, etc. I hope in the coming months to start a section on labels, so any of you artistically minded folks out there, keep an eye open.
And now, just in time for Season 3 viewing parties, I’ve launched a party planning ebook. It was a blast to put together, and I hope will help others bring a little immersive fantasy oomph to their own celebrations. And really, who doesn’t want to know how to say, “That’s what she said!” in Dothraki? :)
In the last year alone, nearly 300,000 visitors have stepped into the Inn, and more are arriving every day. The cookbook is being translated into 3 other languages (Spanish, German, Polish), and has sold over 20k copies so far. You all are the best foodies and fans that anyone could ask for!
Below is a photo selection of the past year’s highlights. I’ve included events, recipes, and some of my favorite food photos. I’ve got some new things up my sleeves for the coming year, so be sure to keep checking in!
And above all, happy cooking!