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—Food Tour of Vancouver

Last week, I raved about the desserts I sampled from my latest trip to Vancouver.  However, it wasn’t enough that I boast about the mouth-watering sweets the city had to offer, because the Vancouver food scene also offers irresistible comfort food from all over the world. Food that I couldn’t wait to share with my… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Dessert Tour of Vancouver

With Vancouver boasts eateries that draw people from all over the world and some of the most unique desserts in Canada.  I had a chance to experience this first-hand on my latest trip to the area.    Prior to arriving at our hotel, I had already made a list of top 10 desserts to try in… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Greek Salad

With the dawn of the warmer weather comes the access to a variety of vegetables at an affordable price. The easiest way to make use of the arrival of new vegetables is to toss them into a salad bowl. For myself, after trying an array of new recipes, Greek Salad seems to be the one… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Disney/Universal Studios Food Tour

For students who had the travel bug all year but never had the chance to travel, an end of the school year vacation is the perfect way to reward yourself after a busy semester.  While the school year might have dulled our moods, certainly visiting the “happiest place on earth” may provide some remedy.  For… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Vegas Buffet Review, Part 2

For those looking for a graduation splurge or even a celebratory vacation for the end of the semester, Las Vegas should be an option worth considering.  For those who follow this blog series, you will have known that one of the highlights of my trips to the sin city is actually to feast at the… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Green Onion Pancakes

Green onion cakes, also known as scallion pancake or “cong you bing” is a traditional street food item originating in Northern China.  Unlike the take-out items we find at local Chinese restaurants, the original edition is in fact made from unleavened bread.  A well-known rumor in China suggests that pizza was in fact an adaptation… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Farmers’ Market 101

For students looking for a weekend activity that involves exploring locally grown produce, farmers’ markets make an excellent choice to accompany the warmer weather.  Unlike the usual trip to complete the groceries list, farmers’ markets provide an array of artisan food products, crafts and sometimes even live music.  However, if you’re planning to try your… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Ramen 101

Ramen is a Japanese adaptation of wheat noodles.  Its roots stem from China in the 1800s and it made its way to various surrounding Asian countries.  Each country has its own edition of the Chinese soup noodle, but no adaptation has become like ramen in its popularity and reach.  For many, ramen culture is heavily… Read more »

Five Tips for Booking Cheaper Flights—Student Edition

As summer vacations are right around the corner (despite the recent snowfalls), there are plenty of options for students to consider when it comes to vacations.  If part of your vacation plans require air travel, then this read can hopefully save you some of the time and money you spend with air-travel.  Last year was… Read more »