The last couple weeks have been rough. When John returned from his trips, he brought home airport germs (yuck!!!) that got us both sick. I wanted to make a big meal for Chinese New Year, but just couldn’t make that happen with all the sniffles and coughing. By the weekend, we were mostly back to normal… good enough for a well deserved date night. John picked LITM as our surprise dinner location!LITM, Love is the Message, is a laid back restaurant/bar/art gallery in the heart of Jersey City. What I love about going out in Jersey City, especially the Grove St area, is how everything has a cool, trendy vibe, but it’s not packed like most of NYC. LITM was no different. A casual, but intimate setting for date night or catching up with friends. Plus, there’s art all around so you have conversation starters if necessary. They have Happy Hour deals on weekdays, and Rock and Bubbly Saturdays ($7 for rocks or bubbly cocktails). I enjoyed the Kir Royale, and John also tried the Mango-mosa.
We shared a large Mac & Cheese ($15). Vermont cheddar, a dash of nutmeg, a touch of truffle oil. I kept quiet about the truffle oil until we finished eating, since John is not a mushroom man, but he didn’t notice it! I could definitely taste it though. Yum!We also shared the Veggie Burger Sliders ($10). Homemade split pea veggie patties topped with crispy onions. I enjoyed these quite a bit. Sliders have become my new favorite thing. My only (minor) complaint was the buns — they just didn’t do it for me.