My dear friend Adi Wang, an heir to a big Chinese fortune in case you’ve forgotten, was in San Francisco and all his affluent Chinese friends were scrambling to entertain him as always.
One of his richest and most chichi friends, with real NoCal social clout, invited him to dinner — a reservation that she had made two months before and which would cost at least USD $ 240.00/xx a head, without wine — at the uberchic, difficult-to-get-a-table “French Laundry,” the famous Yountville, Napa Valley restaurant of renowned chef Thomas Keller.
When told that dinner the next evening would be at the “French Laundry,” Adi Wang snapped: “Wala pa naman akong ipapa- ‘dry clean’ ah!!! At puro Italian ang mga damit na dala ko ha, walang French!!!” [ "But I'm not having anything 'dry-cleaned' yet!!! And all the clothes I brought are Italian huh, nothing French!!!" ]