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From arepa cones to takoyaki balls, Jen is tasting the world, all in one location: Queens International Night Market!

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- [Host] Today I'm spending some time back in my hometown of Queens, New York which happens to be the most diverse place in the entire world. Over 176 languages are spoken here. And when you have that many cultures represented throughout the borough you know the food scene's gonna be legit. And that always makes me really excited. Luckily there's a venue called the Queens International Night Market which hosts almost 50 different vendors serving up traditional and delicious twists on food from around the globe. And I'm here today to taste it all. First up I visit my friend's Karls Balls where they make some of the best Takoyaki in the New York City. It's a Japanese snack made of batter filled with octopus, pickled ginger and scallions which are rotated and cooked until they become golden balls. Hey Karl! - Hey! - [Host] Mm, homie! All right. - Yeah. - [Host] One order please. - You got it. - [Host] While their still piping hot and creamy on the inside, Karl tops them off with his homemade teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, roasted seaweed and three types of dried, smoked, shaved fish. - One side real soft, wet and creamy. ♫ Da, da, da, da, da - Oh yeah, just how I like my balls. Thanks Karl. - Thank you. - I can tell you from experience that Karl has the best balls in New York City. Next up Arepalicious where they make damn delicious cool bean style arepas. I decided to try their aprepa cone, which consists of an arepa rolled into a cone, deep fried until crispy and filled with shredded chicken, guacamole, a special secret sauce and cheese. This looks so beautiful. It's a freshly made arepa. Oh my God. Crunchy. That's my kind of cone right there. It's seriously finger licking good. Just steps away I'm transported to Valencia, Spain where In Potella serves up a giant pan of seafood paella, made of mussels and shrimp. Rice never looked so good. Honestly, I get way too excited. Just one bite made me feel like I was in the middle of a festival in Spain. In the mood for something a little whimsical I stop by Twister Cake to try a Transylvanian Chimney cake. They skillfully wrap strips of dough around a mold, coat them in sugar and then bake them until beautiful brown. They offer a variety of options, so I went with their twister cone which is filled with ice cream, swirled with whipped cream and topped with sprinkles. I don't even know how to attack this. I kind of want to do a scoop and bite, all right. Look at that. Rainbow of sprinkles. I'm a huge fan of ceviche so I had to try Inti Sumaq's Peruvian delights. It's a zesty plate of raw fish, lime, onion, cilantro, Peruvian aji limo peppers and more. Ceviche is my number one love. I can't wait to try this. So good. That is fresh. And I got to wash it down with some chicha morada. The refreshing purple corn drink gave me a boost to try at least one more treat. Cat Mint Wheel Cake lured me in with the sweet smell of their Taiwanese wheel cakes. Each cake is filled with either chocolate and banana, macha and red bean or vanilla custard. Of course I had to choose chocolate. Last bit of the night or at least that's what I'm telling myself. Mm. Nice is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s. Thanks to Queens International Night Market my culinary passport pages are filled and I'm ready for more to come.

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