Yotam Ottolenghi: 'I loved the pizza but Hassam had a massive cat I

My earliest food memory… When I was about five I remember going to a bakery in the Old City in Jerusalem run by a big man called Hassam. He used to bring us sesame-crusted pizzas from a hole-in-the-wall oven. I loved the pizza but he had a massive cat that I was absolutely terrified of.

48 Hours: Marrakech

From the ancient medina to the Palmeraie, Morocco's Rose City offers a warm escape from the cold of winter.

Dazzled by Morocco's desert city

City Slicker: Marrakech - The most exotic place you can reach within three hours from Britain? Amar Grover offers tips for new and returning visitors

Dominican Republic, Sicily, Marrakech

Now... Dominican delight

The Dominican Republic offers a host of natural wonders including the Caribbean's highest peak at Pico Duarte, and its largest lake at Lake Enriquillo. Fly out on 25 January from Manchester for a 14-night stay at ClubHotel Riu Mambo in Bahia Maimon on the north coast for £935 per person, all inclusive, with Thomas Cook.

Marrakech: It ain't half hot, mum

When Victoria Summerley decided to take her octogenarian mother to Marrakech, her friends doubted her wisdom. But after snake-charmers, souks and shopping, she'd proved them wrong

Ask the traveller: Holiday bargains

Q: Are there any deals at the moment, given the twitchiness resulting from the Arab spring uprisings? There must be bargains for the brave.

"Peggy Sue", via email

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Souk it up: The marvels of Marrakech

Regal opulence now combines with the hectic bustle of the souks in Morocco's most alluring city – and new flights are about to make Marrakech even more accessible

24-hour room service: La Mamounia, Marrakech

Before the proliferation of riad hotels in Marrakech's medina, the go-to address in the city – for those who could afford it – was La Mamounia. This art deco landmark, opened in 1923, was as synonymous with the "red city" as the snake charmers in Djemaa El Fna square. But as the years passed, the wrinkles began to show and when the hotel closed its doors in 2006, the grand old lady of Marrakech was in dire need of cosmetic enhancement.