Michelle Obama and the kids take on L.A.: Pizzeria Mozza, Pink's, Lakers
Michelle Obama, her two girls and her mother swept into Los Angeles sometime Sunday like family tourists on a summer idyll.
Well, maybe not quite like typical tourists, since they were shepherded around in a convoy of black SUVs with numerous Secret Service agents in tow. Despite that, they managed to move surprisingly below the radar -- it was a private visit after all -- going from one trendy foodie restaurant to another before finally heading (or so we are told) to Staples Center to catch the Lakers and the Celtics playing Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Along the way, Michelle Obama dined at Lucques on Sunday night, ate in the private Jack Warner Room at Pizzeria Mozza on Monday night (she set off a frisson of buzz in the main room among diners inured to the sight of usual Hollywood celebs), and ate a mild Polish dog on the patio of Pink’s on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.
“They came in, had their dogs and left,” said co-owner Gloria Pink. “And nobody bothered them. Everybody applauded as they left. They left from the patio. It was thrilling.” Eventually, some people got wise to their movements, but it wasn't the paparazzi.
By late Tuesday afternoon, Twitterers were tweeting so frequently that you could cobble together a road map of the Obama family’s movements.
-- Carla Hall
Photos: Michelle Obama; Pink's; Pizzeria Mozza; Lakers. Credit: Los Angeles Times