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In a perfect world

When you live in the Lowcountry, you don’t need a passport for authentic international experiences.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb is already packed for her next big travel adventure. Did you know that airline tickets tend to be their cheapest at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, six weeks before your flight? Also, avoid flying on Sundays, the most expensive day of the week.

“Do you think they are going to Italy?”

That’s a question I often ask my husband when we are cooking on the back deck and I spot a jet with white streaks zooming across the sky. While I know the destination is probably just CLT or ATL, I like to imagine the aircraft is full of merry passengers sipping Chianti on their way to Tuscany.

One day I’ll be on that flight. Until then I will continue to save time and money by getting my Italian fix right here at home. When you live in the Lowcountry, you don’t need a passport for authentic international experiences. 

Many foreign-born residents have relocated here and brought their knowledge and culture with them — Canadians, Mexicans, South Americans, Europeans, Africans, Asians, Australians, you name it. 

The food, the festivals, the events, the music, the art, the jewelry, the fashion, the design, the architecture, the markets, the shops. It’s all right here if you know where to look. 

This issue is your guide for discovering all of the Lowcountry’s international wonders. 

Meet local immigrants who are living the American Dream, local philanthropists who are making
a difference in Third World countries and local globetrotters who have been nearly everywhere. 

Learn about Hilton Head’s centuries-long history of international influence, fun words and phrases that are used around the world and how to recreate fantastic foreign flavors with easy-to-make recipes. 

Discover international ways to de-stress, unlock the powers of international flowers and transport your spaces to other places with globally inspired decor. 

You’ll find all of that and more in this internationally influenced issue of LOCAL Life. We hope it inspires you to get out of your bubble and make the most of all that this planet has to offer. There’s a whole world out there! 

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“You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one.”

– John Winston Lennon

Simply satisfying

When my garden blesses me with juicy cherry tomatoes, I love making this simple Italian recipe for dinner. I’ve made it thousands of times and usually cook without a recipe, so feel free to use this as inspiration, and adjust based on your taste. 

Spaghetti with tomatoes


Olive oil

Small onion

2-3 cloves garlic 

1 handful basil

Cherry tomatoes

White wine (Pino Grigio is my favorite)

Chicken broth

Red pepper flakes 


[1] Saute the onions for a few minutes, then add the garlic. [2] Add about a cup of wine (I wing it) [3] Add a half cup of chicken broth and reduce a bit. [4] Add your tomatoes and cook to your desired consistency. [5] Just before serving, add the basil. [6] Serve over the spaghetti and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, to taste. Amare!