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. I’m a Canadian expat. I’m a traveller. I’m a yogi(ni) and an avid reader. I’m someone who enjoys a good city trip, as well as longer sojourns, and have lived overseas for a little over ten years now (10 years, 6 months and counting with the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa covered). Oh, I am also a sucker for fantastic food and equally delicious wine.

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But here’s the rub: I’m intolerant to lactose and gluten (and generally anything poorly prepared), and while I love food and might very well 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 countless restaurants and cafe’s across Europe, North America and anywhere else I travel that “shrimp can’t be sauteed without butter” or how “cheesecake must have flour, butter and cream cheese in it,” (which it technically should given the name cheesecake…but it’s semantics really) I’ve started looking for establishments that are vegan/vegetarian/organic in their orientation OR that are flexible when it comes to meeting their clients half-way and modifying a dish or two in order to satisfy and satiate niggling little Intolerants like myself.

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

This blog is dedicated to the places I find, the delicious food they create and the environment in which they serve it.

In addition, I also post about non-food stuff as I’m highly intolerant to overpriced and un-chic shopping options and doing the same old thing (read: monument visit, stuffy museums, sightseeing bus) when on city trips. You know…the type of outing listed in every Lonely Planet or Ministry of Tourism guide. Every so often you’ll find a post about things you’d never have thought about doing (or buying) in the places you’d trip me up to visit.


An aside: Photographs featured on this site were taken by your friendly neighbourhood Intolerant  using the iPhone 5 and/or iPad (*Note: photos between Aug – Nov 2012 were taken with the iPhone 3GS). Though I am tolerant of many things, I am somewhat intolerant to people who pilfer photos and/or content without asking permission and/or giving credit. If you find something of interest you’d like to take elsewhere kindly get in touch. While I might be an Intolerant, I’m not the unreasonable kind.


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. Great to finally put a face to our conversations! Beautiful! 🙂

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

  5. philmaxbear · · Reply

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

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

  7. 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. 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! 🙂

  8. 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. 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!

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

    1. 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 🙂

  10. Great About section. I love the pictures a lot!

  11. 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. 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!

  12. 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. 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. 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


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  14. Awesome blog! Especially love the photos from your adventures! Will definitely be visiting often! 🙂

    1. Thanks Jacqueline! 🙂

  15. 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. Thanks CoN! Much appreciated 🙂

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