Dining at Frank’s

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From the desk of the publisher Robin Goldsworthy

Let’s face it – the Crescenta Valley has some terrific places to eat. Whether one is in the mood for barbecue, Italian, Mexican, traditional American, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese – it can pretty much be found in the foothills. But I had the pleasure of dining somewhere off the beaten path – at the former home of crooner Frank Sinatra.

Let me back track.

Last weekend I had the chance to make my way south to Palm Springs to join my husband on a business trip. As an executive of an electrical wholesale distributor, Steve every year travels to either San Diego or Palm Springs for a week on business. A nice perk is that wives are invited along. Unfortunately, since I started the paper I don’t have the opportunity to go down for the whole week. But as soon as the paper is off the floor, you’ll find me packing my bags to spend some quality time away from home and with the hubby. These business trips always promise excellent accommodations (the Miramonte in Indian Wells) and wonderful food. This recent trip was especially terrific as the temperatures had warmed up, promising some exceptional pool time.

I especially love Palm Springs. I have fond memories as a child visiting family friends down south, even once having dinner at Jilly’s restaurant as a tot. Every time we visit the area, I make sure to grab real estate listings and an entertainment guide.

When attending the business trips, one of the large vendors – Square D – usually hosts a fun dinner. Two years ago it was on the grounds of a polo club where we actually got to watch a polo match. This year was at the former home of Old Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra.

The property was understated, located in a residential neighborhood of Palm Springs. Named the Twin Palms Estate for – you guessed it – two towering palms in the front of the property, the home reflected the mid-century in which it was built. Stepping off the bus that took us there, a Frank Sinatra-look alike greeted us with a kiss and a handshake. During the evening he, accompanied by the Dry Martini, would serenade us with Sinatra classics.

We dined outside, near the famous piano-shaped pool. Docents were also on site to give us a little background about the famous home. It was truly a fun evening (you can learn more by visiting

Monday it was back to the paper, but to quote Frankie, at least I’m doing it “My Way.”

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