Westeros and Beyond: Game of Thrones Food, Fashion, and 10 Souvenirs You SIMPLY MUST Take Home From Your Westeros Adventures

by | Apr 12, 2019 | Food, Humor, Wandering Mind | 0 comments

Westeros and Beyond: Game of Thrones Food, Fashion, and 10 Souvenirs You SIMPLY MUST Take Home From Your Westeros Adventures

by | Apr 12, 2019 | Food, Humor, Wandering Mind | 0 comments

I missed April Fools because I was traveling in Westeros Japan, but am cranking this post out before the final season of Game of Thrones starts on Sunday. Here’s my “Game of Thrones travel blog” post about experiencing some of what Westeros has to offer including fashionfood and drink (with links to some Game of Thrones recipes sites) and the best Game of thrones gifts and  souvenirs from the Seven Kingdoms (and beyond). Then back to working on travel, PNW, and event posts.

Also, a word of warning — there’s just a bit of strong language later in this post. But if you’re truly offended by that why are you watching Game of Thrones?

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Traveling the Seven Kingdoms

In truth, I didn’t get much past King’s Landing…or what that London or York. I longed to see the Dornish sea…or the Dothraki one at least. But there are some places to add to my bucket list that appear so like to the places in Westeros: Croatia, Ireland, Malta…

There are plenty of tours that take you to Westeros (or, rather, these places that are like it in appearance. I’m not usually into long tours, but day excursions can be fun!

Fashion Trends in the Seven Kingdoms

These days everyone seems to be rockin’ the Daenerys look whether it be Dothraki Dany or the Mhysa look. In fact, there seemed to be at least a 3:1 Khaleesi-to-Khal ratio.

Others are finding that the power bitch dress of Cersei better fits their moods.

If you want Seven Kingdoms style, or even if you want to rock that Dornish look, Etsy and even Amazon are good places to start.

Whatever your style, you will do what a queen does and RULE!

@Duolingo on Instagram

The Languages of Westeros

Before I set out on my adventure, I decided it was important to study some of the language of the places I’d be visiting. so I started studying with Duolingo a week before my trip. That’s enough time to learn another language, right? So many tongues spoken in the known world! So I chose High Valyrian because it’s available on Duolingo (but I note that Living Language offers Dothraki. Get with the game, Duo!)

I now know not only “Valar Morghulis,” but also how to say things like “you have a pretty duck” in High Valyrian which, of course, is so useful when you are being threatened while traveling on the King’s Road. But now, of course, every day it’s, “It’s time for your daily High Valyrian lesson!” and “Learning a new langugage only takes 5 minutes.” Sigh.

Food of Westeros

Joffrey Baratheon with Pigeon Pie from Game of Thrones

I was disappointed to find that some of the dishes I had been so looking forward to tasting — pigeon pie for instance — weren’t readily available for peasants like me. But I did try several types of street food, eating so much in the way of bowl o’brown, unborn puppy on a stick, and hot pies that I was, like, #gonnahaveafoodbaby!

If you want to eat like you’re in Westeros (perhaps you’re having a party to keep up on the happenings in the Seven Kingdoms with your friends and family?) you’re in luck. I was thinking of posting my own recipes, but there is already so much already available, I think I’ll just list my favorites.

But first, the cookbooks: several are available to get you ready for your party:

 

There are also some great resources online for sampling the food and drink of Westeros:

Food:

1. Feast of Starlight

Feast of Starlight is my favorite Game of Thrones recipe site because the food is so beautifully presented. Who knew pigeon pie would look so good?

2. Taste of Home

They have some recipes ready for your party. Some, like hot pies, are straight out of Westeros, others seem to be more loosely based on the series (i.e. red velvet cake = red woman cake).

3. Inn at the Crossroads

They have recipes organized by region.. So, for instance, if you want Dornish recipes vs those from The North, you’re in luck.

4. Thrillist

The Thrillist has a number of recipes for your party. I haven’t tried them, but love them for their names: “Meatloaf on a Stick Them With The Pointy End” and “F**k the King Crab” are examples.

5. Food 52

Food 52 has thirteen recipes which look great.

Drink and Know Things

Tyrion Lannister Drinking. Drink and Know Things

I find when I drink I know many things and am infinitely more attractive and interesting. Funny, but my husband says he experiences the same thing about me when he drinks!

In fact, I think Westeros has inspired more drink recipes than food recipes. Here are some beverages you can put in your Westeros souvenir mug:

1. Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed has a list of 17 cocktails from the White Walker to the Red Viper.

2. Chowhound

They have some drink recipes for your Season 8 party.

3. Delish

Not recipes — they have a drinking game. I don’t play drinking games or drink too much at all but would be tempted to chug down an entire bottle of White Walker if I see the Night King sitting on the Iron Throne.

4. Geek Girl Authority

Has 15 tempting cocktail recipes to try.

5. Spoon University

There are five recipes to try here, but the last one caught my eye: “Tyrion’s Wildfire Shot,” in which the vodka gets lit up at the end.

Lodging

brothel from game of thronesLodging is difficult to find in the Seven Kingdoms or abroad in Braavos, Dorne, and Elsewhere. I did not feel safe booking an AirBNB in Vaes Dothrak, and none were to be found, anyway.

So I decided to just show up and take what I could get — which was staying at this sketchy place owned by a dude called Littlefinger. I mean, ewww, what kind of name is that? Not recommended! I hid in my room! Very noisy at night and absolutely NO bathrobes to be had, so I couldn’t take 50 photos of myself in a bathrobe for this travel blog post. Sorry followers!

In our world, though, there are a few places you can stay to connect with Westeros. The Game of Thrones Guesthouse in Portstewart, Ireland does not appear to have rooms that would make you think you’re staying at the Eyrie, for instance, which is disappointing — but you will find scenery nearby that might look amazingly like places in Westeros.

Sadly, I missed my chance (not that I ever had a chance) to stay at the Game of Thrones Ice Hotel in Finland.

If you’re interested in magical places to stay outside of Westeros and are in the PNW, might I suggest some hobbit houses?

10 Souvenirs You SIMPLY MUST Bring Back from Your Trip to Westeros

While my favorite “souvenir” is my Daenerys POP Figure (because it was a gift from my family), there are many items to be found online if you can’t actually travel to the Seven Kingdoms.

You can get great Westeros souvenirs on Etsy, many of them handcrafted, and even find some decent ones on Amazon. Here are a few of my favorites:

Relive the Good Ol’ Days in Westeros

Retro Inspired Game of Thrones T Shirt

Hey Kids, Be Like Dany

This Retro-inspired T-Shirt brings back memories of the good old days…playing Lannister, Stark and Targaryn, burning our enemies…those were the days.

View on Etsy

 

Relive Your Trip to Dorne

Wood Map of Westeros on Etsy

Plan your Westeros adventure!

Plan your adventure or look back lovingly on lazy sunny days in Dorne or adventurous days crossing the Dothraki Sea with this lovely wood map of Westeros/The Known World.

View on Etsy!

Drink and Know Things

Drink and Know Things Game of Thrones Decanter

Let everyone know you drink and know things.

Do you drink? Do you (think you) know things? Let everyone know! This personalized decanter set is not the only way! You can tell everyone how you drink and know things with t-shirts, baby onesies, wall art, and more.

Drink and Know Things on Amazon Drink and Know (Handmade) Things on Etsy

If You Want to Wear a Power Bitch Dress, You Gotta Have a Power Bitch Face

Game of Thrones Cosmetic Brush Set

Get that Lannister look!

I am sure Cersei uses that Lannister lipstick brush right before slipping into her black power dress and onto the Iron Throne. Use this cosmetic brush set to get that Lannister look or that Frey flair.

View on Etsy!

Farm-Kitchen Charm Gone Terribly Wrong

Fowl Game of Thrones Cross StitchThis foul (or fowl?) cross stitch which, at first glance, seems to belong in your farm kitchen (and maybe it does) but then inspires a sort of cognitive dissonance as one expects folksy cross stitch with farm animals to have sayings inspiring feelings of home (and if this quote inspires feelings of home for you I am very worried).

Hang the words of the hound on your wall and start cooking up the chickens.

View it on Etsy!

Don’t Try This at Home

Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs

Don’t try to hatch them at home!

These dragon eggs look just like Daenerys’, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to hatch them considering what it involves. Not to insult you or anything, but you are not the dragon! Still, they’d make a beautiful decoration, even if there are no baby dragons involved.

View them on Etsy!

The Great Westeros Baking Show

Game of Thrones Cookie Cutter SetGame of Thrones Cookie Cutters
A must for your final-season viewing party, you can choose your house, or all if you’re from one of these houses. If you’re a Bolton, there’s no Flayed Man cookie cutter here but if you’re a Bolton, anyway, no cookies for you!

View this on Etsy!

These cookie cutters are from Saintpix. They have other GOT designs as well, but other including Totoro — definitely on my wish list. Check out their cookie cutters here.

Drink More and Know Even More Things

Game of Thrones House Sigil MugIf you want to drink and know things but not necessarily announce the knowing things part to the world, here are some other great Westeros-inspired beer mugs and tankards for your perusal.

To the left, this iron throne beer stein is available on Amazon.com.

Next, the house sigil mug available on Etsy.

But if those don’t serve your needs to serve your beer, mead, ale, butterbeer (oh, wait, that was Harry Potter), or other beverage, there are a whole host of other very cool beer mugs available.

Express Yourself — Because Everyone Else is Also Entitled to Your Opinion

Are you dissatisfied with how things are going in the Seven Kingdoms? Express yourself with this Make Westeros Great Again cap.

 

View it on Amazon

Remember House Tyrell

Lady Oleanna Game of Thrones T Shirt EtsyIt was difficult to pick a last souvenir — there are so many good ones available. But I had to have a reminder of Lady Oleanna Tyrell. TV needs to have more strong older female characters and Lady O — intelligent, witty, devious, fits the bill.

There are several t-shirts available, I prefer this one where she’s not sporting sunglasses.

If you are a TRUE Lady Oleanna fan, into cosplay, and have some extra gold dragons in your pocket (or can get the Iron Bank of Braavos to lend you some money) you can get this incredibly expensive but incredibly well-made Lady Oleanna costume on Etsy.  If you’d like to masquerade as Sansa or Dany, Volto-Nero Costumes also has many other outfits available.

View the T-Shirt on Etsy!
To see more of Westeros, you’ll just have to watch Game of Thrones…but, for now, I leave you with this not great video clip of a guy in York (a great place to go if you can’t go to the Seven Kingdoms) playing the Game of Thrones theme on piano.