in·tol·er·ant [ɪnˈtɒlərənt] | adjective
Origin: 1725–35 < Latin intolerant> | stem of intolerāns, impatient.
1: Unable or unwilling to endure.
2: Unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters or in granting or sharing social, political, or professional rights: bigoted.
3: Exhibiting physiological intolerance <lactose intolerant>.
I’m female. Canadian. An expat and a traveller. I’m a Gemini-runner-yogi(ni)-writer. I’m also a part-time photographer. I am the sort of person who enjoys a good city trip, as well as longer sojourns, and I have lived overseas since 2002 (with North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa covered). Oh, I am also a sucker for fantastic food and equally delicious wine.
But here’s the rub: I’m intolerant to lactose and not a big fan of processed goods (or anything poorly prepared for that matter). And while I love food, and might trip you up in the street to get to that killer dessert, vinaigrette or mushroom sauce, it’s not easy validating my intolerances and/or getting my food-related needs across to people who don’t know about–or buy into–such dietary restrictions. Tired of being told at restaurants and cafes across Europe, North America or anywhere I travel that “shrimp can’t be sautéed without butter” or “cheesecake must have flour, butter and cream cheese in it” (which technically it should given the name cheesecake but, hey, semantics) I’m always on the look out for establishments that are vegetarian/vegan in orientation OR are flexible when it comes to meeting their clients halfway. Because there’s something to be said for places that have the foresight and flexibility to modify a dish, or two, or three to satisfy and satiate niggling little Intolerants like myself.
This site is dedicated to the places I find, the delicious dishes they create and the environments in which they serve it.
Aside from food, I also feature posts related to travel, shopping and sightseeing as I’m highly intolerant to doing the same old thing on city trips. Having grown tired of the run-of-the-mill suggestions featured on the top-10 lists of travel bloggers, I’ll occasionally post about things you’d have never thought about doing, buying or seeing in the places you’d trip me up to visit.
Fundamentally, I’m a strong believer in indulging your hedonistic tendencies, provided they don’t hurt others. The world might be a better place if we nurtured a collective enthusiasm for the unconventional, beautiful and enjoyable things in life.
Let the intolerants unite.
JoAnna (aka: your friendly neighbourhood Intolerant)
An aside: Most photographs featured on this site were taken using the iPhone 5 and/or iPad (photos between Aug – Nov 2012 were taken with the iPhone 3GS). Though I am tolerant of many things, I am intolerant to the pilfering of photos and/or content without requesting permission and/or giving credit. If you find something of interest you’d like to take elsewhere kindly get in touch.
I might be an Intolerant, but I’m not the unreasonable kind.