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Espadas Accused of Spending $60K on Sushi and Lobster; 30 to 50 Percent of World's Food Wasted

• One of the most heinous allegations against former state senate majority leader Pedro Espada Jr. and his son, whom the Feds are accusing of bilking half a million from a Bronx health clinic, is that they spent $60K on sushi and lobster. Regulars at Nobu and Masa? [NYP]

• We're not just saying this because it's almost St. Patrick's Day: Irish whiskey is making a comeback. Think of it as something along the lines of small-batch American bourbon. [Food Republic]

• Nightclub W.I.P. hosted a burlesque show by Katrina Darling, a distant cousin of Kate Middleton. This definitely trumps Pippa Middleton's arse. [NYP]

• Mon dieu: The French right has caused a furor this week by claiming that most butchers in Paris are selling Halal meat to all customers, Muslim or no, without informing the non-Muslims of this. [Salt/NPR]

• Some guilt with your coffee? Around 30 to 50 percent of food in the world goes to waste, with Americans one of the worst culprits, tossing 33 pounds a week per person, on average. [MSNBC]

• Kate Upton eating a dripping Carl's Jr. burger might be sexy, but that sandwich is going to lower sperm count, dude. [NYDN]

• The owners of Five Napkin Burger and Sushisamba have been tapped to run the eatery at the north end of Union Square Park. Sheesh, 5 Napkin is really edging in down there. [Gothamist]

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