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Toronto’s First Post Office, Adelaide St.

Toronto’s First Post Office, Adelaide St. East

Let’s get one thing out of the way before we start.  What is with gluten-free shampoo and conditioner?  Is shampoo-gluten really a problem for celiacs?  Maybe it is the paleo lobbyists flexing their muscle?  Call me ignorant but I had no idea that there was a subset of the population with shampoo-gluten intolerance.  Forget National Macaroon Day (today – May 31 actually – google it if you don’t believe me).  What we need is National Shampoo-Gluten Intolerance Awareness Day.

I wouldn’t care about gluten-free shampoo but it is getting harder and harder for the rest of us to find gluten shampoo and conditioner.  Costco, the litmus test for what has become mainstream in North America, now sells almost exclusively gluten-free shampoo :-(

This is a problem, not only for artisan soap-makers who can charge a premium for gluten-free shampoo/conditioner/soap at hipster farmers’ markets but also for people like me.  The lazy, the rushed, the tired, the parents of young and/or numerous children.  In my case, all of the above.  I am ashamed to admit the number of times I have just opened my mouth during my morning shower and let the shampoo-gluten serve as a carb-laden breakfast.  I maximize efficiency and satiety (not to mention getting me some lactose) by simultaneously brushing my teeth with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter™ Toothpaste.  It’s the only way I can realistically get the kids to soccer for 9:30 on Saturdays.

Maybe we need back to back days:  National Shampoo-Gluten Intolerance Awareness Day could be followed by National Slacker Parent Shampoo-Gluten Breakfast Crutch Day.  Maybe we should get to the task at hand and visit a museum.

Let’s stop jammering about shampoo-gluten and visit a museum!

Let’s stop jammering about shampoo-gluten and visit a museum (Venice at the museum)!

Toronto’s First Post Office 

Toronto’s First Post Office is a museum as well as a working post office.  Maintained by the York Historical Society, it is an understated little gem.  Probably not top of the list for tourists but if you find yourself in the neighbourhood, it is well worth a detour.  It is centrally located, not far from St. Lawrence Market so there is a good chance you will find yourself in the vicinity. The post office dates from the 1830s and is a National Historic Site of Canada.  The museum contains a scale model of 1837 Toronto, among other things.

View of the working post office from the museum.

View of the working post office from the museum.

One of the best things about the museum is that fact that it is still operating as a post office.  There is a constant stream of locals.

One of the best things about the museum is the fact that it is still operating as a post office. There is a constant stream of locals.

National Historic Site

National Historic Site

You can try writing with a quill for free but I recommend spending $2 for the whole enchilada - paper, ink, postage, wax seal, one-on-one time with the postmaster/mistress.

You can try writing with a quill on a scrap of paper for free.  I recommend spending $2 for the whole enchilada – paper, ink, wax seal, one-on-one time with the postmaster/mistress and a letter that you can actually mail from Toronto’s First Post Office!

Maybe you want to write to the Prime Minister about National Shampoo-Gluten Day?

Maybe you want to write to the Prime Minister about National Shampoo-Gluten Day?

Toronto’s First Post Office and Museum

260 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1N1
Tel: 416-865-1833
Mon. to Fri. 9:00 am-5:30 pm Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 12pm-4pm
Free, donations are appreciated.

Today’s Quote of the Day comes from YogaCat.  YogaCat recently returned from London, England where she not only taught yoga but also took some classes.  The London yoga studio focussed on the more athletic forms of yoga (Bikram, Ashtanga etc) and the teachers would actually berate and yell at the students!

It was like being taught yoga by an angry member of Coronation Street.