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outstanding in the field (photo credit: outstanding in the field)

Planning. Some days I wish the concept was a completely foreign one. A terrifically natural – and sometimes terrifying – propensity to plan is what landed me in my current profession but, after work day obligations to logistics and order, and sleep-slaying mental check-list making, some days the urge to think no further ahead than the next word in my book is too overwhelming to deny. So perhaps recently I’ve spent a few too many weekend and evening hours in ignorance of my to-do list. With pretending my calendar is months shorter than it really is. With tracking time not by minutes but by how many more pages of reading I can sneak in.

But the sudden and glorious arrival of spring, with its balmy air and temptation to linger over al fresco dinners, seems to have thoroughly defeated my avoidance of planning ahead. Case in point? Come the first official day of spring, giddy with excitement, the clock and I counted down together to the moment tickets went on sale for a glorious at-the-farm dining experience – in September. Let the planning begin.

society fair (photo credit: ken wyner photography)

Currently on the docket –

Considering satisfying our dessert obligation at an upcoming dinner party – and using up an excess of St-Germain – with an elderflower scented cake.

Already plotting how to work in a trip to Old Town’s Society Fair before heading to a photography class with Kate Headly at Fifteen-Eleven.

Trumped solely by flights and hotel room arrangements – and, of course, a friend’s wedding for which we are embarking on the trip – the only other details of our upcoming visit to Charleston, SC that I’ve managed to tackle: a meal at Husk.

To answer the question: satisfy our serious craving for Rasika’s palak chaat with a trip to the original [soon to be Rasika Penn Quarter] or to venture a visit to Rasika West End, scheduled to open March 30?

And as for that aforementioned dinner in September? Come the end of that month we’ll be enjoying seats at an Outstanding in the Field dinner in Alexandria, VA. Hosted by Arcadia Farm at Woodlawn, with food and beer served up by Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac of Birch & Barley, I’m truly looking forward to a lazy Sunday relaxing in a field.

the library at rasika west end (photo credit: alex balding – the washington post)

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