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.

Four Types of Barbecue Ideas to Try Before Summer Ends

When it comes to summer, one of the most popular and enjoyable activities is hosting or attending a barbecue.  Ever since I’ve lived independently, I’ve always hosted my own barbecues as well as attended many hosted by friends and families.  Not only is it a great time bonding with your loved ones, I’ve also found… Read more »

Ceremonial Tea

Tea culture forever remains a big part of my life.  My parents gave me a cup of tea as early as age three.  Despite not being able to appreciate the taste at the time, I certainly have become accustomed to the drink over the last ten years.  While most people grab a cup of dark… Read more »

Summer Family Tradition: Berries U Pick

One of my favorite family traditions as a child was picking berries in the summer.  We’d come home with buckets filled with strawberries, saskatoon berries, and raspberries.  Across the border I’ve also picked blackberries and blueberries.  The best part of the whole experience was getting to eat what we picked in the fields and laughing… Read more »

DIY Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue, a Vietnamese specialty hailing from the central region of the country, is a mouth-watering noodle soup.  For food lovers all over the world, this soup is hearty, delicious, and robust with flavors and aromatic spices.  Even if you’re a fan of this dish, trying to Bun Bo Hue from scratch may seem… Read more »

Understanding Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a common digestive disorder that affects a significant portion of the global population.  For myself, I have difficulty digesting lactose as well, which includes milk and dairy products.  The sugars found in dairy products cause a significant amount of symptoms including bloating, gas, diarrhea, and gut pain.  These symptoms happen about a… Read more »

Have you tried Sticky Rice Dumpling?

Sticky rice dumplings are a traditional Chinese food made with glutinous sticky rice, filled with a sweet or savoury filling, wrapped in bamboo leaves.  It is also known as Zhong Zi.  This Chinese delicacy has been enjoyed for centuries, particularly during the Dragon Boat Festival (around the time of summer solstice).  These savory sticky rice… Read more »

Instead of Brunch, Try Dim Sum

In 2019, I wrote an article introducing dim sum, a popular culinary tradition originating from the Canton area of China and that has captivated foodies from all over the world with its flavorful tapas that give a unique and entertaining dining experience.  Dim sum directly translates to “touch the heart” or “heart’s delight” referring to… Read more »

Why You Should Try Omakase at Least Once In Your Life

Recently I had a chance to tour Vancouver and try some of the freshest seafood in Canada.  However, one thing that had been on my bucket list for a long time was “omakase”.  Omakase is a Japanese word that translates to “I leave it up to you” or “chef’s choice”.  In the context of dining,… Read more »

The Importance of Embracing Nature

Over the weekend I went on a camping trip in Canmore with my extended family and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had.  Despite my initial skepticism at the idea of living in a tent and cooking outdoors, it was a unique experience that was both stimulating and relaxing. In today’s fast-paced… Read more »

Summer Adventures in Vancouver and Nanaimo

I spent a weekend recently in Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC.  It was the first weekend BC trip I had made for a long time, since pre-COVID.  As an Albertan, weekend adventures in BC are the perfect getaway because they are so convenient.  The plane ride is only about an hour and a half.  The coastal… Read more »