President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama late Saturday left the White House for dinner at Oyamel, a restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter area serving Mexican cuisine.


The White House did not say whether the dinner was a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration, according to a pool reporter.

The first couple will, however, spend most of Valentine’s Day apart.

On Friday, the president will speak at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Later that day, Obama will travel to Southern California to meet King Abdullah of Jordan.

Obama and Abdullah are expected to discuss regional security issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and ongoing civil war in Syria.

Earlier in the week, the first couple will welcome French President Francois Hollande to the White House with an arrival ceremony on Tuesday.

The president and first lade will also host a state dinner for the French president on Tuesday evening.

Obama and Hollande also plan to hold a joint press conference in the East Room.

Hollande's trip has garnered intense interest, coming just weeks after he formally announced his separation from first lady Valerie Trierweiler.