Posts By: Xin Xu

Xine Wang

Xine Wang 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—DIY Simple Steak Recipe

While steak may seem outside of the student budget, there is still a lot of opportunity for students to celebrate in lieu of taking a vacation. Afterall a steak dinner is still much more affordable than flying abroad. During Christmas break, I had the chance to perfect my steak recipe and wanted to share my… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Introducing My Kitchen!

Over the years, I’ve grown quite attached to my kitchen. It’s where I’ve spent hours baking for the holidays or learning a new recipe. The more that I have come to work in this space, the more I have been efficient in improving the workflow of the area. I wanted to introduce this sacred space… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Ten Underrated Snacks

Recently during midterm season, I’ve discovered some new snacks that have kept my energy and motivation levels high.  While not all my recent snacking habits have been healthy, they have introduced me to new ethnic snacks that are refreshing and delicious. Coconut water Coconut water is not only a healthy, hydrating drink but it is… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Pickled Veggies

There is something special about the flavor that a bite of pickled veggies adds to a meal. Even for the blandest lunches, a bite into a piece of pickled carrot can instantly add flavor and crunch to the meal. After years of purchasing my dill pickles and pickled onions from supermarkets, I decided that I… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Easy Nepalese Curry

Having lived with a Nepalese roommate who was an exceptional cook, I learned a few recipes that are unparalleled by any dish you’ve had in a restaurant. I didn’t realize how simple it was to create the perfect curry without using any packaged curry sauces. While I’m not an expert in South Asian Cooking, the… Read more »

My Experience Living in a Japanese Capsule Hotel

Since researching for my trip to Japan, one of my bucket-list activities included living in a capsule hotel. The capsule hotel is exactly as it sounds – visitors sleep in a bed contained in a space capsule. Even before going, I’ve heard various mixed reviews about the living environment. While some visitors feel claustrophobic, others… Read more »

Top Eight Productivity Tips for AU Students in the New Year

Turn off distractions We all know those times when it takes us hours to write one sentence of an essay or when we sit down to study but can barely read past the first page. Turning off distractions is a key to working effectively. This includes cell phones, social media, and loud music. Sometimes when… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Top Five Authentic Mexican Dishes

A month ago, I had the chance to spend a weekend in San Diego, home to some of the most authentic Mexican cuisines in the United States.  My limited knowledge of Mexican cuisine led me to believe that local Mexican restaurants and fast food chains had grasped the Latin American flavors correctly.  However, after snacking… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Easy Honey Roasted Duck

As the days are becoming cooler and roasted foods take over the dinner menu, I decided to try my hand at roasting. To make things more complex, I opted to roast a whole duck. Initially, I was concerned with my lack of experience in the kitchen to attempt such a feat. Unlike chicken, duck protein… Read more »