I am still here and still drinking rum.  Or maybe I will have to say rhum (en Français).  I haven't finished any bottles lately, but there should be a flurry of updates soon.  I have a bunch of bottles on the go.

In the mean time, I have taken my rum mission to the streets.  It requires bit of a lengthy set-up but I like to imagine (pretend?) that at least one or two people like to read my stories...  

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and my bestie told me that, as my present, she was going to take me out to a place that, "specialized in something, but it's not rum".  I didn't really question it as I like a lot of things: wine, food, cocktails (even those made without rum).  For Christmas, I took us to a sparkling wine/Champagne taster course at the LCBO.  I thought maybe it was something like that.  Whatever it was, I was sure it would be good and I was looking forward to being surprised.

I've been watching and hoping that the LCBO will have a rum course at some point, but no such luck yet.  I was checking up on this recently on the internet when I came across this great article on Blog TO:  The top five places to drink rum in Toronto.  I may have audibly squealed.  I read it and filed it away for later.  And then I mentioned it to my bestie while we were out recently.  We had started firming up a date for my present.  And I spoiled the surprise.  I could tell by the sour look on her face.  The first place on the list (Rhum Corner) is where she had planned to take me all along.  She had told me a bald-faced lie when she said it had nothing to do with rum.

Rhum Corner.  It's a small Haitian/Caribbean-themed restaurant on Dundas Street West.  Pictured below is the mural on the wall in the restaurant.  It features a selection of rhum cocktails, a small menu of mostly appetizers and, impressively, over 80 rums behind the bar.
They do have a small selection of Island beers and some wine, but nothing else. So if you don't want rum, you are out of luck.  

France has left its mark on the island in many ways, including language.  Rhum Barbancourt is the local rum and is featured in many of the cocktails.  But for music, they stuck to the Latin influence.  The place has a fantastic vibe, if a little noisy.
Unfortunately, I didn't manage to take a picture of every drink, but I got a few. I started with the fresco, a Haitian drink, which is a blend of rums and fruit syrup served over shaved ice. It came served in a little copper mug.  It was very delicious. My friend started with a piña colada.  I tried it, and it was good except for the fact that I do not like pineapple.  I know, I know.  It came in a coupe glass.   Next I moved onto a (frozen) daiquiri, but no strawberries here.  It was a traditional one, just lime, sugar and rum(s).  Next was a mai tai, also delicious.  While I was drinking those my friend switched to the frescos. 
This is my Rumhattan.  It was great, but also very much a sipper.  Just like Manhattans, it was all booze.

As we drank our way through the menu, we also ate our way.  We ordered griot (pronounced gree-oh) which is braised pork shoulder.  It came with banana fritters.  It was awesome.  We also ordered accra, which was some type of fritter.  They were ok, but I wouldn't order them again.  Later in the evening we split an order of macaroni and cheese au gratin.  DELICIOUS. When I return (and I will), I want to try the goat & legumes, as well as the oxtail.  You can also order a whole fried fish (serves two).  The table next to us ordered it.  It looked delicious and easily fed all four of them.   

After I finished my Rumhattan, we settled up the bill but we did not call it a night.  I wanted to sit at the bar and admire the wall of rum, watch the bartender make cocktails and continue to sample the wares. 
I was feeling pretty good about my rum progress until I saw their menu. There were more rums that I hadn't tried than I had tried. It was three pages long and sorted by country.    
I love that the rums behind the bar went all the way to the ceiling.  I enjoyed sitting at the bar as much as at the table.  Watching the bar tender work was great.  They are more concerned about making the drinks right than quickly. 
After moving to the bar, we got right back into the rum. My friend ordered a double rum & coke, which I should mention you can order in pitchers.  After a brief discussion, I settled on Rhum J.M. blanc.  It is what you call a rhum agricole.  I have one at home but I haven't opened it yet.  It's made from freshly-pressed sugar cane juice instead of the usual molasses. 
To wrap up the evening (ahem early morning), I tried the Wray & Ting.  I have Wray & Nephew at home.  I learned that Ting is a popular grapefruit soda in the Caribbean. I love all things grapefruit.  I think we ended the night on a high note.