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Bento for iPhone-owning foodies

Faithful readers may have been surprised at how casually I mentioned yesterday that I had my own iPhone this summer for two weeks and then gave it back -- after all my whining about not having one.

I think it was getting a refund check from AT&T for 6 cents (not joking here), dated the same day that the company sent my bill to a collection agency. It taught me it's not wise to yearn after shiny new toys that others have. At least that's how I explained it to a friend of mine.

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Then, of course, a PR person offered to send me the custom download information for a neat app called Bento, for free, of course. I had to explain I didn't have an iPhone anymore. ...

But Bento would be fun to play around with. It's a way to organize all sorts of food- and restaurant-related things: not just grocery lists, but favorite restaurants, expenses, wine, recipes, your freezer inventory, nutrition info.

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I like its flexibility; it's not the usual one-trick-pony app. It also costs $4.99.

There are more than 25 templates, and users can swap customized templates with the Bento Template Exchange online.

Or you can do what I do now, make paper lists.


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