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.

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

Moroccan military plane crash kills 78

At least 78 people were killed yesterday when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain in the south of the country during bad weather.

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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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.

The Diary: Roald Dahl; Marina Lewycka; Eva Mendes; Charlotte Rampling;

It sounds unlikely, but the late children's author Roald Dahl once received a death threat, according to his daughter, Lucy. She recalls returning from the theatre to her childhood home in Oxfordshire with her father, when her brother Theo picked up the anonymous, threatening phone call. Her father called the police immediately, but treated it "like a game", so as not to scare his children. "I really have no idea or recollection of its source. I do not remember being frightened," she adds. Speaking about the annual Roald Dahl Funny Prize, whose winners this year were Louise Rennison and Louise Yates, Dahl also revealed that she is working on a TV show, Nuclear Family, to be produced by NBC and Working Title, which will be based on her experiences as a mother of seven at the age of 32 (her husband had five children and she had two). "I got the idea when I was going through my stepson's backpack one day. It's a truthful, modern-day version of The Brady Bunch." It will include sex, drugs and plenty of teen spirit.