Mountain Biking/Sand Sculpting/Black Bean Cakes





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Published on Jun 6, 2012


Mountain biking? Florida? Really? Yes! Host Chad Crawford and a mountain biking expert prove that even us flatlanders can have some fun on the trails and hills around Ocala. A quick trip to the kitchen for some Black Bean Cakes with Florida Tomatoes with Chef Justin then, a memorable day at the beach as a 7 time champion sand sculptor shows Chad and his family how to turn the sand into art on Treasure Island.

For additional info: http://howtodoflorida.com

Mountain Biking
Although there are some offroad biking trails throughout the state, Florida's mecca for mountain biking are the Santos trails near Ocala.

If the weather's nice and you want to go, any time of the year is good for mountain biking.

How much
Mountain bike rentals range from around $25 to $45 a day.

What you'll need
- The right bike (sized to you)
- Wear a helmet
- Bring plenty of water
- Energy bars
- First aid kit
- Cell phone
- Trail map
- Compass

Extra Video:

How to Do Mountain Biking: Tips

How to Cook Black Bean Cakes with FL Tomatoes and Spicy Yogurt Sauce


Yield 4 to 6 Servings

2 15 ounce cans low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
2 Large Florida tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup Florida bell pepper, chopped (any color will do)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup green onion or scallion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup all purpose unbleached flour plus more as needed
Canola oil or vegetable oil for cooking
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add all ingredients except oil. Mix until well combined. Completely mash about 1/3 of the mixture, then re mix to completely combine. Adjust seasoning with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. If the mixture is thin, than slowly add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until its thick enough to for a ball and stay that way.

Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat. When the pan is up to temperature add about 4 tablespoons of oil. Portion out golf ball sized patties and carefully place them in the hot oiled sauté pan. Working in batches, cook bean cakes until crisp and golden brown on both sides. Lightly flatten cakes with a spatula during the cooking process. Drain hot bean cakes on a paper towel. Continue cooking until all bean cake batter is done. Keep cakes warm in a 250 degree oven until ready to serve.

Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Yield 4 to 6 Servings

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon chili powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


In a small sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Keep chilled. Serve with bean cakes.

Florida Tomato-cilantro Relish
Yield 8 servings

4 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 pound Florida tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh Florida cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and let marinate for 10 minutes.


Sand Sculpting

If there's a sandy beach near you, you can build your sand sculpture.

Any nice day is a great day to build sand sculptures.

How much
Besides a few basic tools, sand sculpting is a free activity.

What you'll need
- Clean sand free of shells and debris
- 5 gallon bucket
- Bottomless 5 gallon bucket
- Shovel
- Trowel
- Detailing Tools
- A firm and soft bristle brush

Extra Video:

How to Do Sand Sculpting: Expert Sand Sculptures


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