Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Michelle Obama, Undercover Eater, Visits Chipotle, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks...

"We try to sneak out as much as possible," First Lady says about secret visits to DC eateries and stores...Video
"My secret's out," First Lady Obama said today as she described how she sneaks out of the White House "as much as possible" for foodie adventures and incognito shopping trips in the Washington, DC area. Mrs. Obama said she's gone unrecognized during visits to Starbucks, Mexican fast food eatery Chipotle, and Baskin Robbins, as well as to Petco with First Dog Bo.

"I do that more frequently than people realize," Mrs. Obama said. "And it's amazing how people don't recognize you. They don't expect to see me at Starbucks or Chipotle."

Daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, often accompany her, the First Lady said.

"My secret's out but we try to sneak out as much as possible," Mrs. Obama said. "I've been in Baskin Robbins a number of times. You know how the kids aren't really paying attention--they're looking right through you? They don't know it's me."

The outings help maintain a sense of normalcy for her girls, Mrs. Obama said, as she described her secret foodie life to Today show anchor Al Roker, who joined her Tuesday for a Let's Move! event. The First Lady's incognito trips have included visits to some of DC's finest eateries, like Zaytinya and BLT Steak, but she didn't mention these to Roker, who used his White Hosue visit to quiz Mrs. Obama about her recent incognito trip to a suburban Target store, which caused global headlines. In a TMI moment, Roker also asked Mrs. Obama if she buys bulk toilet paper during her sneaky shopping trips.

"We pretty much have our supplies stocked," the First Lady said. "It's one of the perks."

*Today show video

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