Posts By: Xin Xu

Xin Xu

Xin Xu hails from Edmonton, Alberta. But before settling in, she lived in Shanghai for the first 7 years of her life. That’s where she grew up and got her taste of the vibrant food culture. Since moving to Edmonton, she has fallen in love with international cuisine. If there’s a new restaurant in town, she would be the first to line up outside the door. At home, you can find her experimenting with recipes around the world. She hopes to share these experiences with all who care to listen.

In her spare time, Xin cares for 6 rescue budgies. Many of which she found stranded in parks or her backyard. On weekends, she drives out to Banff or Jasper where she can be found hiking new trails. She’s thankful Athabasca University has allowed her to work full-time as a researcher while taking courses that interest her such as abnormal psychology.

Top Four Considerations Before Getting a Dog

After looking for many months for a rescue dog, I finally received a phone call from a lady who was planning on letting her one-year-old husky go. I was ecstatic and drove all the way across the province to pick my new companion up. The first week has been an incredibly exhausting, rejuvenating, and blissful… Read more »

Five New Hobbies to Start During COVID-19

Musical hobbies: Having taken piano lessons at a young age, I’ve always been a fan of self-expression at the piano.  It was a chance to be distanced from the bustle of everyday life and connect with myself.  I found that even at the most anxious and stressful moments, I have always found solace in playing… Read more »

Four Ways to Use Your Ice Cream Scooper

One of the most versatile yet underutilized items in the kitchen is the ice cream scooper.  As someone who has consumed less than four litres of ice cream a year, I never knew what to do with my ice cream scooper at home.  The few times in the year where I would use this niche… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Novelty Ramen Noodles

The first thought that crosses most people’s minds when the word ramen is mentioned is college students, especially students who have moved out and are living independently in a college dorm.  However, another time that ramen might become a household favorite is during a time such as the global pandemic.  Since the early weeks of… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Change Up Your Breakfast Routine

Bored of your classic cereal for breakfast? Want some flair without having to prepare an extravagant breakfast?  COVID-19 has given me the opportunity to explore more diverse breakfast options without resorting to the most efficient, bland-tasting breakfast.  Lately, having the urge to try something different for breakfast, I’ve created several recipes that might help with… Read more »

Hike Recommendations Near Canmore

Hike recommendations near Canmore With the re-opening of provincial parks within Alberta, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the province’s incredible provincial parks.  Over the long weekend, I went on a solo hike through the Peter Lougheed Provincial park in Canmore, Alberta.  Despite the mountains being a popular hangout location, I steered clear… Read more »

Healthy Snacking Habits during a Pandemic

As a significant portion of the population spends more time indoors amid the viral pandemic, we are also snacking more in our time at home. I often find myself hoarding multitudes of snacks to help pass the time without regard for the calorie intake or the unhealthy ingredients in these snacks. How do we strike… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Cranberry oatmeal cookies

One of my favorite past-times recently has been baking.  With the stress of COVID-19 hanging over our heads, baking can be a therapeutic activity.  In distracting myself, I’ve found a sense of peace whenever I hear the rhythmic sound of the electric mixer or the scent of freshly-baked cookies.  Moreover, with reduced trips to the… Read more »

Social Activities while Social Distancing

During this strangely apocalyptic time that appears straight out of a dystopian thriller movie, social distancing has been the centre of everyone’s daily vocabulary.  Social distancing is critical and could be the key to our future of reuniting with friends and our communities.  However, in the meantime, social activities are still very possible using technology. … Read more »