Open Jaw: Dining out on tales of the Pudding Shop

Where readers write back

Just desserts?

Your piece about Lale's Pudding Shop in Istanbul struck a chord with me because I was one of the many "impecunious Western scruffs" who patronised that iconic establishment back in the Seventies. I was en route overland to my first job as a university lecturer in Bangladesh. Having just emerged from a bloody war of independence from Pakistan (this was 1973), Bangladesh was in a desperate state and I had been advised to bring many of the basic necessities of life with me. I took this warning perhaps a little too seriously and made the journey (courtesy of the legendary Ashley Butterfield, who accompanied many of a group of scruffs on the Hippie Trail) with not just the essential backpack but also a 75kg cabin trunk. I alighted safely from the Orient Express (the old grotty one, now long gone) at Sirkeci station but my trunk didn't. The luggage van had been shunted off into a siding in Bulgaria and there it stayed for three weeks. So while the Butterfield group took local buses on to Delhi, I was stranded in Istanbul and consequently spent longer in the Pudding Shop than many of those passing through.

Alan Evison



Carbon off-setting

I was intrigued by Simon Calder's article "Want A No-Impact Break? Holiday At Home". When reading today's Traveller supplement, I can find only one UK-based destination and that was a tiny piece on Lime Wood Hotel, which isn't even open yet. Featured destinations include Australia, South-East Asia, Baltimore, Turkey, Austria, the Canary Islands, Sri Lanka, and the UAE. Obviously, as a quality broadsheet you are going to carry a travel supplement but I find it highly inconsistent when the message of a sustainable lifestyle is loudly espoused one week and totally forgotten the next.

Dave Lowe, via email



US Immigration

You have covered this topic in some detail, so I thought it worth recounting the experience on a visit to Texas made by my wife and I (both in our 70s) to our son, who lives there. Before touchdown at Dallas-Fort Worth, we were given the usual immigration forms to complete, which were an exact replica of the form already completed online. On arrival we were required to stand in a long line, only to be turned away at the desk because the forms issued on the aircraft were out of date, and forced to complete new ones. When we eventually reached the immigration officer I tried to be conversational (always a mistake), I enquired why, having given all the information online, I had to do it all again? His response: "I am the one who decides who enters the country". Immigration is always a difficult issue in the US; I can understand why, but they seem to go out of their way to make it more so.

NAME WITHHELD

Credit cards on ships

In our most recent Open Jaw, John S Darlington wrote of his wife having to provide a signature and write down her Pin when shopping on board a Mediterranean cruise with Celebrity Cruises. The company responds: "At no point should guests be asked for their Pin. Guests are given a point-of-sale receipt and an identical copy is retained by the retailer. The Guest Accounts Purser will then send the credit card file for authorisation.

"Celebrity Cruises will ensure all staff are reminded of the correct protocol and apologises for any inconvenience suffered by Mr Darlington and his wife."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Car Sales Executive - OTE £36,000

    £12500 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This established Knaresborough ...

    Beverley James: Accounts Payable

    £23,000: Beverley James: Do you have a background in hospitality and are you l...

    Recruitment Genius: Cleaning Manager - York and Bradford

    £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The post holder is a key member of the V...

    Recruitment Genius: Vehicle Breakdown Recovery Drivers

    £18000 - £28800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Vehicle Breakdown Recovery Driv...

    Day In a Page

    HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

    Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

    Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
    How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

    Time to play God

    Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
    MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

    MacGyver returns, but with a difference

    Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
    Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

    Tunnel renaissance

    Why cities are hiding roads underground
    'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

    Boys to men

    The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
    Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

    Crufts 2015

    Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
    10 best projectors

    How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

    Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
    Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

    Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

    Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
    Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

    Monaco: the making of Wenger

    Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
    Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

    Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

    Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
    In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

    In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

    This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
    'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

    Homage or plagiarism?

    'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
    Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

    A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

    Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
    A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

    Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

    A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower