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.

The Not-So Starving Student – $5 Fast Food Challenge

With inflation nearly at its peak, students may find that scouting affordable food has become a chore. I decided to experiment with what a five-dollar bill could afford in the now. As a student, there¬ís a certain criteria I use to rank my fast-food experience. The fast food selection, quantity and price tag are of… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student – Rewind: Taste of Edmonton

Edmonton recently hosted its annual local food festival this past week. As an adventurous gourmand, I toured the outdoor festival on three separate occasions. On certain days even braving an unpredictable forecast to sample freshly-prepared local fare offered by food trucks and restaurants. Here are some of my personal favorites from the week, along with… Read more »

Street Food Concept

[t]../articles/images/2530-Food.jpg[et]I returned home from my two-and-a-half-week vacation in Southeast Asia about a month ago. Since returning, I am nostalgic for the local street food. If you are unfamiliar, street food is exactly what it sounds like – ready-to-snack food served to you on the side of the pavement. Having grown up in Shanghai, street food… Read more »

A Grain of Salt from the Japanese

Ghandi once said, “live as if you were to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever”. The Japanese certainly took the second part of the quote to heart. Living forever is a skill, and there’s a certain focus and rigor in the way Japanese people learn to master this art. The… Read more »

Traditional Condiments in Non-traditional Uses

The season of outdoor barbeques comes with a few obligatory condiments. But what happens when the guests go home and the inside of your fridge door is congested with litres of unused condiments? Either you can use it once in a blue moon or you can maximize its potential with some of these handy tips…. Read more »

Around the World in Eight Noodle Dishes

No matter which country you hail from or what the name may be (pasta, pho, or mein), there must be a hearty noodle dish that is your go-to. Here are eight types of noodles from around the world and why you need to try them all. Fideua: Spanish A essential part of the tex-mex cuisine,… Read more »

A Closer Look at Vegetarianism, Gluten-free, and Vegan Diets

Without covering the entire spectrum of diets ranging from the paleo diet (aka the caveman diet), to the Atkins diet (focusing on carbohydrate intake), there’s three predominant nutritional ideologies we should all be aware of, regardless of whether we abide by them. Let’s start with vegetarianism. Simple enough, vegetarians are just human herbivores, right? Not… Read more »

Healthy Grubbing for the Busy, Budget-sensitive Student

Athabasca students lead busy, eventful lives and deserve the right nutrition to fuel their day to day activities. While the occasional ramen meal might be acceptable, here are the latest tips and hacks to healthy eating on a time crunch and budget. 1. Does preparation time seem like a burden? Try preparing the lunch or… Read more »