La Vida Deliciosa in Mexico with Gina

Gina Correll Aglietti Los Angeles, California

“Eating a raw oyster is like french kissing a mermaid.”
― Tom Robbins

Where did you eat your best meal and what was it?

Every meal in Oaxaca has a unique magical quality, perhaps due to my morning to eve mezcal hazed palette. Everything from the more formal restaurants to the tripe taco outside the Pasilla de Humo market have a lasting sense memory. There is, without compromise, a bite, flavor, technique or culinary tradition that lives in each and every meal I’ve had there that is inescapable and singular. Some of my Oaxaca favorites are, Itanoni: the cochinita pibil and eggs with oja santa; Abuelita: the molé; Rooftop at Casa Oaxaca: the black bean Soup.


Mexico City always feels quite surreal to me. Remember the 90s film, “Defending Your Life” about an interlude of the afterlife between heaven and hell where you must defend your right to forward your soul? The people living in this mild purgatory walk into restaurants in their midway “town” and before ordering, the waiters bring exactly the dish they’re craving and the best version of that dish they’ve ever had. Somehow Mexico City has always had this quality for me. It’s so satisfying and delicious and yet feels as though it’s not real, nor is the jury out whether I deserve it and will suddenly be discovered and sent in another direction. That is to say, I’d give up on Heaven if I could stay there.


My Mexico City favorites are, Maximo: the tasting menu – everything; Contramar: the aguachile and fig tart; Bar El Sella: the chamorro; Rosetta Panaderia: cappucino and chorizo quiche; Casa Virginia: everything.

Chamurro at Bar El Sella

Where did you stay…and want to stay forever?

Casa Oaxaca in Oaxaca – it’s central and luxurious while being earthy and simple. La Valise in Mexico City – tiny and quaint and in walking distance to everything I love. Also it has a room with a bed that rolls out to the terrace for an afternoon delight!

The pool at Casa Oaxaca

What’s the one thing you’re glad you packed and why?

An empty suitcase so I could fill it.

The molé at Abuelita.

What souvenir(s) did you buy and why?

Rugs and one of a kind mezcals because we just got a new office/ house in LA and it needs an authentic Mexican touch and the mezcal – always mezcal.

Rugs in Oaxaca

What do you wish you’d done, but didn’t get to?

Hierva El Agua, in Oaxaca, it’s a beautiful natural hot spring. I’ve been, but always want to go back because it’s a phenomenal natural experience.

Hierve el Agua hot springs