I would like to take a friend of mine, who happens to be a chef, for a great birthday dinner. His favorite happens to be sashimi and sushi. Ideally I'd like to stay in the downtown area, but it is worth the drive, we'll make the hike.
Cooked dried black beans provide the wow factor in this simple dip; you could serve the blended beans alone and guests would swoon over the rich, full-bodied flavor. Use leftover dip as a spread for sandwiches or burritos, or stir into a bean soup.