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.

A cozy locally-owned cafe in Istanbul. Best. Salads. Ever.

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.

38 Responses

  1. Celeste
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    Hi! Thank you for following my blog “Happiness is so chic”! I love browsing your blog!

  2. journeyingjoyously
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    Love good food!!!

  3. avwalters
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    Thanks for stopping by! It’s always gratifying to see people with food issues who still find a way to keep the art of good food and great living alive.

  4. sandyb
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    Hi! You should Google “Quinoa Lisboa” — it’s a bakery with amazing food, gluten free options and healthy, fresh salads and sandwiches daily. Just love it! It’s on Dom Pedro V Blvd (I think).

    1. fortheintolerants
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      Thanks for the suggestion Sandyb, tt sounds and looks great! Now I MUST plan a trip to Lisbon…

  5. The Cultureur
    The Cultureur at · Reply

    Great to finally put a face to our conversations! Beautiful! :)

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      You’re lovely! Thanks + thanks for the e-comms as well, I enjoy our exchanges!

  6. philmaxbear
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    Hi. Thank you so much for visiting and following my little blog. I’m looking forward to reading some more of your posts too :-)

  7. tashastraveltroves
    tashastraveltroves at · Reply

    As a doctor, I know how frustrating this can be for you . I will certainly keep your discoveries as reference . Thank you for sharing :)

  8. eparkperry
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    I like you. :) You have a lovely voice and a wonderful presence. (even through the internet!) What a wonderful blog~I look forward to reading more!

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      What a lovely comment to wake up to. Thanks Emily! The same goes for you and I hope you keep sharing your written word…fabulous! :)

  9. sarah
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    I’m similar. I cannot eat dairy and eggs, and sometimes soy and wheat. It’s been a bit hard when I travel and live overseas, but you find a way to cope. I always carry a lot of antihistamines just in case!

    1. fortheintolerants
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      I sympathize Sarah and choose to see these intolerances as something that allows me to be more aware of what I put into my body. Coping comes much more easily these days thankfully. Cheers!

  10. tashastraveltroves
    tashastraveltroves at · Reply

    Joanna I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award.
    Follow through and find details here

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      Now this is something fabulous to wake up to! Thanks very much Natasha, I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy yours. Cheers :-)

  11. unrelatedtolife
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    Great About section. I love the pictures a lot!

  12. traveling crone
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    Thanks for the kind word and follow! Dropped by to check you out; aren’t you the cutest! I too am an intolerant, just about different things than you :} I look forward to comparing notes. :}

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      Ha! I think you and I would get along quite well TC. Though our intolerances might not mesh, the things we’re mad about (highly intolerant of) just might. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading more of your fabulous adventures!

  13. englishyogi
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    Dear You.
    Thanks for the follow on my blog – http://www.averyenglishyogi.com
    I love your photography and the sentiments expressed.
    Would love to know what you are tolerant of too….
    a very english yogi

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      Thanks for the follow as well. I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to the many posts to come.

      Oh, there’s hundreds of things I’m tolerant to: yoga, wellness, adventure, travel, laughter, taking risks, the unknown (within reason), moments of clarity, a great pair of shoes and chocolate (especially chocolate) just being a few… 😉

      Cheers, J

      1. englishyogi
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        Thank you FTI
        From my perch in northern england, I admire your journey and am enjoying your writing too. I love the fact that you are tolerant of moments of clarity and the unknown (within reason) – as the Tao Te Ching suggests living with paradox is a noble life – and fun too. With admiration, Namaste
        a very english yogi


  14. gyanfry
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    Reblogged this on gefry777.

  15. Jacqueline
    Jacqueline at · Reply

    Awesome blog! Especially love the photos from your adventures! Will definitely be visiting often! :)

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      Thanks Jacqueline! :-)

  16. confessions-of-a-nomad
    confessions-of-a-nomad at · Reply

    Hey, I think your blog is great, so i’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! Congrats! You can check it out on my recent post – Celebrating Bloggers.

    1. fortheintolerants
      fortheintolerants at · Reply

      Thanks CoN! Much appreciated :-)

  17. Jacintha- Urban Pixxels
    Jacintha- Urban Pixxels at · Reply

    Hi! Thanks for leaving a comment on my website. Love your site too, looks great! Good luck with all your upcoming travel experiences and stories.

  18. Orchid
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    Nice blog, good luck!

  19. Maple
    Maple at · Reply

    Great blog! Share your passion for food and travel! If you like good food and great wine, Abruzzo (Italy) is the place! Let me know if you ever happen to come, we’ll share a glass of wine! Nice to meet you, Maple

  20. lacy colley yamaoka
    lacy colley yamaoka at · Reply

    So great to connect with you and check out your blog! The last place I lived (Whistler, Canada) really put my healthy diet into high gear, I loved eating all the healthy options at the local groceries, as Canada is really into that lifestyle. Now living back in the islands it’s a little challenging as far as selection and healthy produce even, so i’m feeling a bit intolerant 😉 If you are ever in the caribbean, let me know, cheers!

  21. Aisha
    Aisha at · Reply

    Hi, nice to meet you, and nice to learn your meaning of intolerant, very understandable! Greetings from egypt, I’m looking forward to reading more from you!

  22. Giselle
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    So glad I found you! Have friendly neighbourhood intolerant ever been to Brazil?! I’d love to know if you liked. :)

  23. Ester Zolotnitsky
    Ester Zolotnitsky at · Reply

    I love your blog! I am also a Canadian expat living in the U.S :)

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