Hot Air Balloon / Ahi Tuna / Shark Tooth Diving
Take to the skies on a romantic hot air balloon adventure south of Orlando with Chad Crawford and his wife, Kristy. Plus, Chef Justin Timimeri shows you his coveted recipe for Seared Tuna with Avocado Mango Salsa and Guava drizzle. Later, Chad’s on the hunt for prehistoric Megalodon teeth as he goes shark tooth diving off Venice Beach.
how to Do Hot Air Ballooning
Where: Hot Air Balloon rides are offered all over the state of Florida and are very popular in central Florida. Aerostat Adventures is located in Orlando very close to Disney theme parks and resorts, however, depending on the wind you may move to one of several different locations to lift off!
When: You can take a hot air balloon ride any time of the year but winds are most favorable the first hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset! Remember that wind is key with this ride and if it is too strong or fast you may have to reschedule your ride for another day.
How Much: Prices will range between experts but Aerostat Adventures
What You’ll Need: Comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty since the balloon may land in a wet or muddy field. One other thing you will not want to forget is your camera! There will be incredible views from the basket that you are going to want to capture!
Resource Links: Orlando Hot Air Balloon Florida
Slightly Spicy Seared Tuna with Avocado and Mango Salsa
Yield 4 servings
- 1 pound sushi grade yellow fin tuna loin
- 1 tablespoon blackened seasoning blend
- 1 ripe, Fresh Florida avocado, seeded, peeled and cut in ½- inch dice
- 1 ripe Florida mango cut in ½- inch dice
- 1/4 cup sweet red peppers, diced
- 1/4 cup yellow peppers, diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh jalapeño, diced fine
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season all sides of the tuna loin with the blackened seasoning.
- Sear tuna in the hot oil until browned but still pink in the center, about 15 to 20 seconds on each side.
- Remove seared tuna from the pan and set on a paper towel to rest.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine avocado, mango, diced peppers, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice.
- Stir to combine, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
- To make guava syrup, reduce 2 cups of guava nectar over medium heat by half or until it coats the back of a spoon.
- To serve tuna, place an even amount of salsa on each serving plate.
- Using a very sharp knife, slice seared tuna thinly across the grain.
- Arrange the sliced tuna around the salsa, and drizzle the guava syrup as garnish.
how to Do Shark Tooth Diving
Where: Venice, FL is considered the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World” so it goes without saying that THE place to fossil dive in Florida is there, right near Sarasota. Venice even hosts a Shark Tooth Festival each year in the spring.
When: A successful Fossil Dive hinges on water clarity. Check with the dive shop before booking a trip to see what the weather is doing. The typical best times of the year are late winter to early summer.
How much: Megalodon Charters (our experts) charge between $79 and $99 per person depending on how far they are going. This includes tanks and weights.
What you’ll need: Besides typical scuba gear (which can be rented from Megalodon Charters) and your Dive Certification card, you will need a mesh bag to collect your fossils.