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.
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.
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.